Tip 1 – Don’t let a man do it!
Tip 2 – Don’t make your gran do it!
Okay, now we have understood what not to do to get your windows sparkling this summer, here are some real window cleaning tips!
How To Clean Windows
Dust off any pesky cobwebs with a feather duster, broom or cloth and then use one of the following methods:
Method 1: Soapy water – for really dirty windows
1. Pop some detergent in a bowl of hot soapy water and grab a sponge (a cleaning one, not the dessert type – you can have a cuppa and a cake after the windows are clean!)
2. Squeeze the sponge and then wipe windows from top to bottom, left to right to get all the dirt off. (See how this just wouldn’t work with a cake?)
3. Repeat until all the dirt is gone then buff up with a lint-free cloth.
Alternative soapy water method: Slop the soapy water on, and use a window cleaner squeegee to wipe the dirt off. This time use a left to right, top to bottom ‘swishy’ approach. If in doubt, check out the next window cleaner you see. Hopefully he is young and fit and you’ll get a good peek at his pecks of steel at the same time 😉 Now use the buffer side of the squeegee to polish the window… lovely!
Method 2: Old fashioned vinegar and water
Mix vinegar and water together (the stronger the better for dirty panes, you could even use neat vinegar) and put it in a spray bottle.
Spray the windows and then quickly wipe with a lint free cloth or paper towel. Be fast, or you’ll get streaks. Mother used to use newspaper, a good eco-choice, but I don’t like getting newsprint on my pinkies, so prefer not to!
Next, buff with a microfiber cloth for a sparkling finish.
If you don’t want your house to smell like a chippy…
If you are welcoming guests and rather the odour of your abode did not offend, use an off-the shelf window cleaner. Windolene, Mr Muscle etc. I’d like to plug the Minty Window Spray by Method, not only because I love it, and it is au naturel, but because I WOULD REALLY LIKE SOME FREEBEES! (If you are listening Method).
Method 3: The lazy way…
Finally, if you can’t be bothered with a bit of DIY dirt removal, ring a cleaner! Just make sure it is not a gung-ho novice male cleaner (unless you are just looking to book some eye candy), or your Nan. Please refer to the pictures above to jog your memory.
Thanks for listening…. Let us know how you get on. (Please share pics of any fit window cleaners you find during your ‘research’ in the comments below, thanks!)