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Do You Know How to Clean Your Windows? See How Your Method Stands Up to the Pros

How often do you wash your windows? Do you do it correctly when you do? At Charles Window, we’re in the business of installing new windows – not cleaning old ones – but we have learned the ins and outs of perfect window washing over the years. Check out this step-by-step guide to correctly washing your windows.

Start by prepping your windows

First and foremost, get a bucket and fill it up with just warm. Now wipe down your windows and windowsills. This gets rid of any dirt or grime. Too often we see homeowners go straight to the glass cleaners when in fact the better way to get your windows sparkling clean is to clean off the dirt and debris first.

Wash your windows with a large, soft sponge

Once you’ve gotten rid of any debris or dirt, pour out the bucket of now-dirty water and fill it up with warm water again. Then add just a small amount of dish detergent. Once it’s mixed up, soak a large, soft sponge in the mixture until the sponge is very wet. Then carefully wipe down the glass panes on your windows. Start at the top and work your way down.

Wipe off any excess soap from the windows

Now take a lint-free cloth, such as cotton, or a paper towel if you’d rather, and get rid of any soap that’s still on the window. At this point you’re not looking to make sure that all the water is off, but you do want to make sure the suds and other signs of soap are gone. If you can’t get rid of it all, or you have a large amount of area to clean, you may consider investing in a squeegee.

Dry the window off with a lint-free cloth

Now you’ll grab a dry, lint-free cloth and wipe the window down to get rid of water and any potential streaks. The best way is to wipe in the same direction that you cleaned the windows. While you do want to remove all of the water, we also want to caution against wiping too much. The reality is that if you wipe too much, you could end up causing static electricity to build up, which can attract dirt and grime more quickly.

How does this method stand up to the method you use? Try this one out and see if the results are better than you were expecting.