7. Cleaning your big windows: Remove dust and debris
Before doing anything, ensure you sweep all the dirt from the window frame via a brush or your vacuum’s dusting attachment. This can help avoid a muddy mess when adding the cleaner to the dirt.
To quickly dust your shades and blinds, use a microfiber duster or open all the slats and go over each one with a damp cloth (followed by a dry cloth).
hint: Use this opportunity to “refresh” your curtains with a 15-minute run in the dryer on an “air-only” cycle. Hang them up quickly when done to prevent wrinkles.
8. Cleaning your big windows: Choose the proper cleaner
If your windows are looking extra grimy, don’t be shy to spray that cleaner on generously. Plenty is needed to dissolve and suspend the dirt, making it much easier to wipe/wash away afterwards.
And for those wanting to DIY their own cleaner, ensure you have the following:
• 2 cups of water
• ½ cup of white/cider vinegar
• ¼ cup of rubbing alcohol 70% concentration.
Mix all the ingredients before pouring it in a spray bottle and ensure to keep it out of harm’s way in case you have kids and/or pets.
9. Cleaning your big windows: Use a microfiber cloth
Many of us think of drying window panes with newspaper, but actually reusable microfiber cloths are your best bet. That’s because they are much more absorbent than newspaper, washable, plus leave the glass shiny without any streaks.
Should you want to use paper towels instead, ensure you opt for a brand that’s strong enough to not shred and leave lint behind.
10. Cleaning your big windows: To squeegee or not?
Even though professional window cleaner swear by squeegees, there’s a right and a wrong way to use them. For instance, as there’s massive potential for dripping and making a mess, particularly with small windows, it’s recommended to reserve squeegees for bigger windows.
11. Cleaning your big windows: Make it easier
Cleaning your home’s windows once or twice a year should be sufficient, yet you can also make this easier on yourself by breaking the job up room by room. And here’s a great tip: when cleaning your windows, wipe one side horizontally and the other vertically; that way, should any streaks form, you’ll immediately know whether they’re on the inside or outside.
Courtesy of Homify | Johannes Van Graan