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4 Easy Tricks for Spotless Windows
It’s time to clean your house. You start with the floors, move on to the bathroom, tackle the kitchen, and then it hits you—the windows are next. “Maybe I’ll skip them this time”, you think to yourself, but as the sun shines though it is easy to see how dirty they actually are.
Windows can be such a pain to clean that they are often ignored for months on end, and with children and pets running around, the condition of your windows and blinds are likely to deteriorate quickly.
Well, it doesn’t have to be that way. Clever cleaners know the secrets to keeping windows spotless with minimal effort. With some careful thought and easily attainable tools, window cleaning can be transformed from the final dreaded task in your cleaning routine to a relatively easy task that’s actually kind of fun. (Don’t worry; we won’t tell anyone you think so.)
The Ultimate Window Cleaning Tool: The Squeegee
Everyone seems to have a secret weapon when it comes to window cleaning tools. Some say that newspaper produces a streak-free shine; others profess the cleaning power of simple paper towels. Regardless of what you’ve been told by your enthusiastic window-cleaning acquaintances, there is no doubt that the squeegee is one of the absolute best tools for the job.
The fact that squeegees are used by professional window cleaners should tip you off to their proficiency and ease of use. Luckily for us they are now available in many shops on the high street and can be found on-line, they are very reasonably priced too.
The Window Cleaner’s Secret Formula
There are so many different solutions and cleaning products for window cleaning that you could spend years trying them all and you would probably spend a pretty penny in the process.
Don’t be fooled by any packaging claims or expensive brands. The best window cleaner is probably already in your kitchen. Professional window cleaners use this product daily, and they try very hard not to reveal their secret… a simple solution of washing up liquid, vinegar and warm water is all that is needed.
This solution contains all you need to achieve the cleanest windows on your street and be the envy of all your neighbours. Each ingredient serves a purpose, the washing up liquid provides mild suds to lubricate your squeegee, the acidic vinegar helps to break down dirt and grime, and the warm water provides a base for the other ingredients. A winning combination.
Scraping Away Tough Grime
If your windows are ever exposed to mud, paint or concrete, you might find stubborn spots that just refuse to be removed. For these problem areas, add a basic razor blade scraper to your window cleaning kit. Carefully scrape underneath the dried bits of residue to break them loose; then wipe them away.
Creating the Polished, Streak-free Look: Microfiber Cloths
The last piece of hardware that you’ll need to include in your arsenal is a set of microfiber cloths. Use these cloths to wipe your squeegee in-between swipes and to wipe excess cleaner drippings from around your windows. Be careful not to wipe the window itself though. Although microfiber will cause fewer streaks than other materials, it will still compromise the clean shine you get from a squeegee.
Use these tips and tools for nearly effortless window cleaning, and feel good knowing that you’re privy to professional tools and know-how. Now you can boast to your friends that you know the real secret to perfect, streak-free windows.