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How to Clean Windows

Nothing makes your home feel as fresh as spotless windows that let all of the sunlight shine through. Read on for useful tips on window cleaning!

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and yet your living room is as dull as dishwater. Have you checked your windows? When a little bit of sunlight comes our way, you might realise just how long it’s been since you cleaned your windows. Even just a little bit of dirt and dust can have a huge effect on how much light shines through, making it seem like a dark and dismal winter day even in the middle of summer. Cleaning windows is a task many of us put off because it seems like hard work, but with the right window cleaning tools and products, you can get your windows crystal clear with little to no fuss.

Products for Cleaning Windows

To reduce the risk of stubborn streaks, you’ll want to use the right cleaning products. There are plenty of products that do the job, both natural and commercial.

  • Commercial window cleaning products are readily available from stores. They get the job done, and are easy to use – make sure to read the directions on the label and test any product on a small area first. It’s best to use a product that is made to clean windows and glass – other products may leave streaks or smudges behind.
  • Hot, soapy water can work wonders, too. Simply add a small amount of dishwashing liquid to some hot water, and you’ve got yourself one powerful cleaning product. Make sure to read the directions on the label and test any product on a small area first.

Window Cleaning Tools

Don’t worry, you don’t need to go out and spend a fortune on all manner of special window cleaning tools. Of course, you can, if you really want to, but it’s not necessary. Here are three options for tools you can use to clean your windows:

  • For buffing up the window and making it sparkle, a clean and soft cloth is a good option. Clean rags from old t-shirts can be an easy (and cost-effective) option – they will buff nicely whilst protecting your window from damage.
  • If you have a lot of windows to clean, a squeegee might be a good addition to your cleaning tools. You can buy squeegees with a soft trim, too, which just provides a little added protection against scratches.
  • Believe it or not, some homeowners swear by newspaper for buffing their windows, claiming it produces the best shine. If trying this, always test in a small corner to ensure the newspaper doesn’t scratch your windows. You just need to scrunch up a piece of newspaper into a ball, and then use this to shine your windows.

The Best Way to Clean Windows

Our windows can get dirty very easily, especially if kids are around; you’ll notice a new sticky handprint or lots of fingerprints almost every day. Fortunately, keeping your windows clean is really easy once you know how – and it takes no time at all. Here’s a quick guide to clean your windows.

  • First, prepare the area around the window. Remove any items from the windowsill and tie back the curtain.
  • Apply the cleaning product to the window following the instructions on the label. Whether you’re using a specialised window spray or just soap and water, remember not to apply too much product to the glass.
  • Next, it’s time to remove the cleaning product from the window – you don’t want to leave streaks behind. Use a clean and soft cloth for this (or a ball of newspaper, if you’d prefer). Start at the top of the window and work down in circles or small strokes. Avoid using kitchen roll or toilet roll, as these can leave streaks and debris behind.
  • Streak-free windows should now be yours!

Top Tip


When using a ladder to reach high up windows, always take appropriate safety precautions: wear sensible footwear, make sure the ladder is fully extended, and have an extra person on hand to steady the ladder at the bottom. If you are unsure about working at heights, or do not own a ladder, seek the assistance of a professional window cleaner.

Window Cleaning Checklist

 

Before you begin window cleaning make sure you have the appropriate tools:

  • Cleaning product of your choice ­– either a natural solution or a commercial cleaner like Jif Ultra Fast Window Cleaner
  • A clean, soft cloth or scrunched up newspaper
  • A squeegee