How to clean windows

Get your glass sparkling with these easy home remedies for cleaning your windows

cleaning windows

Sparkling clean windows are a must if you want to keep your home looking its best, both indoors and out. Follow our top tips to achieve perfectly streak-free glass with minimum effort.

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For the outside of your windows, use a large, soft sponge and a bucket of soapy water to give windows a good wash down. Use a squeegee to remove any excess water, starting at the top and working downwards. Remove any remaining water with a microfibre cloth in a circular motion. Finally, wipe off the windowsill and frames.

A window vac is not necessary for the perfect shine, but can be a good investment if you love your gadgets! Kärcher’s WV1 is lightweight, compact and brings glass up to a good shine without leaving any water droplets or streaks, and can also be used to clean tiles, glass surfaces and shower screens.

To clean the inside of your windows, first pull aside any curtains or blinds, then clear windowsills and give them a wipe off with a damp cloth.

Using a window cleaning spray, apply to the glass sparingly and polish using a soft cloth – an old t-shirt or cotton sheet is ideal, or even a sheet of scrunched up newspaper. Repeat with a clean cloth to give the pane a final shine.

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If you prefer to use natural methods rather than chemicals, white vinegar is ideal. Use a solution of one part vinegar to one part water. Alternatively, mix one tablespoon of lemon juice with a litre of warm water. For more eco-friendly tips, check out our seven bathroom cleaning hacks using two store-cupboard ingredients.