How To Clean Windows Both Inside And Outside: The Absolute Guide

Does a living room need a window? There’s no legal definition of a room; however, windows are a part of every house. And it’s true! Because sunlight makes everything better! But if you go back in time, you’ll see that they weren’t so common back then. While windows are now commonplace and more practical, they require good maintenance and cleaning to eliminate pollutants, dust, and grime that can block natural light from entering your room. So, are only window vacuums going to do the job? Keep on reading to find out all the ways to clean your windows!

A woman cleaning her windows

Think about it! How would you look outside if your windows are dirty? And while you’re at it, give your fish the same benefit and clean your fish tank in easy steps!

Cleaning windows comes with multiple benefits. 

  • Clean windows give your home a neat and tidy appearance.
  • Dirty windows can damage the window glass by scratching and weakening it over time.
  • Clean ones allow more sunlight to seep into your space.

How to clean the inside of your windows?

To clean the inside of your windows, you’ll need certain materials and cleaning products. These include:

  1. A bucket or a pot
  2. Water
  3. Dishwashing liquid
  4. A spray bottle
  5. A bath towel
  6. A sponge or a microfiber cloth
  7. Cleaning solution (commercial or homemade)
  8. Towels, newspapers, or paper towels

Once you’ve organised all the materials, follow these cleaning hacks to clean the inside of your windows. You can do the job and get rid of the windowsill and cobwebs even without a professional glass cleaner such as Windex!

Step 1: Fill the Bucket with Water

The best way to start is by filling a large bucket or pot with cool, clean water and add a few drops of dish soap. If you prefer not to use soapy water because you can’t stand suds, you can try white vinegar diluted in water to make a window cleaning solution. Before you start the cleaning process, be sure to place a large bath towel or cloth underneath the window to catch excess water in the form of dripping and spills. 

Step 2: Wipe the Window

Use a sponge or a clean cloth to wipe the window surface. Washing windows is easy when you start from the top and work your way to the window’s bottom. Make sure to wipe the window frame and window panes as well. 

A woman cleaning her windows with a cleaning solution

Step 3: Spray the Window With Washing-up Liquid

Next, spray the window with a cleaning solution. It’s a good idea to use a commercial window cleaner or a homemade cleaning solution, such as a mix of warm water and vinegar. A dilute solution of ammonia and water will also serve the purpose.

Step 4: Dry Out the Window

After spraying the cleaning solution, use a clean towel or a newspaper’s pages to dry out the window. Wipe the window in a Z-shaped motion so that no marks are left behind. You can also use clean towels for this purpose.  If the first try does not bring you the desired results, repeat the process, i.e., spray, wipe, and dry out the window. 

When it comes to their inside part, the best time to clean your windows is on a cool and cloudy day. That way, the cleaning solution won’t stick on them.

How to clean the outside of your windows?

Materials you’ll need:

  1. A bucket or a pot
  2. Water
  3. Dishwashing liquid soap
  4. A spray bottle
  5. A soft microfiber cloth or sponge
  6. Cleaning solution (commercial or homemade)
  7. A rubber-bladed squeegee or a clean towel
  8. Newspapers or lint-free towels
  9. A soft scrub sponge.

After lining up the materials, follow the steps given below to clean the outside of your windows:

Step 1: Rinse the Windows With Water

Start by rinsing your windows with a hose or using a bucket filled with cool and clean water. You may add a few drops of dishwashing liquid to the mix. Rinsing is required as windows deposit more dirt and stains on the outside as opposed to the inside. 

Step 2: Wipe the Window and Rinse Again

Wipe the window surface using a soft cloth or a sponge mop. Rinse the windows again using a hose or a bucket of water. 

A man cleaning the outside of his windows

Step 3: Apply Cleaning Solution

Now spray a cleaning solution on the windows. You may use a commercial window cleaner or a homemade cleaner, such as a mix of water and vinegar

Step 4: Wipe the Windows With a Squeegee

Wipe the windows using a clean towel or a squeegee, ideally one with a rubber blade, as it ensures layer-free results. Start from the top of the window and work your way to the bottom as it is much easier and less messy. 

Step 5: Wipe the Squeegee

Wipe the squeegee with a dry towel when you reach the bottom of each pass. You may also use a newspaper or a lint-free towel to dry your windows. 

Step 6: Saturate the Window Surface With Cleaning Liquid

If your window harbours stubborn stains, saturate its surface with the cleaning liquid and let it sit for a few minutes before you proceed to dry it out. 

Step 7: Wipe the Window

Wipe the surface with a soft scrub sponge. Avoid using harsh scrubbing cloth or steel wool as they will leave scratches on your window. 

Step 8: Clean the Window Screens

Clean the window screens with plain warm water and a vinegar and water solution. First, rinse the window screens using the cleaning solution, and then rinse them again using plain water. Let the screens dry out properly before you replace them. 

If you spot mineral deposits on the window, you can use a commercial cleaning solution to remove the residues. Commercial cleaning solutions are designed to effectively eliminate lime, calcium, rust deposits, and more. 

How to clean hard-to-clean windows?

Removing tough window stains can be challenging, but by following the tips given below, you can quickly clean stubborn window stains: 

1. Labels and Paint Stains

Get rid of any labels or paint stains with the help of a razor blade mounted in a blade moulder

Note: It is best to use an old blade as it avoids scratching the window glass. A blunt blade will get the job done without inflicting any damage to the window.

Apply water on the window and run the blade over the tough stain once. Then, clean the blade and repeat the step on another stain. 

Note: Cleaning the blade is a crucial step as it avoids the accumulation of debris underneath the blade; debris may scratch the window glass. 

CAUTION: Refrain from using a blade on tempered glass. And make sure that you are wearing protective equipment as blades can be dangerous to work with. 

A woman cleaning her windows using a blade

2. Bug Droppings and Tree Pitch Stains

For stains like bug droppings and tree pitches, use a nylon scrub pad. Moisten the window surface with water. Before you rub the nylon scrub pad on the window, do a small patch test in the corner to check if it is leaving behind any scratches. 

3. Mineral Deposit Stains

For stains such as built-up mineral deposits, use glass surface cleaners with mild household abrasives and a power drill

4. Greasy Stains

For tough and greasy spots, make a DIY cleaning solution using a half cup of ammonia and a big bottle of water

5. Sticky Residue Stains

Always use a commercial cleaning liquid to get rid of sticky residue on your windows, like the ones that are left from tape, stickers, or more. Apply the cleaning solution to the stain, let it sit for a few minutes, and then scrape off the residue using a razor blade. 

How often should you clean your windows?

To determine how often you should clean your windows, you must first consider a few factors, the most important being if the windows are residential or commercial. For residential windows, cleaning should ideally be done a few times a year. You may do the cleaning more than twice or three times a year if you reside on a busy street or have many trees or pollution sources around.

For commercial windows, it is a good idea to get your windows cleaned more regularly. For instance, in public spaces like restaurants and shops, cleaning should be done at least once a month. This is because commercial windows build up more dust and grime along with smudges and more. Public spaces must look presentable with clean windows as it impacts potential business. 

A woman cleaning a very dirty window

Another factor you must consider when deciding the frequency of window cleaning is the environmental conditions near your property. You should clean your windows more often if any of these conditions apply to you. 

  • If you live on a busy street
  • If you live in an area that experiences frequent rains or strong winds
  • If you live in a locality with many trees and pollen
  • If you are remodelling your home or living in a neighbourhood with ongoing construction

Smart and easy tips to help maintain your windows streak-free 

Here’s a list of thoughtful and easy tips that you can use to ensure that your windows are layer-free and squeaky clean. 

1. Clean on a dry and cloudy dayOn a hot sunny day, your cleaner will dry out before you could wipe it. The dried cleaning solution is hard to remove and leaves behind streaks. For this reason, make sure to clean your windows on a cloudy, dry day. 

2. Get rid of dust and dirt first – Before you start cleaning your windows, get rid of dust and dirt particles. You can use a brush or a vacuum for the job. Doing so will prevent the dust particles from mixing with your window cleaner and creating a muddy mess. If your window is dirty, consider washing it with hot water, cleaning the surface with a soft cloth or brush, and rinsing it before going in with the cleaning solution for a final cleanse. For quick dusting, you can wipe your windows clean with the help of a dry microfiber duster.

3. Choose the right cleaning solution – Make sure to choose a high-quality cleaning solution suitable for removing the type of stains on your windows. 

4. Use microfiber cloth – It is soft, absorbent, washable, and leaves the glass streak-free. Newspapers are a good substitute, but this is better. Some people also use paper towels, but these often leave behind lint and are prone to shedding.

A woman cleaning the outside of her windows
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