If your dog spends time looking out the window there’s a pretty good chance that they’re leaving a lot of doggy nose prints & drool behind. Luckily there are a few methods that make cleaning them up pretty easy. Here’s how to clean dog nose prints & drool off your windows.
Clean Your Windows Once a Week
Cleaning windows is never fun, but cleaning a window that hasn’t been cleaned in over a month is way less fun than cleaning one that was cleaned last week. All of those dog nose prints and drool stains buildup, and the longer they sit the harder they are to remove.
Add any windows that your dog spends a lot of time looking out of (and inevitably getting their drool & nose prints on) to your weekly cleaning routine.
Let The Cleaner Sit For a Minute
For years I used to spray my windows with cleaning solution and immediately use a cloth to wipe them down. It technically works, but it usually takes multiple wipes and a lot of elbow grease to get rid of all those streaks that get left behind (not to mention all those paper towels you end up going through).
You can make it easier on yourself by letting your cleaning solution sit on your window for a minute before wiping it off. That gives it time to penetrate all those nose prints and drool marks, making it easier to get rid of them in one wipe rather than repeated scrubbing.
Use a Squeegee Rather Than Paper Towels
I was skeptical about using a squeegee, but now that I have one I’m never going back to paper towels. It cut down the amount of time it takes to get my windows clean by more than half.
Another benefit is not having to go through a ton of paper towels each week. The only maintenance required is buying an inexpensive squeegee blade replacement once in a while.
I spray my cleaning solution on my windows, let it sit for a minute, and then start working with the squeeqee. I go from top to bottom, and use a towel to dry off the edge of the squeegee after each pass to avoid any streaks.
You can go side to side rather than top to bottom; the most important part is making sure that you’re putting enough pressure on the squeegee to ensure that you’re not leaving any streaks or residue behind.
Make Your Own Vinegar Cleaning Solution
If you’re looking to clean dog nose prints and drool stains from your windows the good news is you don’t need any special cleaning solution — you can do it by making your own vinegar cleaning solution.
Mix equal parts warm water and white distilled vinegar, pour it into a spray bottle and you’re ready to go. It won’t leave and streaks or film behind, and it’s strong enough to penetrate drool & nose print buildup. If you’re trying to remove a lot of buildup remember to leave the solution on the spot for a minute before cleaning it off.
Avoid Cleaning Your Windows in Direct Sunlight
If you’re going to be cleaning your windows try to avoid doing it when they’re in direct sunlight. Windows dry fast in direct sunlight, and that can leave streaks behind.
Use a Magic Eraser on Tough Spots
If your regular cleaning solution isn’t working well on certain drool or nose print spots try using a Magic Eraser. It’s a melamine foam that’s great for removing excess buildup on windows. You wet it, squeeze it, and you’re ready to start cleaning.
You can use it on windows, but it’s not recommended for all surfaces. Because it works as a gentle abrasive it can scratch or dull certain surfaces. Be careful not to use it too aggressively or apply too much pressure.
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