The Ultimate Guide To Cleaning Your Outside Windows
You’ve been avoiding them for long enough; it is now time to give your outside windows a clean.
I can’t blame you for putting it off; cleaning windows can be quite the troublesome chore.
However, we are often at fault for making it such a troublesome chore.
We buy rolls upon rolls of tissue paper, or worse we use old newspapers and we overdose on window spray and give ourselves a headache.
In this post, I am going to share tips that were provided to us by some of our maids from our Austin area.
This easy to follow ultimate guide will be so helpful to you that you will look forward (yes you read that right!) to cleaning your outside windows in the future.
The wrong thing to do
When it comes to cleaning your outside windows, here is what you don’t do:
Where to start? : Start with the windows located on the top floor working your way down.
If you start at the bottom and then move to the top, the drips from your squeegee will ruin the work you previously completed at the bottom.
Rubbing: When you clean your windows rubbing is one of the worst methods you can use.
A lot of people think grabbing a wad of tissue, soaping it up and rubbing off dirt is a full-proof method. Well, it’s not.
Rubbing moves dirt from one area to another. It also causes static on the glass, making it easier for dirt to attach itself to your window again.
Sunlight: When you come around to cleaning your outside windows, try to avoid direct sunlight.
Direct sunlight will speed up the drying process a little too much. As a result, your windows will have unsightly streaks.
Direction: To figure out where the streaking occurs, wash the outside of your windows from horizontally and the inside of your windows vertically.
Change it up: Windows can be quite a delicate surface when it comes to cleaning. Change the rinse and wash water you use at regular intervals.
Vacuum: Before you start to apply the water vacuum the window screen to remove dust.
What you will need
Please throw away your tissue paper and the spray bottle; it takes twice the time and twice the effort to clean your windows.
Here’s what you need:
A strip applicator: To get your windows looking clean and shiny wash it with a strip applicator, preferably a micro-fiber strip applicator for best results.
A squeegee: Using a squeegee will get rid of those annoying streaks. Whenever you clean your windows make sure the squeegee has a new sharp rubber blade.
Lint free cloths: You will need a clean microfiber rag to dry off the woodwork so you don’t damage it. In addition, the rag will come in handy when you need to wipe off your squeegee.
Now, let’s get to the juicy bit…
Step 1: Wash your window with the strip applicator
Ultimate Guide Bonus Tip: Remember to vacuum your window screen before you start to apply your cleaning solution. Also, make sure you have the right vacuum cleaner for the job.
Using a strip applicator works very well for picture windows. As mentioned above, use a natural sponge and small squeegee for small window panes.
Mix up your cleaning solution; the fewer soap suds, the better. Put only a drop of detergent into a bucket (2 gallons or so) of warm water.
Next, dip your strip applicator into your solution and then wring out excess water and begin washing your windows.
Then you’ll want to spread the water evenly; try not to over soak the window to protect your woodwork. Remember to use your rag if you need it.
Step 2: It’s squeegee time
Ultimate Guide Bonus Tip: Remember to wipe the squeegee with a lint free cloth after every stroke.
Now it’s time to wipe clean your window with a squeegee.
Start at the top left of your window and wipe away the soap in a reverse S pattern.
Using the S pattern will speed up the amount of time you take cleaning your windows.
If you have large windows, the best method to use is to do horizontal strokes.
Step 3: Remove excess water from the edges
Ultimate Guide Bonus Tip: Use a damp cloth.
After using your squeegee to wipe away the suds, you will notice a water build-up along edges of your window; don’t panic.
Grab a damp rag (make sure you sufficiently wring it out) and wipe away any remaining water on the edges.
The dampness in the cloth will make sure you leave no streaks behind.
When the excess water is gone check your window for streaks. If you see a few, repeat the steps above.
If your windows are streak free, dry your window sill with a cloth. Finally, stand back and rejoice at your supremely clean windows.
If you follow and put into practice this helpful ultimate guide, you will immediately notice two things.
Two: You cleaned your windows in half your usual time and it felt like second nature.
The steps I listed above are easy to follow and will change your window cleaning life.