How To Clean Exterior Windows

If you're like most people, you probably clean the interior portion on your home's windows much more often than the exterior. Kids' fingerprints and other marks are much more noticeable from the inside and more convenient to wipe away as well.

While you don't need to clean your exterior windows every month, consider giving them a good wash down at least two times a year, such as during the fall and spring cleanings. Depending on your location and climate, you may need to do it a little more often. If you live near a busy highway, soot from car exhaust may leave a film on the windows, and frequent rain or snow could create unsightly water spots on the glass.

Here is a step-by-step guide for cleaning your home's exterior windows:

1. Rinse off the Debris

After removing the screens from the windows, use a hose to rinse off any loose debris, such as pollen or bird excrement, off of the glass. Rinsing your windows first will make the scrubbing process easier.

2. Scrub the Glass 

Next, fill a large bucket with a mixture of warm water and a gentle liquid soap. Dip a soft, clean microfiber cloth into the soapy water and squeeze out the excess. Begin scrubbing the windows, paying extra attention to any areas featuring stuck-on or hard-to-remove debris. Repeat the process as often as necessary until all of the dirt and grime are gone.

If the windows are too high for you to reach, use a ladder. Have a friend or family member stand at the bottom as a spotter while you're cleaning for safety purposes. As another option, use a mop with a long, extendable handle to reach the tops of the windows. 

Use the hose to thoroughly rinse all of the soap off of the windows so that it doesn't leave a residue. 

3. Wash with a Vinegar Solution 

To make sure your windows are sparkling clean, follow up with a vinegar rinse. Fill a bucket with one part distilled white vinegar to two parts cool water and use another clean microfiber cloth or a mop to apply it to the windows. 

After removing any remaining residue on the window, rinse it once more with the hose. 

4. Use a Squeegee 

Instead of allowing the glass to air-dry, which can cause spotting on a sunny day, use a rubber-bladed squeegee to remove any excess water. Position the blade at the top of the window and slowly pull it down and repeat the process working section by section until the entire window is dry. To find out more, speak with a business like Port Orchard Glass.