Hobart Spring Cleaning: Our Pro Tips for Cleaner Windows
You want sparkling clean windows so that you can look out and enjoy all the blooming, colourful abundance of Spring. If you plan on doing some Hobart spring cleaning then window washing will be on your menu. After all the wind and rain of winter plenty of dust and dirt can build up around the outsides of our homes. Window cleaning can be a daunting and physically challenging job, which is why we’ve put together a checklist of tips for cleaner windows.
If you plan on using the good old glass cleaner and paper towels, you’re definitely working far too hard for a less-than-perfect Hobart Spring Clean! Here’s our proven method for how to get the best possible clean of your windows with the least amount of effort.
Firstly lets look at the tools you’ll need for Hobart Spring Cleaning
First up, you’ll want to gather all your tools ahead of time so when you begin, you’ll have everything you need for the job.. From start to finish, you’ll need:
- Absorbent towels or a drop cloth to protect window sills, floors, and furniture from drips that may contain dirt or chemicals.
- A large bucket. Fill the bucket with warm water and just a few drops of a regular dishwashing liquid or low suds soap.
- A spray bottle. Fill the bottle with the same solution that’s in your bucket to use on French doors and other small or delicate window panes.
- A plastic or razor scraper to remove any dead insects or other debris that might have accumulated or crusted onto the panes of your glass.
- A good-quality squeegee to remove water and prevent streaking. Pro squeegee advice.. Don’t skimp on quality.
- Just like a car windshield wipers, squeegees wear and become less effective over time, so replace old ones for the high quality finish you desire.
- You may need more than one size depending on the surface areas involved, so your window panes before heading out to buy.
- Consider using a threaded sponge/squeegee combo with an telescopic pole if your window panes are not easily reachable (safer than using a ladder) or if their surface area is large.
- A large sponge (relative to pane size) that is soft enough to easily wring and rinse. The aim is to get maximum coverage (less washing effort) without slopping water and soap anywhere it can do any kind of damage.
- Clean, absorbent cloths or rags will be used to quickly wipe away drips and spills from window sills, wooden floors, or other water-sensitive areas; remember that these will become soaked quite quickly once you begin working, so be sure to have an abundant supply.
- High-quality microfiber cloths for final stage drying and buffing of window panes to a high sheen (you will need less of these as they don’t absorb water so quickly).
- A vacuum with dusting attachment (optional) for cleaning in, outside, and around window frames and screens.
- A good old (or new) garden hose plus some old rags for washing fly screens doors.
Tips for cleaner windows – Our method
- Choose a cloudy-ish day (but not one threatening rain). Reason: bright sun will cause your pupils to constrict, making it more difficult to detect subtle dirt and streaks on clear panes. Also, the sun’s heat can dry windows fast, making it tougher to manage streaking.
- Start by laying down towels or drop cloths to protect floors, sills, and furniture.
- Inspect for and scrape away any crusted-on debris.
- Vacuum up dead bugs and other debris collected inside the frame.
- Soak your sponge in the bucket and wring well. Hold an absorbent drying rag in your other hand to catch drips as they occur.
- Starting at the top, wash each window pane from side to side or using an S-pattern; be sure to get into the corners and wash all the way to each pane’s edges.
- Immediately after washing, squeegee each pane also from the top down. One method is to work from side to side in an S-pattern. A different trick is to use your rag to dry a small area across the top of the pane, then draw your squeegee from within the dry area straight down to the bottom (this will prevent any drips from following the squeegee down). Experiment with holding the squeegee blade at different angles relative to the glass to find the most comfortable and effective for you.
- After squeegeeing, use an absorbent rag to wipe moisture from frame and sill.
- Last, and very important: polish the pane with a dry microfiber cloth for a beautiful, streak-free shine.
There you have it, after applying our Pro tips for cleaner windows your task of Hobart Spring cleaning, should be that much easier. We hope you’ve walked away with some value and that our tips serve you as well as they have served us over the years. If you’ve got any other methods that work wonders, feel free to leave them in the comment section below, we always love to share resources and update our tactics for Hobart Spring cleaning
As always, if you’d rather be out enjoying yourself than washing the windows at home, touch base with the friendly staff at Healthy Hobart Cleaning. We’ll be happy to offer you our advice as well as our affordable rates for residential or corporate cleaning throughout Southern Tasmania.