Follow our guide to crystal clean windows
Invite the brightness back into your home with sparkling clean windows. From making your own cleaning solution to the trusted old newspaper trick, there are plenty of ways to bring the shine back to your window panes which will transform your rooms making them light, bright and good for the soul.
Your window cleaning equipment checklist:
Here’s what you’ll need for cleaning windows in order to get a professional finish:
- A Large dry brush or broom handle for removing cobwebs and dust
- A bucket
- A sponge
- A squeegee
- Purpose made window cleaning solutions or vinegar
- Brown paper or newspaper
- Chamois or microfibre cloth
- Dry lint free cloth or drying pad
- High Street household stores like Lakeland, Wilko, John Lewis or your local hardware stores are likely to stock all of the above.
How to clean windows
1. Remove any built up dust
2. Start by washing your window with a sponge
Washing up liquid in warm soapy water will work well but remember – the fewer suds the better. Be careful when using strong window cleaning solutions that they do not damage surrounding paintwork.
3. Wipe off the excess water
With a clean squeegee, starting at the top of the window and work your way down in a reverse-S pattern for maximum efficiency. Regularly wipe the squeegee blade clean with an old rag to avoid transferring the dirt around.
4. Remove any remaining water
Use damp, wrung-dry chamois or microfibre cloth to remove any remaining water from the glass. Finally dry the windowsill beneath where any water may have dripped down.
5. Wash windows on a cloudy day
Although direct sunlight makes it easier to see the dirt, it also dries the windows too quickly, leaving streaks on the glass. Make sure you pick a cloudy day for your cleaning session (but if you’re doing the outside, beware of rain!).
6. Clean your windows at least twice a year
This will make a truly surprising difference to your whole room by making it lighter and brighter. You’ll be suprised at how dirty your windows can get
7. Make your own cleaning solution
Add two tablespoons of vinegar to a small bucket of warm water.
8. Really dirty or greasy windows?
Use two tablespoons of household ammonia or domestic borax per gallon and rinse with the vinegar solution above. Finish with a dry, lint-free cloth.
Buff the clean, dry glass, with a pad of crumpled newspaper. The printers’ ink will give your windows an extra sparkle.
Do you have any tips for cleaning windows? We would love to hear them.