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Window Cleaning: How to Clean Your Outdoor Windows

Sometimes we forget that home maintenance includes taking care of what's on the outside! Window cleaning is made quick and easy with this step-by-step guide.



Window Cleaning Tips

Make dull, dusty or streaky windows a thing of the past and let the sun shine in! Grab your bucket and sponge and make light work of cleaning windows with these easy-to-follow steps.

You’ll need:

  • Garden hose

  • Bucket

  • Washing up liquid

  • Jif Glass Spray

  • Sponge or microfiber cloth

  • Squeegee with rubber edge

  • Ladder or extendable handle

  • Newspaper

  1. When you’re cleaning outdoor windows, don’t forget to make sure they’re tightly closed to avoid puddles inside your house as well as out!

  2. Start by thoroughly flushing your windows and sills with clean water, to get rid of excess dust and dirt. A bucket and sponge are fine for downstairs windows, but you’ll probably want to use a hose for higher floors.

  3. An easy way to clean windows is to fill a bucket of warm water, along with a few drops of regular household washing up liquid (don’t use too much to avoid streaks). Using a sponge or microfiber cloth dipped in the soapy water solution, thoroughly wipe down the windows from top to bottom. If you have a large house and are planning on cleaning all the windows in one session, you’ll need to regularly refresh the water to avoid putting more dirt on the glass.

  4. Once all of the dirt and dust has been removed, rinse away any soap residue with clean cold water. While the glass is still wet, use a squeegee to remove the remaining liquid. Use the squeegee to create a dry border at the top of the window frame, then always swipe the squeegee from top to bottom, wiping after each use.

  5. Afterwards – or if you’d like to do a quicker job, merely on its own – use a window or glass cleaning product like Jif Glass Spray. Specially formulated to leave a streak-free shine, all you have to do is simply spray, wipe, and go! If you don’t want to spend ages buffing away streaks, it really is the best way to clean windows.

  6. Alternatively, buff windows dry using crumpled up newspaper (only use black and white print, as colour print can transfer and leave a mark).

  7. Lastly, use a clean, dampened microfiber cloth to wipe down drips and excess liquid from the frame.

Want a streak-free result when you’re cleaning windows? The best way to clean windows is away from direct sunlight so the warm sun doesn’t dry your cleaning solution too quickly.

Cleaning Windows the Natural Way

Want a super sparkling finish when window cleaning? You’ve probably got everything you need in your kitchen cupboard. Fill a spray bottle with an equal mix of water and white vinegar, then spritz over dirty windows, before squeegeeing or wiping down with newspaper as usual.


* Close windows then thoroughly soak with clean water.

  • Clean windows with warm soapy water to wash away dirt, followed by Jif Glass Spray for a streak-free finish.

  • Use a squeegee or crumpled newspaper to remove excess water.

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