How to Wash High Windows


Houses with high windows can be stately looking, but when it comes time to clean those windows, it can be a challenge. You'll need a few special tools and some patience to do it right.

Things You'll Need

  • Squeegee
  • Window wand
  • Extension pole
  • Liquid detergent
  • Mop bucket
  • Fill a mop bucket three-quarters of the way full with hot tap water. Mix in five drops of mild dish detergent.

  • Dip the squeegee into the bucket. Attach the squeegee to the window wand and add the extension pole to the end of the wand.

  • Lift up the squeegee and cover the window with water. Cover it by moving the squeegee in vertical strips across the window.

  • Wet the rubber blade so it doesn't streak the window. Lift it up to the window and drag it horizontally across the top of the glass. Moving down the window, drag the rubber blade horizontally across it. Overlap the dry part by 2 to 3 inches. Finish the window by dragging the blade horizontally across the bottom of the glass.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you're cleaning both the inside and the outside of a window, use horizontal strokes on one side and vertical strokes on the other. This reveals streaking more easily.
  • Clean large picture windows in halves: top half first and then the bottom.

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