Q: Right now my windows are covered in dirt and pollen. Do you have any suggestions on how to clean them?

A: Wondering about washing windows? Keeping your windows clean has many advantages. It helps to filter sunshine through the glass, expand your view of the outdoors, and it can even give your curb appeal a quick and cost-efficient boost. If you’re a New England homeowner who is looking for the best ways to wash windows, you’re in luck—we have a few tricks up our sleeve that will help you clean your windows like a real pro.

The Best Window Washing Solutions

There are numerous options in terms of solutions for washing windows. Whether you’re all about store-bought solutions or you’re looking for something a little more organic, there is no shortage of options to consider.

Two Tried and True Window Cleaners

Our favorite window cleaning solution (and it’s eco-friendly to boot) also happens to be a solution recommended by Martha Stewart herself! Simply mix 1 part white vinegar and 1 part hot water—a basic, yet very effective solution for getting those windows clean.

Want to give your cleaning solution a little more oomph? Just add a little liquid soap or detergent to the aforementioned solution. Mix your own cleaning solution with:

  • ¼ cup vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon liquid soap or detergent
  • 2 cups of water in a spray bottle

Simply add to a spray bottle and shake to blend. Your homemade window cleaner is good to go.

Try to keep the suds in your solution to a minimum—this prevents streaks.

Window Cleaning Tools to Consider

Now that you know a couple solutions that you can use, the next step is choosing your window cleaning tools. Choosing the right window washing tools can make your project a breeze or a headache. Evaluate your windows and consider the following tips:

  • The best way to wash windows that are large (think picture windows) is with a squeegee. This allows you to cover more glass in a quicker amount of time. The strip applicator on the squeegee can also soak up a lot of soapy suds, water, and dirt.
  • Keep a lint-free rag on hand with your squeegee so you can wipe the blade clean.
  • If you’re cleaning a multi-pane window, consider a handheld sponge or a hog-bristle brush. Natural sponges are more absorbent than synthetic materials. Sponges also work well for small and medium-sized windows.

Techniques for Cleaning Home Windows

You’ve got your solution ready and your cleaning tools on hand. Use these techniques to achieve a streak-free shine:

Cleaning with a Squeegee

  • To prepare, place a towel along the window sill to catch any drips.
  • Wet your windows with one of the solutions mentioned above. Once the glass is wet, start at the top left and pull the squeegee straight down.
  • Continue to move across the window and with each completed stroke, wipe the squeegee off with a rag.
  • Finish with one final horizontal stroke across the bottom of the window and then dry the sill with a sponge or cloth.

Cleaning Windows with a Natural Sponge or Hog-Bristle Brush

  • Washing windows with a natural sponge or hog-bristle brush is quick and easy. Using a bucket with your preferred window cleaning solution, dip the sponge into the water.
  • Next, rub each pane of glass from left to right and top to bottom.

Work the sponge edges or brush bristles into the corners of your windows.

  • Rinse the windows with clean water. Wipe clean with a lint-free towel or newspaper pages.

How to Clean Extra Grimy Windows

The exterior of your windows are prone to building up dirt over the seasons, so don’t be surprised if you run into stubborn spots.

If you’re dealing with hard-to-remove dirt, saturate the stains with vinegar and water. Let the solution stand for several minutes before drying. Refrain from using tools such as steel wool or harsh scrubbing materials, since this can scratch the window’s glass.

Help! My Windows Won’t Get Clean

If you continuously wash your windows and you still can’t see through the glass, you likely have condensation buildup between the panes. This is a sign that the seal of the window has failed. If your window is still under its manufacturer’s warranty, you can get this resolved by having the seal repaired. Otherwise, you’ll need to consider a window inspection and replacing any windows that have failed to ensure that you’re not losing energy.

Use these tips, techniques, and tools to get your windows sparkling clean this spring! In addition, contact us at Coastal Windows & Exteriors to discuss any questions you may have about your windows at 978-304-0495 or you can email questions@mycoastalwindows.com.

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