Are you tired of staring at streaks and smudges in your home windows? The kitchen and bathroom windows are often the biggest culprits when it comes to unsightly glass, and you can spend countless hours washing windows only to be left with streaky results that take away from the look of the room.
While it may seem like a minor annoyance, dirty windows can have a big effect on the overall appeal of these essential rooms of the house, but we have the answer to your troubles! By following a few simple tips and tricks of the trade, you can get seamless, stunning windows in your kitchen or bathroom?saving you time on maintenance and making your home look clean, bright, and polished.
BREAK-OUT THE VACUUM
You might not initially think of the vacuum as an essential window-cleaning tool, but vacuuming is an important step for maximizing the results of cleaning your windows. Grime, insects, and spider webs can accumulate in the window tracks and sills, which can then streak across the glass while you try and clean.
To avoid the mess, just use your vacuum to clean off all of the edges, nooks, and crannies of your windows before beginning?just don’t forget to vacuum all of the dust off from around the blinds as well!
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USE THE RIGHT TOOL FOR THE JOB
Once the heavy debris is cleaned away, you can get down to the real task of making your windows gleam. That requires the proper equipment, which luckily, is easy to come by for the average homeowner. In addition to a bucket of hot water, you’ll also want to have the following tools on hand:
Squeegees: There’s a reason that pros use squeegees to clean windows! Squeegees remove the soapy water left from scrubbing without leaving a streaky mess behind.
Eyeglass Cleaning Cloths: If you don’t have a few eyeglass cleaning cloths lying around, they are available at local pharmacies, and they are ideal for removing spots and smudges on the glass.
Telescopic Dusters: If you have extremely tall windows in your home, a microfiber telescoping duster is a must. Just spritz it with water, and you can easily wipe away foggy buildup and debris off the tallest windows without needing a ladder.
Newspapers: Most of us have heard of using newspapers for a streak-free window shine. While cleaning with a newspaper does work, you should avoid using them if the surrounding walls, trim, or window inserts are white?as dark smudges from the ink can be left on light-colored surfaces.
CHECK FOR STREAKING AFTER CLEANING
Now that you have finished cleaning the frames, sills, and glass of the windows, it’s time to see how well you accomplished the task! To know if you missed a streak or smudge, try cleaning and drying the outside of the window with a horizontal motion and the inside of the window with a vertical motion. That way, you’ll be able to tell exactly where your missed spots are on the glass.
DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE DRAPES & SCREENS!
Window screens and drapery are notorious for trapping dust and debris, but they are also well known for being difficult to keep clean. Include these features in your regular window cleaning schedule to cut down on allergens in the home and to keep your interior looking its best. Use a dry microfiber cloth to wipe down screens, and throw your drapery into the dryer to eliminate lingering dust bunnies.
It is the smallest details that make a house feel like a home, and there’s nothing better than having beautiful sunshine streaming into your interior through clean, streak-free windows. Whether your kitchen windows are covered in cooking grime or your bath windows are smudged from top to bottom, having the right tools for the task and taking your time to do a thorough cleaning can make all the difference in the look of your home windows.