How to Wash Exterior Windows Properly

How many times do you wash your windows? Most people don’t do it that often because it’s a hassle. Others enjoy washing exterior windows during a bright sunny day in Spring. If a window is too high, you are less likely to clean it. For most, residential window washing is done using a newspaper and spray cleaner such as Windex. To enhance shine, cloths are used on the window surface.

What is the right procedure to clean windows like a professional?

Here are some items that you will need:

  • Bucket
  • Gallon of water
  • Dish washing liquid
  • Vinegar
  • Ammonia
  • Rubbing alcohol

The last two items are optional but they are highly recommended for the DIY type.

Option 1

To wash exterior windows, use strip applicators. They have a long cloth that soaks up soapy water. The cloth will not scratch window glass when cleaning since it’s very soft. During cleaning, clothes will remove stubborn grease from the windows.

Use a squeegee to wipe off the excess soapy solvent. Wipe from the left to the right in a curved position. You should imitate a wiper cleaning a windshield on a vehicle. Wipe the squeegee after every round using a dry microfiber cloth. Using a damp cloth, wipe off any water that is on the glass. To dry windowsills, use a rag.

You can clean multi panes using the above method. The only difference is that windows are cleaned from top to bottom rather than left to right.

When cleaning windows that are too high, a scrub brush that has an extension pole is very useful. Alternatively, you can use a ladder and clean the windows as explained above. Small windows, however, do not need a bucket for cleaning. You can use a spray bottle just as efficiently.

Option 2

Mix the ingredients and gently scrub your windows using a squeegee. Rinse the windows thoroughly with lots of water. Leave the windows to dry. The windows will be shiny and stain free.

A great tip is to avoid cleaning windows in direct sunlight. Also, avoid placing your cleaning solution under direct sunlight too to prevent if from warming up.

How to get rid of stubborn stains gently

You will notice stubborn stains after cleaning. Sprinkle some soapy liquid on the spots and then use steel wool to remove the stains. Once the stains are gone, wipe the window using a soft cloth.

Realistically, there will always be stubborn stains after awhile. Exterior windows always have dirt and grime that piles up over time. It’s inevitable.

How to take care of your squeegee

A squeegee needs to be fitted with a sharp blade that should be frequently replaced. After prolonged use, the edge of the blade is bound to become blunt and will leave marks and streaks. During storage, nothing should touch the blade. Blades also dry out over time and no longer bend nicely in order to properly wipe water away. This is also a sign that you need to replace the blade.

So we covered a few high level tips to help you get the best experience when you clean your windows.