Doors and Windows

Six essential tools to keep your windows clean

Cleaning your windows inside and out a couple of times a year will make a huge difference to your home. You don’t need to be a professional to get the desired result, but you will need some essential tools.

First things first

Start by preparing the cleaning solution. You can easily make your own home-made mixture by adding some washing-up liquid to a bucket of warm water. Cleaning solutions can also be purchased from your local hardware shop or DIY outlet. Avoid using too much detergent, as this will make it harder to get a smear- and streak-free finish.

Always start at the top of the window and work your way down. Sometimes a snake-like movement will be needed to really remove the grime; in addition, you may need to remove dust and cobwebs before you get started with the soap.

The squeegee

The next essential tool is the squeegee. Start from the top again and remember to get into all those tight corners, applying a regular pressure to start removing your soap solution. Your squeegee will have a tendency to leave unwanted vertical lines, so you will need to overlap each stroke. Having a sponge handy is useful so that you can clean the blade of excess liquid.

Safety

You may be tempted to avoid the expense of an extendable pole for upstairs windows by leaning out of the windows and doing the job from inside; however, you should avoid doing this at all costs. Poles do not have to cost the earth and you will be able to enjoy the fruits of your labours without breaking your neck. Some extension poles can be connected to a hose, which makes doing exteriors considerably easier.

Alternatives

If it becomes obvious that your windows have had their day, you can replace them through a specialist such as https://www.keanewindows.ie/windows-dublin/.

Searching for windows Dublin or other parts of Ireland will almost certainly bring up a solution to the problem.

Finishing off

Once the glass is clean, all that is left is the final polish. A chamois leather is great for this, will last for years, and will improve with age; alternatively, an old newspaper is equally effective. Avoid rags, which will leave lint everywhere and you will need to start all over again.