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How to Clean Windows So They Sparkle

Posted January 21, 2023 by Mike Lewis under Tips

How to Clean Windows So They Sparkle


Having clean, sparkling windows can really improve the look and feel of your home. While cleaning windows may seem tedious, it’s easier than you think with the right tools and techniques. In this article, I will provide an in-depth guide on how to clean windows so they shine.

Supplies You’ll Need

Before getting started, gather the proper cleaning supplies:

  • A window cleaning solution – Options include vinegar, dish soap, glass cleaner, or a commercial window cleaning formula. The solution helps lift dirt and grease.

  • Newspapers or paper towels – For cleaning and drying the windows. Microfiber cloths also work well.

  • A window scrubber or squeegee – To scrub the windows and squeegee off the cleaning solution.

  • A ladder or step stool – To reach high windows safely.

  • A hose or bucket of water – For rinsing the windows after cleaning.

Prepping the Window Surface

Proper prep work ensures the cleaning solution can penetrate the window grime for streak-free results. Here are a few tips:

  • Remove window screens and set aside carefully. This allows full access to the window panes.

  • Vacuum or dust window frames to remove loose debris. Spider webs and bugs should also be cleared off.

  • Rinse the window surface with water using a hose or bucket. This pre-wash softens stuck-on dirt.

Washing the Windows

Now comes the satisfying part – washing the windows!

  • Fill a bucket with your cleaning solution. Use a few tablespoons of dish soap or vinegar per gallon of water.

  • Dip your scrubber or sponge in the solution and scrub the exterior window pane. Apply elbow grease to tackle stuck-on grime.

  • Use up and down strokes, then left to right strokes. Overlap passes to prevent streaks.

  • Rinse the window pane with your hose or a water-filled bucket. Rinsing removes the dirty solution.

  • Repeat washing and rinsing on the interior side. Take time with high traffic areas near door handles where grease accumulates.

Drying and Finishing Touches

The final step is drying for crystal clear, streak-free windows:

  • Use a squeegee to pull water off the windows. Wipe in overlapping strokes. Or rely on paper towels or a microfiber cloth.

  • Buff the panes dry, soaking up all remaining moisture. Check closely for drips or streaks.

  • Remove any tape or plastic used to protect window frames during cleaning.

  • Replace screens, if previously removed.

  • Consider applying a window treatment like Rain-X, which causes water to bead and run off. This helps keep windows cleaner, longer.

And that’s it! Proper tools, some elbow grease, and attention to detail results in sparkling clean windows to let sunlight shine through. Just be careful not to re-introduce smudges and streaks!

Tips for Ongoing Window Care

  • Wash windows on overcast days when the sun won’t dry the glass prematurely.
  • Clean lights and fixtures near windows first, so falling dust doesn’t dirty freshly cleaned panes.
  • Allow 20-30 minutes for window treatments like Rain-X to dry completely.
  • Buy quality squeegees with smooth, flexible rubber for easy water removal.
  • Change window washing water frequently to prevent greasy buildup on panes.
  • Wipe pet nose prints daily with glass cleaner to prevent buildup.

With some diligence, your clean windows will sparkle for all to see!

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