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Window cleaning: how to clean the windows on your home

Keep your windows sparkling clean and free from streaks with some useful advice from Cleanipedia! This article has some great window cleaning tips.


By Cleanipedia Team

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Key Steps

  1. Wait for a dry day that's not too sunny.
  2. Get all your window cleaning equipment ready. 
  3. Work on the outside of the windows first, starting at the top corner and working down. Try our tips on how to clean hard-to-reach areas, like outside windows, to make this part easier.
  4. Clean the inside of the windows, window frames, and window sills. Read our article on cleaning aluminium frames for help with this material.
  5. Finish by cleaning your curtains or blinds. If things still look a little tired, why not consider repainting your window frames?

Cleaning your windows every few months will keep them dust and dirt free. Window cleaning doesn’t have to be difficult, as long as you have the right window cleaning supplies. Just follow these helpful window-cleaning tips to have clear, streak-free windows with minimal effort.

Window Cleaning Equipment

  • A large bucket
  • A squeegee
  • Window cleaning detergent
  • Sponges or a scrubber
  • Rags
Window cleaning isn’t just for professionals. It’s easy when you have the right equipment and strategy! Remember to follow the directions on the window cleaning detergent and adhere to safety recommendations when using ladders.

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A Step-by-Step Method for Window Cleaning

  1. First, collect all of your supplies in one easy-to-access area.
  2. Start by cleaning the inside of the window first, as the outside is likely to be dirtier.
  3. Be sure to line the floor around the window with towels, so that you do not slip.
  4. Add window cleaning detergent to a bucket of warm water according to the instructions on the label. Your washing liquid should have a nice lather.
  5. Dip your scrubber into the bucket and get it soapy and wet.
  6. Scrub the glass thoroughly by moving your sponge in a smooth vertical motion. Remember to sponge in all the corners.
  7. Pick up your squeegee and press it in an upper corner of the window. Pull the squeegee evenly and firmly across the glass horizontally, from side to side. Wipe the squeegee on a clean rag after each time you bring it across the glass in order to remove dirt and water. Remember to angle the squeegee slightly so that the water drips downward.
  8. Use a towel or cloth to wipe away all of the excess water and soap.
  9. Repeat on the other side of the window.

Window Cleaning Tips and Safety 

  • For windows that are more than a story high, it may be best to call a professional.
  • If you choose to clean your own windows, remember to check the sturdiness of your ladder before you mount it, and always have someone beside you to keep an eye on the ladder.
  • Consider using a tool belt to hold all of your window cleaning products and equipment, if you’re cleaning hard-to-reach windows.
  • Bear in mind that it is best to not clean your windows in direct sunlight, as the sun will dry the water quickly and may leave streaks behind.

Regular cleaning keeps windows looking clear and sparkling all year round, and when you can do it yourself with these easy tips, it’s a simple and cost-effective strategy.

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