At home, windows are your lenses to the outside world. And if you ask us, seeing things through a film of dead bugs and dirt is no way to live! Cleaning your windows a few times a year will also remove contaminants (like hard water and acid rain) that wear down the glass and window frame over time. This will prolong the life of your windows and keep them looking great!
Choose a cleaning solution. If you already have a window cleaner at home, feel free to use that. If not, there’s no need to run to the store – this homemade recipe works just as well: Mix equal parts warm water and vinegar and add a few teaspoons of cornstarch for extra shine. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle for indoor use and keep the rest in a bucket for when you head outside. Note: If you’re in a hurry, you can skip the spray bottle and use a bucket and sponge to clean both inside and outside, but it may get a little messy!
Remove the screens (optional). While this isn’t necessary for a quick clean, we recommend removing your screens for a deep clean so that you can reach every nook and cranny of your windows. Tip: With the screens accessible, why not go ahead and give them a clean, too?
Spray indoors. Spray your glass cleaner on the window and squeegee the entire surface from top to bottom, overlapping each wipe by about two inches. Tip: Dry your squeegee with a soft cloth after each swipe to prevent streaking.
Sponge outdoors. Soak a sponge in the remaining bucket of cleaning solution and apply it liberally to the outside windows. If you’re using the homemade mixture, the vinegar will break down grime, but a little elbow grease will help things along. So scrub like you mean it (just don’t push so hard that you break your window). Then, use the squeegee to remove water, moving from top to bottom in long, overlapping streaks. Again, use a cloth to dry the squeegee after each swipe. If you see any lingering watermarks, take care of them by spot-spraying with the cleaning mixture.
Double check edges. Sometimes rogue water drips will accumulate in the window crevices. After washing both indoors and outdoors, make sure the edges on both sides are completely dry by running a soft, dry cloth along the perimeter of the glass. This will help prevent mold and water damage.