Research suggests that clean windows are an important factor for around 75% of homeowners. Unfortunately, about 90% of these well-intentioned individuals put this particular task off for as long as possible.
Tackling the glazing in downstairs windows and doors isn’t particularly problematic. But when high windows need to be factored in, this domestic cleaning job suddenly becomes a more daunting prospect. We’ve therefore put together a few tips to make cleaning upstairs windows a little more manageable.
1. Schedule a cleaning day
Don’t aim to clean your windows until you’re ‘in the mood’ on a random date in the future. The chances are, you never will be. Instead, schedule a day to clean your windows and stick to it. You will want to choose a time of day when your windows are not basking in direct sunlight. Early morning or late afternoon usually being best.
Then keep your eye on the weather. If it isn’t going to be raining or dangerously windy, you’re good to go.
2. Plan your window cleaning access
Decide in advance how you are going to access your high windows and test if the method works. If you’re opting for a ladder, dust it off and make sure it is in good working order. If you are planning on tackling the job with a long-handled sponge and squeegee, do the same – make sure they’re fit for purpose ahead of time.
Assuming you’re going to be up a ladder for the duration, ensure you’ve planned the job for a day when there will be at least one other responsible individual nearby.
3. Prime the windows
It’s worth giving the exteriors of your high windows a quick blast with a hosepipe. This can be done on the day itself or a day before-hand. It will help to clear some of the cobwebs, dead insects, dirt and debris that has accumulated on the glass, which will only slow you down.
4. Inventory your cleaning supplies
Don’t make the mistake of letting your scheduled cleaning day roll around, only to find you haven’t got half of the stuff required. Realistically, this is all you’ll need to get the job done:
- Decent sized sponges
- Quality window cleaner
- Squeegees (with or without polls)
- Two buckets (one for clean water)
- Rubber gloves
- Lint-free cloths
Personal protective equipment can also come in useful, but it is entirely up to you how far you go with PPE. Just to emphasise, the importance of choosing a quality window cleaning product cannot be overstated. Leave your windows streaked and you’ll be cursing that you started the window cleaning job in the first place.
5. Clean your windows
Finally, it’s simply a case of giving your windows a good clean. When cleaning your window’s exteriors, a mixture of 50% warm water and 50% white vinegar can be surprisingly effective. Dishwashing liquid can also be good, but you’re better with something designed specifically for windows to avoid smears and streaks.
Start from one top corner of your home and make your way down or across to finish in the opposite corner. It doesn’t take much to use a sponge or squeegee, so we’ll leave that up to you! And rest assured that just as soon as you get started, you won’t find the whole thing nearly as laborious or lamentable as you might expect.