Let’s face it, window washing isn’t the most fun activity, but it has to be done. Clean windows let in more light, and they look great, too. These simple tricks will help you get the job done quickly and inexpensively. Plus, your windows will be so clean that your friends and family will wonder if the windows are even closed.
Window Cleaning Solvent
First of all, let’s dispel the myth that you need to buy an expensive window washing spray to get your windows really clean. The fact is, you can actually make a window cleaner better than anything you can buy. Simply follow the recipe below to prepare your own powerful and streak-free cleaner.
- Start with a clean spray bottle. You can purchase an inexpensive spray bottle at a local discount store for a couple dollars. Alternatively, recycle an empty window cleaner bottle (you can’t beat free!). As long as it’s clean, it works.
- Use isopropyl rubbing alcohol. This key ingredient helps the windows dry quickly, which helps reduce streaking.
- Use dish detergent. Just a drop or two is all that’s needed to break the surface tension of the water and get between the dirt and the window.
- Use white vinegar. Not only is vinegar good on salads, it’s also excellent on windows. This is where the true cleaning power of your window washing solution is going to come from.
- Use distilled water. You can use tap water, but using distilled water will prevent any buildup of minerals. Using distilled water will also help keep your windows cleaner for longer.
Now that you have your ingredients together:
Mix your ingredients.You’ll want to add just a drop or two of the dish detergent to your spray bottle, but no more. Next, add about a teaspoon or so of the rubbing alcohol. Be sure to do this away from any open flame and never while smoking.
Next, add about half a cup of the white vinegar, then fill the rest of your bottle with the distilled water. Replace the spray cap and shake the bottle vigorously until it’s mixed. If you like, you could even add a drop or two of blue food coloring to make it look just like store-bought window cleaner.
Clean the Windows
The best way to avoid the lint left behind from using paper towels or rags, is to use newspaper or coffee filters for a lint-free shine. Although newspaper may leave a little of the ink on your hands, it’s easy to wash off when you’re finished. Plus, as an added bonus, you’ll be recycling.
You should perform a thorough interior window cleaning at least once every season. It’s a good idea, though, to touch up your windows in-between cleanings. For that, use a clean and dry chalkboard eraser. It does an amazing job of removing lint and dust.
All in all, washing windows is not as hard as most people think. These simple tips and tricks from the pros will help you get it done so you can get back to doing the things you really enjoy.
As you’re cleaning your windows, you may notice that some may be in need of repair or replacement this season. Contact us for a free estimate. One of our professionals will be happy to help you.
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