Common Mistakes to Avoid When Cleaning Your Windows

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7/11/2023 Mystro Windows & Doors Canada

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Cleaning Your Windows

Cleaning windows may seem like a simple task, but many people make common mistakes that can result in streaks, smudges, or even damage to the glass. To achieve sparkling, clean windows without any hassle, it's essential to follow the right techniques and use the proper tools.

Cleaning your windows not only enhances the appearance of your home but also allows more natural light to enter. However, if not done correctly, it can lead to disappointing results. Welcome to Mystro, your window expert, who will provide you with a comprehensive guide on how to clean your windows effectively. In this article, we will discuss the most common mistakes people make when cleaning their windows and provide you with practical tips on how to avoid them. Let's dive right in!

Skipping the Pre-Cleaning Preparation

Before diving into the cleaning process, it is crucial to prepare the window surface properly. Preparing the windows before cleaning is crucial to achieving optimal results. 

Before you begin, scrape dirt from the window frame with a brush or vacuum it up with a handheld vacuum or the dust attachment on your machine. When dirt is mixed with a cleaner, this prevents it from becoming a muddy mess. If your window screen is very filthy, remove it and wash it with hot, sudsy water and a soft brush, then rinse and dry before replacing it.

Choosing the Wrong Cleaning Solutions

One of the most common mistakes many people make is using improper cleaning solutions. Avoid using ammonia-based cleaners, as they can leave streaks and damage certain types of glass. Instead, opt for a mild, non-abrasive cleaning solution or create your own mixture using vinegar and water.

Creating your own window cleaning solution is a cost-effective and environmentally friendly option. All you need to do is to mix 2 cups of water, ½ cup white vinegar, and ¼ cup rubbing alcohol 70% concentration, and pour them into a spray bottle. If you prefer a scented solution, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. For the purpose of safety, write the ingredients on the exterior of the bottle if you have children or pets.

Applying Excessive Cleaning Solution

Using too much cleaning solution can result in residue and streaks. Remember that a little goes a long way. Apply a small amount of the cleaning solution and work in small sections to ensure even coverage and easy removal.

Using Dirty or Linty Tools

Cleaning windows with dirty or linty tools will only transfer the grime from one surface to another, leaving behind streaks. Ensure that your tools, such as squeegees, microfiber cloths, or newspaper, are clean and free from debris before starting the cleaning process.

Using Abrasive Materials

Avoid using abrasive materials such as steel wool, scrapers, or rough brushes on your windows. These can scratch the glass surface, making it more prone to damage and reducing its clarity. Stick to soft, non-abrasive materials for effective and safe cleaning.

Neglecting the Window Frames and Sills

To achieve a thorough cleaning, don't forget to pay attention to the window frames and sills. Many people focus solely on cleaning the glass and overlook the window frames and sills. Dust, dirt, and cobwebs can accumulate in these areas, affecting the overall cleanliness and appearance of your windows. Make sure to wipe down the frames and sills with a damp cloth or a soft brush.

Cleaning on Sunny or Windy Days

Cleaning windows on sunny or windy days can lead to quick drying of the cleaning solution, leaving behind streaks and smudges. It's best to choose a cloudy day or work during the early morning or late afternoon when the sun's intensity is lower. Similarly, avoid cleaning windows on windy days to prevent dust and debris from ruining your efforts.

Neglecting to Dry and Polish Properly

After cleaning, it's crucial to dry the windows thoroughly to prevent streaks or water spots. Use a clean, lint-free cloth or a squeegee to remove excess moisture. Additionally, polishing the glass with a microfiber cloth will enhance its shine and ensure a streak-free finish.

By avoiding these common mistakes, you can achieve spotless windows that enhance the aesthetics of your home and allow natural light to brighten your living spaces. In addition, regular maintenance is key to keeping your windows clean and in good condition. Cleaning your windows infrequently can lead to stubborn dirt and stains that are harder to remove. Make it a habit to clean your windows regularly to maintain their pristine appearance. Consistent maintenance will make the cleaning process easier and help avoid more intensive cleaning in the future.

​​Now, armed with this comprehensive guide, you have all the knowledge and tools you need to achieve sparkling windows. Happy cleaning!

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