It’s that time of year to throw open the curtains and blinds, and let the sunshine flow in. That’s when you make the frightening discovery. Your windows are filthy, both inside and out. Before you can truly enjoy the springtime sun, you need to wash the grime, dirt and dust that has accumulated over the winter.
You may be surprised to find out that the best window cleaners available are already in your home. But wait ! Forget the expensive solutions and reach for these 6 natural ways to make your windows shine inside and out.
- Use a Squeegee
The squeegee has been a staple in the window cleaning industry for years. It’s one of the most efficient window cleaner tools. However you don’t find many of them in the cleaning supply bin in most homes. Most people’s experience with squeegees are with those dirty double-sided tools found in the hanging mop bucket .
In fact, squeegee is the most important tool in the window cleaning process. If you’re serious about getting your windows cleaned like a pro, buy a good quality window cleaning squeegee. It comes in three pieces. The handle, the channel and the piece of rubber supported by the channel. The rubber can be turned over when it gets old, and then replaced when both sides have worn out. There are various sizes to choose from depending on the size of the windows you’ll be cleaning.
- Use Lemon juice
Lemon can cut through grease which is useful if you’ve been using those wax-residue commercial cleaners. It has an added bonus of polishing glass as you clean. For a lemon cleaner, mix 1 tablespoon of lemon juice with 1 quart of warm water in a spray bottle. Simply wipe dry. It works wonders for your glass.
For more heavy duty jobs, try mixing 2 tablespoons of borax in 3 cups of water. Apply with a sponge and wipe clean, then rinse with a solution of equal parts vinegar and water. After, polish with a cloth or newspaper. Wear rubber gloves if you have several windows to wash. It will help you get rid of the worst stains without much effort.
- Steel Wool
If your windows suffer from a drip or have hard water deposits, you can gently clean them off with a piece of steel wool. Wet the glass and softly rub away the stains so you don’t scratch the glass or paint. Rinse with water and soap solution or wipe away with a cotton cloth.
Very fine grade of steel wool is used gently on the surface, minor scratches can actually be buffed out of glass. This method is very useful when you trying to get rid of hard deposits that are difficult to get rid off and is the most effective window cleaning tool.
- Vinegar and Water
For a streak-free shine, combine equal parts water and white vinegar in a spray bottle, and wipe with a cotton cloth or squeegee for best results. If your windows are especially dirty, pre-clean them with soapy water and use undiluted white vinegar on tough water-spots. This multi-purpose cleaner does the job and is the cheapest of all.
Though there are no real secrets to window cleaning but practice is key. Cleaning glass and windows is not necessarily difficult, but it can be time-consuming. It can also be frustrating when you are dealing with windows and have to move between the interior and exterior of your home. You can get the chore done with the right tools and the right attitude.