How to Clean Hard to Clean Windows
Hey there, Las Vegas homeowners! Are you looking to let some more light into your synergetic home? If so, it’s time to give those hard to clean windows a good cleaning. Here are some tips for cleaning hard to clean windows.
Tips and tricks for hard-to-clean windows:
1. Remove any hard material
If your window has paint or hard material on the surface, use a razor blade before cleaning. For particularly soiled windows, use a mixture of ammonia and water to cut through grime and fingerprints. Spray the solution and immediately wipe it away to prevent streaks and smudges.
Before washing the windows, loosen any leftover sticker adhesive.
Rather than using DIY window-cleaning solutions or tools, purchase a window-cleaning kit from your local home improvement store that has everything you need in one package. Most kits come with a scrubbing brush and a squeegee that can attach to an extension pole.
Some may come with extra attachments and or a long pole to allow you to customize the project. Apply a cleaning solution of your choice with the scrubber then wipe dry with the squeegee attachment for a sparkling shine.
2. Use a Garden Hose
First up, grab your garden hose and an adjustable nozzle attachment with the power wash setting to give your windows a good spraying. Once you’ve removed any surface dirt, mix some hot water and dishwashing liquid in a bucket and scrub the outside of your windows with a sponge or rag. Rinse the soapy water with your garden hose and let the windows partially dry. Next, apply a commercial window cleaning solution or mix equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle and apply to the windows. Wipe off the solution with a microfiber towel for a crystal-clear view.
3. Opt for a Household Mop
If you have hard-to-reach windows, grab your trusty household mop and attach a lint-free microfiber towel to the end. Mix up a homemade window cleaner and get to work on those streaks.
4. Try a Streak-Free Squeegee
For professional-grade results, use a rubber-bladed squeegee to clean your windows. Start by cleaning a narrow strip straight down the edge of the glass pane with the tip of your squeegee. Then, apply gentle pressure to the top section of the window and drag the squeegee evenly across the window in a horizontal motion angled downward. Wipe off the tip of your squeegee after each stroke and repeat from top to bottom, making sure to overlap the sections you’ve already wiped.
5. Consider a Magnetic Cleaner
If you live in a high-rise apartment or have windows that are difficult to reach with a ladder, try a magnetic cleaner. Create a cleaning solution with equal parts vinegar and water and a few teaspoons of dishwashing liquid for a sudsy mixture. Dip the sponges of the two parts of the tool into the soapy water and rub them together. If your tool comes with a safety string, attach it to a fixed area inside. Open the window, place one half of the tool on the outside, and line it up with the second half from the inside so the magnet secures. Carefully wipe the windows with the sponge side in a horizontal motion, working slowly so the magnet stays attached. Then, go back over the section in the opposite direction using the squeegee end of the tool.
6. Dry With Newspaper
Finally, if you’re in a pinch, grab some newspaper to clear away any remaining grime on your windows. Rub crumpled up newspaper in a circular motion on the window panes to leave them smudge-free. Just remember to cover your sills with painter’s tape to keep them clean.
7. Purchase a Window-Cleaning Kit
Instead of making your own window-cleaning solutions or tools, consider buying a window-cleaning kit from a local home improvement store. These kits typically contain everything you need, including a scrubbing brush and squeegee that can be attached to an extension pole. Some kits may also come with additional attachments and a longer pole for customization. Apply your preferred cleaning solution with the scrubber, and then use the squeegee attachment to wipe the windows dry for a spotless shine.
8. Don’t Forget Your Window Screens
Before cleaning the glass, remove the screens from the window sills and place them on a flat surface. Use a brush vacuum attachment to remove dust and debris from the screens, and then rinse them with a hose. Create a cleaning solution with soap, all-purpose cleaner, or white vinegar and water, and apply it to the screens with a sponge. Scrub away any grime, rinse the screens with the hose, and let them dry completely before reattaching them to the windows.
9. Clean the Window Sills
After cleaning your windows and screens, take the time to clean your window sills as well. Use a brush vacuum attachment to remove any dust, debris, and spiderwebs from the sills and tracks. For moldy or dirty spots, spray them with an all-purpose cleaner and let the cleaner sit for a few minutes before scrubbing with a toothbrush and wiping away with a microfiber cloth.
Now that you know how to clean your windows like a pro, let that sunshine in and enjoy your energy efficient home!
At Synergetic Home Las Vegas, we’re here to help you every step of the way. So go ahead, let the sunshine in, and enjoy your windows with peace of mind!