Common window cleaning

Most homeowners rely on professionals to handle the big stuff. From gutter and window cleaning to HVAC check-ups, chimney sweeping, and lawn treatments to keep the weeds away, it’s easier and more time-efficient to let the pros get it done. But sometimes our homes need sprucing up in between, especially windows because dirt and dust happen all around us.

The four most common window cleaning challenges are ones the average homeowner can feel comfortable tackling. However, before cleaning any windows, keep safety a priority.

Dealing with Streaks

Annoying streaks can often mar the windows overlooking the patio or front yard, obscuring the view of the garden you’ve spent countless hours cultivating. You shouldn’t be missing out on its beauty because of streaks. Streaks can happen for various reasons, but usually, it’s after a quick clean has failed. If you don’t take the time to use the right products or techniques, streaks will happen.

Quick tips to avoid streaks:

  • Never haphazardly wipe away grime. Wipe up and down or from side to side.
  • Use a squeegee with a solid rubber blade to remove excess water. In between swipes, dry the rubber blade with a cloth. A wet squeegee can leave more streaks.
  • Don’t forget to dry the edges of the window and its frame as well. Drips leaves streaks.

Water Spots

We dislike water spots on our drinking glasses, mirrors, and shower doors. Water spots on our home windows also get a thumbs down. Tips for dealing with water spots on windows include:

  • Changing the direction of outdoor sprinklers.
  • Scrubbing gently with a dry soft cloth or sponge.
  • If a dry cloth or sponge smears the spots, rinse the window and squeegee dry.

Residue From Tape or Other Adhesives

Decorations, temporary signs, and stickers can leave residue on your windows. This residue, when ignored, can collect dust and grime, creating more of a mess. When possible, remove residue from tape, stickers, and similar adhesives as soon as possible. Often, the longer it’s left on the window, the more difficult it can be to remove.

Quick tips for removing tape and other adhesives from windows:

  • Combine warm water with a mild dish soap to gently cleanse away the residue.
  • Rubbing alcohol applied with a clean cloth can help dissolve the residue.
  • Saturate the sticky spot with olive or canola oil. Let it sit for several minutes and then gently rub away the residue. Clean the oil away with warm water and mild dish soap.
  • Try a commercial adhesive remover. Be sure to follow all manufacturer instructions.
  • Carefully scrape the sticker/tape/residue with a plastic scraper or razor blade. Take care not to scratch the glass.

Windows with Grids or Intricate Designs

If your home windows feature grids or intricate designs, it may be necessary to give them some attention in between professional cleanings.

  • Select a soft-bristle brush and clean the grids with warm water and mild dish soap. Be sure to “rinse” with a damp cloth.
  • Use a toothbrush to get into the small spaces of any intricate designs, clearing out dirt, seeds, bugs, and other grime.

Keeping windows clean can be a challenge, but with a few easy techniques and regular professional help, your home will look great year-round. Now is the perfect time to schedule an appointment with United Window Cleaning. Contact us today.