Cleaning windows can be a tedious chore but these tips and tricks will ensure you get great, streak free results quickly and easily!
I recently started my 7 Day Spring Cleaning Challenge and when readers signed up I asked them to email me their biggest cleaning struggle. I was absolutely BLOWN AWAY by how many people responded simply “windows.”
While there isn’t too much fun about cleaning windows, there are some tips and tricks that can make it faster, easier, and ensure streak-free results every time.
Don’t Clean Hot Windows
Carolyn Forte, Director of the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab suggests avoiding cleaning hot windows. Cleaning windows in direct sunlight on a warm day is a guarantee of streaky results. Heat will cause the cleaner to dry on the windows before being wiped off, leaving a mess. Choose a cool day to clean your windows or start on the shady side of the house and work quickly.
Remove Dirt Before Spraying with Cleaner
Sweep outdoor windows or use a vacuum with brush attachment on interior windows to remove the bulk of dust, dirt, and debris before spraying any cleaner onto the window.
If screens are dirty, remove them and soak in hot soapy water. Scrub gently with a soft brush before rinsing with clean water and replacing.
Choose an Effective Cleaner
Windows are not a place to scrimp on cleaner. This window cleaner is the absolute best I have found to date and I highly recommend it. It has a fine mist that helps reduce drips. If you prefer a homemade version, see this homemade glass cleaner recipe for my favorite DIY version.
Spray the cleaner generously on the window and wipe with a microfiber cloth. I prefer these cloths that are specifically made for cleaning glass to ensure a streak-free and lint-free finish.
Helpful tip: To help you find streaks, I prefer to wipe inside windows vertically and outside horizontally. This helps you determine which side the streak is on if you see one!
Know When to Squeegee
Save the squeegee for large window surfaces like sliding glass doors or French doors. Be sure to have a rag or towel on hand to clean the water that collects at the bottom of the window if you are using a squeegee.
Maintain the Clean
Cleaning your windows once or twice a year helps keep them maintained and keep too much dirt from building up. Be sure to include this task on your spring cleaning and fall cleaning checklists for sparkling windows year round!
Are windows a struggle in your home? Let me know in the comments below!