A brand new window is a thing of beauty. New, clean windows let in lots of natural light, provide beautiful views of your outdoor spaces, and give your home a fresh feeling. However, like all the surfaces in your home, they will eventually need some attention to return them to that like-new state.
Many people dread cleaning their windows because they think it takes too much time or effort to get them looking really good. With these tools and techniques used by professionals to clean windows, the windows in your home will be sparkling like new in no time.
Use the Right Tools to Clean Windows
Using the right tools to clean windows can totally change the way you look at this task. Rather than spending hours fighting streaks and spots, using professional-grade tools and techniques will save you time and money.
The best set-up for cleaning windows is pretty simple, and all of the items are available for minimal cost at your local home and building supply center:
- Five-gallon Bucket
- Dishwashing Liquid
- Several Clean Microfiber Towels
Find the Right Squeegee
There’s a reason you don’t see professional window washers working with a bottle of store-bought spray and a roll of paper towels. They know that to leave a window clean and streak-free, you have to remove the residual liquid before it has a chance to evaporate. The best way to do this is with a squeegee. Be sure to find one like this one from Unger with a stiff, metal frame and a replaceable rubber blade. It’s a good idea to pick up a few replacement blades as well when making your purchase. That way you will have a new blade on hand when the old one becomes dull or torn.
A 10- or 12-inch wide squeegee tends to be the best size for homeowners. It’s large enough to cover most windows in a few quick strokes, and small enough to clean windows that are narrow or have decorative elements.
Lee’s Glass Pro Tip: Be sure to store your squeegee with the rubber blade facing away from floors, walls or other obstacles. Otherwise the blade can become frayed or bent, which will not clean windows effectively.
Easily Clean Windows with a Squeegee
First, add a teaspoon or so of dishwashing soap to a few gallons of cool water in your bucket. Dip your sponge into the solution, and wring out the sponge so it does not drip on your floors or furniture. Gently wipe down the window, paying special attention to corners or heavily soiled areas. If you do get any solution on the floor, be sure to quickly wipe it up with a cloth to prevent damaging the flooring.
While the window is still wet, dry the perimeter of your window with a clean microfiber towel. Next, drag the rubber blade of the squeegee horizontally across the window, starting at the dry edge you created. Working vertically will work as well, just keep your squeegee blade slightly angled so the water runs into the area you have not yet cleaned. For the best results, be sure to wipe down the edge of your squeegee on a clean rag between each stroke. Finally, use a cloth to dry off the bottom edge of the glass and any water that has run onto the frame, sill or floor.
Enjoy Your Clean Windows!
That’s it! With a little practice, you will be confidently swiping your windows clean in less time than you thought possible. You can get back to enjoying your views, and feel good about not throwing out wads of paper towels or using expensive bottled cleaners. If you have any questions about your windows and how to maintain them, call the specialists at Lee’s glass and Window Works. We’re always happy to help!