Whether or not you’re the kind of person who thrives in the summer heat, there’s one thing about summer that everyone can agree on: namely, that nothing feels more invigorating and energising than seeing bright sunlight streaming through your window after a dark winter and a rainy spring.
However, for a lot of people, this essential summer perk is likely to remain purely theoretical, due to all the grime they’ve allowed to build up on their windows. This is understandable, to a degree – after all, windows are unique in that they’re at risk of accumulating dirt from inside and outside the house at the same time, and their transparent nature means that any marks and stains stand out in a way they wouldn’t on any other surface.
All of this means that many homeowners end up neglecting their window maintenance, especially during those cold months when the prospect of climbing around outside with a wet sponge is the last thing on your mind. But now that summer is rolling in again, it’s time to bite the bullet and get those windows looking sparkling again – and there are a few cleaning tips you can follow to make this process as “pane-less” as possible.
Get the right supplies
Before embarking on a big window cleaning project, it’s important to make sure you’ve got all the tools you’ll need ready at hand. Some of these supplies are fairly self-explanatory: you’re not going to get very far without a bucket, sponge, squeegee and plenty of soapy water, for example, so make sure you’re well stocked-up!
Other tools of the trade might not be so obvious. Picking up a dry brush or broom handle might not seem essential for window-cleaning, but you’re going to need something to get rid of the cobwebs and dust before applying the water; paper towels, meanwhile, are a more obvious purchase, but bear in mind that you’ll need something robust enough to handle your drying needs without disintegrating and leaving soggy fragments everywhere.
It’s also worth considering whether or not you want to try out any more traditional window-cleaning methods. Vinegar, for example, is often suggested as a cheap way of killing germs and keeping windows sparkling, but opinions seem to be split on how well these solutions actually work, so if in doubt, stick to soap and water!
Consider the right timing
Summer is the perfect opportunity to give the windows a polish, but make sure you don’t fall into the trap of thinking that means you ought to pick the brightest, sunniest day to make a start on the cleaning. Certainly, the glaring light will make it easier to spot all the dirt, but the warmth of the sun is also likely to dry out the glass too quickly, leaving unsightly streaks all over your newly-cleaned windows.
Naturally, it’s just as pointless trying to clean outside in the pouring rain, so it’s best to pick a day when there’s a bit of shade and cloud cover, or to at least wait until the temperature has cooled down a bit. If you’re really keen to get going and the sun’s still blazing, then maybe make a start on the windows that aren’t directly exposed.
Take the opportunity to clean your curtains and blinds
Cleaning the windows also gives you an opportunity to give the curtains and blinds a bit of a freshening-up. If they’re the kind that can be detached, then it’s best to take them down and give them a proper wash; if that’s not possible, then at least dust them off and remove any cobwebs using either a dry brush or a suitable vacuum cleaner attachment.
It’s important to remember that any cleaning you’re doing with the curtains, blinds or sills should come before tackling the windows themselves. If you do this in the wrong order, then any water that drips down on to a dusty surface below will create an unpleasant sludgy mess – and more work for yourself that could have been avoided.
Window cleaning can involve a lot of straining to reach high corners while water is splashing around, so ensure you’ve taken the necessary steps to ensure you’re working safely. Use sturdy stepping-stools to get to those hard-to-reach areas indoors, and if you’re cleaning outside, then don’t go climbing around like Spider-Man – use a ladder, and make sure there’s someone around to hold it steady for you.
Also, it’s important to consider not only your own personal safety, but also that of your other household items. Push all of the furniture away from the windows while cleaning them to avoid dirty water splashing all over them, and put down some old newspapers to mitigate the damage caused by any accidental spillages.
Call in help if you need it
Getting your windows looking as good as new can be a difficult task to tackle alone, so don’t be afraid to ask for assistance! Many hands make light work, after all, and having friends and family around can allow you to work safer and more efficiently.
Alternatively, for the easiest possible solution, you could always call in a professional window cleaning service such as FastKlean. Whether yours is a residential or a commercial property, we can rid your windows of dirt, dust, residues and contaminants, leaving them sparkling and streak-free. That way, you can enjoy the summer sun, unimpeded by any unsightly stains and grime, for as long as it lasts.