1. Gear Up
First things first, grab your cleaning gear. You'll need a bucket, a squeegee, a scrubber or sponge, some mild window cleaner, and soft, lint-free cloths. We’d recommend a budget of $100 for proper supplies … but then again, we’re biased!
2. Clear Away the Mess
Before diving in, get rid of any loose dirt and debris from your window frames and sills. You can use a little brush or even your trusty vacuum to get everything clean and tidy.
3. Select or Mix Your Cleaning Solution
Whip up a simple cleaning solution with a mix of water and just a few drops of mild dish soap or a dedicated window cleaner. Harsh chemicals can do more harm than good, particularly in the DIY space.
4. Scrub Away
Dip your scrubber or sponge into your cleaning concoction and gently scrub the glass in an S-shaped pattern. Keep your scrubber wet but not dripping. Rinse and wring it out as needed. If you’ve not done this before, the technique may take some time to get used to.
5. Work the Squeegee Magic
Take your squeegee and start at the top of the glass. Pull it down in a straight, vertical line. Don't forget to wipe the blade with a lint-free cloth after each pass.
6. Dry It Up and Shine
Grab a dry, lint-free cloth and give the edges and corners of your glass a good wipe-down to eliminate any lingering water or streaks. A microfiber cloth works like a charm for this. Lingering streaks can permanently stain windows, so this step is critical!
7. Show Love to Frames and Sills
Don't neglect your window frames and sills! Wipe them down with a damp cloth. Make sure they're not just clean but also completely dry since these areas can collect dirt and moisture.
8. Eye for Damage
While you're at it, keep an eye out for any window damage like cracks or seals that need fixing. If you spot any issues, get them sorted out. Leaky windows can lead to other, more costly problems if not quickly addressed.
9. Thinking About Pro Help?
If you want a deep clean or need to tackle some stubborn stains or hard-to-reach windows, you might want to consider contacting Platinum Window Cleaning for a window cleaning service.
10. Keep It Up
To keep those windows looking fab throughout the fall season, make a schedule for regular cleaning. Clean windows let more natural light in and keep your home looking its best.
In a Nutshell
Fall is all about cozy vibes and beautiful colors. With clean windows, you can fully enjoy the autumn views from the comfort of your home. Follow these easy steps, and your windows will be crystal clear, giving you the perfect backdrop for the changing season. And if you need that extra support, PWC is here.