What is the best way to clean my windows?

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With Spring around the corner, let’s look at the different ways for you to get your windows sparkling.

There are various methods of cleaning your windows at home yourself, some of the things to consider would be;

  • Style of window (Leaded lights, Georgian, etc.)
  • Can you Access the windows you want to clean safely?
  • Condition of windows and frames.

Let’s take a look at some of the methods you could use at home to get your windows clean-

Vinegar solution/shop bought glass cleaner and a soft cloth.

A classic old wives tale for sparkling windows is to use vinegar and paper towels, in fact, a lot of modern shop-bought window cleaning solutions contain vinegar. In my opinion depending on how many areas you have to cover it is a simple method for getting the job done. This would be ideal for Leaded light windows or Georgian glass where the panes of glass are small and fiddly.

Mix one part vinegar distilled (white vinegar) with one part hot water, spray onto glass and frames and scrub with a damp cloth, and then buff with a dry cloth. If your windows are particularly dirty you may want to clean with a soap solution such as fairy liquid before using the vinegar solution.

Pros

  • Most householders have equipment already.
  • straightforward method.

Cons

  • Can be hard work in direct sunlight
  • Can be quite time-consuming if you have a large area to cover.
  • Accessing higher windows

Bucket with soapy water, applicator squeegee, and telescopic pole for higher windows.

This style of window cleaning is what is now known in the trade as “traditional window cleaning “It is a highly effective way of getting your windows cleaned to a good standard. Most traditional window cleaners would access your higher ground floor windows and your first-floor windows with a ladder. I would not advise using this method as figures show that around 48,000 people a year in the UK now attend hospital Accident and Emergency departments following a ladder accident in and around the home. A far safer method would be to use a telescopic pole to access higher windows which is similar to poles used for painting high areas with a paint roller, It is then just a case of applying soapy water to the glazing and and using downward motion with the rubber squeegee thus removing all the soapy water to leave a nice clean finish.

Pros

  • A lot quicker method to use than above.
  • Safer if using a telescopic pole
  • Easier in direct sunlight
  • Equipment easily sourced at your local hardware store.

Cons

  • You may need to purchase additional equipment for different sized glazing such as Georgian glass, which is only normally available from specialist cleaning suppliers.
  • Not a good method for Leaded lights as the bumps in the lead stop the squeegee from having good contact on the glazing,

Window Vacuum.

  • Professional window cleaner
  • DIY methods for cleaning your windows