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5 hacks to keep your windows and mirrors clean

By Maha

Updated: August 23rd, 2018

Streaks, be gone.

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Thanks to dust, dirt, hand prints and paw prints, you may find yourself having to clean your windows and mirrors a little more often than you’d like. And glass surfaces are not the easiest to clean.

Of course, local window cleaners are always at hand. But whether you find a cleaner in London or try to clean your windows yourself, no one likes a streaky finish. Store-bought cleaners, scratchy paper towels and newspapers can leave glass surfaces in a worse condition than before you started.

Here’s some simple hacks to help you achieve that elusive sparkling streak-free finish:

Make your own cleaning solution

If you’re all about that eco-friendly life, you’ve probably already explored non-toxic cleaning options for your home. A DIY cleaning solution for your windows and mirrors is a natural and highly effective glass cleaner, and you save a few ££ in the process.

Here’s how to concoct a glass cleaning solution yourself:

Combine half a cup of rubbing alcohol with two tablespoons of ammonia and dish washing liquid. Mix it all up in an empty spray bottle, and hey presto, you’re all set.

Spritz on glass surfaces (don’t soak!) and wipe. Buff dry to finish.

Want to spot clean? For any tough stains on glass surfaces, attack directly using a cotton pad with rubbing alcohol.

Ditch the newspapers and use paper coffee filters

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Coffee… the gift that just keeps on giving.

Instead of staining your hands with ink by using newspaper, try an (unused) dry paper coffee filter to clean your glass surfaces.

Simply dip filter into your homemade cleaning solution and wipe your windows and mirrors clean. Wipe using a dry filter.

Use blackboard erasers to banish streaks

Buffing is a hugely important part of the window and mirror cleaning process, and must not be foregone if you’re on a quest for streak-free shine. Blackboard erasers can be your ally in this quest.

That’s right, the old-school (pardon the pun) blackboard eraser is a secret weapon for crystal clear mirrors and mirrors. After cleaning (with your homemade cleaner and paper coffee filters, of course) run a dry and clean blackboard eraser over glass surfaces for a satisfying streak-free finish.

Not to toot our own horn or anything, but with Airtasker, it’s now easier than ever to find a cleaner in London.

Clean window tracks with white vinegar and baking soda

When it comes to window cleaning, it’s not just the glass surfaces you need to deal with. Dirt and debris can often accumulate into the window tracks.

Enter our fave household heroes – baking soda and vinegar.

Cover your window tracks with a baking soda and white vinegar paste and leave for 5-10 minutes. You’ll find that all the window track gunk comes off easily using an old toothbrush.

Still got some leftover dirt in those hard to reach corners? Use a butter knife covered in a rag to get that stubborn debris out.

Clean your windows on a cloudy day

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Finally, something our beloved British weather is ideal for.

The best time to clean your windows is on cloudy days. Direct sunlight will dry out the cleaning liquid before you can wipe it clean, leaving dreaded streaks behind.

Admittedly, we’re going through a bit of heatwave at the moment, but rest assured, we’ll be back to optimal window cleaning weather in no time.

Need to hire a window cleaner in London? Find trusted and rated cleaning services with Airtasker.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Maha

I love iced coffees, baby alpacas and far-flung adventures.

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