How to Wash Windows Like the Pros Do!
Step 1: Gather Up the Things You’ll Need
It’s always best to keep everything you need at hand instead of wasting time looking for something only to realize that you don’t have it! So first, make sure you have all the things that you need and place them near your windows. Eastside House Cleaning has prepared a list for your reference here:
- Dust cloths/rags
- Liquid dish soap
- Chamois/microfiber cloths
- Old newspaper (if needed)
Step 2: Wipe Windows Thoroughly
To begin, dust your windows properly to remove dirt from the window panes including the trims, sills, and corners. The thoroughness of this step is very important in achieving the perfect result because any dirt left on the windows will get smeared or spread around when you start washing the panes. Don’t worry about hardened stains; we’ll cover that in the next step.
Step 3: Wash with this Homemade Cleanser and Sponge
To make your cleaning solution, add liquid soap to half a bucket of water; swirl your hand around the water to create suds. For stubborn stains which include mud stains and insect droppings, we advise making a strong solution (extra sudsy) to remove them with ease. While warm water is advised, room temperature is doable as well. Mix your cleaning solution well and dip a sponge in it; squeeze it gently to remove some of the water and begin washing the glass including corners. Make sure to wet the entire glass and make it soapy enough so that the squeegee can remove stains effectively.
Step 4: Squeegee Panes Clean!
The best way to clean your windows and remove stains is by using as S-pattern when maneuvering the squeegee. If the window panes are too small for this, vertical and horizontal movements can be used. For best results, your windows need to be very wet and soapy when using the squeegee. If needed, repeat step 3 and continue. When the squeegee blade gets dirty, wipe it with a rag to avoid smearing dirt around.
Step 5: Wipe Windows Dry
Using the chamois or microfiber cloth, gently wipe the entire window dry. The frames, corners, sills, and trims of the window also need to be dried. Use old rags to soak up water between the window sills. In the case of leftover stains, follow the next step.
Step 6: Spot Clean Leftover Stains (if any)
If there are any stubborn stains left on the surface, you can spot clean them. For this, you will need window cleaner (undiluted) and crushed newspaper balls to wipe. Simply spritz the stain directly and wipe immediately using circular motions. Avoid letting the cleaner dry up or using other hand motions as they may cause streaks.