How to Remove Double Hung Windows for Cleaning

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Double-hung windows are the top choice for residential window replacement. They offer energy efficiency to reduce utility costs, and qualifying Energy Star products can mean a tax credit for homeowners. Double-hung windows keep cleaning indoors, requiring no dangerous ladder-climbing and reaching--or sore shoulders the next day. Also with no more going outdoors, double-hung windows can be cleaned virtually any time of the year. Double-hung windows have two sashes--the lower sash that can be raised to traditionally open a window and the upper sash that, with double-hung windows, can also be moved vertically.

Things You'll Need

  • Window cleaner
  • Cloth, paper towel or newspaper
  • Unlock the window and raise the lower sash a few inches.

  • Squeeze both tilt latches inward toward the center of the window.

  • Carefully bring the top of the lower sash down to a horizontal position and clean the window exterior using the cleaning product and cloth of choice. It is important to still support the lower sash and not let it hang freely while cleaning the window.

  • Keeping the lower sash horizontal and supported, lower the upper sash a couple inches. Follow Steps 2 and 3 for cleaning instruction.

  • Holding the top of each sash, push the upper and then lower sash back into the window track. Raise the top sash and lower the bottom sash back to original position, being sure the tilt latches click to lock.

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