Well-cleaned windows make a building look good not only on the outside, but also on the inside. Regular window cleaning is recommended for every owner who wants to keep their property in a tip top condition in every season.
Streaks are one of the most annoying things that appear when you are trying to clean window glass. The avoidance of streaks is one of the greatest challenges in window cleaning.
So, it can be a real challenge, if you are trying to clean your windows with a window cleaning detergent that leaves streaks.
You need a window cleaning solution that works quickly, offers excellent results and it’s also affordable and easy to find.
In fact, it’s possible to get perfectly cleaned windows by using your own homemade window cleaning solution.
DIY window cleaning solutions are used not only for cleaning windows but also for other parts of the property such as mirrors and glass shower doors.
The truth is you don’t need a long list of window cleaning products and tools to achieve a successful window cleaning in your home or office building. You also don’t need to spend much money on cleaning supplies, especially if your windows have just a moderate amount of dirt.
We offer you a window cleaning solution and helpful tips that will help you clean your windows just like a pro. They are considerably cheap and available at most hardware stores. And most importantly- they work right the first time and offer you decent results in different window cleaning tasks.
Main cleaning supplies you need for well-cleaned windows
Empty spray bottle (standard size) and White distilled vinegar
This is because vinegar is acidic and it has the ability to dissolve even the most stubborn dirt particles stuck on a window glass such as bird droppings and dead insects.
When picking vinegar for your window cleaning task, avoid apple cider vinegar as it’s not suitable for this purpose. Apple cider vinegar contains pectin which is a soluble fiber and it creates streaks when used for cleaning smooth surfaces such as glass. And when used on other surfaces this type of vinegar leaves a residue that can attract pests.
Rubbing alcohol (isopropyl)
The antibacterial properties of isopropyl alcohol that is designed for disinfection purposes make it a perfect ingredient in a window cleaning solution. Most types of rubbing alcohol have around 70% to 90% window cleaning strength which depends on how much water is diluted with alcohol.
Rubbing alcohol speeds up evaporation which means when it’s used for cleaning windows, it doesn’t leave any streaks afterwards. A key thing when cleaning with a rubbing alcohol is to work quickly with the towel or the squeegee to avoid getting streaks.
Rubbing alcohol can be found at most grocery and drugstores.
It’s good to have at least two clothes- one for drying and one for dipping into the cleaning solution.
One of the main advantages of dishwashing liquid is the fact that it can deal with greasy dirt particles. That’s because it contains fatty substances that can catch all of the dirt’s particles and make them rinse away.
It’s important to use the right amount of soap into your window cleaning solution. Using too much dish soap when cleaning windows leads to the appearance of streaks. And too small an amount may not lead to the desired result.
It’s good to pick a squeegee that attaches to a universal extension pole which will help you clean high rise windows in an easy way. There are 2-in-1 window cleaning attachment tools that have two sides – a rubber squeegee and a microfiber scrubber side.
DIY Window cleaning solutions
Recipe No 1 :
- 1 cup distilled white vinegar
- 1cup rubbing alcohol
- 3 drops dishwashing liquid
Combine all these ingredients in a spray bottle and mix them by slightly shaking the spray bottle. Spray a generous amount from this solution on the window glass you want to clean.
Then get a microfiber cloth and use it to clean the surface from the dirt layer. Use a scrubbing motion to loosen the dirt particles. This will make the subsequent cleaning a lot easier.
Get the spray bottle and spray the window glass again. Then get the squeegee and press its rubber strip against the glass. Move it down the window glass with a smooth motion.
Now get a dry clean cloth and wipe the squeegee blade off the dirt. Repeat this step for the entire surface of the window. Don’t forget to wipe your squeegee’s blade between each stroke.
If you notice there are some remaining water drops on the corners and the edges of the window, use a clean microfiber cloth to clean them. Place a clean section of the cloth on your fingertip and then wipe the water drops on the window’s edges.
Benefits of making your own window cleaning solution
Homemade cleaning solutions are made up from affordable ingredients that most of us already have in our home’s cupboards.
A common misconception is that only commercial window cleaning products offer good results in window cleaning. But it’s proven that DIY window cleaning solutions offer the same results as commercial window cleaning detergents.
Homemade cleaning solutions don’t leave streaks on window glass and they can remove different types of dirt.
However, if there is stubborn dirt on your windows, it’s a better idea to contact a professional window cleaning company.
When it comes to stubborn dirt debris that requires some heavy-duty cleaning and strong cleaning products, professional cleaners can offer you the best window cleaning solutions and methods you need.
Their rich knowledge and experience gives them the ability to decide which window cleaning technique they should use to deal with a specific dirt.
Homemade window cleaning solutions are a more eco-friendly alternative to store-bought window cleaning products. They contain zero chemicals compared to the mass market detergents and for this reason they are completely safe for your health and the health of your kids and pets as well.
By choosing to make your own window cleaning solution you guarantee your safety and the safety of the environment.