By now, we’ve all seen the commercial where the bird runs into the glass window because it’s super clean and he can’t see it. Full disclosure: no bird was harmed in the making of that commercial. But, on a serious note, who was actually jealous of how shiny and streak-free that window was? How many of us got window envy just watching it?
While not on the top of most people’s favorite-things-to-do lists, window cleaning is important for regular maintenance. It gives us the chance to see if there may be any issues with the seals and the frames. Not only that, but window along with house cleaning may also be therapeutic in many ways.
Let’s take a closer look.
How And When To Clean Windows
Most of us may be tempted to go to the store and purchase the high-end expensive brands of window cleaners. However, there are many DIY solutions that work just as well. Take, for instance, vinegar. It is an all natural miracle ingredient given to us by nature. It is non-toxic and anti-bacterial and, most importantly, not harmful if inhaled or ingested. Most make-at-home recipes use vinegar in the ingredients, and with good reason.
For different issues, we offer the make-at-home recipes below.
Green Living, from National Geographic, boasts a DIY recipe as simple and as effective as they come:
- In a spray bottle, mix 50% white distilled vinegar with 50% tap water. Spray and wipe.
- For extremely dirty, grimy glass, prewash in soapy water first, then spray.
For window streaks typically caused by leftover residue from using commercial products, we recommend this process:
First Vinegar Wash:
- 2 cups water
- ¼ cup white vinegar
- ½ tsp dishwashing detergent or liquid
Combine all in a spray bottle, then spray and clean.
All Additional Vinegar Washes:
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup white vinegar
Combine all in a spray bottle, then spray and clean. To be used for normal windows.
Instead of spending your hard earned cash on trying expensive commercial cleaners, try these first. If it’s time to invest in a window replacement, look to the professionals at Daytona Windows & Screening.