A home’s windows are like its eyes into the outside world. However, throughout the year, the insides and outsides of home windows become covered with dust, dirt and other grime and cloud our view. These layers of build up not only obstruct your view, but they can also mar the appearance of your home from the outside. In order to clear up your home windows, consider these simple steps.
Wash your windows on a mild, cloudy day
It may seem odd to plan this particular chore based on the weather conditions, but there is actually good reason. Heat and direct sunlight will dry the windows quickly, before you have time to polish. This can result in unsightly streaks. However, on cloudy and mild days this is less likely to happen.
Start at the top and work your way down. When you wash your windows, the cleaning solution and water will drip downward. By starting at the top, you can eliminate the streaks from the previous drips as you work your way to the bottom.
What to use for cleaning windows
Use a vinegar and water solution. Mix about two tablespoons of white vinegar into a gallon of water. In addition to eliminating the need for harmful chemicals, this inexpensive solution leaves behind a sparkling, streak-free shine. Lemon juice can also work in place of the vinegar.
Polish with soft cotton. An old T-shirt or a clean cloth diaper can make a wonderful polishing rag. Make sure the cotton is both dry and free of dirt or debris which could scratch the glass. Work in a circular motion across the window.
Invest in hard water remover. Spots of mineral build up can seem impossible to tackle, but there are several products on the market to eliminate this issue – such as toilet cleaners and rust removers. They are usually highly acidic, so be sure to wear gloves when using.
Of course, when cleaning your windows exercise caution. If you must use a ladder, be sure it is very secure and ask a friend of family member to stand below while you clean. Finally, beware of bees and wasps nests while you work. Even though they may look dormant, you never know when one of these stinging insects could return home.