Double-glazed windows are a popular choice for homeowners due to their energy efficiency and noise reduction capabilities. However, to maintain their pristine appearance and maximise their benefits, regular cleaning is essential. That's why we have created a comprehensive 4-step guide on how to clean your double-glazed windows!
Step 1: Gather the necessary materials
Before you begin cleaning your double-glazed windows you want to ensure they are not in direct sunlight, this can mean choosing a cloudy day or late afternoon. Once you have decided to clean them you want to gather all of the required materials. Including a mild streak-free glass cleaner or a mixture of four parts water and one part white vinegar, a microfiber cloth, a bucket of warm water, a soft sponge, a rubber-edged window scraper, and paper towels. Additionally, consider using an extension pole for hard-to-reach windows.
Step 2: Prepare the windows for cleaning
To start the cleaning process, close the windows and remove any window screens or blinds. Next, eliminate dust, dirt, and debris from the window frames, sills, and tracks using a soft brush or vacuum cleaner attachment. Then place a towel or drop cloth beneath the windows to protect your floor or furniture from drips and spills.
Step 3: Clean the windows
Fill a bucket with warm water and add a small amount of your glass cleaner or a vinegar mixture. Dip your sponge into the cleaning solution and gently scrub the glass surfaces, starting from the top and working your way down. For stubborn stains or dried-on dirt, allow the cleaning solution to sit for a few minutes before scrubbing. Use your rubber-edged window scraper to remove the cleaning solution from the glass, starting at the top and pulling it across the window in a straight line. Remember to wipe the blade with a cloth after each pass. Alternatively, you can use a microfiber cloth to wipe the glass in a firm, circular motion, ensuring that you cover the entire surface. Repeat the cleaning process on both sides of the window and don’t forget to clean your hinges, locks and mechanisms as well.
Step 4: Finish and dry the windows
To prevent streaks, use a dry microfiber cloth or paper towel to wipe any remaining moisture from the glass. Pay close attention to the edges and corners of the window, as these areas tend to accumulate excess moisture. Inspect the window for streaks or spots and touch up any areas that need further cleaning. Once the windows are completely dry and free of streaks, reinstall any window screens or blinds that were previously removed.
Cleaning your double-glazed windows doesn't have to be a daunting task. By following this comprehensive 4-step guide, you can achieve sparkling, streak-free windows that enhance the overall appearance of your home while maximising the benefits of double glazing. Remember to exercise caution when working at heights or with ladders and consider hiring professional window cleaners for hard-to-reach windows. With regular maintenance, your double-glazed windows will continue to serve you well for years to come.