With cooler and wetter weather imminent, searches for ‘best way to clean windows streak free’ are up by 133%1 since last year and 11,6301 people have Googled “how to clean my windows” in August alone.
As the weather starts to change and our windows will be taking rain, snow and sleet – they’ll be in need of a sprucing up, especially if you’re planning on hosting for Halloween and Christmas, but what are the best ways to clean them inside and out?
Jade Oliver, Showroom Stylist at Express Bi-Folding Doors has pulled together her top five must-follow tips to help windows recover from the winter and make them crystal clear for the spring.
From hoovering, to using vinegar and tips on how to get rid of pesky streaks, Jade has shared her secrets after achieving professional standard results at showrooms and houses across the country:
Taking off the top layer
Jade recommends “For both inside and out, there will be a build up of dirt on windows all over the home. It’s tempting to spray each area with hot soapy water immediately, however this will make the dust stick to the glass and you’re simply moving it around rather than removing it. Use a duster to loosen any dust particles first, and then try gently vacuuming with the bristle attachment to avoid scratching the surface. Finally, to get into any tougher nooks and crannies such as the corners and rims, work in a feather duster to manipulate the grime.”
The secret sauce
Jade adds “As well as using hot soapy water and a squeegee for a squeaky-clean finish, there is also another ingredient to include. The acidity of white vinegar helps remove the waxy layer caused from cleaning products. This film is a magnet for streak marks, so adding a splash of white vinegar to your cleaning routine will help remove them. In fact, mix equal parts white vinegar and hot water for the ultimate budget-friendly window cleaning spray.”
Those pesky streaks
Jade explains “No matter how clean the window is, water marks and streaks can make them look scruffy. Although using an unscented and uncoloured glass cleaner is essential, the key ingredient is the cloth. Using an old rag, duster or newspaper will only spread the spots on the glass, whereas a microfibre cloth folded correctly will do the trick. Ensure that it’s folded over at least once so no oils from your skin make their way through the material and smear on the glass. The small fibres in a microfibre cloth will absorb whatever they come in contact with. Ensure there is distance between your hand and the window by folding the cloth, and scrub from left to right. Rubbing in circles will create a static that dust can stick to.”
Outside can be a stretch
Jade says “If you don’t want to hire a professional cleaner or live in a flat, you can try to clean your windows from the inside. Both sides of a window need to be spotless for the best results, leaving one side dirty will result in a poor finish, however safety is paramount. If you can clean from the outside, extendable products are key here. Rinse the windows with a hose and use an extended mop with hot, soapy water (and white vinegar!). Lean into the mop and let your bodyweight apply the correct pleasure to rub off the dirt. Use an extended scraper to remove any excess liquid off to avoid streaks. If you a cleaning from the inside, for safety we’d recommend using a magnetic window cleaner, so you don’t have to lean out too far, and clean it as if it was inside.