How to clean windows

Keeping your windows clean and streak-free can really improve the appearance of your home. Clean windows keep the house looking cared for and make your view more enjoyable too. Cleaning windows needn’t be hard work with our simple tips and it doesn’t take long to get a professional looking finish.

Difficulty rating: Low

These tasks should be fairly straightforward, whether you have experience doing DIY or none at all.

Before you get started on any of our 'how to' guides, please take a moment to read through our DIY safety tips.

What You'll Need:

Step 1: Brush the window down

Give the window a quick dust down, from top to bottom, with a cobweb brush. Brushing will remove all the loose spider webs and build-up of dirt. Working from top to bottom means you can avoid sweeping any mess onto an area you’ve already cleaned. Lastly, remember to brush off the windowsill.

Step 2: Wash the window

Fill your bucket with water and add some detergent. Wet your microfibre window washer and start scrubbing the window. Always start at the top and work down so that dirty water doesn’t drip onto areas you have already cleaned.

Generally, water and detergent works fine, but if you’ve got some more stubborn stains you might like to use a glass cleaner. For really stuck-on grime, add a capful of methylated spirits to your water instead. 

Step 3: Squeegee the window dry

For a cleaner finish, first wet the blade of your squeegee, then wipe the water off the window, working from top to bottom. You can stop streaks from appearing by cleaning the squeegee blade with a rag between strokes. Now give the windowsill a quick wipe with your rag to clean off the last of the grime.

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