Cleaning your windows isn’t a thrilling venture. In fact, it’s not even a remotely exciting one. Rather, window washing is a strenuous task that can leave you tired, cranky, and altogether fed up! While it might look easy, a proper window-washing job can turn into a two-day chore. When you finally muster up the energy to tackle the clean, you’ll want to make sure you get it right the first time. That’ll save you from a whole lot of headaches later.
At this point, you might be asking yourself: do I have to? Why do I even need to clean my windows? Isn’t that something I can simply hide by drawing the shades and waiting for it to rain?
On the contrary, there are many reasons to clean your windows, from ensuring you’re protecting your window glass, to enabling sunlight to stream indoors. Dirty windows can also reduce your property’s curb appeal, rather than making it look inviting. Plus, windows covered in dirt, dust, dead bugs, or water spots will inhibit your view of the outdoors.
If only every window in your home could be a first-floor window or a double-hung, tilt-sash window, you’d never need special tools or techniques to clean them. But for most homeowners, that’s simply not the case. Transoms, skylights, big picture windows, and older windows may all require a little ingenuity to clean.
Fortunately, cleaning those hard-to-reach windows is definitely doable. With the right tools and the right plan, you can get all of your windows sparkling clean for spring.
Assemble the Right Tools
Unless all of the windows in your house are designed to tilt, turn, or slide for easy cleaning, you’re going to need special tools to clean them. For cleaning exterior windows, you’ll need a long-handled window-cleaning tool with a microfiber pad and squeegee, a garden hose, and outdoor window cleaner. We suggest buying a bottle of cleaner that attaches to your garden hose so you can easily spray the cleaner onto the exterior of your hard-to-reach windows.
Okay. Time for some honesty. We’ve been in our current house for an entire year next month…and I haven’t cleaned the windows. None of them. Not even once. **SIGH**
Window cleaning is a task that most of us avoid (hi there, hello!) but it is also one that, if left neglected, becomes more difficult to manage over time. (Oh yeah. It’s gonna be fun, eh?) It isn’t an easy or convenient task but, in my experience, most people have a tendency to make the process more labor-intensive than it needs to be. Here is an easy 3-step process that will keep your windows looking bright and clean and you will only need to do it twice a year on average!
This is a good first step, especially for larger windows. Swab the surface with a mostly-water mixture with a few drops per gallon of any common dish soap. You don’t want the solution to be too sudsy, but you do want it to be soapy enough to break up the dirt that has settled on the panes over time. Strip applicators allow you to cover a large area at one time and they also absorb a majority of the soap. This will be important later on.