Windows are an important feature of your house, letting light into your home and often taking up a large portion of your wall space; however, windows are often neglected.

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There is a huge choice of window styles available from Gloucester double glazing companies. Whether you have invested in new windows or are caring for old ones, follow these tips to keep them looking pristine.

What to use

To look after your windows, you need to make sure you have the correct tools. There is no need to spend a lot on expensive cleaning equipment, as you are likely to already have everything you need. The perfect cleaning solution is one part vinegar to two parts water.

Use a microfiber cloth in a circular motion, dipped in the solution, to remove the grime. Use a cotton bud or a soft toothbrush to carefully clean in the corners and nooks and crannies without damaging the seals on the windows. The newspaper is very effective for buffing windows to a streak-free shine, although you will get covered in print if you don’t wear gloves!

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What not to use

Bleach, WD40, and white or methylated spirits should not be used, as they can cause damage. Washing up liquid diluted in water is commonly used for cleaning windows; however, this is really one to avoid on uPVC frames, as it may damage the seals. Do not be tempted to use a scorer, as this can scratch the glass even with the lightest touch. Lastly, whatever you are using, gently does it. Do not use too much pressure when you press on the glass.

When to do it

What is the weather like where you are? Strange as it may sound, you should check the weather when you are planning to clean your windows.

Whether you are in Gateshead or Gloucester double glazing should be cleaned in the correct weather conditions to be effective. On a cloudy, dry day, you should have plenty of time to buff the glass to remove streaks before the windows dry; however, windows can dry very quickly on a sunny or hot day, meaning the streaks dry on and are then difficult to remove.

Follow these simple tips and you can ensure your windows look great and are an attractive feature of your home for years.