Sparkling and Clear: A Guide to Cleaning Exterior Windows

Windows are not only essential for letting natural light into our homes but also provide a glimpse of the outside world. However, over time, exterior windows can accumulate dirt, dust, and grime, obstructing the view and diminishing the overall appearance of your home. In this blog post, we'll walk you through a basic guide to cleaning exterior windows, helping you achieve a clear and sparkling view.

  1. Choose the Right Weather: Select a day with mild weather conditions for window cleaning. Avoid cleaning on hot, sunny days as the cleaning solution can dry quickly, leaving streaks. Similarly, avoid cleaning windows in direct sunlight to prevent premature drying.

  2. Gather Your Supplies: Before starting, gather all the necessary cleaning supplies. You'll need a bucket, a mild cleaner ex. Soilmaster or window cleaning solution, a squeegee, microfiber glass cloth, a scrub brush, and a garden hose or spray bottle filled with water. Everything you need can be found in the Ultimate Cleaning Combo + Accessories. Our favorite squeegee is the Window Squeegee Combo, with extendable pole. 

  3. Remove Loose Debris: Begin by removing any loose dirt, cobwebs, or debris from the window surface, window track, and surround area. Use a brush or broom to gently sweep away these particles. Pay attention to corners, sills, and frames. After you have broken up any dry debris, spray Soilmaster along the edges of the frame and let dwell 3-5 min and break up the stuck on dirt. 

  4. Prepare the Cleaning Solution: Fill a bucket with warm water and add a small amount of mild detergent ex. Soilmaster or window cleaning solution. Follow the instructions on the product label for the appropriate dilution ratio. Avoid using abrasive cleaners or ammonia-based solutions, as they can damage the windows.

  5. Wet the Windows: Dip a scrub brush or sponge into the cleaning solution and wet the entire window surface. Start from the top and work your way down, ensuring the entire window is evenly moistened.

  6. Scrub the Glass: Use the scrub brush or sponge to gently scrub the glass, paying extra attention to any stubborn stains or spots. Apply light pressure in a circular or back-and-forth motion. For large windows, work in sections to prevent the cleaning solution from drying too quickly.

  7. Squeegee the Windows: Take a squeegee and starting from the top, wipe away the cleaning solution in a horizontal motion. Ensure that the squeegee blade is clean and free from any debris between passes. Wipe the blade with a cloth or sponge after each stroke.

  8. Dry and Polish: Once you have squeegeed the entire window, use a soft cloth or microfiber cloth to dry and polish the glass. Wipe away any remaining streaks or water droplets for a crystal-clear finish.

  9. Final Touches: Step back and admire your freshly cleaned windows. Inspect for any missed spots or streaks and touch up as needed. 

For hard water & mineral deposits: Watch this YOUTUBE VIDEO on Easy Clean. This magic solution removes years of build on windows. 

By following these basic steps, you can achieve beautifully clean exterior windows that enhance the appearance of your home and provide a clear view of the outside world. Regular window cleaning not only improves aesthetics but also maintains the longevity of your windows. So, roll up your sleeves and let the natural light shine through your sparkling window.

May 15, 2023 — Marissa Benson

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