Adulting Series: When Was The Last Time You Cleaned Your Windows?
Aside from having a clear view of the scenery and basking under the warm and bright sunlight comfortably, there are other reasons why you should clean your windows. Read on to find out why! We will also let you know about the different window cleaning tools and some things to note when cleaning windows.
1. Why Should You Clean Your Windows
- Natural Light
With work from home becoming a norm, being cooped up in the house all day long may get suffocating. To decrease the feeling of suffocation, keep your windows clean so that the dirt will not block the sunlight from streaming into the room. Exposure to sunlight will cause the brain to release a higher amount of serotonin, a hormone which is related to keeping a person focused and boosting their mood. Thus, with a bright room full of natural light, you will feel a rise in your mood, and possibly your productivity too.
- Dirt, Dust and Grime
Accumulated dirt, grime, and dust on windows may also cause moulds to form due to rain and condensation and gather dust mites. Both of which may cause allergic reactions. To decrease condensation, you can open the windows for a few minutes to ventilate the room and circulate the air. Good ventilation will also decrease the risk of exposure to viruses as ventilating prevents virus aerosols from gathering.
2. How To Clean Your Windows
Newspapers are a classic window cleaning tool. With their high level of absorbancy, newspapers will leave your windows squeaky clean. However, there is a chance of the ink bleeding and getting onto your hands—leaving you with stained hands for days. Make sure to wear gloves if you want to clean the windows with newspaper.
Microfibre cloths are soft and absorbent. It is perfect for window cleaning as it will not leave marks and streaks. However, wiping down hard-to-reach areas such as window corners and tall windows will be difficult and maybe, even dangerous.
The squeegee is a commonly used window cleaning tool. Cleaning detergents are sprayed on the surface, and a squeegee is used to remove the cleaning fluid. With a suitable cleaning detergent and squeegee, you are left with a streak-free window. A downside to using a squeegee, however, is the cleaning detergent’s dripping mess.
Alternatively, you can purchase window vacuums that function like a squeegee sans the dripping mess. With their automatic suction function, the vacuum sucks the cleaning detergent into their water tank. Then, all you have to do is pour out the dirty water stored in the tank into the sink.
3. Things To Take Note Of When Cleaning Windows
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- Clean your windows when the weather is downcast and cloudy outside. Sunlight will cause the cleaning solution to dry up and leave streaks on the windows.
- Clean the window frames and window grills too. Use a vacuum, a brush or a damp cloth to clear the dust and cobwebs that have gathered.
- Be careful when you are cleaning external windows. Cleaning external windows is a dangerous task. Either use a magnetic window cleaner or have professional window cleaners clean for you.
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