16 December 2015
How To Clean Windows: A Simple Guide
Windows can be hard to clean well. Just giving it a go any old how often leaves you with streaks, and it certainly doesn’t get rid of that horrible dirty mess that builds up in the window tracks.
Cleaning a window doesn’t have to be hard! You just need to get a few things straight first. Let’s take a look.
- A squeegee (and extra rubber blades if you like)
- A window scrubber
- A bucket
- Some clean rags
- A toothbrush
HOT TIP: Don’t skimp when it comes to buying a squeegee. They aren’t that expensive and they will make everything easier and more effective. They save time and do a better job.
- Prepare a mixture.
Fill a bucket with warm water and put in two teaspoons of detergent. When you’re using a scrubber or squeegee, wipe off extra water on the side of the bucket.
- Scrub it up.
Use your scrubber to wash the window. With stubborn marks, use a toothbrush. Make sure you clean all part of the glass.
Start at the top and work down to avoid water dripping. Wipe the squeegee on a rag or bucket periodically.
- Get the edges.
Use a clean rag to tidy up the edges and make sure the entire pane of glass is looking good.
Looking great! You can also buy special window cleaner, but the water and squeegee option is a thousand times better than a window cleaner and paper towel.
What’s next? The window tracks!
The rails that the window runs through get very, very dirty very easily. It’s not a good look, and it’s also very, very difficult to clean out.
But there is a way! Here’s what you’ll need:
- A vacuum cleaner and nozzle attachment.
- Baking soda
- Spray bottle
- Paper towel.
- Tooth brush.
HOT TIP: Dust and dead insects get stuck down with window oil that builds up over time, so you’ll need to dislodge things as much as possible first.
HOT TIP: Remove the fly screen is you can. This makes everything much easier to clean.
- Clean out the worst with vacuum.
Run the vacuum over the window tracks quickly so get rid of the biggest insects and things. Then run an old toothbrush inside the tracks. This will dislodge as much of the dust and dirt as possible. Try to get into the corners. Run the vaccum over the tracks again.
- Sprinkle baking soda.
Sprinkle baking soda along the tracks, from the very start to the very end. Then pour some vinegar and allow the mixture to eat into the grime. Come back in 5 or ten minutes and use a rag or paper towel to soak up the liquid.
- Blast it.
Fill a spray bottle with warm water. Turn the nozzle to the laserbeam mode and use it to blast the last little bits that are stuck in the corners of the window tracks.
That’s it! You’ve made it to clean windows. It’s a tough job, especially if you have white window frames (never install white window frames!).
If you’d prefer to hire a professional window cleaner, give Taskforce a call on 13TASK or book a job online at taskforce.com.au.