Looking to make your windows sparkly clean?
Keeping your windows clean will invite plenty of light into your home and give every room a fresh vibe. Cleaning your windows doesn't need to be a daunting task either, they only need to be cleaned 2 to 3 times a year.
You don't need to get a window cleaner in do the job, it's easier than you think. Window cleaning needs just a few simple tools to get the job done and you'll get the same streak free finish as a professional.
So where do we begin to get our windows looking brand new?
Window Cleaning 101
When is the best time to clean your windows?
According to experts at Good Houskeeping, you should ideally be cleaning your windows on a dry, cloudy day. You might think it's better to do it in the sun for faster drying, but the cleaner which actually dry onto the window, and leave those horrible streaks you always get.
Dust down your windows first
This part is crucial. The last thing you want is dust mixing in with your cleaner, and getting stuck to your windows...giving you more cleaning to do.
We recommend using Ecoforce Recycled Multi Purpose Quilted Cloths, they're great for washing up, wiping up, mopping up, polishing and dusting. They'll trap the dirt before you clean your windows down.
Don't forget to wipe down your frames and sills too.
Picking your window cleaning tools
So now you're windows are dust-free, you'll need a good quality cleaning cloth or sponge and a window cleaning solution.
For the cloth we would recommend either the Minky M Cloth Anti-Bacterial Cleaning Pad which is loved by the famous Mrs Hinch, or the Maistic Plastic Free All Purpose Sponge which are 100% plastic free, so you'll also be cleaning your windows with planet friendly products. These are both good choices for cleaning down windows and will leave you with windows which are streak free.
For the window cleaning solution, you'll want to get glass and window cleaning solution. We recommend the Ecover Window & Glass Cleaner, it's quick-drying, streak free and made with plant based ingredients.
Another great, classic cleaning option is the Astonish Window and Glass Cleaner, formulated with vinegar for powerful cleaning and a crystal clear finish.
Another tip is to use warm soapy water along with some washing up liquid, this will be suitable for cleaning window frames at the same time.
Window Cleaning Hacks
- Create your own solution using equal parts of distilled white vinegar and warm water, we recommend 1 cup of each.
- No vinegar? Brew a cup of black tea and leave to cool for an hour, then use this solution to lift the dirt from your windows and wipe off (note: works great for bathroom mirrors too).
- Water left on the window edges? Frustrating, we know. Just get a microfibre cloth which soaks up the water or cut a piece of the Maistic Plastic Free All Purpose Sponge to soak up the excess water.
The rest of your spring clean
Now that we've made window cleaning easy, it's time to show some love and care to the other areas of your home and get yourself guest-ready.
Here's our checklist for the remainder of your spring clean:
- Bathroom cleaners
- Kitchen and oven cleaners
- Floor cleaners and polishes
- All purpose cleaners
- Cleaning accessories
This concludes our first article of our spring clean series, we'll have plenty more top tips to share with you and make cleaning easier, less time consuming, and more planet friendly.