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How to Clean Windows Pets Love Nosing Up Against

Posted January 21, 2023 by Mike Lewis under Tips

How to Clean Windows Pets Love Nosing Up Against


Have you ever noticed those unsightly nose prints and smudges on your windows, courtesy of your furry friends? As pet owners, we love our four-legged companions, but their constant nosing and pawing against the glass can leave our windows looking less than pristine. Fear not, fellow pet lovers! In this comprehensive guide, I’ll share my tried-and-true methods for keeping your windows sparkling clean, even with curious pets in the house.

Understanding the Challenge

Why do pets love nosing up against windows? – The reason is twofold: curiosity and boredom. Dogs and cats are naturally inquisitive creatures, and the window provides them with a portal to the exciting world outside. Additionally, when left alone, pets may seek entertainment by pressing their noses and paws against the glass, leaving behind those pesky smudges and streaks.

What are the consequences of neglecting window cleaning? – Beyond the aesthetic concerns, neglecting window cleaning can lead to buildup of dirt, grime, and even mold, which can be detrimental to both your home’s air quality and your pet’s health. Furthermore, grimy windows can obscure your view and reduce natural light, creating a less welcoming living environment.

Preparation: Gathering the Right Supplies

To tackle the task of cleaning windows effectively, you’ll need the following supplies:

  • Microfiber cloths or lint-free rags
  • Squeegee (for larger windows)
  • Cleaning solution (more on this later)
  • Bucket or spray bottle
  • Step stool or ladder (if needed)
  • Gloves (optional, but recommended for protection)

Choosing the Right Cleaning Solution

When it comes to cleaning solutions, you have several options to choose from:

Solution Pros Cons
Commercial glass cleaners Readily available, effective Can be expensive, may contain harsh chemicals
Vinegar and water solution Inexpensive, natural, safe for pets Requires more elbow grease, strong vinegar smell
Dish soap and water Cuts through grease and grime effectively May leave streaks if not rinsed properly

Personally, I prefer the vinegar and water solution as it’s pet-friendly, cost-effective, and reasonably effective at cutting through pet-related grime.

Step-by-Step Window Cleaning Process

Now that you have your supplies ready, let’s dive into the cleaning process:

  1. Remove loose debris: Start by using a microfiber cloth or a dry lint-free rag to wipe away any loose dirt, dust, or pet hair from the window surface.

  2. Apply the cleaning solution: Mix your chosen cleaning solution according to the instructions (or create a vinegar and water solution by combining equal parts of vinegar and water in a spray bottle or bucket).

  3. Scrub and rinse: Using a clean microfiber cloth or sponge, gently scrub the window surface with the cleaning solution, paying extra attention to areas with stubborn nose prints or paw marks. Rinse thoroughly with clean water to remove any residue.

  4. Dry and polish: For smaller windows, use a clean, dry microfiber cloth to dry and polish the surface. For larger windows, use a squeegee to remove excess water, working from top to bottom and overlapping each stroke. Finish by wiping the edges with a dry cloth.

Preventing Future Pet-Related Window Mess

While cleaning is essential, prevention is key to minimizing the frequency of window cleaning. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Provide entertainment: Keep your pets mentally stimulated and engaged with toys, puzzles, and playtime to reduce their desire to nose against the windows.

  • Use deterrents: Consider using pet-safe window film or double-sided tape (the sticky side facing outward) to discourage your pets from pressing against the glass.

  • Train your pets: Positive reinforcement training can teach your pets to stay away from the windows, reducing the likelihood of smudges and streaks.

  • Schedule regular cleanings: Even with preventive measures, regular window cleaning is necessary. Set reminders or create a cleaning schedule to stay on top of the task.

Real-Life Examples and Success Stories

To illustrate the effectiveness of these techniques, let me share a couple of real-life examples:

The Curious Kitty Conundrum

One of my clients, Sarah, had a particularly inquisitive cat named Mittens who loved to press her nose against the living room window, leaving behind unsightly smudges. By using a vinegar and water solution, along with a microfiber cloth and squeegee, I was able to restore her windows to their pristine condition. Sarah was thrilled with the results and reported that Mittens seemed less interested in nosing the windows after the cleaning, as the lack of smudges likely reduced the allure.

The Rambunctious Pup Problem

Another client, Mark, had a high-energy dog named Buddy who would frequently jump up and paw at the patio doors, leaving behind streaks and scratches. After cleaning the doors using a dish soap and water solution, I recommended using pet-safe window film to discourage Buddy’s behavior. Mark reported great success, as the film not only protected the glass but also deterred Buddy from his window-pawing antics.


Keeping your windows clean with curious pets around can be a challenge, but with the right techniques and a bit of persistence, it’s entirely achievable. By following the steps outlined in this guide, incorporating preventive measures, and staying on top of regular cleanings, you can enjoy sparkling windows and a clear view, even with your furry friends in the house. Remember, a little effort goes a long way in maintaining a beautiful, pet-friendly home environment.

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