Cleaning windows is one of those chores that most people would rather ignore. However, if you’re selling your home then you’ll need those windows to sparkle. Clean windows let in more light and help to enhance the view – both of which are very important when potential buyers are visiting. Here’s what you need to know to clean your windows like a pro.
What NOT to do
First of all, let’s finally dispel the myth that you need to use glass cleaner and paper towels to clean your windows. Not only does this require a ton of energy on your part, it doesn’t actually clean your windows very well. Paper towels tend to spread the dirt around. They also can create an electric charge, which will attract more dirt. So let’s ditch the old method and try something better.
Equipment you’ll need
You don’t need anything fancy to clean your windows. In fact, you can find everything you need at your local home improvement store, market, or dollar store. To clean your windows like a pro, you’ll need:
- A 10 or 12 inch squeegee
- Scrubber or sponge
- Five-gallon plastic bucket
- Dishwashing liquid
- Several small rags (microfiber works well)
If you’re purchasing a squeegee, then you should also pick up some extra rubber blades. These are easy to replace, and having a smooth blade will result in a streak-free window.
Make your cleaning solution
As we said before, you don’t need to buy glass cleaner to wash your windows. Instead, use a solution of a couple of gallons of cool water and a few drops of dishwashing liquid. The fewer suds you have, the better, so there’s no need to use more than a few drops. If you happen to be washing your windows in below-freezing temperatures, you can add some windshield washing fluid to your solution, to keep the water from freezing.
Wash with the sponge
After making your solution, you’re ready to wash. Dip your sponge in the cleaning solution and squeeze out the excess. Then simply scrub the glass. If your windows are particularly dirty, you can use a scrubber. But be careful not to scratch the glass. Make sure to get into the corners and cover all the glass. It works best if you go from the top of the window to the bottom.
Clean with the squeegee
Once you’ve soaped up the window it’s time to clean with the squeegee. You can work from top to bottom or from side to side. Draw your squeegee tightly against the glass to avoid streaks. After each pass, dry the blade of the squeegee with a clean, dry cloth. Once you’ve finished the window, wipe a dry cloth over the bottom to pick up any drips. Also wipe the sill.
That’s all there is to it! If you think that cleaning your windows is a labor-intensive job, then you’ve been doing it wrong. By simply following the tips outlined above, you will have clean and sparkling windows in no time. This small investment of time and energy can pay off in a big way when it’s time to sell your home!