DIY Approach For Homeowners
One option could be a DIY approach. For a small home, it could be easier than you think.
Firstly, gather your supplies and tools. To get off to a good start with cleaning your windows, it is important to have good quality equipment. A simple kit will include a bucket, squeegee, mop, scraper, and detergents.
Supplies and Tools
Bucket. Preferably a wide bucket that can fit the squeegee and mop in. You can use a typical window cleaning bucket that is usually used by professionals.
Squeegee. This is the most crucial and important tool of all, so you need a good quality professional grade squeegee. The rubber can be replaced or turned over when it gets older.
Scraper. This usually comes with a replaceable metal blade and can be used to get the tough marks off like paint, tape, and stubborn insect marks or birds droppings. But you need to take care when you use a scraper on glass as it can cause permanent scratches and damage.
Ideally, you need to start by cleaning the external windows that are more susceptible to dirt. That way, when you can see what you’re cleaning when it comes to cleaning the insides. For stubborn stain cause by hard water run-offs you can opt to use a mineral deposit removing cleaner.
If your children have decorated the windows with stickers or decals have been applied to prevent the birds from flying into the windows, then removing these sticky substances can be a difficult task. However, rest assured, they can be removed with the correct use of a scraper and a spray bottle filled with water. All you need to do is to spray the stickers with water, then hold the scraper at an angle of 45 degrees and apply gentle pressure. Scrap only in one direction. Squeegee the window and if necessary, repeat.
Preferably, vacuum the inside channels and sills before cleaning the windows. This prevent the dirt from getting wet and will make your job a lot easier. Also, be sure to put a towel that is large down in front of the window before you start to clean the inside windows to avoid any damage to flooring.
Scrub the panes with a window cleaners mop, applicator, or scrubbing bar. If you don’t have access to a professional applicator, a big car washing sponge can be used instead. Use the sponge with a solution of liquid soap in water and rub each pane starting from left to right and top to bottom and ensure that you wipe all the corners to loosen the dirt. When cleaning inside windows it’s important to squeeze most of the soapy water out of the scrubber to eliminate excess dripping. Depending on how dirty your windows are you may be able to wash 5 or more windows without wetting up the scrubber again.
Make the cleaning solution. There are different cleaning solutions that you can use in cleaning your windows, but it is recommended to just use basic water and a dish soap mixture. When you use a spray bottle and paper towel alone to remove the dirt you will leave the windows murky and streaky. So, to ensure that you get the best results, make sure the cleaning solution is mixed properly and has the required ingredients.
Finally, wipe up the excess water. You need to wipe anywhere the water has spilled, dripped or ran down. You can wipe excess water by using a lint free cloth as it prevents streaks on the window. To avoid damage to the frame, you need to use a separate cloth to dry water from the window sill.
If you follow these easy steps to clean your window at home and you will have the right tools to get the job done, you will be able to get the best results and the work will be easier to do. You can also opt for a professional window cleaner especially if you have a larger two story house.