Window cleaning is a lot harder than it looks. Comfort King Windows & Doors, a top window and door installation company in the area, shares some little-known cleaning tips you can take advantage of below:
Use Two Different Squeegees
First off, you need to use the right cleaning tools. We recommend using two separate squeegees, one for cleaning the interior glass and another for cleaning the exterior to avoid cross-contamination.
Use Detergent and Vinegar Solutions
A liquid detergent or vinegar solution will work just as well as a commercial cleaner, if not better. Using mild homemade cleaning solutions instead of potentially toxic commercial cleaners will ensure chemicals won’t drip down on your plants and also keep toddlers and pets safe in case they go near the windows or sills.
Use Distilled Water to Make the Cleaning Solution
One of the most annoying things about cleaning windows is the white streaks that get left behind after you wipe residue off. A few simple tricks can prevent streaks from forming on your glass. One of these is using distilled water to make your cleaning solution. Hard water contains traces of magnesium and calcium that get left behind in these streaks.
Replace Your Squeegee’s Rubber Blades
If you still notice streaks forming on the glass, try replacing the rubber blades on your squeegee.
Avoid Using Abrasive Materials or Power Tools
If you still can’t get rid of the stains on your window, don’t do something drastic like using power tools or a blade to remove them. If you notice signs of damage while cleaning, consider having your windows replaced as soon as possible. With winter fast approaching, a faulty window can let indoor heat out, making it difficult to maintain ideal conditions inside your home and causing a spike in your energy use as your HVAC system plays catch-up. To get value for your money, make sure you have energy-efficient windows installed.
Use a Microfiber Towel to Wipe Your Windows
Avoid using paper towels or newspapers to wipe your windows. Towels leave behind lint, while the ink in newspapers can leach onto the glass.
Comfort King Windows & Doors is a window and door company with over four decades’ worth of experience in the industry. For all your window needs, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. To get a free estimate, call us at (613) 526-4550 or leave us a message here. We serve homeowners in Ottawa and Stittsville, ON.