Window cleaning is hard work and takes a lot of effort to yield the required results and is a hard task for end of tenancy cleans. Some useful advice though should go a long way, and make your window cleaning experience a better one.
When cleaning your windows consider the following:
-never wash windows with the sun shining on them because panes will dry too quickly and leave water streaks.
-when polishing windows, use horizontal strokes on one side of the pane and vertical strokes on the other side of the pane, this way you will know if one side needs extra buffing.
-when polishing window panes, use lint-free soft cloths or a chamois cloth, natural linen towel is also an option.
-if you are not allergic to newspaper ink, use crumpled newspapers to polish window panes, newspapers leave no lint and provide for more dust resistance.
Easy made window cleaning solutions:
-When windows are soiled and greasy, mix a quarter cup of ammonia to two litres of warm water and apply directly on to the pane.
-When windows are lime scaled and soiled, dilute a quarter cup of white vinegar in two litres of warm water and apply directly to the glass pane.
-When windows are heavily soiled and greased, mix half cup of ammonia with two cups of rubbing alcohol, dilute in one gallon of warm water and apply directly.
Technical cleaning advice:
–When washing windows, wash the sills and cross pieces first;
–For cleaning touch ups, keep one of the above solutions in a spray bottle, ready to use;
-Use white vinegar in order to avoid water streaks, for scaling use undiluted vinegar;
–Cut glass can be cleaned using baking soda sprinkled directly on a towel, wash window with fresh water afterwards;
Seamless repairs you can do yourself:
Window panes do get scratched, scratches can be somewhat hard to see, but when they become visible they are a real nuisance. One of the relatively easy ways to touch up small scratches (not gouges) on the window pane is to use toothpaste.
Use the creamy type toothpaste, gel type toothpaste does not have the same properties and will not work.
Equip yourself with a microfiber cloth and put a small amount of toothpaste on it. Apply the paste directly on to the scratched area, working the cloth in circular motions.
Circular strokes ensure that particles in toothpaste fill the scratch from all directions. When you are satisfied with the result, remove excess toothpaste using dry rag and polish the treated area with a soft, no-lint cloth.