How to Spring Clean Your Windows

As a permanent fixture of any household, windows are often overlooked as part of the springclean list of chores but, if left, they can become very dirty and unsightly, making the overall impression of your home very off-putting.

So, for a good spring cleaning of your windows, here’s a simple guide to follow!

Gather these essential items:

  • A sponge and scrubber
  • A squeegee measuring 10 to 12 inches (or one that fits the smallest pane)
  • A bucket filled a third of the way with a mix of water and cleaning solution, such as washing up liquid.
  • Rags, lint-free cloths and towels

Tip: Water will freeze quickly in the winter so adding a small amount of alcohol to your bucket will help prevent the water from freezing on the window panes.

Getting Started

1. After you have all the essentials, remove any obstructions from your windows such as blinds and decorations before cleaning off dust and cobwebs with a cloth (you can take this opportunity to clean your blinds before re-fitting them).

2. On the outside, use a hose to clear any dirt away.

3. Place towels under windows on the inside to catch any dripping water.

4. Once everything is in place, take a smaller towel and place it in your front pocket or somewhere you can easily reach.

Tip: Avoid window cleaning in direct sunlight as this can leave streaks.

 

Cleaning Your Windows

Before using the squeegee:

1. Dip your sponge in the cleaning solution and wipe the window frames.

2. Next, take your scrubber or sponge and soak it in the cleaning solution before removing any excess suds.

3. Scrub the window pane thoroughly until every inch is covered in suds, including the corners.

Using the Squeegee

Once your window is wet with suds, use the squeegee to wipe it away.

4. First start by tilting the squeegee so that you can clean a narrow vertical strip down one side.

5. Then move the squeegee from one side of the window to the other while applying gentle pressure, starting at the top (for beginners, it’s best to wipe the squeegee clean after one horizontal stroke using a rag or the scrubber, as it helps prevent lines.

6. After the first horizontal stroke, sweep back the other way and continue to the bottom of the window in an S-motion, making sure to overlap each horizontal pass by at least 2 inches.

Tip: While moving your squeegee in a horizontal motion, angle it so that it directs the suds away from clean areas.

7. Use a towel or even newspaper to dry the window, which can prevent streaks forming.

8. Wipe away water from the base of the window and along the edges with a towel. Finally, take a lint-free cloth and use your finger to push it into the corners and edges to remove water from crevices.

Tip: if the window is too short for your squeegee, try using vertical strokes or a dry microfiber cloth.

Replacing Window Dressings

9. The final thing to do once towels are cleared up and water has dried out is to put back your clean window dressings.

If all this talk of cleaning windows has inspired you to give your home a spring makeover, why not get in touch with the team at Paul James Blinds? We have extensive experience in offering beautiful, high quality blinds to our domestic and commercial clients alike. Please call us today for more information or for a free no-obligation quote.