How to Clean Windows

A woman cleaning a window with a squeegee

Knowing how to clean a window is the ultimate household and commercial cleaning task that benefits both the inside and the outside of a building. A spotless window can accentuate a home or office’s charm by letting in natural light and enhancing your view of the outside world.

While cleaning windows may sound like a straightforward task, it isn’t always as easy as it looks. In order to get those dreamy clear windows, you’ll need to utilize the right tools and techniques. Whether you’re dealing with accumulated grime or just a touch-up, window cleaning is essential for both aesthetic and maintenance reasons.

You might find yourself pleasantly surprised by the eye-opening wonder that a squeaky clean window can bring.

So, how do you wash windows the right way? Simone’s Cleaning Services has got you covered with this easy-to-follow guide!  

What’s the Best Window Cleaner?

Choosing the appropriate cleaning solution is crucial in preventing damage to the window surfaces. Commercial cleaners, like Windex Liquid Glass Cleaner or your trusty old dish soap, offer convenience, while a homemade mixture of water and vinegar can serve as an effective, eco-friendly alternative. When equipped with a proper squeegee, lint-free cloth, or newspaper, you can easily wipe away the solution without leaving residue in its trail. Regular cleaning keeps windows looking pristine while extending their lifespan.

Preparing to Clean Windows

Gather Materials

To ensure a smooth and efficient cleaning process, gather the following materials:

  • Squeegee: Vital for a streak-free finish.
  • Bucket: Fill with a mixture of warm water and a few drops of Windex or dish soap.
  • Spray Bottle: If using a homemade vinegar solution.
  • Microfiber Cloths: Better than paper towels for drying and polishing without lint.
  • Sponge: Useful for applying soapy water to the window.

Safety First

Safety comes first no matter what—especially when tackling a chore such as cleaning windows. Remember to keep these tips in mind:

  • Practice caution when handling glass surfaces. 
  • For exterior windows that require a ladder, ensure that the ladder is stable and that someone is there to assist. 
  • Wear non-slip shoes 
  • Use a sturdy ladder with a shelf to hold your tools. 
  • Keep the area clutter-free to avoid tripping hazards.
Cleaning solution being sprayed onto a window

How to Clean a Window’s Interiors

When cleaning interior windows, remove dust and debris before applying any liquids. This ensures a thoroughly clean, streak-free finish.

Step 1: Open the Windows 

If possible, begin by opening the window. This opens up access to all surfaces. 

Step 2: Dust Away 

Using a dry microfibre cloth or duster, gently wipe away any loose dust from the window frame, sill, and glass itself. Care should be taken to remove debris from the corners and any other hard-to-reach areas. For the interior side of the window, it’s essential to dust both horizontally and vertically. You know how sneaky those dust particles can be! 

Step 3: Mix the Cleaning Solution 

Prepare a cleaning solution by mixing 2 cups of distilled water with 1/4 cup of vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon of dish soap in a spray bottle. This solution is effective for cutting through grime without causing streaks. 

Step 4: Spritz Away 

  1. Spritz the solution onto the window, avoiding over-saturation, which can lead to drips and additional stains. 

Step 5: Wipe Down 

  • Using a clean, dry microfibre cloth, wipe the window in a Z-shaped motion to cover the entire surface. A squeegee can also be used for a more professional finish. Start from the top corner and drag down in a straight line, wiping the squeegee’s blade on a separate clean cloth between strokes.
Window Cleaning Guide
Step Instructions for Cleaning Window Interiors
1. Open the Window Begin by opening the window to access all surfaces.
2. Dusting Use a dry microfibre cloth or duster to remove loose dust from the frame, sill, and glass. Pay attention to corners and hard-to-reach areas. Dust both horizontally and vertically on the interior side.
3. Prepare Cleaning Solution Mix 2 cups of distilled water, 1/4 cup of vinegar, and 1/2 teaspoon of dish soap in a spray bottle.
4. Apply Solution Spritz the solution onto the window, being careful to avoid over-saturation.
5. Wipe Down Use a clean, dry microfibre cloth to wipe the window in a Z-shaped motion. Alternatively, use a squeegee, wiping the blade between strokes.

How to Clean A Window’s Exteriors

Now that the inside of the windows are sparkly clean, are you wondering how to clean the outside of a window? Let’s get to it!

Step 1: Remove Exterior Dirt

Kick it off by removing loose dirt and debris from the exterior windows. A soft-bristled brush can effectively dislodge dust and cobwebs. 

For the lower windows, a garden hose will suffice to rinse the surface, whereas for higher windows, a ladder or an extendable brush may be necessary. 

Remember that safety is a main priority, so practice care with every step. 

Step 2: Tackle Tough Stains

For stubborn stains caused by hard water deposits, grease, or fingerprints, a proper cleaning solution is vital. Mixing equal parts of water and white vinegar should do the trick! Once the solution is ready, apply it onto the windows using a sponge or a soft cloth. 

For greasy spots, a small amount of dish soap can be added to the mixture. To remove the solution, a squeegee should be your tool of choice. Work from top to bottom in straight strokes.

Step 3: Rinse

After the solution has been squeegeed off, it’s important to rinse the windows to remove any remaining cleaning solution. You can whip out your garden hose again for a gentle rinse.

For elevated windows, a pressure washer set on a low-pressure mode might be more effective. 

Step 4: Dry 

Next, dry things off with a clean, lint-free cloth or a fresh squeegee. Dry as comprehensively as possible to ward off the formation of water stains.

Exterior Window Cleaning Steps
Step Instructions for Cleaning Window Exteriors
1. Remove Exterior Dirt Use a soft-bristled brush to remove loose dirt and debris. Rinse lower windows with a garden hose and use a ladder or extendable brush for higher windows.
2. Tackle Tough Stains Mix equal parts water and white vinegar for cleaning. Apply with a sponge or soft cloth. Add dish soap for greasy spots. Use a squeegee to remove the solution, working from top to bottom.
3. Rinse Rinse the windows with a garden hose or a low-pressure pressure washer for elevated windows to remove any remaining cleaning solution.
4. Dry Dry the windows with a clean, lint-free cloth or a fresh squeegee to prevent water stains.

How to Clean Blinds

If you’ve made it this far, congratulations, your windows are officially crystal clear! 

Your window blinds are next in this cleaning fest. Before starting, determine the material of the blinds, as this impacts the cleaning method. Specific materials—like wood or fabric—may require additional care or specialised products to prevent damage. Always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for material-specific guidance.

Materials Needed:

  • Microfibre cloth or duster
  • Mild detergent
  • Warm water
  • Vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment (if necessary)
  • A sock or a soft sponge
A woman cleaning her windows with a spray solution
Blinds Cleaning Guide
Step Instructions: How To Clean Blinds
Dust the blinds Close the blinds to flatten. Wipe dust off from top to bottom using a microfibre cloth, duster, or vacuum brush attachment.
Clean with a damp cloth For dirty blinds, use a microfibre cloth dampened with warm water and a small amount of mild detergent. Wipe each slat individually, ensuring the cloth is well wrung out.
Spot clean stubborn stains Use a soft sponge or an inside-out clean sock dipped in warm water and detergent to gently scrub the stains.
Rinse and dry If blinds are heavily soiled, rinse with a clean, damp cloth to remove soap residue. Dry each slat with a dry cloth to prevent water spots.
Regular maintenance Prevent grime build-up by dusting weekly with a feather duster or a clean dry cloth.

How to Get Sticker Residue Off Glass

Do your windows have decorative stickers that are in desperate need of removal? 

If you just nodded your head in agreement, then we’re about to teach you how to get sticker residue off glass.

Removing sticker residue from glass is a challenge not suited for the more short-tempered individuals among us. However—with the right tools and methods—this can be checked-off your to-do list before lunchtime! 

Start by gently peeling away as much of the sticker as possible. Afterwards, refer to the options below:

Residue Removal Methods
Method Instructions: How to Get Sticker Residue Off Glass
Warm Soapy Water Method Soften the Residue: Use a cloth soaked in warm soapy water to moisten the residue, letting it sit for several minutes.
Scrape Gently: Carefully remove the residue with a plastic scraper.
Rinse Thoroughly: Wash the area with clear water and dry with a lint-free towel.
White Vinegar Solution Mix: Combine equal parts white vinegar and water in a bowl.
Apply with a Cloth: Soak a cloth in the solution. Place it over the residue and let it rest for 5-10 minutes.
Wipe Clean: Use the soaked cloth to rub away the residue.
Lubricant Spray Lightly Spray: Apply a lubricant spray directly onto the residue.
Wait: Allow it to break down the adhesive for several minutes.
Clean Off: Wipe the residue away with a clean cloth.

Spotless Windows by Simone’s Cleaning Services 

Let’s face it, learning how to clean a window and actually applying the methods in real life don’t always align—especially when the grime is more stubborn than expected. Luckily, there are professional possibilities at your disposal. 

Where your DIY powers fail, Simone’s Cleaning Services step in to save the day. As the leading, all-around cleaning authority in Melbourne, you can trust that the clarity of your home or office windows will be in good hands. The experts at Simone’s Cleaning Services have been providing spotless window cleaning services for homes and commercial spaces for many years, and counting. 

To experience ultimate cleanliness and aesthetic value for your ground-floor windows, contact us today!

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