Tips and Techniques for Cleaning Your Windows

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CommercialCleaning windows can be a tedious task, but it needs to be done. In order to keep your home or office looking its best, you have to clean the windows and mirrors regularly. It sounds simple enough: grab some window cleaner and go at it! But there are more steps involved than just spraying and wiping down the glass surface.

Window washing can be a tricky task, but there are many different techniques that you can use to get the job done. Some of them take more time than others, and some of them require certain items. I’m going to share with you some tips and techniques for cleaning your windows, so you know exactly what will work best for you!

We’ll teach you how to clean glass surfaces in three ways: streak-free, dry or wet, and DIY cleaners. When you’re finished reading this post, not only will you know how to clean your windows like a pro but also why they need to be cleaned in the first place! So without further ado, let’s get started.


Window washing is essential to do so regularly because dirt, grime, mold, or mildew can accumulate on the window glass surface, making it difficult to see out of them. This accumulation also contributes to nasty smells such as musty odors that emanate from bathrooms. In addition, some insects like flies are attracted by these types of scents while they try to find a place for themselves in dark corners where they’re less likely to be disturbed. The good news is that sanitizing your windows doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming! Here’s what you need:

Basic cleaning supplies for windows

– Store-bought window cleaner or DIY window cleaning solution

– Sponge or cloths for scrubbing

– Paper towels or newspaper to dry the window surface if needed.

– Rugs or towels that are lint-free

– Bucket

– Ladder

When you have the right equipment when you start, the job should go much faster.

Clear off any obstructions on the outside of the window you are cleaning

– Tidy up all areas’ insight before starting any work on the windows themselves to avoid getting things wet unnecessarily. Once completed, wipe dry water before moving onto another area outside of reach, like a high ledge or under an overhang.

– Remove plants, flowers, or furniture near where you’re working, so they don’t get wet when you clean them. 

– Remove items from desktops, shelves, and other surfaces to make room for spreading paper towels/newspaper or rugs underneath.

Remove dust and debris using a vacuum cleaner or brush

Another step in window cleaning is to use a vacuum cleaner or soft brush to remove dust from the surface of the window, both inside and out, which can cause streaks when water is applied afterward.

The most effective way of removing dirt particles that are too stubborn for this method would be using newspaper before wiping them away with a dry cloth – remember not to scrub hard since scratching could result! 

Vacuum cleaners are also great at sucking up loose debris on windows but don’t forget about your curtains while doing so since they’ll often collect all sorts of material over time. It’s recommended that after vacuuming, one should wipe down any surfaces followed by a rinse of the curtains and a final wipe down for good measure.

Open your windows

Make sure all windows are open so that there is good airflow throughout your home when you’re cleaning them. You can close them later after they’re clean! 

Begin with any dirty spots on the window and clean those first.

Start with any dirty spots on the window and clean those areas before moving onto other parts of the glass surface. This way, dirtier sections don’t spread over larger portions of your windows while you work on them. Be thorough in your efforts because even small amounts of dust particles can get stuck between the panes and make things worse in time.

Use a window cleaning solution.

To get rid of stubborn dirt and grime, use a solution of warm water with detergent on the sponge or cloth you’re using to wipe down your windows. This will help lift any stuck particles without damaging the glass itself (which can happen if you try scrubbing too hard).

For removing oil stains, mix equal parts white vinegar and hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle. If there are still some spots that aren’t budging after repeated efforts, take a wet rag filled with distilled white vinegar and place it over the leaves around where the window is located for about 30 minutes before wiping off again – this should remove even more fat deposits left behind by cooking!


  • Regularly clean the window sills inside and out to prevent dirt build-up. Cleaning them will make it easier to scrub off old film or cover any nail holes with caulking.
  • If you have a lot of windows to clean, use the same cloth (or different colored rags) for each window. This way, when it is time to rinse and wring out your rag, all that’s needed is a quick glance at which rag needs more work!
  • Start by cleaning the frame with a window cleaner and paper towels. Get any dirt off of it first to avoid scratches while you’re washing.
  • Use newspaper or an old towel to wipe down the glass. You can use a razor blade if there are stubborn spots, but be careful not to scratch your windows! It’s also vital that when wiping down the top outside edge, you go from left to right and then do the bottom part of the inside corner simultaneously, so they both get cleaned.
  • Scrub windows from top-down for a better finish. Because as you go downwards, water drips on your shoulder and arms, which can cause streaks if not wiped dry after washing the lower sections of glass.
  • Take care when spraying window washer fluid on each side – spray evenly for best coverage. Let dry before moving onto the next step in the process; otherwise, streaks will appear as the water dries.
  • Make sure to use a bucket for cleaning and not just your sink. That way, you can control the amount of water used to clean windows using soapy water.
  • Put water in a bucket with soap and detergent, then squeeze some from their sponge onto another. Use this second sponge as an applicator instead of dipping right into your soapy bucket- it will help reduce streaks on glass surfaces!
  • Use newspapers under wet cloths applied to dirty areas only rather than applying the soapy solution in large amounts all over the window then wiping it away. This ensures no streaks on glass surfaces while getting rid of heavy grease stains without leaving soap residue behind. You’ll also save much time.
  • Wipe the wet cloths with a dry newspaper on both sides to avoid streaks or watermarks, and use an old toothbrush dipped in the soapy solution for stubborn stains.
  • Use a clean, dry cloth to wipe off any streaks that may have appeared. You must use a different cloth for each corner.
  • You can also use a window squeegee to help pull water off the glass, which will result in drying without streaks. 
  • If you want to get more out of your cleaning process – spray vinegar on windows before washing them. This will help remove grease from the surface of the glass and make it look cleaner! You can also wash outside edges first, so dirt doesn’t carry over onto inside areas during cleaning.
  • Be careful when using paper towels to avoid scratching your window surface. Instead, use newspaper or old rags that are lint-free, which are less abrasive and won’t leave behind any lint or residue on the glass.


  • Do not use dryer sheets. These will leave lint and residue that is hard to remove from the glass. The chemicals in these products can also cause streaks on your windows, so it’s best to avoid them when cleaning.
  • Don’t spray window cleaners directly onto the surface of a window unless you’re using an extension pole with a nozzle at the end for this purpose – as spraying too close may cause over wetting which leads to streaking and other problems. Instead, spray cleaner into a sponge or rag first before applying it on your windows (especially if it’s just water).
  • Never use a worn-out sponge.
  • Remember not to scrub hard as this can cause scratching, making dirt particles even more difficult to remove next time! This is also true when using any other type of abrasive material (i.e., paper towels) because it might scratch the paint off the glass and potentially worse depending on what’s used.

The most important thing when it comes to window cleaning is patience! Remember that there are many ways to remove stubborn streaks from windows, but if those don’t work, you should contact a professional window cleaning service!

It’s time to clean your windows!

Window washing is a tedious task, but it doesn’t have to be. B & B Window Cleaning is here to make the process as easy and enjoyable as possible for you. With our window cleaning service in the Greater Phoenix area, we’ll come out and do all of the work for you so that you can enjoy your residential or commercial property with a beautiful view without any hassle.

Let us take care of your dirty windows so that they sparkle like new again! You deserve a break from this chore, and we want nothing more than to help. Give us a call today for more information about how we can help with your window washing needs.

If you need to have your window cleaned, B & B Window Cleaning is the best choice!

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