How to Clean Your Windows Like a Professional

While many people reach for paper towels and window cleaner when their view to the outside world becomes obstructed by dirt and grime, the process of squirting solution onto the pane and wiping it away usually results in simply moving the dirt particles from one part of the window to another. In order to get your windows really clean, you need to lift the dirt away, not just relocate it.

To clean your windows like a professional you only need a few easy tools and a little bit of time. While we have included instructions for cleaning your windows using cloths, it’s highly recommended that you purchase a squeegee. Squeegees make it easier to remove the dirt from the window, and they help eliminate streaking that is often left behind when using cloths.

To get started, make sure you have:

To get started, make sure you have:

  1. A good squeegee: This is particularly true if you have larger windows, such as sliders in your home. Larger windows require a larger squeegee, but you can purchase smaller squeegees for smaller panes. You might need several sizes of squeegees depending on the windows in your home.
  2. Several cloths: One cloth will be used for washing the windows and one will be used to polish the window after it has been washed. You will also want a spare cloth(s) that can be used after you have finished washing the windows; this rag will be used for any spills.
  3. A chamois cloth: This is for cleaning the areas nearest the frame. Chamois cloths are great for washing windows because they help eliminate streaks.
  4. Cleaning solution: The best solution to use for windows is a mild detergent mixed with warm water. Don’t add too much detergent, which will cause streaks on the windows.
  5. A bucket: If you will be using a squeegee, purchase a bucket that the squeegee can fit into.

The beginning of the cleaning process will depend on the type of windows you have in your home. In the following section we’ll discuss how to prepare to clean single-hung, double-hung and casement windows. Always follow the manufacturer’s advice for tilting, opening or removing sashes prior to cleaning.