7 Window Washing Tips

7 Window Washing Tips

Window washing seems like a chore and sometimes it gets pushed to the bottom of our cleaning checklist. Guess what? It doesn’t have to be a chore, and it doesn’t have to be a long-drawn-out process. With these seven tips, you’ll be able to speed up your window washing routine and make windows the easiest item on your to-do list!

1. Pick the Right Time of Day

A couch in front of a large window

The first tip when window washing, and possibly the best, is to pick a time of day when the sun is not shining directly on your windows. Direct sunlight may dry your cleaning solution too quickly resulting in streaks.

2. Start with a Soft-bristle Brush

A blue scrub brush

When washing the outside of windows, clean any cobwebs, dust or other debris with a soft-bristle brush. Cleaning the dirt off of your windows first will keep your cleaning sponge and bucket dirt-free longer.

3. Pick a Cleaning Solution

Squegge Off cleaning soultion

Create a solution or purchase a window cleaning solution specifically for streak-free windows. You’ll want a cleaning solution that offers minimal suds and use a clean bucket to mix your solution.

4. Use a Sponge or Wand with Window Washer

A woman washing a window with a cloth

Using a sponge or wand and window washer, begin putting the cleaning solution on your windows keeping the amount of water very minimal to avoid dripping.

5. Use a Squeegee for Streak-fee Windows

A person squeegeeing a window

Next, use a squeegee for the best streak-free windows. Squeegees come in many different sizes to help you clean large picture windows or windows with small panes. When you first use your squeegee, be sure to wet the rubber blade first to help it glide across the window easily. For large windows, use the squeegee in a “S” pattern starting in the top left corner if you are right handed. Clean your squeegee between stokes, and always clean it with a lint-free cloth to keep from putting any dirt back on your newly clean window.

6. Finish Removing Suds with a Dry Cloth

A person drying a window with a cloth

Once you have successfully removed all of the water and suds from your window, wipe the edges and corners of the window with a dry cloth or sponge.

7. Finish with a Damp Cloth

A person cleaning a window frame with a wet cloth

To really complete your cleaning efforts, you can also clean the outside frame of the window with a damp cloth. If you use your cleaning solution to dampen your cloth, finish by running a clean dry cloth over the frame to remove any left-over cleaner. This can be done inside and out!

Window washing tools

And there you have it; window washing can be simple and easy with the right tools and know-how. If you want to speed up your indoor and outdoor window cleaning routine, you’ll need a few tools to get the job done. Visit your local Do it Best store and find window washing tools to get you started!