The cleaning of a home's windows is a task that's often put off for great lengths of time. Unfortunately the cleaning of a home's windows is a task that homeowners really can't afford to ignore. If neglected long enough a home's windows can fall into a state of disrepair which can cost homeowners a great deal more than routine professional window cleanings. When cleaned regularly, a home's windows are resplendent and their shine illuminates the outside of the home they belong to. Conversely speaking, when a home's windows have their interiors cleaned properly the view out can be quite spectacular. Cleaning a home's windows however can be arduous and backbreaking work, which is why so many fall into decrepitude. The good news is that there are indeed solutions that homeowners can utilize to both keep their windows clean in between visits from a professional cleaner and add years to the lives of their windows.
While there are a number of cleaning solutions and tools available commercially, the sheer number of them can confuse and overwhelm homeowners. To avoid this confusion and to keep from damaging their windows with the wrong chemicals, homeowner are best served in using a homemade window cleaning solution made from vinegar. Mixing white vinegar, ammonia, and water makes a safe yet very effective cleaning solutions that doesn't spot or leave steaks. Both vinegar and ammonia are inexpensive as well so this is an excellent alternative to store bought chemicals for those homeowners on a tight budget.
When it comes to window drying solutions there are a bevy of retail options; some good, some bad, and many very expensive. A great many homeowners tend to fall back on old newspapers when they need to wipe their windows down. While newspaper isn't the worst options out there, the ink on these papers can bleed, streak, and even stain windows. Furthermore it's not always easy to remove and creates additional hassle for homeowners. Instead homeowners who don't want to break the bank cleaning their home's windows should look to soft terry cloth towels or even coffee filters. Homeowners instant on using old newspapers can indeed do so but it's highly recommended that they use portions with little to no ink on them.
When a home's windows are especially dirty or have stubborn streaks on them, homeowners should consider using a squeegee for drying. An accompanying soft dry cloth for drying their squeegee is also a good idea. Often times, neglected windows will require a second immediate cleaning in order to remove long sitting debris but a squeegee and a strong cleaning solution will do the trick.
Too many homeowners finish cleaning their windows and then simply put their tools back in storage for weeks, sometimes months at a time. While most people won't giving doing so much thought, cleaning the tools they use to clean their windows not only readies them for the next job but it protects them from rot, mold, dirt, pests, etc. Squeegee's should be cleaned with soap and water before they are properly dried while towels should be washed and stored inside a home. Buckets used in window cleaning should also be cleansed thoroughly so that they don't promote mold and/or mildew growth. Old news papers of course should be placed in refuse cans while spray bottles can be preserved by rinsing them in warm water before they are dried out.
Unbeknownst to most homeowners, the right time to clean their window's isn't actually anytime they're free. Cleaning house windows while warm for example can cause cleaning chemicals drying before they can be wiped away. This leads to streaking, spotting, and a whole lot of frustration. Cleaning windows while windy can lead to wet windows collecting debris much easier than they normally do and of course cleaning when there is precipitation looming is just foolhardy. Homeowners should be patient until moderate weather is either predicted or in occurrence.