Window Cleaning Supplies

by Emily McBride
(last updated February 19, 2018)

No matter where you live, you most likely have windows, as well as mirrors and other glass. Dirty windows are one of the parts of your home that draw the most unwanted attention. Whether your windows are getting dirty from sprinklers outside or just the dust in the air, your windows can use a good cleaning every once in a while. Many people hire professional window washers for the windows in their homes and businesses. However, window washing is a chore that you can do yourself.

Rags drenched in all-purpose cleaners are not the best way to wash your windows. This can leave streaks, which almost defeats the purpose of trying to clean your windows in the first place. Your window washing preference will likely depend on the size of the windows you are trying to clean.

  • Window cleaner and paper towels: One of the simplest and most common ways to clean small windows is to use window cleaner (clear, blue liquid that comes in spray bottles) and paper towels. Some people prefer using sheets of newspaper to paper towels as it helps lessen the amount of streaking. It is okay to use water instead of window cleaner, but window cleaner usually streaks less and adds more of a shine to your windows.
  • Huck towels: If you have large windows, or several small ones, you might want to look into huck towels. These are specially-formulated towels that are meant to hold a lot of liquid, which means that you will not go through them as quickly as you would paper towels.
  • Squeegees: For very large windows or for car windows, consider using squeegees. This can help speed up the cleaning as well as help you get to hard-to-reach places.
  • Other ideas: Look at the cleaning aisle at your local store for more ideas. There is often a new cleaning product coming out that might be even more convenient and easier.

Whichever method you use, you should be able to get your windows clean. If possible, it's best to clean your windows when it is not too sunny outside (but not rainy, either). The sun can dry the window cleaner before you have a chance to wipe it completely, which can cause streaking. Although you can often clean your windows, it is often wise and less dangerous to hire someone to clean outside windows that are too high to reach, such as windows of a second-story.

Author Bio

Emily McBride

A senior majoring in English and editing at BYU, Emily hopes to enter the field of professional editing upon graduation. Emily has done humanitarian work in Africa and studied in London. She enjoys blogging, foreign films, and playing the piano. ...

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