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Spring clean your windows: Tips for sparkling window cleaning

February 19, 2020

When it comes to your home, dirty, grimy and streaky windows don’t make the best first impression. If you spend significant time and effort to make your home and garden look their very best, why should your windows let you down?

What’s more, did you know that your windows could actually last longer if you keep them clean? Over time, dirt, dust and grime can build up, causing the glass to become damaged and the window frames to decay.

Of course, while it seems a simple enough task, the practicalities of cleaning your windows can be tricky. Here are our top tips for keeping your windows sparkling clean.

Window cleaning tips

Choose the right day

You might wake up one Sunday morning and decide that today’s the day you’re going to tackle your windows. But, before you start preparing, look out of the window and consider whether it really is the right day.

Wet, rainy days are obviously off-limits, but sunny days can be just as problematic – the blazing sun can cause your cleaning products to dry onto the warm glass before you’re able to wipe it off. This will result in streaks that just won’t budge.

Pre-clean the windows

Before you start washing the windows, take time to wipe any dust and dirt from around the window and window frame with a dry cloth or brush. The dirt that gathers here can easily smear across your windows if you start washing them without removing it first.

If you have curtains, blinds or window screens, remove these before you get started. Choose a window cleaning spray or make your own eco-friendly version using white vinegar.

Spritz and clean

Spray your windows generously with your chosen cleaner, working from top to bottom. Make sure the entire window is soaking wet.

window cleaning tips

Now, take your cloth (we’d recommend a reusable microfiber cloth) and wipe across the window. If you work across one side horizontally, and one side vertically, it will be easier to tell whether any streaks are inside or outside.

Dry the windows

Once you’ve finished cleaning, wipe the edges of the window frame and the windowsills to remove any dripping water. Then dry the rest of the window using a dry microfiber cloth.

It might sound simple, but keeping your windows clean can be challenging, not to mention hazardous, especially if your property has more than one storey. That’s one of the reasons many of us choose to hire a professional window cleaner to take care of things.

Why hire a professional window cleaner?

Here are just some of the reasons to call in the window cleaning professionals:

The right equipment

Standing precariously on a chair or climbing your wobbly old ladder simply won’t cut it when it comes to cleaning your windows safely and effectively. You need the right equipment. And this is particularly important if your property has a second storey or more.

A professional window cleaner will come armed with the correct, high-performance equipment that will allow them to get your windows sparkling clean from top to bottom, in no time at all.

window cleaning

Many professional window cleaners also use the water pole fed system, rather than the bucket and cloth DIY method. Expertly designed to clean the glass with purified water, this method uses a specially designed brush head that is gentle on the glass and won’t cause any scratches or damage.

The right water

It might come as a surprise, but there is actually a right type of water, and a wrong type of water to use when cleaning your windows!

Professional window cleaners will use purified water rather than standard tap water. Because tap water contains lots of impurities, it can leave a residue on the windows. Purified water, on the other hand, is free from impurities, making it far more effective at removing any residue from your windows.

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Window cleaning experience

Professional window cleaners are just that – professionals. They are experts when it comes to cleaning windows, meaning they understand the best techniques and know-how to get the best results.

Often with years of experience behind them, professional window cleaners can also spot small, underlying problems with your windows, such as rot, insect infestations and cracks, before they become a major issue.

We spoke to window cleaner Niaz from Sparkles, about the benefits of choosing an experienced window cleaner:

“I’ve got 15 years’ experience, so I know what I’m doing when I get to a job, even if it’s a challenging one. As a professional, I take pride in my work. I don’t rush, I take my time, and I’m always polite and respectful. I listen to the client and answer all of their questions honestly. This is something only an experienced professional can offer.

“When you’re looking for a window cleaner, make sure they have insurance, public liability insurance and excellent feedback.”

Insurance

Unless you live in a bungalow, cleaning your windows is likely to require you to work at a height, which can be dangerous. Not to mention the unwieldy ladders and equipment you’ll have to contend with.

A professional window cleaner will not only be skilled and experienced in safely climbing ladders and cleaning windows that are high off the ground, but they will also have the relevant insurance and protection to ensure that, should an accident happen, they’re covered.

Your window cleaner should, at the very least, have public liability insurance in place. If it’s a larger company, they should also have employer’s liability insurance. Don’t be afraid to ask for proof of cover if you’re concerned – it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

If you’re looking for a reliable, professional local window cleaner, take a look at our checked and approved window cleaning companies.

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