As autumn approaches and the nights draw in it can be easy to forget about keeping your windows clean. Although this is likely to be more of a priority for you in the summer months, taking time each week to keep your windows sparkling throughout the year will make a big difference to the brightness of your home.

It’s easier than you think to keep your windows sparkling and in this article, we will look at the best way to clean your windows, including the simple items you need to keep your windows streak free.

What you will need

Don’t worry, there isn’t an extensive list of complicated potions that you need to give your windows a proper clean. We recommend having the following items at home:

  • a bucket
  • a sponge
  • a squeegee (available at most DIY stores or online)
  • some newspaper or brown paper
  • a microfiber cloth
  • a lint-free cloth
  • a window cleaning solution or white vinegar

How often do you need to clean the windows?

Try adding window cleaning to your weekly chore list. By this, we mean wiping the windows with glass cleaner and removing dirt and grime from the window sills and frame. A deep clean isn’t needed this often though. Aim to give your windows a deep clean, inside and out, on a quarterly basis.

Cleaning the inside

How often have you cleaned the inside of your windows only to look a few minutes later and notice that they are streaky? It’s a common problem but one that’s easily avoided with the right tools and technique. Here’s our guide to cleaning the inside of your windows to prevent streaks:

  1. Fill a bucket with cool, clean soapy water.
  2. Run a clean microfiber cloth or sponge over the window, including the window frames.
  3. Spray the glass with your window cleaner or, if you prefer, a homemade water and vinegar cleaning solution.
  4. Use a lint-free clean cloth or alternatively, newspaper, to clean and dry the window in a Z-motion.
  5. Repeat if needed.

Cleaning from the outside

On the outside, your windows are more likely to accumulate dirt. Start by washing your dirty windows with clean water. You could even use a hose if you have access to one (and it’s appropriate to do so i.e. there isn’t a hosepipe ban in place!).

Once the excess dirt has been removed, repeat the same process as above for cleaning the inside of your windows. In addition, for the outside, we’d recommend wiping the window dry using a squeegee. Work from the top of the window to the bottom, remembering to wipe the squeegee with a clean paper towel between wipes.

For any stubborn marks, such as bird droppings, soak the area fully using white vinegar and water. Leave to stand for a few minutes before rinsing with clean water.

Expert help and advice

We hope that you’ve found this article a useful overview of how to keep your windows clean and sparkling throughout the year.

If you’re looking to upgrade your windows we’re more than happy to advise you. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.