Keeping mirrors, glass splashbacks and windows clean can be challenging. Many people spray and wipe mirrors and windows and are surprised to find that the spraying and wiping do not help them achieve streak-free results. When it comes to cleaning glass surfaces, it is good to use the right techniques and tools to make the task easier, save money and help you achieve a streak-free glass surface.
Tips and Tricks to Help You Make Your Glass Surface Sparkling Clean
Start Cleaning Your Glass Surface from the Top
Cleaning your glass surface from the top to the bottom is one of the best ways to make the surface sparkling clean. This is because cleaning from the top makes the cleaning solution drip into the areas that you have not washed. However, if you start from the bottom, the areas that you have washed will have drips and you will have to clean them all over again.
Clean Your Windows on a Cloudy Day
I know that some people reading this thought that it is good to clean windows on a sunny day as the sun makes it easier to see the dirt on the glass surface. The problem with cleaning windows on a sunny day is that the sun dries the fluid used to wash windows prematurely hence leaving streaks and residue on the window’s surface.
On the other hand, when windows are washed on a cloudy day, the cleaning solution will not dry fast and you will be able to wipe the cleaning solution. Therefore, cleaning your windows on a cloudy day will help you get your windows clear and streak-free.
Clean Glass Surfaces Using a Squeegee
A squeegee is a very important tool when it comes to cleaning glass surfaces. This is because it can clean glass surfaces without leaving streaks. You may wipe your windows with cloth but discover that all the cleaning solution was not removed. Re-wiping the areas where the cleaning solution was not removed is not a good idea as it may leave streaks on the glass surface.
In such cases, a squeegee is the best tool to use to remove the cleaning solution as it will do this job well without leaving streaks. Besides, a squeegee can make the task effortless. If you want to clean tall windows, consider a long-handled squeegee. The good thing about such a squeegee is that you can use it to also clean doors and shower walls.
Use Cotton Swabs to Clean Corners
Cotton swabs can clean hard to reach areas such as corners as they can easily get into the smallest tightest areas because of their size. There is no other tool that does this job better than cotton swabs. So, before you start cleaning your windows, it is good to ensure that you have cotton swabs for the best window cleaning outcome.
Use an Old T-Shirt to Clean Glass Surfaces
It is a good idea to clean glass using an old t-shirt as it does not leave any lint residue and is super absorbent. Besides, cleaning your glass using an old t-shirt instead of paper towels can reduce your housekeeping costs and help the environment as well.
Consider Homemade Window Cleaner
Homemade solutions are cost-effective and don’t have unknown chemicals. They can also be as effective as commercial cleaners. You can create your own glass cleaner by mixing 1 cup water, 1 cup rubbing alcohol, and 1 tablespoon vinegar. In fact, a mixture of white vinegar and isopropyl alcohol is more effective when used to clean glass surfaces than commercial cleaners. The quickly evaporating mixture can be sprayed on glass surfaces or chrome, hard tiles and other surfaces.
Clean Your Glass Surface Using Newspapers
While a newspaper can do a good job when it comes to cleaning glass surfaces, many people don’t like using it because it can get newsprint on a person’s hands and also because it does not hold up very when it becomes wet.
Despite these, some people like using newspapers to clean their glass surfaces because they do a good job. Newspapers may be ideal for those who don’t like using cloth and towels to clean their glass surfaces. To avoid getting newsprint on your hands when using newspapers to clean glass surfaces, wear gloves.
Most of the glass and window cleaners in the market can damage the framed wood areas of your windows and mirrors. As such, it is good to ensure that drips don’t come into contact with the wood of your window or mirror. You can do this by placing a small cloth on the windowsill or on the wood to absorb drips. You should also spray the cleaner in small sections instead of spraying too much of it at once. The spraying should be done working from the top down to the bottom of the glass.