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What is the Best Way to Wash Windows?

Jan 21

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What is the Best Way to Wash Windows?Best Way to Clean Windows

Washing your windows, especially your exterior windows, can be a daunting task. Not only are windows sometimes difficult to reach, but too often when you are finished, you find that your windows are streaky—leaving you to think the results were hardly worth the effort.


Clean windows can brighten up your rooms and have a big impact on the aesthetics of your home as well as the view, but only if done correctly. Store bought products are effective in removing dirt and grime build-up on windows, but they often leave behind unsightly streaking. We recommend creating a homemade window washing solution made up of common household products—ammonia, vinegar, and water, rubbing alcohol, and dish detergent. To make this solution, simply combine two quarts of warm water, a half cup of ammonia, a pint of rubbing alcohol, a quarter cup of vinegar, and one to two tablespoons of dish detergent.


You can use just about any type of rag to wash your windows, but we recommend a clean sponge. After you have washed the window, immediately use a squeegee to remove the excess water to prevent streaking.


Window Washing Do Nots

There are two big things you should NOT do when washing the exterior windows in your home. First, do not wash windows in direct sunlight. If you wash windows on a cloudy day or at dawn or dusk, your windows will dry more slowly and reduce the likelihood of streaking.  Leaving streaks behind may leave your windows looking even worse than they did when they were dirty!


Secondly, never wash your windows on a ladder without supervision. Windows are often located in hard to reach areas, which can make positioning a ladder difficult and dangerous. Be sure to always have a helper to hold the ladder steady for you while washing your windows.


Weather Shield Easy-To-Clean Windows

If you have difficulty cleaning your exterior windows or you simply dread the thought of climbing shaky ladders to keep your windows clean, then it may be time for you to upgrade to new windows. Weather Shield offers several easy to clean varieties of windows that are designed with cleaning convenience in mind. From double hung windows that tilt in to casement windows that open completely for easy cleaning, we have the windows that not only meet your convenience needs, but also the design requirements of your home.


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