Five mistakes to avoid when cleaning your windows


As we know, pollution and grime accumulate slowly on your windows, which block not only your view, but precious sunlight to keep your plants and cats happy. Streaks left behind by improper cleaning can make your window look a whole lot worse. Here are five common mistakes to help keep your windows streak-free.

Mistake #1: Choosing a sunny day to clean

Cleaning your windows when the sun is blazing down on them makes it impossible to clean as the sun dries up the cleaner onto your windows before you even get a chance to wipe, leaving plenty of streaks.┬áIf the weather isn’t on your side, start on the shady side of the house.

Mistake #2: Not dusting your windows first

Before you get started, sweep or vacuum the dirt from the window frame. This will prevent the dirt and dust from turning into a muddy mess. If your window screen looks especially grimy, pop it out and wash with hot, soapy water and a soft brush, then rinse and let dry before putting it back in.

Mistake #3: Skimping on window cleaner

Don’t hold back on the spray, especially if your windows look extra dirty. Using lots of cleaner with make the dirt and grime dissolve and suspend for easy and quick streak-free wiping.

Mistake #4: Drying with an old cotton rag

Some folks like drying windowsills with newspaper, but you’re better off reusable microfibre cloths. But, if you would rather use paper towels, choose a brand that’s up to the task. Weak paper towels can shred and leave lint behind.

Mistake #5: Cleaning all your windows in one day.

You only need to clean your windows once or twice a year, but it’s even easier if you divide the job up. When you’re cleaning, wipe one side of the window horizontally and the other vertically. This way, if any streaks do form, you’ll easily know whether they’re on the outside or the inside.