There are many theories on the best way to clean a window, from using rolled up newspaper, to spray cleaners and elbow grease, but many of these techniques are misleading. Using paper to clean windows can put a static charge on the window, which will in fact attract more dust.
We asked the Perfectshine team to give their top 5 tips on the best way to clean windows.
- Use hot water instead of cold
The Perfectshine team begins by using hot water to clean windows as opposed to cold. Hot water will dissolve dirt and grime prior to washing it away, cold water can simply push the dirt around the window without ever actually removing it.
Using hot water is advantages particularly in the winter when colder water might freeze and leave marks on the window.
- Use a sponge not a cloth
Traditional methods of window cleaning can still be the best. Use a sponge to apply water and soap then remove the residue with a squeegee, but be sure to do this before the water begins to dry, this will stop any marks being left.
- Tough Marks
For tough marks you can use a blade to remove the majority of residue and then use hot water and a sponge to remove the rest. The blade can be effective in removing dirt but be careful when using one.
- Leave dry windows
Streaks can appear when windows are cleaned but not dried properly. Before moving on to the next window make sure all water residue has been removed and edges have been dried.
- Use window-cleaning detergent
Soap and washing liquid can be effective but for perfectly clean streak free windows invest in a proper window cleaning detergent. Soaps can leave streaks on windows when not properly cleaned off, detergents will have specialized chemicals to reduce streaking.
Choosing the right tools is also essential; make sure you have a sponge, squeegee and towel for cleaning and drying.