Cleaning windows

November 2021

November 2021

November is here–and summer is coming soon! 

While we’re waiting for the new Traffic Light system, we’re managing to keep busy finding ways to keep you busy while we’re all still at home. With more gorgeous sunny weather on its way, you may be noticing that your streaky, smudgy, splattery windows need some TLC! 

Here are some DIY window-washing tips to keep your windows dust- and grime-free!

What you will need:

  • A 25 to 30 cm. squeegee

  • A scrubber or sponge

  • A gallon of water

  • Dish soap 

  • Lint-free microfibre cloths

  • A ladder (as needed)

  • Gloves to protect your hands

How to get started:

  1. Mix about a gallon of water with a teaspoon of dish soap in your bucket. A  few drops of white vinegar can be added, too.

  2. Dip your cleaning cloth in the water and wipe the window frame first. 

  3. Using your sponge or scrubber, scrub the glass horizontally, working at all angles to clean the edges. Make sure to cover every square inch of the glass. If you’re wiping vertically, angle the sponge/scrubber to direct excess water toward the uncleaned area.

  4. Then take your squeegee and tip it so that only the corner contacts the glass. Then, starting at the top corner of the glass, blade a narrow strip of glass from top to bottom on one side.

  5. Press the squeegee blade against the glass in the upper corner and pull it steadily across the window. Concentrate on keeping the top of the squeegee in contact with the top edge of the window.

  6. Wipe the blade on a clean towel or wipe it across the scrubber to remove dirt and excess water.

  7. Begin again, with the top of the squeegee overlapping the previous stroke about 5cm. Pull the squeegee across the window at an angle to direct excess water down. Wipe and repeat.

  8. Use a rag to wipe up excess water along the bottom edge of the window. Then poke your finger into a dry spot on a separate lint-free rag and run it around the perimeter of the window to remove any remaining suds. Wipe off any streaks using a clean area of the lint-free rag. Change rags when you can’t find any fresh, clean areas.

What not to do:

  • Use newspaper to clean your windows, as they will leave unsightly marks and scratches on your windows.

  • Clean your windows in direct sunlight because streaks will dry immediately!

If you find that your windows are trickier to clean than doing it yourself, our Add-On Window Washing and Add-On Carpet Cleaning service are still available, even if we’re at Level 3. We’ll be more than happy to assist you. Just give us a tingle.

Also, since Christmas is coming soon, why not make it extra special for a loved one? Shout-out to local heroes Albany Village Goldsmiths who create bespoke and customisable jewellery that you can gift for yourself or someone special. Just mention that you’ve heard about them through My To Do List, and you’ll receive a special discount.

Once we’re in our new Traffic Light system, please get in touch with us if your home or office needs a good, regular cleaning. Be sure to book extra time if you feel it’s necessary. 

As always, please stay safe and don’t hesitate to keep in touch!

0800 MY TO DO
(0800 69 86 36)

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