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After reading this, you'll never clean glass the same way

Kayla Gulec Kayla Gulec
MeyerCortez arquitetura & design Modern windows & doors
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One of the most coveted features of windows and glass doors is its transparency. The tough thing with glass, though, is that when it's not clean, it's very noticeable. It's a quality inherent to the material, but just requires a little maintenance–something as simple as periodic cleaning. And in addition to frequency, the quality of the cleaning of course has to match. So we have dedicated this article to just that.

The results of these glass partitions will astound you and jump to the eye immediately. Our advice applies to any kind of glass in the home, so don't restrict yourself to just windows and doors. Clean your decorative glassware, as well, like shower screens, mirrors, and framed photos.

A good cleaning in three easy steps

Making glass glisten is actually extremely easy. All you need to do is follow three simple steps. 

Everything has to start with this essential step: remove all the dust that has built up on your windows and doors. Go over the glass (don't forget frames, rails or hinges) with a brush or a dry washcloth should suffice. Or if you prefer, you can use a small vacuum cleaner, but that's not necessary.

After that, you can go over the glass a damp sponge with a mixture of water, vinegar (or if you prefer, neutral detergent) and alcohol. With that, you will leave everything disinfected.

Use the logic of gravity

When spraying your glass with cleaner, always clean from top to bottom and use gravity to your benefit, that way you don't drip liquid on areas you've already cleaned because then you'd have to wipe it all over again. Also keep in mind that when wiping either from right to left or left to right that you always do it in a single direction to eliminate streaks and the spread of dirt. 

Cleaning your windows on cloudy days will help you out more because the rays of the sun dry out your cleaning solution too quickly, resulting in improper cleaning.

The magic of vinegar

Vinegar is a natural product with an incredible cleaning ability. For the perfect cleaning solution, mix water with a bit of alcohol and a spoonful of white vinegar. 

In addition to making glass spotless, you can also use it to deodorize and unclog your sink drain, remove grease from the walls, and even gets rid of buildup in coffee pots and water boilers.

For extreme cases…

The saying this doesn't even come out with hot water tells us all we need to know about hot water's incredible cleaning power. If you've ever used an industrial steam cleaner before, then you can verify this fact. If you've been away for a few months or are cleaning up a new home for the first time, you should definitely use hot water to clean. You'll definitely get that deep clean you've been longing for.

Summary of what to do

We think you know by now that this process couldn't be simpler. It's just a matter of undertaking the work regularly–every two to four weeks should do it, depending on how much traffic you get through your home or the time of year. So take that washcloth and dust, spray, and clean from top to bottom for crystalline windows all year round.

What to avoid

On a final note, let's talk about what you should avoid. When picking a cloth to clean, make sure it's not rough. You don't want to accidentally scratch your windows while you're trying to clean. Avoid cleaning on days that are too hot, and if you own any pets, make sure they're nowhere to be found while you work, otherwise cat and dog hairs can fly and stick to your newly washed windows and ruin your progress.

If this article helped you, you might also be interested in how you can clean and maintain your kitchen equipment.

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