Tips&TricksSay goodbye to discoloration: Natural window cleaning solutions that may save your frames

Say goodbye to discoloration: Natural window cleaning solutions that may save your frames

Fast and safe window washing will pay off.
Fast and safe window washing will pay off.
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10:35 AM EST, December 14, 2023

Most of us are confident in our approach to cleaning. We start with the window frames and end with polishing the glass—the process seems straightforward. However, we often fall prey to serious mistakes unknowingly because we've grown used to certain homegrown methods. But what's the benefit of clean windows if they start changing color?

How to properly wash windows?

Many people use potent and corrosive chemicals for window cleaning. While these are effective, they damage the surface of the frames. Typically, these cleaners are not even intended for windows; popular ones include bleaches, acetone, and cleansing milk used with the abrasive side of sponges. None of these methods are beneficial and could potentially cause harm not only to the plastic components but also to your health.

These substances are comprised of cleaning agents, but primarily abrasives. Often, these particles are so tiny that they are invisible to the naked eye. Furthermore, using the rough side of the sponge is a bad idea for cleaning windows. The absolute worst situation for the condition of the plastic comes from the combination of these factors, which seems effective at first glance.

Due to the abrasive properties and friction, microscopic damages, such as scratches, start appearing on the window and window sills. Dust and dirt then collect in these scratches, which we clean again in the same manner, leading to further damage and discoloration.

Homemade solutions for window cleaning

Now you're likely curious about what to use to clean the windows to maintain their appeal. It's best to substitute chemical cleaners for natural alternatives that you can quickly and cheaply prepare at home. You probably have all the necessary ingredients in your kitchen. Just mix 1.5 cups of water with 1/3 cup of vinegar and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Finally, add 1 teaspoon of dish soap and thoroughly blend everything.

The second recipe is a cleaning paste made from baking soda, vinegar, and lemon juice that will invigorate your windows with a fresh whiteness. Simply apply either of these mixtures to the frame surface with a soft cloth, and you'll notice the dirt vanishing after a few strokes. Finally, you need to wash the frames with water and dry them.

How to clean windows without leaving streaks?

Following cleaning the frames, you can wash the glass, which is often coated in a layer of dust and pollution. Achieving a streak-free finish using conventional methods is challenging. Thankfully, a simple mix of vinegar and water can efficiently replace standard glass cleaning fluids. The only thing left on your window will be a gleaming shine.

This is how you can effectively and safely clean windows.
This is how you can effectively and safely clean windows.© Freepik
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