Window Cleaning Tips

The windows in our home are a reflection of the property’s inner state. Streaky, muddy and dusty windows can often signal a messy home, while streak-free, gleaming windows indicate that you’re committed to cleanliness and hygiene. There are several factors to take into account when having your windows cleaned. These depend on the windows themselves as well as the methods and solutions employed to get them gleaming. For example, should you use water or some other detergents for the best results? In our series of blogs, we cover a comprehensive range of topics dedicated to maintaining bright and clean windows throughout your house. Take a look at some of window cleaning tips in our valuable guide below.

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  • How to Make Homemade Window Cleaner

    Have you ever stared at the cleaning products section in the supermarket and wondered what the actual difference between various window washing products is? Each promises to make your windows as good as new, but at what cost? Sometimes, information about all the different active ingredients, included in the cleaning mixture, is omitted from the product label. Some of these chemicals may cause mild irritation, while others can lead to potentially long-term health issues. Moreover, buying these detergents often takes a toll on your pocket and taking care of your windows becomes not only tedious, but also very expensive. In this blog post, you will find out how to stay healthy, save money and declutter your washing products cabinet by mixing a homemade window cleaning solution. Read on… [post_walkthrough title="Table of Contents:"] Why switch to homemade window cleaning solutions? How to make your own glass cleaner? What everyone forgets about when cleaning [/post_walkthrough] Why Switch to Homemade Window Cleaning Solutions? There are many benefits of choosing a DIY window cleaner; the most important being your health and well-being. The British Allergy Foundation estimates that half of the child population in the UK suffers from one or more allergic disorders, including skin, respiratory, drug, and food allergies. At the same time, 33 per cent of the adults are also affected by one or a combination of these maladies. That’s why it is important to keep track of the chemicals, used in detergents, as they can trigger or exacerbate an existing health problem. Although regulators take great strides in controlling solvent ingredients, there are still manufacturers and distributors, who employ various tactics to circumvent health regulations. One common method is using an umbrella term on the product label, for example: fragrance. Many different compounds can be mixed, in order to add a nice smell to the cleaning solution, such as phthalates, which are known to have a damaging effect on the reproductive system. These ingredients may also trigger an asthma attack or an allergy. Other frequently-used chemicals include chlorine bleach and ammonia, which are known to cause skin irritation, respiratory and neurological problems, and can be fatal if exposed to high doses. In addition to the health benefits you get with making your own homemade window cleaning solution, the DIY method is low-cost and easy to make. All of the recipes consist of mainly natural compounds, making them non-toxic and environmentally-friendly. As an added bonus, the homemade window cleaner can help you tackle dirt build-up, streaks from previously-used washing detergents, and in some cases - mold and mildew. This way, you won’t have to purchase a different product for each cleaning issue and you can declutter your washing products cabinet. How to Make Your Own Glass Cleaner? Depending on your window washing needs, there are various combinations of ingredients you can mix, in order to achieve the desired results. Here are some of our successfully tested recipes: The First-Time Wash Recipe [bullet_list] cup of white vinegar ½ tsp. dishwashing detergent or liquid 2 cups of water spray bottle [/bullet_list] Mix all of the listed ingredients in a spray bottle and use directly on the windows. If the windows are dirtier than usual, you can leave the glass cleaner for a few minutes, then scrub gently with a mop or a window scrubber, and rinse with water. Adding dishwashing liquid is necessary, because it helps with removing any leftover residue from commercial chemicals. [note type="tip" icon-text="true"]Always label your spray bottles![/note] The All-Purpose Cleaning Solution [bullet_list] ½ cup of vinegar 2 litres of water ¼ cup of baking soda spray bottle [/bullet_list] This homemade window cleaner uses only natural components and is perfect not only for cleaning windows, but also bathroom chrome fixtures, mirrors, and wet-room/shower screens. What makes this mixture ideal for everyday use are the white vinegar and baking soda. This strong combination deals with grease stains, mildew, and wax build-up. It also removes any foul odours, dissolves sticker glue and softens hard water. [note type="tip" icon-text="true"]Wash sills and blinds first, in order to prevent additional dirt from falling on the window glass.[/note] The Regular-Use Window Cleaner [bullet_list] 1 cup white vinegar 1 cup of water spray bottle [/bullet_list] It is as simple as that. Once you’ve tackled the first thorough wash, you only need water and vinegar to maintain your windows’ streakless appearance. [note type="tip" icon-text="true"]Always use lint-free fibre cloths! Preferably old cotton ones or microfiber cloths.[/note] The Heavy-Duty Cleaning Recipe [bullet_list] 1 cup of distilled white vinegar spray bottle [/bullet_list] If you need something strong to deal with stubborn grime, paint spots or hard-water mineral build-up, you can use warmed-up distilled white vinegar directly on the window glass. Leave it for a few minutes, scrub gently and rinse thoroughly with water. [note type="tip" icon-text="true"]You can add lemon juice and use the mixture to clear any mold and mildew.[/note] The Scented Eco-Friendly Window Cleaning Solution [bullet_list] white vinegar water citrus peels a jar [/bullet_list] If you’re worried about the strong vinegar smell, just add citrus peels! You can use any citrus fruits, but the best results are achieved by using lemons or limes. Put the citrus peels in a mason jar until it’s full (or add as many as you want). Pour white vinegar to fill the voids and cover the peels, then, seal and store in a cool and dark place for 2 to 3 weeks. Afterwards, remove the citrus peels, mix the remaining solution with equal part water and put it in a spray bottle. If you want the mixture to be stronger and more acidic, just add more lemons! If you want to skip the peeling fruits step, you can use a few drops of essential oils as an alternative. This concoction is also ideal for washing window screens. [note type="tip" icon-text="true"]You can use the peeled fruits to make a nice and cold lemonade![/note] What Everyone Forgets About When Cleaning The most important rule when it comes to any kind of washing solution is to use it responsibly. Over-cleaning, i.e. cleaning meticulously every day, or trying to maintain a sterile environment can aggravate an ongoing illness, allergies and asthma problems, because good bacteria is removed along with any harmful bacteria. This is where the homemade window cleaning solutions come in handy. And if sometimes, you find yourself unable to make a homemade concoction of your own, Fantastic Services offers professional window cleaning service performed using purified water. Who knew that looking after yourself can be so rewarding and environmentally-friendly?! *** Have you tried any other recipes? Share with us your homemade window cleaning ideas in the comments below! Images source: Depositphotos / by geo-grafika and anna.pustynnikova

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  • How Much Does Window Cleaning Cost In The UK

    There is a great variety among window cleaners and window cleaning companies when it comes to pricing. You can be charged by the hour, per window, or receive a fixed price, depending on a set of different factors. That's why a simple answer like "the average cost of window cleaning is 30 pounds" could be quite misleading (if not plain wrong). (more…)

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  • The 10 Most Popular Window Styles in the UK [An Illustrated Guide]

    Do you get confused by the multitude of window styles and struggle to understand what's the difference between all of them? Or do you need to find out which type of window is best for you and what are the pros and cons of each design? For your convenience, we have created a special illustrated guide with the 10 most popular window types in the UK.  We also added some cleaning tips from our Fantastic window cleaners, so you can make the right choice for your home. (more…)

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  • How to Clean Tinted Windows at Home

    Tinted window films are changing the landscape of residential and commercial buildings alike. They are a cost-effective way to upgrade your home or office without the need of a full window replacement but cleaning tinted windows can quickly turn into a nightmare. Fear not! In this guide, you'll find useful tips and tricks on how to clean tinted windows in your home. (more…)

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  • How Pure Water Window Cleaning Works

    The advancement of science and technology revolutionised every area of our lives, the way we spend our time and the way we work. At the same time, a quiet revolution in the window cleaning business started with the introduction of pure water systems. But what exactly is pure water and how it changed something as straightforward as window cleaning? Let’s dig deeper into this topic. (more…)

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