Best Way to Wash Windows (Interior and Exterior)

Dirty windows aren't just aesthetically unappealing, they can be a health hazard. In California, dust and debris can make your windows look less-than-perfect all year round. To prevent the negative effect, it's imperative to wash your windows regularly. Both inside and out. While window washing may seem hard at first, some professional tips and tricks can simplify the process. Keep in mind that while it may look effective, DIY window cleaning rarely yields better results than professional washing.

Let's take a closer look at how to wash interior and exterior windows.

You will need:

  • Window washing solution (or ingredients for a home-made solution)
  • Squeegee
  • Clean lint-free towels
  • Small bucket (a 5-gallon plastic bucket will do just fine)
  • Sponge
  • Ladder

Washing Interior Windows: Step-by-Step Instructions

Washing windows on the inside removes dust and grime from the glass, prevents window damage, and lets in more light. Here is how to do it:

  1. Remove window coverings (drapes, shades) and all objects from the windowsill.
  2. Use a microfiber towel to remove all the surface dust and cobwebs from the glass and window frame.
  3. Prepare your window cleaning solution (buy an off-the-shelf product or make your own by mixing ¼ cup of vinegar, ½ teaspoon of liquid dish soap, and two cups of warm water)
  4. Spray the solution on the glass and wipe it with a clean towel, using S-shaped motions.
  5. Use a squeegee to remove all excess moisture from the glass (wipe the edge of the squeegee dry after each swipe to prevent streaking).

Make sure the window frames and window sills are also clean. Otherwise, the dirt will quickly make its way back to the glass.

Remember, that safety comes first. If you are using a ladder or a chair to reach high spots on your windows, always make sure that there is another person supporting you.

Washing Exterior Windows: Step-by-Step Instructions

While highly effective, interior washing is only half the job. To reap all the benefits of clean windows, you need to clean them from the outside as well.

Exterior window cleaning doesn't just make your windows shine, it prevents excess allergens from entering your home and improves the overall curb appeal.

  1. Mix one part of water and one part of vinegar in a bucket.
  2. Soak a sponge or a mop in the bucket and start scrubbing.
  3. Clean the window sills and window frames before washing the glass.
  4. Use a squeegee to remove excess moisture from the glass. Go from top to bottom and wipe the edge of the squeegee after each run.
  5. Allow the window to air dry or wipe it with a lint-free towel.

Exterior windows are usually harder to clean than interior glass. Get ready to do some serious scrubbing. Just as with interior cleaning, you need to keep safety in mind. If you have to do any climbing, you may be putting yourself in danger.

Common Window Cleaning Mistakes

Keep these common window-cleaning errors in mind:

  • Cleaning windows in direct sunlight – the sun dries the cleaning solution before you can wipe it, leaving unsightly streaks on your glass.
  • Skipping interior or exterior window cleaning – when you clean exterior, but not interior windows or vice versa, you are decimating the benefits.
  • Using too much window cleaning solution – applying excessive window cleaning solution can make it hard to avoid streaks.
  • Ignoring the dangers – window cleaning that involves heights is dangerous. Every year, more than 700,000 emergency room visits are related to falls.

The simplest way to avoid window cleaning mistakes and to keep yourself safe is to hire a professional window cleaning company.

The Takeaway

Regular window washing can be highly beneficial for your health, wallet, and quality of life. While it's possible to achieve satisfactory results with DIY cleaning, a professional window washing service can save you time and money while helping you avoid safety hazards.

Looking for an exceptional cleaning service? Book a cleaning with Hunter Best Cleaning today!


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