There are a lot of myths that surround the cleaning of windows and the products that you should use. What I am about to tell you might shock you, beware.
The myths that surround window cleaning – the best products to use or the best technique to use. Really, none of these matter. Most of them work, to a point. There isn’t a product that I have found which will repeatedly clean my windows without leaving some sort of smear or residue on the glass. What is the most important point here is just to clean your windows.
The more dirt on your windows will reduce the amount of light in your home, and the longer that you leave it on your windows the more difficult it can then become to remove.
The myths have developed over the years. They are there to help clean a surface that works best when there are no visible marks or smears. They are supposed to help you manage a better way of cleaning your windows.
Dirty windows can harbour germs. They are the areas that are most often covered in water and dirt, are subjected to fluctuations in heat, which can result in the production of mould and mildew. These microscopic organisms can result in people in the home becoming ill.
This is why establishing a cleaning schedule for your windows is vital, it will help you combat the problems before they take hold and damage your health.
The different methods
There are many different methods around, some use chemicals which are specially developed for window cleaning, others recommend products that you can normally find around your home.
I do dislike having dirty windows, but I like to watch my budget, too. I tend not to buy the window cleaning products because I have yet to find one that doesn’t smear. For me it is just old fashioned soapy water and a squidgy.
The soapy water I apply to the windows using whatever I happen to find, an old but clean sponge, or a clean rag. Once I have washed the grime and spiders off my windows I then squidgy them dry and wipe off the excess that normally ends up on the window sill.
I find that this method works best for me. I have tried the vinegar in the water method but I found this just made my hands smell of vinegar. In the past, I have used newspaper to clean and dry my windows. This is probably my second favourite method, it does work but you can end up with newspaper print on your hands.
What I would love to see is a product that will work and keep my windows clean and sparkling. There is hope of a product out there which I could use that would produce a clean and smear free shine.
I think at the moment I will stick to my faithful hot soapy water and a squidgy to clean them.
My recommendation is to create a schedule that you are able to manage, to keep on top of the window cleaning; the alternative is to budget for a professional to clean them on a regular basis.