It’s counterintuitive, but most cleaning strategists recommend washing windows on a still, cloudy day. Bright sunshine and wind will cause your cleaning solution to dry on the glass before it can work. You’ll see noticeable streaks if the solution dries on your window.
Start the window-cleaning process by using the brush attachment on your vacuum.
Vacuum the dirt collected on the window sill using the brush attachment on your hose. This is the easiest way to clean windows and remove loose dirt and debris. Remember to vacuum your window screens.
Clean the window frame and sill.
Once the loose dust is removed, use your favorite cleaning solution to wipe down your window frame and sill.
Start with the exterior windows (top sash) when cleaning double-hung sliding windows.
Spray a generous amount of window cleaner. Then, make large circular movements with a clean microfiber cloth across the surface of the window.
Once the outer upper glass is clean, repeat the process with the outer bottom sash. When the glass is clean, place both sashes back into position. Be careful only to touch the window frame and not the glass as you place your sliding window.
Wash the interior glass.
Start with the top sash when cleaning your interior windows. That way, any drips can be caught by the microfiber cloths when you finish with the interior bottom sash.
Examine your windows as you clean them.
Before you clean the grime off your windows, open, close, and lock each window a few times to ensure proper operation. If there are any problems, consider window replacement or repair. You may have the cleanest windows, but they will only do you good if they keep out the bad guys or offer you an easy exit from your home in an emergency.
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Key Takeaways About Preparing Your Double Hung Windows for Cleaning
Ensure you understand how to operate your type of double-hung window.
Select an overcast, still day to clean windows.
Start by cleaning the window sill, screen, and frames.
Clean the exterior glass with your favorite cleaning solution and microfiber cloth.
Clean the interior glass – starting with the top sash.