You know your freshly mowed lawn looks fabulous, but when you gaze through your window you see a film of dirt and cobwebs instead of vivid shades of green. Not exactly the curb appeal you’re after, is it?

Do you keep your curtains closed when you don’t have to? Do you turn away in shame when the sun can’t get past the grime? You are suffering from window cleaning denial. We get it. The Maids understands that window cleaning often finds its way to the bottom of many seasonal cleaning to-do lists. That’s why you should learn how to wash windows: if you learn how to do it properly, odds are you’ll stop skipping it.

Want to Know the Best Way to Clean Windows?

How can we say we know the best way to wash windows? For over 40 years, The Maids has cleaned windows all across North America. What we’ve learned is the foundation for our 22-Step Cleaning Process and makes us uniquely qualified to keep your home clean and beautiful.

Here’s are some of our field-tested tips for how to clean windows:

  1. Pick a cloudy day. The best way to clean windows begins with the right weather. Since bright sun will dry your cleaning solution before you can properly clean the windows and leave them streaky, it’s best to wash windows on a cloudy day.
  2. Grab some vinegar. If you want to avoid harsh chemicals, learn how to clean windows with vinegar. Mix one part vinegar to one part water in a spray bottle. To remove heavy buildup from the window, add a few drops of dish soap. We love the cleaning ability of vinegar, but the odor can be offensive. Just add 10 drops of your favorite essential oil to mask the odor.
  3. Start at the top. Spray your window and wipe it clean with a microfiber cloth. Work your way down and then wipe down the frame inside and out.
  4. Make window cleaning marathons easier. If you’re cleaning a lot of windows, you may find filling a bucket with your cleaning solution to be more convenient. Use one microfiber cloth to wash the windows and a dry one to make them shine.
  5. Let it shine. To give your windows sparkle, polish the glass with a clean cotton T-shirt or a clean blackboard eraser.
  6. Clean the screen. Remove window screens and spray them with a hose. Use a brush and your water/vinegar solution to clean them up. For light cleaning, vacuum screens to remove dirt and dust, and then wipe the screen with a damp cloth.

How to Clean Outside Windows

Do you want to learn how to clean outside windows safely, too? We can help with that! Outside windows are trickier than inside windows because you’ll probably need a ladder, a tool for getting up high, or both.

Here’s how you do it:

  • Rinse your outside windows with a hose and then fill a bucket with water and a few drops of dish soap.
  • Use a microfiber cloth to wash the window and a microfiber sponge mop for extra reach.
  • Rinse the windows with a hose.
  • Use a squeegee to remove the rinse water and you’re done!

Cleaning outside windows is a simple process, but not an easy one. No amount of curb appeal is worth getting hurt. If you’re not comfortable getting up high to clean your outside windows, use an extended arm for your window squeegee or use a strong rinse that will help remove much of the dust and dirt. With some vinegar, a little elbow grease, and an overcast afternoon, you can get your windows squeaky clean.

If you decide window washing isn’t for you, our professional window cleaning service can tackle the job quickly and easily. From window washing to floor cleaning, The Maids offers many residential cleaning services that are affordable. Learn more when you get your free estimate.

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