When it comes to our homes, there’s nothing like looking through big bay windows or enjoying the effects that mirrors have on the walls throughout our house. But when the windows have layers of dust on them and our mirrors are dirtied up with fingerprints, that can make the view a bit less appealing. The good news is that there are some very inexpensive-yet-effective ways to clean the glass, windows and mirrors throughout your home. If you’re interested in knowing what some of those methods are, we’ve got five for you below:
Use distilled water. Have you ever had times when you saw a smudge on one of your windows or mirrors and so you ran a paper towel under your kitchen faucet in order to remove it? Yet when you started to rub on the glass, you noticed that it was only making matters worse? Unfortunately, when it comes to cleaning up glass, windows and mirrors, people don’t realize that not all water is the same. If you want the kind that will reduce smears and smudges, make sure that it’s distilled. It doesn’t have all of the minerals that tap water does so it does a better job of removing gunk from your windows.
Try some vinegar. Although you can certainly use a commercial brand to clean your windows and mirrors, if you want to save a bit of money while also reducing the amount of chemicals that you bring into your home, our recommendation is to go with a home remedy. One highly-effective one is white vinegar. Simply mix one-part vinegar with one-part (distilled) water into a spray bottle and it will have your windows and mirrors looking brilliant in no time.
Or some fresh lemon juice. Speaking of home remedies, something else that you can use on the glass or mirrors in your home is a lemon. This solution is really convenient because all you have to do is cut the lemon in half and literally rub it on the glass surface that you want to clean. It’s a reliable and cost-effective way of bringing some sparkle back to virtually any dull surface.
Apply some newspaper. If you were to consult with Metroplex Window and Gutter Cleaning for some tips on how to clean windows like a pro, something that we’re certain they would tell you is that when you’re ready to dry off your glass, windows or mirrors, don’t use a paper towel. They tend to leave little pieces of lint behind. Instead, use a microfiber cloth or our favorite, a piece of newspaper. Both of these work, amazingly so, on glass. Just keep in mind that if you do opt for the newspaper that you put on a pair of rubber gloves. When newspaper is wet, the print on it tends to get on your hands.
Do some buffing. There’s one more tip that we have for cleaning glass: buff it. By applying a microfiber cloth to your clean and dry glass, you will be able to immediately remove any streaks that may have been left behind so that your glass will look as good as new. You can easily purchase microfiber cloth at Walmart, Target or Home Depot.