Looking forward to better weather as we head towards April? Here are some valuable tips for premises such as laundries and drycleaners with shopfronts facing onto High Streets. With brighter weather imminent, searches online or ‘clean windows’ are up by 23%1 since last year and 12,0001 people Googled ‘how to clean my windows’ in February alone. After being buffeted rain, snow and sleet over the past months, windows across the UK will be in need of a sprucing up, but what are the best ways to clean them inside and out?

An expert recommends vacuuming your windows as one secret to removing streak marks on windows to get sparklingly ready for spring. Jade Oliver, showroom stylist at Express Bi-Folding Doors, has pulled together her top must-follow tips to help windows recover from the winter and make them crystal clear for the spring.

“Both inside and out, there will be a build-up of dirt on windows. It’s tempting to spray each area with hot soapy water immediately, however this will make the dust stick to the glass and you’re simply moving it around rather than removing it. Use a duster to loosen any dust particles first, and then try gently vacuuming with the bristle attachment to avoid scratching the surface. Finally, to get into any tougher nooks and crannies such as the corners and rims, work in a feather duster to manipulate the grime.

 “Not only is spring a good time to refresh windows after a long winter, it’s also the time to get the best cleaning results. Cleaning windows in winter is not only dangerous, but it can also add frustrations as the windows will soon require another clean. To maintain them to a high standard, they would need to be cleaned once or twice per week. In the summer, the direct sunlight can make the job frustrating and reveal streaks, so we’d recommend making the most out of spring. The weather is mild, so there isn’t always a risk of rain, the sun won’t affect the finish and they can be cleaned less often. Start monthly until the summer, and then up it to bi-monthly if needed.

 “As well as using hot soapy water and a squeegee for a squeaky-clean finish, there is also another ingredient to include. The acidity of white vinegar helps remove the waxy layer caused from cleaning products. This film is a magnet for streak marks, so adding a splash of white vinegar to your cleaning routine will help remove them. In fact, mix equal parts white vinegar and hot water for the ultimate budget-friendly window cleaning spray.

 “No matter how clean the window is, water marks and streaks can make them look scruffy. Although using an unscented and uncoloured glass cleaner is essential, the key ingredient is the cloth. Using an old rag, duster or newspaper will only spread the spots on the glass, whereas a microfibre cloth folded correctly will do the trick. Ensure that it’s folded over at least once so no oils from your skin make their way through the material and smear on the glass. The small fibres in a microfibre cloth will absorb whatever they come in contact with. Ensure there is distance between your hand and the window by folding the cloth, and scrub from left to right. Rubbing in circles will create a static that dust can stick to.”

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