How to Clean Windows

How to Clean Windows

How to Clean Windows Like a Pro

4 Simple Techniques for Sparkling Results

At Henry’s Services Co, we believe that maintaining a clean, well-cared-for home doesn’t have to be a task. With the proper techniques and tools, you can achieve professional-looking results on your windows without breaking a sweat. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll share Five proven methods for cleaning windows to perfection, along with expert tips to make the process quick, effective, and eco-friendly.

Gathering Your Supplies 

A successful window cleaning mission starts with having the right tools on hand. Here’s a quick checklist to confirm you’re prepared:

  • Vinegar and water: This is a classic, eco-friendly option. Combine the same parts of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle.
  • Dish Soap & Water: For a touch more cleaning power, use a few drops of dish soap in a bucket of warm water. 
  • Commercial Window Cleaner: Choose a reputable brand suitable for your window type.
  • Microfiber Cloths: These lint-free cloths are ideal for cleaning windows as they effectively trap dirt and grime without leaving streaks. 
  • Squeegee: This tool helps remove the excess cleaning solution and ensures a streak-free finish, particularly for more oversized windows. 
  • Bucket (Optional): If using the dish soap and water method, a bucket will be handy.
  • Sponge (Optional): it can be helpful for cleaning window frames or removing stubborn grime.
  • Newspaper (Optional): While not ideal for the environment, some people prefer using crumpled newspapers for drying, especially for stubborn streaks. However, be aware that newspaper ink can sometimes smudge.

Bunnings Bonus Tip: Look out for our fantastic multi-packs of microfibre cloths! They’re of great value and perfect for keeping a spare in hand for various cleaning tasks.

Choosing the Right Window Cleaning Method

The Vinegar Solution: The Eco-Friendly Choice

One of the easiest and most eco-friendly ways to clean windows is by using a simple vinegar-based solution. 

  • Mix the same quantity of water and white vinegar in a spray bottle. Then apply the mixture directly to your windows. 
  • Allow it to sit for a few moments, giving the vinegar time to break down the grime and residue.
  • Next, grab a microfiber cloth and wipe the windows clean. 
  • If you notice any stubborn streaks, flip the fabric to the unused side and give the area a second pass. 

The vinegar solution effectively cuts through dirt and leaves your windows sparkling without the use of harsh chemicals.

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The Squeegee Technique: Streak-Free Shine

For extra-stubborn, streak-prone windows, the squeegee method is a game-changer. 

  • Start by spraying your preferred glass cleaner, such as our Glitz Glass Cleaner, directly onto the window. 
  • Allow the solution to rest for a while in order to unleash its power. 
  • Then, use a high-quality squeegee to drag across the surface from top to bottom with smooth, even strokes.
  • The key to success with this method is maintaining the squeegee at a consistent angle and applying even pressure as you go. 
  • Work on overlapping passes to ensure complete coverage.
  • Use a clean microfiber cloth to wipe away any drips or excess moisture. 

This technique delivers a flawless, streak-free finish that’s sure to impress.

Bunnings Bonus Tip: Invest in a good quality squeegee with a soft rubber blade. It will ensure smooth gliding and prevent scratches on your window.

The Window Vac: High-Tech Cleaning Made Easy

For those who love a bit of gadgetry, the Karcher Window Vac is a game-changing tool that takes window cleaning to the next level. Start by spraying your window cleaner of choice, then use the squeegee attachment to give the surface a thorough scrub.

Once you’ve loosened up the grime, activate the vacuum function to suck up any remaining water or residue. This innovative device makes the whole process a breeze, leaving your windows sparkling clean without the need for extensive wiping or drying.

The All-Purpose Method: Dish Soap & Water

For windows with a bit more grime, a mild dish soap solution can be a great option.

  • Prepare a bucket of warm water and mix in a small amount of dish soap. Stir thoroughly until a soapy solution is formed.
  • Dip your microfiber cloth into the soapy water and wring it out thoroughly to remove excess moisture. 
  • Wipe the window in a circular motion, ensuring you reach all corners and edges.
  • Rinse the cleaning solution by wiping the window with a clean, damp microfiber cloth. 
  • Dry the window with a clean, dry microfiber cloth to prevent streaks.

The Newspaper Trick: A Blast from the Past

If you’re looking for a low-tech, budget-friendly option, consider the humble newspaper. This age-old trick is still one of the most effective ways to achieve streak-free windows.

  • Start by spraying a bit of clean water or window cleaner directly onto the glass. 
  • Then, scrunch up a sheet of newspaper and use it to wipe away the dirt and grime. 
  • The textured paper surface helps to lift and absorb the mess, while the ink acts as a gentle abrasive to leave your windows gleaming.

This method is beneficial for tackling hard-to-reach areas, and it’s a great way to repurpose old newspapers rather than sending them to the recycling bin.

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Finishing Touches: The Final Result

Anyway, regardless of the cleaning technique you choose, the final step is to step back and admire your handiwork. Take a moment to think proudly at your sparkling windows, reveling in the satisfaction of a job well done.

Look for cracks, chips, or loose seals and address any issues before proceeding to your next cleaning session.

Remember, keeping your windows clean and well-maintained isn’t just about aesthetics – it also plays a crucial role in preserving the longevity and energy efficiency of your home. By incorporating these simple techniques into your regular cleaning routine, you can enjoy the benefits of crystal-clear views and reduced utility bills all year round.

So what are you waiting for? Grab your supplies, put on those rubber gloves, and get ready to transform your windows from dull and dingy to brilliantly bright. With a bit of elbow grease and the proper methods, you’ll be marveling at your reflection in no time.

Explore More Cleaning Advice from Henry's Services Co

If you’re inspired to take your home cleaning game to the next level, check out the rest of our DIY advice section. You’ll find a wealth of information on everything from deep-cleaning your oven to preventing dirt.

Remember, at Henry’s Services Co, we’re here to support you every step of the way, whether you’re tackling a major renovation or just looking to spruce up your windows. 

So what are you waiting for? Get out there, grab your squeegee, and let’s get those windows sparkling!