Do you need the down and dirty on ultra-clean windows? Even old windows can get a revamped look from a good cleaning – not the mention that crystal clean panes can do a whole lot to revitalize the look of both interior and exterior of your home. Ideally, you’ll want to get your windows professionally cleaned at least twice a year. But for a good brush-up in between services, follow our simple tips for sparkling results.
Tips for Sparkling Windows
- Use a squeegee to help you avoid annoying and noticeable streaks on the windows. But be sure to wipe the squeegee clean after each swipe or you’ll get drips—which lead to streaks.
- Grab an ultra-worn and washed t-shirt or even a cloth baby diaper to polish windows. The soft texture will create a brilliant shine.
- Rub a crumpled newspaper on the window. This will leave a (clear) residue that can help prevent dirt and dust from building up.
- If your pane has any small scratches, rub these with toothpaste to help smooth them out.
- Clean your windows on cloudy (not rainy!) days. Windows that dry too quickly in sunlight can easily get streaky.
- Before using a cleaning agent on exterior windows, use a hose to remove surface dirt and grime.
- If your squeegee often misses corners, clean these with a soft toothbrush or cotton swab.
- If you frequently get streaks on your windows, try washing one side using horizontal motions and the other side using vertical. This way, if your pane gets streaky, you’ll automatically know which side the streak is on.
- Change your wash and rinse water often for the best results.
- Avoid using “soft” paper towels. These can leave lint on your newly cleaned windows. Stick to harder paper towels or soft cloths and t-shirts.
Got any secret tips you’ve tried yourself? Let us know!
Originally posted 2012-09-09 05:15:50.