When the sun is shining and you come to open the windows to let in the fresh air, the last thing you want to see is streaks and dust on a filthy window. Especially if you live on a main road or somewhere with a lot of pollution, dirt and grime can build up on your windows quite quickly.
Follow this simple “how to clean windows” guide for our top window cleaning tips, so you can bring natural light back into your home and ensure your exterior is sparkling.
Let’s get started with what you’ll need…
- Cleaning cloth or sponge
- Window squeegee
- Window cleaning spray or hot, soapy water
- Methylated spirit
- Microfibre cloth
- Rubber gloves
Before you start
Take a look at our DIY Safety Tips and be cautious when using chemical products. If a ladder is needed, ensure it is set up on a completely stable and flat surface.
1. Prep for cleaning
If you’re cleaning windows inside, remove all objects from the windowsill and take down any curtains or blinds. Use a duster to remove any cobwebs or dust – working from top to bottom, remembering to brush off the windowsill afterwards. That way, you avoid sweeping mess into an area you’ve already cleaned.
For cleaning windows outside, repeat the same steps but if you are using a ladder, make sure to wear sensible footwear and place the ladder on a flat, stable surface. Buff your outside windows with crumpled-up newspaper for a little extra sparkle.
Top tip: Take the opportunity to give your curtains a wash or spray with fabric freshener.
2. Choose your cleaning solution
The best way to clean windows is with window cleaning solution and a cloth, or a bucket full of soapy water (washing-up liquid with warm water) and a non-abrasive sponge. Alternatively, you could create your own cleaning solution with vinegar and warm water, adding a little household ammonia or methylated spirit if you’ve got stubborn stains.