Top tips to get your windows sparkling for spring
Clean windows can make a huge difference to a room, allowing light to stream in. But getting your windows sparkling clean can be a bit tricky. We’ve had a look at some great tips to help you get those panes gleaming!
Get the timing right
When the sun starts to stream in your windows, all the streaks and grime start to appear, so you may think this is the best time to give those panes a clean. Whilst the light shows up all the grubby patches, if you clean them on a sunny day the sun is likely to dry the glass too quickly, resulting in more streaks! So waiting until a cloudy day is more likely to give you a streak free result.
Take down curtains or blinds
It may seem obvious, but taking down the curtains is or blinds that surround your window can be a time consuming task that we would usually avoid. But if you want to give your windows a thorough clean, its best to take them down. You could take the opportunity to pop them through a wash or apply a spritz of fabric freshener. If you have horizontal or vertical pblinds, its a good time to give them a proper freshen up too.
Clean the surrounding areas
Once you have your curtains or blinds down, you can get a proper look at the area surrounding your windows. Using a brush or hoover, get rid of any dust or cobwebs that may be lurking in the corners and give the windowsill a wipe.
How to clean away the grime
Soapy water is a great method to use to get your windows sparkling. Fill a bucket with some washing up liquid and warm water. Try to avoid creating too many soap suds as these will leave streaks if allowed to dry. Using a non abrasive sponge give your window a thorough wash. Alternatively you can use a window cleaning fluid designed specifically for windows to achieve a clean finish.
Wash away the cleaner for a streak free finish
Using a clean squeegee to remove the soapy water or window cleaner can help you achieve a professional result. Working in a reverse S pattern from top to bottom and regularly wiping the blade will avoid smearing. Remove the remaining water with a micro fibre cloth or chamois to give the window a lovely shine. Avoid using anything that may leave lint on the glass to soak up water such as paper towels to achieve a perfect finish.
If you prefer to use traditional methods to clean your windows, you can make your own cleaning solution. Adding two tablespoons of vinegar to a small bucket of warm water will give you a lovely streak free pane. Adding two tablespoons of household ammonia will give your solution extra cleaning power, but make sure to wear rubber gloves! A traditional method of drying your windows is to use crumpled newspaper for a sparkling finish.