Clean windows and doors can make a home feel lighter, brighter and more cared for. Removing dirt from window panes and getting your doors gleaming can help prepare your home for the summer and ensure the interior, and exterior, of your property, look as good as possible.
Luckily, giving your windows and doors a spring clean doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, it’s possible to get these areas shining on the tightest of budgets. Here are our top tips for spring cleaning your home for pence, not pounds.
Before you begin cleaning your windows and doors, you need to collect your materials. One of the most important ingredients for a cheap spring clean is vinegar. Vinegar kills germs and bacteria and is fantastic at removing dirt and grime from windows and doors.
You can clean most surfaces with a mix of white vinegar diluted 50/50 with water. Squeeze in some lemon juice to improve the odour of your homemade cleaner and boost its cleaning power. You’ll also need some washing up liquid, a sponge, a washing up bowl and some clean tea towels before you get started.
Removing stubborn stains
The first thing you need to do when cleaning your windows and doors is remove the stubborn, dried-on stains. As @bt_uk says, “The outside of your windows are exposed to the elements and can have such a build-up of bird droppings, minerals and hard water run-off that you think they’ll never sparkle again.”
The best way to remove these marks is to apply pure vinegar directly onto the stains. This should help to lift any dried-on substances from the surface of your windows and doors. Use a sponge to work the vinegar into the marks and remove them from the area.
Achieving a streak-free finish
Once you’ve got rid of the worst marks and stains, it’s time to clean the rest of the surface. Get a bowl of warm water and washing up liquid, and use your sponge to clean the surface down and remove the rest of the dirt and grime. Rinse the surface with clean water and then spray your homemade water and vinegar cleaning solution over the entire window or door. Let it sit for a minute or two and then use a dry, clean tea towel to wipe it down.
You may need to use some elbow grease to really get your window or door gleaming. However, if you persevere, you should end up with a beautiful streak-free surface.
With vinegar, sponges and washing up liquid readily available in the home, there’s a good chance your spring clean won’t cost you anything but time.
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