Ideally the windows in your home are thoroughly cleaned at least once a year, if not twice a year.

It’s an excellent idea to clean the windows at the end of the fall and spring season.

As well as scheduling the window cleaning end of fall or spring also schedule for a day without much sun. Too much sun tends to dry the windows too quickly, leading to unsightly streaks.

To clean your window properly you will need to gather a few essential supplies:

  • Use a dusting brush attachment and vacuum the interior of the windows sills and frames.
  • Use a cleaning sponge or soft cloth, to dip into the cleaning solution, squeezing the excess liquid.

Wash the windows with circular movements; wash from the corners and outer perimeter of the window towards the interior or centre of window.

Dry the window using a squeegee, paper towel, lint free cloth, or newspaper. All the strokes you make should go in the same direction if you apply vertical strokes on one side and horizontal on the other you will be able to tell.

If you are using crumpled newspaper to dry wear gloves to avoid ink on your hands, the ink will not transfer to the glass.

Wash the exterior of the windows following the above steps with the exception of the vacuuming.

Alternative Cleaning Solutions

Vinegar can be used among other in-home ingredients as an alternative to harsh cleaners. Make a solution of ½ teaspoon of liquid soap, ¼ cup vinegar (white) and 2 cups water, mix in a spray bottle. This combination will be streak free and will take off the residue left by other cleaners.  Spray on and wipe off with a lint free cloth or squeegee.

Ammonia is the main ingredient used in most commercial window cleaners and it can be more effective than vinegar. For ammonia based solutions, use 1 tablespoon for every gallon of water.  Mix the solution in a spray bottle and wipe with sponge of soft cloth.

Adding Lemon to this solution you will have a scrubber and a cleaner all in one.  Squeeze a lemon and remove all seeds.  Then press the skin directly to the window and rub circles around smudges. Work in small areas and follow with a cloth to dry.