How to Clean Your Windows in 6 Steps
Window washing is a great way to improve the look of your home while also getting some exercise. It’s not as difficult as it may seem, and with the right tools and techniques, you can have your windows looking sparkling clean in no time.
Follow these simple steps to get started!
1) Gather all necessary materials – A bucket filled with water mixed with a little dish soap or window cleaner, sponge, squeegee or paper towel. You will need an extension pole for hard-to-reach windows on higher levels of the house. For double-hung windows without screens you’ll need two cloths to wipe down each side of the screen after soapy water has been applied to them from outside the frame.
2) Prep your work area – Have a drop cloth ready on the ground, and clear out some space on your counter for drying. If you’re washing windows outside, prepare some newspapers or an old blanket to stand on so you don’t get wet and dirty while working.
3) Pre-treat any tough stains – Apply a small amount of cleaner to the windows outside, then use your sponge or paper towel to wipe down the glass. If there are stubborn marks or stains, let the soapy solution sit for about 5 minutes before proceeding.
4) Wipe down all wet surfaces – Open the windows slightly in each room to let fresh air circulate while you work so that your house doesn’t get too moist. Also have a bucket of clean water available for rinsing your sponge or squeegee.
5) Clean screens – For screen-less windows that are too high off the ground for you to reach, start with a clean sponge or paper towel dampened with water. For windows with screens, spray just enough soapy water onto the inside of each panel so that bubbles form, then use squeegee to scrape all the soap off.
6) Let it air dry for a half hour or more – If the weather is a bit windy, close all windows and curtains before starting. Also be careful not to let pets or children jump onto the wet surfaces while they are still moist to avoid damage.