When it comes to renovating your home, one of the easiest improvements you can make is to repaint your most-used rooms. A fresh coat of paint can hide smudges and make the room feel brand new. But when you’re painting, you’ll need to take precautions to keep that paint from going where it’s not supposed to go. While it’s easy to protect your floors, furniture, and light fixtures, it’s often harder to protect your windows from the paint spray. Luckily, removing paint from your windows is easy as long as you know how to do it right. Here are a few proven window cleaning methods to use after you’re done painting your space.
Use a Glass Cleaner
If the excess paint isn’t covering your windows, your standard glass cleaning solution may be enough to pick up the residue. Spray a liberal amount of cleaner on the paint and let it sit for a moment. Then, scrub at the paint and see if it lifts up. If the paint is still tacky or hasn’t set on the glass, you’ll likely be able to clean it up with this method.
Use a Razor Blade
For larger paint splatters, cleaner likely won’t be enough. You’ll want to scrape up the residue carefully. Before you reach for a dedicated paint scraper, know that many paint scrapers are too dull to adequately scrape up paint off of glass without scratching the surface and marring the finish. Instead, use a simple razor blade to scrape up the residue. Start by using the smallest amount of pressure possible and gently scrape at the edge of the paint splatter. The blade should slide between the paint and the glass, lifting it up and letting it flake off.
Use Vinegar and Water
If you’re not comfortable using a razor blade and don’t have glass cleaner on hand, you may be able to remove the paint with natural materials. Mix one cup of hot water with one cup of white vinegar. Soak a cleaning cloth in the solution and hold the wet cloth against the paint splatter for a minute or two. This will help soften the paint and make it easier to wipe away. Use the same cleaning cloth to wipe up the residue.
Schedule a Cleaning Appointment
These methods are the perfect way to deal with small paint splatters, but if you have a bigger mess on your hands, tackling the job on your own can quickly feel overwhelming. If you’re not comfortable handling the paint removal on your own or just don’t have time to tackle the task, let an experienced window cleaning professional handle it for you. They’ll save you time and will make sure the paint gets removed without damaging the glass underneath.
Don’t Let Paint Ruin Your View
If you’re worried about paint splatter on your windows and don’t have time to clean it up yourself, reach out to Reflection Windows and Doors. Our team will clean your windows inside and out so you can enjoy your view without having to stare at unsightly paint residue.