How To Clean Windows Properly

Stains and grime build up on your windows, both inside and out, blocking sunlight and requiring proper window cleaning. What can be most frustrating is spending time cleaning your windows only to find you’ve left behind streaks. With the right cleaning techniques and window products, you’ll be able to clean your windows properly for a spotless shine.

Cleaning Windows Properly: Step By Step

Here, we run through our guide on cleaning your windows properly, inside and out, while avoiding streaks.

  1. Remove any dirt or dust from the interior window frame and window sill using a vacuum and cloth. It would help if you also hoovered the blinds or curtains
  2. Spray a generous amount of glass cleaner on the inside of your windows
  3. Use a lint-free paper towel or microfiber cloth to wipe your windows from top to bottom. If any streaks form, wipe again until the glass is clear. Top Tip: When cleaning windows, wipe down one side vertically and the other horizontally. That way, if any streaks form, you’ll be able to tell whether they’re on the outside or the inside
  4. Wipe your exterior window frames with a soft brush or disposable cloth to remove dust
  5. Now it’s time to clean the outside of the windowpane. Use the same process as above. However, you’ll probably need a few rounds of spraying to eliminate the extra grime that forms outside

What Tools And Products Are Needed To Clean Windows?

You will need a window cleaner’s bucket, purpose-made window cleaning solution, and a microfibre cloth to clean windows properly. You may also want to use a squeegee. If you have a second floor, a skylight or any other unreachable windows, you may need an extendable telescopic pole to reach them.

Five expert tips for cleaning windows properly

Don’t Choose A Sunny Day To Clean Your Windows

When the sun is blazing, getting a clean shine on your windows can be tricky. This is because the cleaning solution will quickly dry onto the windows before you manage to wipe it off, leaving hard-to-remove streaks! Choosing a cooler day can make the job easier.

Remove Dirt And Dust Before Cleaning

Before you get started wiping down the windows, remove all dirt from the window frame with a brush or vacuum cleaner. If small pieces of dirt remain, they can mix with the window cleaner to make a muddy mess.

Use Plenty Of Window Cleaner

Be generous with the window spray, especially if your windows haven’t been cleaned in a while. It’s necessary to use plenty of solution to dissolve the dirt and create a streak-free clean.

Use A Microfibre Cloth To Dry Your Windows

Using a microfibre cloth is best for a streak-free clean. It’s super-absorbent, leaving the glass clear and shiny. It’s also washable and can be used over and over again. Rather than newspaper or paper towels, use a reusable microfibre cloth.

There’s No Need To Clean All Your Windows In One Day

Windows only need proper cleaning once or twice a year. Depending on the size of your home, you may be putting off the job because of how many windows there are! However, it’s not so daunting if you divide the job up and do it room by room.