How to Wash Your Windows

What You'll Need
bucket cleaning solution sponges lint-free cloths cloth rags vacuum broom dustpan brush trash can

Ideally, the windows in your home should be thoroughly cleaned at least once a year, if not twice a year. Windows give us a taste of the outdoors and bring light into the home - but only if we can actually see through them.

Cleaning the windows does not have to be the dreaded task of the decade. Simply break it down into manageable chunks that are productive, but not overwhelming. Divide the home into sections, such as first and second floor windows, bedroom and bathroom windows, all other living area windows, or each side of the home. Better yet, have a window washing party for your family and provide music, snacks, and lunch.

Remember to schedule your window cleaning for a day without much sun. Too much sun tends to dry the windows too quickly, leading to unsightly streaks.

To clean your windows properly, you will need to gather a few essential supplies. At the very least, you should have the following: bucket, cleaning solution, cleaning sponges or cleaning cloths, lint free cloths for drying, and a cloth rag. Additionally, you will need a vacuum cleaner, broom, dustpan and brush, and trash receptacle or bag. Cloths made from microfibers are typically lint free. Cloth diapers, paper towels, newspapers, and squeegees can be substituted for the drying cloth.

Cleaning Steps

Step One

Using a dusting brush attachment, vacuum the interior side of the windowsills and frames.

Step Two

Wet the cleaning sponge or cloth in the cleaning solution, carefully squeezing any excess from the sponge or cloth.

Step Three

Wash the window with circular movements. Wash from the corners and outer perimeter of the window towards the interior or center of the window.

Step Four

Dry the window using the squeegee, paper towels, lint free cloth, or newspapers. Start in one of the upper corners of the window. All of the strokes that you make should go in the same directions. If you apply vertical strokes on one side of the window, and horizontal strokes on the other side of the window, you will be able to tell which side has the streaks if any appear. If you are using crumpled newspaper to dry, you should consider wearing a pair of cleaning gloves to avoid getting any ink on your hands. The ink will not transfer to the windows.

Step Five

Once you have given the window a once-over drying treatment, wipe any drips that remain with a clean, dry cloth, preferably a chamois cloth. Otherwise, allow them to air dry to avoid creating any smears.

Step Six

Wipe any drips from the windowsill with the cloth rag.

Step Seven

Carefully sweep the exterior of the windows including sills and tracks. Dispose of any debris in the trash.

Step Eight

Wash the exterior of the windows following the above steps, with the exception of the vacuuming.

Rinse the sponges, bucket, and cleaning cloths so they are ready for next time you clean. Replace items to their proper locations. Discard any used newspapers properly, and enjoy your sparkling clean windows!