I hate to say it, but we all know what’s coming. There is already a bit of crispness in the air. Soon enough, cooler temperatures will be here to stay. With that in mind, this is the perfect time to tackle that dreaded task on your “To Do” list. But, with these seven tips, I promise cleaning your windows isn’t as bad as you think. Plus, think of how good everything will look when you can view the world through sparkling, clean windows!
Time It Right
Picking the right time to clean may seem silly, but it really does matter. If the sun is directly hitting the windows, the cleaning solution will dry quickly. This will end up leaving a residue behind, which forms spots, and streaks. To avoid this, the best time to tackle your windows is on an overcast day, or during the early morning or evening hours.
Tools For Success
So, you’ve got the timing down. Now you need to make sure that you have all of the proper tools to make those windows shine. Make sure you have a new, microfiber cloth, to ensure you aren’t left with debris or lint on the glass. A spray bottle is a must have. You need something to store your cleaning solution in! Another helpful gadget is a squeegee. This will help ensure no streaks, or lines are left behind.
Your Friend, Vinegar
If you are looking for an effective home solution, get out the white vinegar. Using one cup of white vinegar mixed with one cup of warm water will provide you with a solution that will get the job done! If you find your windows are extra grimy, such as in the kitchen or bathroom, try adding approximately five drops of dishwashing liquid to the vinegar solution.
Don’t Miss The Edges
While wiping off the cleaning solution, the water may run all the way down the windows, and pool in the edges. This can be easily cleaned with a microfiber cloth. Make sure to scan the windows at different angles and clean any leftover watermarks to get a perfect window.
Blast Hard Water Spots
Do you have pesky hard water spots on your bathroom mirrors or shower doors? Try using a dryer sheet. Yes, you read that correct. Dryer sheets are extremely helpful in eliminating hard water stains.
Tackle The Screens
Window screens can often be the trickiest part! Get rid of dust and dirt with a lint roller. Less mess, and super quick!
Don’t Forget The Window Tracks
Over time, dirt accumulates in the window tracks, and it can be tricky getting in those narrow spaces. Sprinkle some baking soda in the tracks, and then pour white vinegar over top. Let the mixture sit for about ten minutes. The solution will help loosen the muck, making it easy to use a cloth or sponge to wipe down the window tracks. Good as new!
There you have it, friends! Your windows will be sparkling in no time. If you are putting your home up for sale, take some extra care in buffing those panes! Potential buyers will thank you, and so will your realtor.