How to Go About Window Washing
Window washing is a simple but important task that can help keep your home looking its best. Not only does window washing make your windows look cleaner, it also helps keep them from becoming stained and damaging over time.
The first step is to make sure that your windows are free of smudges and streaks. The easiest way to do this is to spray them down with a cleaning solution. You can buy commercially available products for this purpose, or you can use a simple solution made from water and vinegar.
Next, use a sponge or a squeegee to wipe down the surface of your windows. Using this tool ensures that you’ll get into the corners and hard to reach spots, which are often dirtier than the rest of the glass.
For a more thorough job, Erin McDermott from Window Genie recommends that you also include the frames of your windows in the process. She advises using soapy water to clean these areas as well, and to rinse them thoroughly afterward.
Once the exterior of your windows have been sprayed, start by wiping them down from side to side. This will prevent any smudges from becoming a stain, and it’ll make your windows look much more polished.
A microfiber cloth is also a great option for cleaning your windows as it is both inexpensive and reusable. They are also very absorbent, so they’ll remove dirt more efficiently than a regular cloth.
After you’ve wiped your windows down, rinse them off with a garden hose or a lint-free cloth. Afterward, dry them off with a towel or newspaper pages to ensure that there’s no leftover moisture.
If your windows have been sprayed with a stain-resistant substance, such as a silicone or acrylic sealant, you can remove it by scraping it off with a plastic scraper. You can also soak a cloth in a bleach solution and scrub it on the windows.
Another option is to use a brush or a scrubbing pad with a cleaning liquid, such as lemon juice mixed with water. The acid in the liquid will break down the stain. If the stain is too stubborn to remove, you may need to use a window cleaner.
You can also use a small toothbrush to help you get into the small crevices of your window tracks to clean them and prevent rusting or damage in the future. This will also help your windows open and close easier.
After your windows are cleaned, you can apply a protective coating to them with a clear coat spray or wax. It is a good idea to apply this before the window is completely dry, as it will protect the glass from becoming dull or yellowing in the sunlight. If your window has a vinyl or a plexiglass finish, you can also apply a sealant over the entire surface to help prevent moisture from causing fading or cracking.