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How to clean your windows

I’m often asked the best way of cleaning windows – and there are no hard and fast rules really as everyone has their own methods, from traditional, to jet washing, to paying a local window cleaner (the latter being my preferred method!). So, without further ado, here’s what I know about window cleaning (and I’d love to hear your ideas):

Washing the outside of windows

  1. Fill a bucket with warm water and then add a small squirt of mild detergent such as Man cleaning window washing up liquid once full. Stir gently to avoid making too many suds.

  2. Use a sponge to scrub the windows.

  3. Wipe away the suds with a rubber squeegee. The best technique to use is to go across once horizontally, then work your way down the window, with the squeegee at a slight angle.

  4. Finish of by buffing the window with a lint free cloth or chamois leather to dry the glass and bring to a shine.

Bird poo on windows

We love birds but don’t love it so much when they use our windows

Window cleaning squeegee

 for target practise! This is a grose job – but you can get it done quickly and with little fuss if you follow these steps:

  1. Firstly, NEVER rub the bird poo as it could contain grit that would scratch your glass. Instead, soften it by holding a wet sponge with detergent over it for a few seconds.

  2. Rinse away the loose bits by squeezing a sponge over the area or a hose. Then re-soak and rinse until it’s gone.

  3. If it’s been baked on in the sun, soak and use a glass specific scraper to remove any last bits – like this one.

Stickers on windows

We always remove manufacturing stickers before we leave – but if you’ve been left with marks or your kids have been creative, follow these simple steps for gunk-free window panes!

  1. Remove as much of the sticker as you can using your fingers.

  2. Then use hold a cloth soaked in something with high alcohol content such as surgical spirit, rubbing alcohol or even vodka to break the glue down.

  3. Gently scrape the glue with a special glass scraper, such as the one mentioned above and repeat until you’ve removed the glue.

  4. Finally, wipe the area with the alcohol soaked cloth to remove all traces and buff with a lint free cloth or chamois leather.

Clean window sills

If the outside of your window sills just have general dirt on them, you can simply use another bucket of warm soapy water and a soft cloth to clean them. Please don’t use anything abrasive like cream bathroom cleaner or a hard bristled brush as this can damage uPVC sills or take the paint off wooden ones.

Mouldy window sills.

Occasionally window sills can get covered in black mould. In this case you need to kill the spores that have caused it.

  1. Use a very diluted chlorine bleach solution and a very soft toothbrush (e.g. a baby one) to dislodge the mould.

  2. Leave for a few minutes before wiping and rinsing away with clean water (please do this in a ventilated area and never near open water or ponds).

Insides of windows

We use alcohol wipes when we finish our jobs to leave windows sparkling clean – Man cleaning windows insideplease drop by our showroom on Moss Lane in Altrincham if you’d like to buy some. There are a million and one great products our there – but here are a couple of our favourite ways for making your glass gleam!

  1. White vinegar – mix a 50/50 solution in a spray bottle (perhaps you could recycle one? Then simply spray onto your window and rub with a lint free cloth or chamois.

  2. Windolene Cream – now this is an old favourite that’s quite hard to come by these days, but you can’t beat it! Simply wipe a dab all over your glass before rubbing it off with a soft cloth before it dries – et voila! A little goes a loooong way so a bottle will last for ages – we’ve tracked it down on Amazon.

Happy window cleaning!

Ben

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