It’s that time of year again – time to get those winter cobwebs cleared out and whip your house into tip-top, warm weather shape. For most people, washing windows is a major part of their spring cleaning routine. That being said, if it’s not done properly, you could end up with less-than-impressive results. To ensure a streak-free, crystal-clear shine every time, here’s what our Dallas glass experts recommend.

Wait until it’s cloudy.

Not only is it easier to see what you’re doing when washing windows on a cloudy day, but it’s also an effective way to prevent streaks. That’s because the sun will often dry cleaning solution before it’s been fully wiped. So, check the weather before planning your window cleaning day.

Gather your supplies.

The more work you do upfront to ensure that you’ve got everything you need, the faster and more efficiently you’ll be able to get the job done. Start by gathering all the items you’ll need for the task at hand. We recommend using the following supplies:

  • Glass cleaner (store-bought or homemade using 1 cup rubbing alcohol, 1 cup water and 1 tablespoon white vinegar)
  • Squeegee
  • Soft brush
  • Lint-free cloth

Start with the frames.

Before cleaning your window glass, wash the frames first using the soft brush and a gentle cleaning solution (we recommend mixing mild dish detergent with water). Avoid using abrasive or harsh cleaners that could damage the frame’s finish. Rinse with clean water and wipe dry, making sure that the drainage holes at the bottom of the frames are clean and clear.

Work your way to the glass.

Cleaning window glass is a bit of an art form. To get it right, we recommend applying your window cleaner to the top of the glass, then using the squeegee to work downward in an S-pattern. Wipe the squeegee blade clean at end of each stroke using the lint-free cloth. When washing windows inside, you may want to place a towel or paper towel on the sill to absorb any runoff.

Get rid of remaining drops.

If you made your own cleaning solution and used tap water, be sure to wipe any drops that remain on the glass with a dry, lint-free cloth. Over time, the hard minerals contained within tap water can impact the clearness of your window glass.

Don’t forget your screens.

To clean your window screens, remove them carefully and wash them on a clean, flat surface. Once again, we recommend using a soft brush and a cleaning solution made of mild dish detergent and water. Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue, allow them to dry and then reinstall.

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