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How to Clean Dirty Windows

How to Clean Dirty Windows

Updated:
April 24, 2023

With the winter season melting away, now is the time to think about spring cleaning. You might notice dirt build-up or loose dirt on your windows or window sill. Despite the elbow grease you're putting into keeping your windows looking clear and sparkling, you might not be achieving the results that you want. You’re not alone. But don’t worry - with the right tools and techniques, it's easier than ever to get streak-free glass! 

Throughout this blog, our team at EuroMaids will provide you with helpful tips on getting the perfect shine for your windows – from determining the best way to wash windows to scrubbing from top-to-bottom without streaks or residue. Whether you're washing interior or exterior windows, we'll equip you with the knowledge you need to leave them spotless every time!

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Although reaching windows can present a challenge, cleaning glass itself is not too difficult.
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Basic Window Washing Equipment

Window washing is easy and efficient with the right supplies. To make sure your windows sparkle, it's essential to know what tools to use when cleaning. For a basic window-washing project, here's what you'll need:

  • Bucket or container for the cleaning solution
  • Sponge or rag for cleaning
  • Squeegee and blade for polishing
  • Extension poles (if needed for hard-to-reach windows)
  • Ladder (if needed for high windows)

These items are the basic supplies you'll need for any window washing job; however, depending on your situation and the size of the window(s) you're cleaning, additional equipment, such as extension poles and ladders may be necessary.

How to Make a DIY Cleaning Solution

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Making your own DIY (do it yourself) window cleaning solution is an effective and affordable way of washing windows. As an added bonus, you know you'll be using a safe and eco-friendly product, unlike some glass cleaner options on the market. To make this simple solution, mix two parts of water with one part of white vinegar in a spray bottle. Then, add 4-5 drops of dish soap.

The acidity from the vinegar helps cut grease and oil on the surface of the windows while dish soap helps reduce streaks. We recommend spraying the solution directly onto the windows and frames and using a soft cloth or sponge. This natural solution can be used on both interior and exterior windows, leaving them sparkling clean without any harsh chemicals or residue.

By knowing how to make window cleaner, you can save money and ensure that you're using a safe and effective product for all of your DIY window-cleaning needs.

Preparing Your Windows for Effective Cleaning

Don't forget about the preparation! To prepare your windows for washing, it's essential to consider not only the glass but also the surrounding elements.

  • For fabric window treatments, vacuum them first, then spot-clean any stains with a gentle detergent or upholstery cleaner.
  • Window screens can be removed and gently washed with soap and water before being left to dry completely.
  • Frames and hinges should also be cleaned with a damp cloth to remove any stubborn dirt or debris.
  • Blinds should be dusted with a microfiber cloth or use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment.
  • Shutters can be cleaned with a soft brush or cloth and then cleaned with a mixture of warm water and mild soap.
  • Window sills and ledges can be cleaned with a damp cloth to remove any accumulated dust or debris. If there are stains, use a gentle cleaner and a scrub brush to remove them.
  • Window tracks can be cleaned with a small brush, such as a toothbrush, to loosen any dirt or debris in the tracks. Then, vacuum or wipe them clean with a damp cloth.

By taking the time to prep all of these elements, you'll be able to clean your windows more effectively without streaks.

How to Clean Windows on the Inside

Cleaning the inside of your windows may seem like a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be. With the right tools and techniques from our experienced EuroMaid team, you can achieve sparkling, streak-free windows in no time. Here's the best way to clean windows inside:

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

How to clean outside windows

Before you start to wash windows, you'll want to gather all the necessary supplies.

Step 2: Remove Dirt and Dust

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Start by removing any dirt and dust from the window using a soft brush or cloth. This will prevent the dirt from spreading around as you clean. Be sure to dust the window frame, sill, and any other surrounding areas.

Step 3: Apply the Cleaning Solution

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Next, apply the cleaning solution to the window. Spray it directly onto the glass or apply it to a microfiber cloth and wipe it onto the window. Be sure to cover the entire surface of the window glass.

Step 4: Use a Squeegee

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Using a good quality squeegee is the best way to clean windows inside. Start at the top of the window and pull the squeegee down in a straight line, wiping the blade clean and removing excess water after each pass. Continue working your way down the window, slightly overlapping each pass to avoid streaks. Be sure to wipe the squeegee blade clean after each pass. If streaks remain, you'll want to go over these areas once more.

Step 5: Finish with a Microfiber Cloth

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To ensure a streak-free finish, use a lint-free cloth to wipe any remaining moisture off the window. Start at the top and work your way down, using a circular motion to buff the window. Be sure to wipe the edges and corners where the squeegee couldn't reach.

Step 6: Clean the Window Frame and Sill

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Finally, wipe away any remaining cleaning solution. This will ensure that your window looks clean and shiny from every angle.

How to Clean Outside Windows

Next, let's talk about the right cleaning solutions and process for your outdoor windows. Using a garden hose and telescoping pole can make cleaning exterior windows a breeze. By following these steps, you can achieve sparkling clean windows that enhance the look of your home and allow in the maximum amount of natural light:

  • Replace the current spray trigger on the garden hose with a high-pressure spray nozzle and solution-dispensing cylinder.
  • Pour liquid dish soap into the container, and use one of the eight spray patterns for a professional window wash.
  • Close all windows before beginning the outside window cleaning process.
  • Spray the glass with a garden hose (using gentle pressure) to remove the initial layer of dirt.
  • For hard-to-reach areas, use a telescoping pole that has microfiber cloths at the head to gently scrub away debris.
  • Turn the sprayer to water-only to rinse the cleaning solution off the windows.
  • Wipe the window dry with a telescoping squeegee, drying the squeegee’s rubber blade with a clean cloth between passes to prevent drips.

How Often Should You Clean Your Windows?

How often you should clean your windows depends on a variety of factors, including your location, climate, and personal preference. In general, our team recommends that you clean your windows at least twice a year, preferably in the spring and fall. However, if you live in an area with high levels of pollution, dust, or pollen, or if you have pets or children who frequently touch the windows, you may need to clean them more frequently.

Window Cleaning Mistakes to Avoid

We understand the frustration of stubborn stains! To make the process of cleaning glass windows easier, we've identified some common mistakes that can help you make the cleaning process much easier and more effective.

  • Using too much cleaning solution: Excessive amounts of cleaning solution can leave behind streaks and residue on the windows. Use a minimal amount of cleaning solution to avoid this.
  • Using paper towels or newspapers: These materials can leave behind lint or streaks on the windows. Instead, use a microfiber cloth or squeegee.
  • Cleaning windows in direct sunlight: Sunlight can cause the cleaning solution to evaporate too quickly, leaving behind streaks. We recommend that you clean your windows on a cloudy day or in the early morning or evening.
  • Neglecting window frames and sills: Window frames and sills can accumulate dirt and debris, which can affect the appearance and function of the windows. Ideally, you'll clean these areas regularly.
  • Using dirty equipment: Dirty clothes or squeegees can transfer dirt and debris onto the windows. Use clean equipment for streak-free results.

Conclusion

Achieving a streak-free shine isn't impossible! By following our tips on how to clean windows, you can achieve sparkling clean windows that enhance the look of your home. However, if you prefer to leave the job to the professionals, don't hesitate to contact professional window cleaners at EuroMaids for assistance. Our professionally trained team has the expertise and equipment needed to clean your windows efficiently and effectively. You can count on our team for all of your window-cleaning needs!

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