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The Best Way to Clean Windows

The Best Way to Clean Windows
December 16, 2019

With so many years in the cleaning game, Maid4Condos know how to clean windows best. It takes a keen eye and a gentle hand to ensure that every pane is spotless and streak-free. We often get questions about how to best tackle a dirty window task, and whether there is a right or wrong way to do it. Here are some tips from the experts at Maid4Condos on window cleaning the best way we know how.

The Best Way to Clean Windows

Research Your Cleaning Products

Before getting started, be sure to choose the right product for you and your home. If you have allergies, consider scents and the harshness of the chemicals you choose. There are many natural options that do a wonderful job to wipe away smudges and streaks. According to Good Housekeeping Magazine, the best commercial cleaners include:

  • Invisible Glass
  • Cinch Glass Cleaner
  • Hope’s Perfect Glass
  • Windex Original Glass Wipes

You can also make your own cleaner by mixing a simple solution of 1 cup of white vinegar with 1 cup of water in a spray bottle. Alternatively, you can mix 1 cup of water and 1 cup of rubbing alcohol with 1 tablespoon of vinegar.

Choose a Cleaning Tool That Won’t Streak

Since the invention of the window, the search has been on for the best tool to clean them. From paper towels to microfiber cloths, there are plenty of ways to polish your panes. We support the microfiber cloth suggestion, as these products are perfect for wiping away smudges without scratching the delicate surface of your window. Microfiber cloths are durable, soft, and pick up any dust and debris as they go along.

There are plenty of microfiber cleaning products on the market, including mitts that fit over your hands for easy wiping and dusting. Choosing the right one for you may take a few practice trials. Reading online reviews also helps select the right tool for the job.

Remove Dust and Dirt Buildup Before Attempting to Polish

While most windows need a mere polish to look their best, some get grimy over time. Wiping away dirt and dust before you start polishing is the best way to protect the windows from scratches. It also prevents unnecessary smearing.

The best tool for dusting is the same you’ll use for washing. A dry microfiber cloth will wipe away residue. Be sure to wipe the window frame as well. Anything that’s really crusted on can be tackled with soap and water, or a Windex wipe.

Choose a Mild Day When the Sun is Hiding

Weather impacts the effectiveness of your window cleaning spree. If it’s cold, the water or cleaning product you use may not provide enough lubrication to move dust and smears. Wiping a window in the heat of the sun also poses a problem. Cleaning products may dry onto the window before they are thoroughly wiped, leaving streaks and splash marks from spray bottles.

If possible, choose a dry day free from rain or snow, and one that isn’t too cold or too warm. If you can avoid the sun directly shining on the window while you clean it, do so. Cloudy days are normally no fun, but when it comes to window cleaning, the best weather is no weather!

Tackle Windows One Room at a Time

Washing windows is a time-consuming task, especially if you have a home with multiple floors and many windows to get through. Breaking down the chore room by room will help you maximize time and efficiency. If you can only take on one room a day, it may take a few days to get through all your windows. There’s no reason every window must be cleaned all at once. One room of windows a week should have your home looking spic and span over a month or two.

Another great trick to speeding up the window cleaning process is to start on rooms with the fewest windows. Bathrooms are usually a great place to begin because you can check off a room after one or two windows and move onto the next. This provides a sense of accomplishment and diminishes the intimidation of the task ahead.

Do a Thorough Cleaning Once or Twice a Year

Wiping windows for a sparkling polish is a job that varies in frequency. Some homes may only need window cleaning once every two months. Households with small children who press fingers and faces to windows may need cleaning once or twice a week. It all depends on your home, family, and lifestyle. Even with these quick cleanings occurring regularly, you’ll still need to break it down and give your windows a good thorough cleaning once or twice a year.

Most windows come apart for easier washing. Removing all the pieces you can and giving them a good scrubbing in the tub or over a rubber mat will ensure that all mildew or bacteria that has built up is cleaned away. Even the best-sealed windows take on residue because of the moisture that occurs during temperature change.

Be sure to take time to wipe inside the window frame, as well. Keep an eye out for any warped wood or discolouration. If you sense that mould is present or that the wood isn’t sturdy, you may need to call a window specialist to have a look.

Call in the Professionals for Clean Windows and Best Rates

Cleaning windows shouldn’t be stressful. It’s just part of the pride you take in your home and another chore on the chore chart. For many families, window cleaning takes up far too much time to tackle alone. If this is the case for you, calling a professional could be a big help.

At Maid4Condos, cleaning windows is one of our specialties. We understand how much work goes into scrubbing and polishing glass, and we take extra care with each pane. If you’re interested in learning more about our services or want to schedule a window cleaning, contact us today. Call Maid4Condos at 1-647-822-0601 or visit our website to sign up for a free quote on your home cleaning.

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