Spring flowers are beginning to bloom and the beautiful trees of the Treasure Valley are coming alive again in all the shades of green. If your view of spring coming alive is marred by dust and grime then you are probably looking through dirty windows. If it is time to change your point of view and get those windows from grimy to glistening we have a step by step approach to sparkly shiny windows. Making your windows sparkling clean involves a few steps and the right cleaning products. Here's a guide on how to clean your windows effectively and keep them cleaner longer.

Materials Needed

  • Microfiber cloths (for streak-free cleaning)
  • Vinegar and water solution (for a natural cleaner) or a commercial window cleaner
  • A spray bottle
  • A bucket
  • A scrub brush or squeegee (if you prefer to use one)
  • A ladder (if you're cleaning high windows)

With our materials at hand we are ready to get to the dirty work of cleaning windows. We also recommend playing some tunes to help the cleaning process go by.

Cleaning Process

Step 1: Preparation

  • Open the windows to allow fresh air in and to prevent the spread of cleaning fumes.
  • Cover nearby furniture or surfaces with a towel to protect them from splashes.
  • Fill a bucket with water. If you're using a vinegar solution, mix 1 part white vinegar with 4 parts water in a spray bottle.

Step 2: Cleaning the Frame and Sill

  • Start by cleaning the window frame and sill to prevent dirt from the frame from getting on the glass.
  • Use a scrub brush and warm water to remove any dirt or grime.
  • Rinse the area with a clean, wet cloth or paper towel.

Step 3: Cleaning the Glass

  • Spray the window with the vinegar solution or commercial cleaner.
  • Use a microfiber cloth to wipe the glass in a circular motion, working from the top down. This prevents streaks and helps to catch any falling water drops.
  • If you have a lot of dirt or grime, you can use a squeegee. Apply the cleaner, then pull the squeegee from top to bottom in a single motion.

Step 4: Cleaning the Tracks

  • Use a cotton swab or a small brush to clean the window tracks, removing any dirt or debris.
  • Spray the tracks with the cleaning solution and wipe them clean with a damp cloth.

Step 5: Final Buff

  • For a streak-free finish, use a clean, dry microfiber cloth to buff the glass.

Now that you're seeing clearly through your windows you will want them to stay that way! Here is a guide to maintaining that beautiful shine.

Regular Cleaning: Clean your windows at least once a month to prevent a buildup of dirt and grime.

Dust Prevention: Keep indoor plants away from windows to prevent dust from settling on the glass.

Shade Usage: Use window shades or blinds to block direct sunlight, which can cause dirt and dust to stick to the glass.

Sealing: Ensure that your windows are properly sealed to prevent drafts and the entry of dust.

Screens: Clean your window screens regularly to prevent dust and debris from accumulating on the glass.

By following these steps and maintaining your windows, you can keep them sparkling clean and enjoy the view outside without the distraction of dirty windows. Have other window cleaning tips? Let us know! The BEST way to ensure that your windows look the best they can is to hire the professionals to do the job. Give the team at 208 Cleaning a chance to show you what experts and professionals we are in the cleaning world. Contact us if you or someone you know may be in need of a residential or commercial cleaning service like ours. We can’t wait to hear from you. Give us a call or email us here. Have fun and stay safe out there!