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How To Clean Windows - A Simple Guide For Do It Yourself Window Cleaning

Updated on March 15, 2011


If you are looking for a complete guide on how to clean windows without any professional gear then you are in the right place. In this article we will look at how to get your windows clean using simple window cleaning tips that really do work. In this step by step guide to window cleaning we will give you all the information you need to know if you want to get your windows looking nice and clean. No need to hire expensive window cleaners, just do it yourself.

Having clean windows is an important part of keeping your house clean and presentable. The problem is window cleaning is not as easy as it can look. It is easy to leave streaks, smears and stains on the window if you don’t do it correctly. However, you don’t need expensive tools or special cleaning solutions to get your windows nice and clean. So now let’s take a look at how to get your windows nice and clean.

How To Clean Windows

How To Clean Windows

If you want to get your windows nice and clean it really is not that difficult. However, there are a few things you must bear in mind and a few directions you need to follow. The biggest mistake people make when cleaning windows is to simply get a wet cloth and wipe the window clean. This will remove the dirt but it will also leave smears and stains all over the window. When the sun shines on the window it will show various marks and it will basically look a mess. So you need a more considered approach.

The best way to get your windows looking clean is to simply use two clothes. You can buy special window cleaning cloths but you should be fine with pretty much any old cloth. First of all though make sure the clothes you are using are free from dirt. Now you need to wet one of the cloths, once it is wet ring it out a little bit, you want it to be damp without being to wet. So don’t ring it out as hard as possible, just get most of the water out. Now you have a damp cloth and a dry cloth.

Next you need to wipe the window down with the wet cloth. Make sure you get in all the corners and don’t miss any areas. Doing this will remove the dirt from the window. If the window is very dirty you may need to repeat this process a few times and use different areas on the cloth where there is a clean spot. When you are happy that you have removed the dirt from the window you should be left with the window having a light film of water on it.

The next step is the most important step and the one that many people neglect to do. Now you need to polish the window up using the dry cloth. Do this quickly before the film of water starts to dry. This should be reasonably easy and as you polish you will notice the film of water will start to disappear. When you have polished the entire window you should be left with a clean spotless window. Check for streaks from different angles and if there are any just polish them up with your dry cloth. If you spot any remaining dirt, just use your wet cloth to remove this, then polish the wet area up again.

Removing Stubborn Stains

Sometimes your windows may have stains or dirt on which is more difficult to remove. On the outside of windows you often find bird muck. Often this will come off with just a wipe of a cloth, sometimes however it can be a little more stubborn. If the bird muck is baked onto the window first of all try soaking it, so apply a little bit of soapy water and then leave it for ten minutes. When you come back it should have softened up. If you are still having problems you can scrape it off. Use a sharp blade for this but make sure the area is wet as this will help you avoid scratching the window.

Sometimes you can have things such as grease on the window. If you use the basic method we earlier looked at this will just move the grease around the window without removing it. If you have got some form of grease on the window you will have to use some kind of cleaning product to remove the grease. Use this on a separate damp cloth. When the grease has been removed then you can use the basic method described earlier to once again clean the window.

There are other methods you can use to clean the windows. However, what we have looked at in this article tends to be the most simple reliable method. What ever kind of window you are cleaning you will find that using this simple method will get your windows clean and shining. Window cleaning is a fairly simple process if you know how to do it. As we have seen you don’t need to buy any complicated expensive equipment to get your windows clean. All you need is a little effort and a basic understanding of how to clean windows.


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      Haydee Anderson 

      7 years ago from Hermosa Beach

      before we used crumpled damp newspapers to clean windows and other glass surfaces because sometimes, other kinds of cloths leaves fibers on the glass.

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      Mrs. Robert L. Hert 

      7 years ago

      I was reading on tips for cleaning windows & someone said after cleaning the window you should polish it, What do you polish it with?

      Thanks Much,

      Mrs. Robert L. Hert


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