Clean windows can transform the look and feel of your home’s interior. As well as letting more light into the space and creating a more pleasant view to the exterior, clean windows will make your home feel fresh and cared for.
Below we’ve listed our quick tips for clean windows – from old wives tales to the high-tech, we’re about to run through some great ideas to keep your windows looking great for years to come.
Use a window washing squeegee
Using the right tools for the job will help you to get the result you want. There’s a reason why professional window washers use squeegees, they’re not rocket science but are a tried and tested way to make your glass gleam. The squeegee has real staying power and is a staple in the window washing toolkit.
Make your own window cleaner
Shop bought window cleaners may work well, but they can’t beat a good old vinegar solution and a bit of elbow grease. Try mixing vinegar 50:50 with distilled water to create a clean and clear solution, then spray it on and wipe off using newspaper or a microfiber rag. It may be ‘old-school’, but sometimes the simplest ideas are the best ones – there’s a reason vinegar has been used around the home for lots of weird and wonderful uses for hundreds of years.
Keep soap use to a minimum
Filling your bucket with nice soapy water might look like its going to result in a better clean but looks can be deceptive. In reality, soapsuds are responsible for many of the streaks and marks that are left on glass after washing. If you can, avoid using soap altogether, sticking instead to window cleaner or vinegar and water. If you need a bit of hot soapy water to clean an especially dirty window, keep the soap content to a minimum and clean any marks off immediately.
Recycle your old newspapers
A fantastic way to reuse newspapers and get your windows clean, this is one of those old wives tales that has stood the test of time – because it really does work. As the newspaper gets wet, the ink will transfer onto your hands making them a little dirty, however the glass will stay nice and clean and should dry without any streaks or marks.
Buy yourself a cleaning robot
If newspapers, vinegar and elbow grease all sound a bit old-fashioned for your tastes, why not bring your cleaning cupboard right up to date with your own window cleaning robot? Available online and from certain gadget shops, these seemingly sci-fi robots will clean your windows and avoid obstacles like handles, frames and curtains, leaving you with a gleaming house without having lifted a finger. Although these nifty gadgets will set you back more than a bottle of vinegar! Try out some of these tips for yourself and enjoy streak-free windows and doors.