I'm incredibly house proud but if thereís one job I always leave to the last itís window cleaning. Iíd be more than happy to hoover, mop and dust every day of the week if it meant that I didnít have to get up a ladder on my weekend and squeegee my windows, but itís just one of those jobs that have to be done.
One of the main reasons I dislike cleaning my windows is because I constantly have to go over them due to all the streaks I donít notice until I take a step back! Quite frustrating as for some reason I can always see it most obviously on double glazing windows. In my opinion, if youíre going to do a job you may as well do it right though, so after much research and bending my mumís ear off on the phone last weekend, Iíve come up with some hints and tips for cleaning windows without leaving streaks and watermarks:
Buy the Right Supplies
Iím somewhat of a bargain hunter in every sense of the word, so Iím loath to spend more than I have to on anything. When it comes to cleaning products you really shouldnít go for the cheapest ones available though, since theyíll rarely offer you good value for money in terms of effectiveness. Buy some good-quality window cleaner, and, if youíre determined to get the good stuff, do some research online first.
Next, get yourself a squeegee. I didnít think I needed one, but they definitely reduce the streak-count if you use one. If youíve got big windows consider buying one with a long handle so you donít have to reach into the corners when youíre up a ladder. Getting one with a built-in sponge will also help Ė you can use it to properly scrub the window clean.
Youíll also need to buy a microfiber cloth or a lint-free towel, so you can give everything a final polish without leaving any remnants on the window. Finally, get yourself a good sized bucket.
Use the Right Technique
Really, this is the most important part Ė it doesnít matter how good your window cleaning equipment is if you arenít washing your windows properly in the first place. The first thing to remember is that you shouldnít clean windows in direct sunlight; otherwise your cleaning solution will dry before you get a chance to squeegee it off. Instead, do it when thereís cloud cover.
One of my biggest issues with window cleaning is that I can never tell which side of the window pane the streaks are on. To stop this confusion, clean one side of the glass with horizontal strokes and the other with vertical.
When youíre ready to start squeegeeing your windows make sure you put pressure behind your strokes Ė this is one of the main causes for streaks. Also, wipe excess water from the squeegee on every other stroke.
To avoid watermarks around the edges of the window, wipe the entire pane clean with your cloth or towel after squeegeeing. Never leave water drops on the window, otherwise theyíll cause marks and youíll just have to start all over again!
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