Luckily our guide will help you organize the process and give your windows a perfect cleaning. There are many commercial window-cleaning products available, all of which promise to impart a “streak-free shine.” But there is also a simple solution—one part white vinegar to two parts water— mixed up in a spray bottle.
Select your cleaning solution and start with the following steps.
Cleaning the Inside of Windows
- Fill a bucket or large pot with clean, cool water and add a few drops of liquid dish soap.
- Place a large bath towel beneath the window to catch any spills.
- Use a clean microfiber cloth or sponge to go over the surface of the window, starting at the top and working down to the bottom. Don’t forget to wipe down the frame as well, both inside and out.
- Spray the window thoroughly with the vinegar and water solution, or if you prefer, a commercial window cleaning product
- Using a clean, lint-free towel dry the window completely using a Z-shaped motion. You also can use clean paper towels to dry the windows, if you prefer.
- If dirt or streaks remain, spray and dry again. (Dirty windows typically require two rounds of spraying and drying.)
Keep in mind: It is best to work on a cool, cloudy day so that the soapy water and window-cleaning solution do not dry on your windows.
Cleaning Windows from the Outside
- Outside windows typically have more dirt and stains. Start by rinsing the windows with the hose, then fill a bucket with clean, cool water and add a few drops of liquid dish soap.
- Using a soft microfiber cloth, go over the surface of the window. For higher windows, use a sponge mop (or a soft cotton or microfiber mop) on a pole.
- Rinse thoroughly with the hose.
- Spray or mop with the vinegar and water solution or with a commercial cleanser.
- Wipe the window dry using a clean, rubber-bladed squeegee. Angle the squeegee towards the bottom of the window and work from top to bottom. Wipe the squeegee with a clean, dry towel at the bottom of each pass. Alternatively, you can use a clean, lint-free towel or newspaper pages to dry the windows.
- For stubborn dirt and stains, including bird droppings, saturate thoroughly with vinegar and water and let stand for several minutes before drying.
- Don’t neglect the window screens. Rinse with plain water, spray with a vinegar and water solution, then rinse again with plain water. Let dry thoroughly before replacing the screens on the windows.