The benefits of clean windows are more than meets the eye.
Keeping your interior windows spotlessly clean will make them look brand new, which you can certainly appreciate, but it also keeps them in better shape, which means they will last longer.
Another advantage of cleaning your windows thoroughly and often is that you’ll be able to keep an eye out for leaks and other issues, like cracks or a damaged screen.
Professional residential window cleaning can make a major improvement in the way your home looks, but it isn’t a service you need to pay for every single time. That could get expensive in a hurry! Instead, opt for an occasional pro cleaning, and learn how to maintain the clean in between.
Nothing looks quite like a professional window cleaning from Discount Window Services, but in the meantime, here are a few tips for cleaning your interior windows yourself.
How to Clean Interior Windows
These tips will make all the difference when it comes to your results.
Make Your Own WindowCleaner
This mixture is excellent for windows because it cuts through greasy, filmy coatings that stick to interior windows. It is inexpensive, and it can be made with ingredients you probably already have at home.
- 2 cups water
- ¼ cup vinegar (more if you want a stronger cleaner smell)
- A few drops of dishwashing liquid (about ½ a teaspoon)
These measurements are not exact, so if your container is smaller than 2 cups, adjust accordingly, being careful not to add so much dish soap that the mixture is foamy.
Mix the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake it up. This mixture can be stored as long as store-bought cleaners, and a little goes a long way. Lightly spray the glass and then wipe away!
We recommend keeping a second spray bottle of water to spray on after the vinegar mixture has been wiped away, in order to remove any soapy buildup that can accumulate on the glass because of the dish soap.
Clean Windows with Microfiber
Many of us remember cleaning with newspapers because they were the absolute best for leaving your windows streak-free.
But in our digital world, most homes don’t have an abundance of them lying around anymore.
The modern equivalent to newspaper for your interior windows is the microfiber towel. Microfiber is synthetic, so its fibers are ultra-fine compared to cotton, which makes them soft and absorbent, leaving your interior windows clean and clear. They are also incredibly gentle, with no risk of damaging the glass.
If you visit car washes often, you’ll notice that microfiber towels are their choice, too, because they are effective yet gentle. The best thing about cleaning windows with microfiber towels is that it can be used again and again. Just remember when washing them to avoid strong detergents and fabric softeners, which coat the fibers and make them less absorbent.
Invest in a Window Squeegee
Window cleaner and the right type of cloth are two very important components for perfectly clean interior windows, but if streaking and cloudiness are still a problem for you, a squeegee is the answer!
A small squeegee perfect for residential use can cost as little as $10 online or in stores. A blade made of silicone or rubber will remove the extra water from your windows that is responsible for streaks. Slide the blade down your window slowly from top to bottom, then wipe away excess water with a towel.
You won’t regret this purchase because a squeegee can have countless household uses, including cleaning the shower and getting pet hair out of carpet. Just make sure to clean it thoroughly between uses!
Go the Extra Mile
If we’re talking professional clean, you have to be willing to do a little extra to make your interior windows sparkle.
A clean chalkboard eraser is the perfect tool to buff out any remaining streaks. The soft texture of the eraser won’t damage glass, and erasers are specifically designed to pick up any small particles left behind from cleaning.
Another tedious practice that will make a huge difference in the way your windows look from the inside is cleaning the hard-to-reach corners with a cotton swab. Every time you look at your windows, you’ll thank yourself when you notice those extra-clean corners.
Get a Different Perspective
As you clean your interior windows, move around so you see the glass from all angles. This will prevent you from finding streaks and spots after you’re finished cleaning and ready to relax. Look down into the window sills and around the other edges, removing any dirt, insects, or gunk that may have collected there.
Step back and look at your progress occasionally to make sure you haven’t missed any areas, and look all around the windows as well, including the frame and molding, to make sure that these components are clean as well so they don’t detract from your newly cleaned windows.
You may even have to repeat a step in the process. Be patient and think about how the final result will be worth the work.
It will take a little more time, but in the end, you’ll be left with streak-free, spot-free windows. You won’t mind leaving the blinds up when your windows are this clean!
Our Recommendation for Exterior Windows
Exterior windows are a completely different story, and a whole lot more complex. Cleaning exterior windows means climbing ladders, using extension equipment, and dealing with more stubborn stains and debris.
Despite your best efforts, a professional window cleaner in Allen can achieve results you can only dream of on your exterior windows. Their expertise and all the right tools make exterior window cleaning an easy job. There are also safety concerns that they are prepared for and know how to avoid common dangers.
The perfect formula for crystal clear residential windows is to invest in professional window cleaning services for your exterior window cleaning, and follow the tips above for the interior. The result will be windows that sparkle and shine!