How to Clean Windows Like a Pro

Most people should clean their windows twice a year depending on climate and how much pollution is in the air in your area. But few people look forward to cleaning windows. The fact is most people make it too hard using wadded-up paper towels, newspaper and spray cleaner.

Lots of rubbing isn't a good idea because you are just pushing the dirt around that can scratch the glass. Additionally all that rubbing while your washing the window can generate static electricity that attracts more dirt. Finally as the newly cleaned window dries all the rubbing just creates streaks.

Why not do it like the pros do with a simple squeegee and some things you already have. The method is very simple, much faster than what most people do and you will be surprised at how well you can do.

Few things can make a room seem nicer to be in than really clean windows. The technique is a bit different for picture windows than for multi-pane windows. You may need to do something extra if you have spots that don't come off with a basic washing.

The best washing solution is usually just a small squirt of dishwashing liquid in a bucket of warm water. If you have a lot of suds you have too much detergent. Try again with less soap.

Large picture windows require a large squeegee, the kind that comes with a foam applicator/scrubber on the other side of the rubber blade. Alternately you can use a soft cotton cloth to apply the soapy water and gently rub it around to thoroughly wet the window and dissolve any dirt.

Once the window is wet you are ready to squeegee. For a right handed person start pulling the the blade across the window starting in the upper left corner moving to the upper right then continue down in an 'S' pattern. After each stroke wipe the squeegee's blade with a clean dry cloth.

Any water than remains along the edges of the glass can be removed with a dry clean cloth, or better yet with a damp, but well wrung out chamois. Dry the windowsill with a rag.

That's all there is too it. Once you've gotten a little practice you will be amazed at how quickly you can polish off even the biggest windows.

Multi-pane window require small squeegees. The best solution is to have a squeegee that is exactly the size of the panes. Professional window washers carry a variety of sizes. If you want to can start with a squeegee that is a bit too big and use a hacksaw to cut it to exactly the right size. Generally the rubber blade should exactly fit the pane and the metal holder should be a little shorter.

Once you have the perfect squeegee for your windows you will be set for years of easy cleaning.

With multi-pane windows it may be easier to wet them with a bristle brush or natural sponge. Use the same soap solution and work from the top to the bottom.

And that's all there is too it. In no time you will be a pro at quickly and easily cleaning your own windows.


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