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Helpful Tips To Clean Your Windows With Ease

Everyone knows how frustrating it can be to clean windows. It is a never-ending battle with streaks and smears, seemingly impossible to remove. These tips will help you get the job done quickly and without fuss!

Your List of Window Cleaning Equipment:

– Damp cloths or paper towels

– A squeegee for drying the window after you’ve cleaned it

– Window cleaner (ammonia-free)

– Scrubbing pad, like a sponge or washcloth

– Newspaper

– A bucket to bring away dirt and debris

Helpful Tips For Sparkling Windows

1. Remove any dirt, dust, or smudges

Start by clearing space around the windows and moving potential obstacles like furniture and curtains.

If you are cleaning windows that have been neglected for a long time, use the damp cloth to clean off any dirt or dust from around the window frame before tackling the glass itself.

2. Initial wipe down

The first tip for easy cleaning of your windows is an initial wipe-down! Use a general household sponge with warm soapy water to wipe down the entire window. This will remove any dirt and grime that might have accumulated on the outside of your windows, such as fingerprint smudges or bird droppings.

Top Tips

— Wipe from top to bottom for a left-hand opening window

— Wipe from right to left for a right-hand opening window

3. Technique to Remove excess water

Take a good grip on your squeegee and think about the shape of an S as you start at the top window edge, starting from left to right.

The most efficient way for this is by working in a reverse-S pattern because it decreases swapping back and forth between hands which can cause blisters or fatigue more quickly.

4. Clean your windows with a solution of vinegar and water for an eco-friendly clean

This is one of the easiest ways to clean your windows and it will not leave any streaks. First, mix some vinegar with water in a one-to-one ratio (i.e., two cups of water mixed with an equal amount of white vinegar). Spread the solution on the window with a sponge or cloth in a circular motion.

5. Use newspaper for buffering

Add a few sheets of newspaper to your window-cleaning bucket and they will act as the buffer. This is an easy way to avoid streaks when wiping down windows with stubborn dirt or grime on them.

The goal in this step is not just removing the dirt, it’s also eliminating any residual smudges that are left behind.

6. Keep windows open during dry weather so they can air out after being cleaned

It is important to air out windows after you have cleaned them. If it is dry outside, open the windows to help with air circulation so they can de-humidify and refresh from cleaning.

If the weather is rainy or humid, then closed windows will trap moisture, leading to mould growth.

7. Clean your windows at least 4 times a year

Having sparkling windows can help enhance the look of your living room, kitchen, or children’s playroom.

It doesn’t take much time to do it yourself and you can save a lot of money by doing the dirty work up high instead of hiring someone else. It is surprising how quickly your windows get dirty, especially if you live on a busy street or near a construction site.

If you have pets, then it is necessary to clean your windows at least four times per year as pet hair can be hard to remove from window glass and difficult surfaces.

When it’s Time to Replace Your Old Windows

There is nothing like a fresh, clean window. We know that windows are an integral part of your home and we want you to be able to enjoy them for as long as possible with minimal hassle or risk.

That’s why our team at Don Valley Windows can help you replace old, drafty windows with new ones in less time than it would take anyone else thanks to our extensive knowledge and expertise in the industry.

If this sounds like something that interests you but doesn’t have time to chat today, give us a call on 0114 2855 973 so one of our experts can answer any questions about how we work! Don’t wait until next year – contact us now!


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scott Whitham
scott Whitham
Just want to give a massive recommendation to Don Valley Windows for anyone wanting new windows and doors they fitted us a full set of windows and new doors which transformed the whole house. It already feels warmer and quieter and their fitters were friendly and and so neat and tidy. 5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Stacey Mason
Stacey Mason
We had a composite door with Don Valley Windows and they did an amazing job! We had a few quotes and none of the others were anywhere near. We were very pleased with price and the professionalism from the very friendly fitters. Lewis and the team are very friendly, polite and brilliant at what they do. We will definitely be using Don Valley Windows again for all our windows and would recommend 10/10. Thank you Lewis and the team!
Don Valley Windows have done an amazing job. I had several quotes which were far more, but DVW were half the price and had far better reviews. Really pleased with workmanship and price. Lewis and the team are very friendly, polite and professional. Will definitely be recommending . Thanks Guys 🙂
Glyn Parkin
Glyn Parkin
Highly recommend this company, I had a full house doors and windows fitted 6 years ago very friendly experienced fitters had no problems, on Monday contacted them because a tilt and turn window needed adjustment and a door handle needed tightening they were here next day ,also last year a frosted glass panel seal went not Don Valleys fault (glass manufacturers) it was replaced with no quibble Lewis and his team do a great job have recommended to family and friends.
Fantastic service. Great team did all windows in two days. Superb value - Would definitely recommend. Cheers Lewis and team!
Tracey Hodgson
Tracey Hodgson
Great service, very efficient and my windows and door look so much better. Highly recommend.
Amanda Ruane
Amanda Ruane
I'm delighted with my new windows and doors. The guys who installed them were brilliant. Arrived early and never stopped till the job was done. I would recommend this company they have done an amazing job.
Anne Krumins
Anne Krumins
Just had Don Valley Windows again to fit a new bay window in the bedroom. Has always the guys have done a brilliant job and I am very happy with the finish. They are a great team of guys who turn up on the day and time given, crack on with the job and clear up any mess made. Have used them before for new windows and front door and would definitely would recommend. Well done!
Patsy Johnson
Patsy Johnson
I had 3 replacement windows, front door and back door and 2 locks replaced recently and I am so happy with them! Good prices, short waiting time, very quick fitting and good quality. Will definitely recommend!
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