Spring Sunshine: The Do’s and Don’ts of Window Cleaning

As the April showers start to subside and the sun begins to make an appearance with temperatures getting up to 20 degrees by the end of the month. Streaky and grubby windows are easier to spot in the bright sunshine so may be thinking about giving them a spring clean…

To make your life easier, Adam Pawson, Marketing Director from leading window retailer Safestyle, has pulled together do’s and don’ts when it comes to cleaning your windows.

The 3 Do’s of window cleaning

  1. Prep is key to ensuring there are no streaks

One way to prevent streaks on your windows is to make sure to remove any dust with a paper or microfibre cloth before you begin. Then, using a spray consisting of one part distilled (white) vinegar to 10 parts warm water, apply it directly to a cloth before being rubbed evenly against the glass. For a bit of extra sparkle, sprinkle some baking powder onto the cloth before you add the solution and it will aid the cleaning process. If you have stubborn streaks which don’t seem to disappear, try going over the area with clean water to help remove any of the remaining solution.

  1. Use a squeegee at a 45 degree angle

“If #CleanTok can teach us anything, it’s that professional window cleaners love a soapy solution and a squeegee when it comes to cleaning. However, using a squeegee is more likely to leave streaks; the top tip is to have the squeegee at a 45 degree angle to the window and dry the squeegee off after every stroke”

  1. Clean both the inside AND outside of your windows

There’s no point spending time getting the inside of your windows to sparkle and shine if the outside is covered with dirt from the outside world. Getting outdoors is even easier as it warms up so make sure to clear your windows of any leaves or petals to give them the perfect finish. You can hire professional window cleaning services to do this. Exceptional window cleaning service that leaves every glass pane sparkling.

The 3 Don’ts of window cleaning

  1. Don’t use a coloured cloth on uPVC 

“Marks and stains are entirely common and normal for uPVC windows and will come off with a wipe of simple washing up liquid solution. However, using a coloured cloth may be counterproductive as they can stain the plastic.”

  1. Don’t use shaving foam

“Although shaving foam is claimed to be a great hack for cleaning a multitude of things such as sofas and bathrooms, we wouldn’t advise it to be used to clean your windows because it can leave streaks if not used correctly.”

  1. Don’t forget about the inside of your window frame 

“It can be easy to ignore our inner window frames but they are easily susceptible to becoming clogged with dirt and debris. To tackle these hard to reach areas, start by opening up the window and take an old toothbrush to loosen any dirt, dust and cobwebs that might be stuck in the frame. Then, use the hose of your vacuum cleaner to get rid of any debris before wiping the area down with an antibacterial product.” 

Rachel Bartee

Rachel Bartee is a blogger and freelance writer dreaming of a tour round the world to write a story of her greatest life adventure. For the time being, she feels inspired by her daily yoga sessions and studies Interpersonal Relationships.