How to Clean Windows


Brighten up your outlook by stripping off those layers of grime. Here's how to get your windows squeaky clean and streak free.

Moderately Easy


Things You'll Need

  • ammonia, dish soap or vinegar
  • Paper towels
  • Squeegees
  • Sponges
  • Old Newspapers
  • Buckets
    • 1

      Prepare a cleaning solution of either a capful of ammonia or four to six drops of liquid dish soap in 2 gallons of water or 1 cup of vinegar in1 quart of water. If using soap, use as little as possible to avoid streaking.

    • 2

      Dip a sponge into the solution, allowing the sponge to absorb just enough water to cover the window without flooding it.

    • 3

      Wash the surface of the window with the sponge, paying special attention to the sides and corners of the window frame, where dirt and grime tend to build up.

    • 4

      Dip a squeegee into a bucket of clean water.

    • 5

      Press the squeegee lightly into the surface of the window, starting at the top and pulling down vertically, stopping a few inches before the bottom of the window.

    • 6

      Wipe off the squeegee with a paper towel.

    • 7

      Press the squeegee down the area of the window directly beside the one you just cleaned, stopping at the same place.

    • 8

      Wipe off the squeegee with a paper towel.

    • 9

      Continue this process until the entire surface of the window except the final few inches at the bottom has been cleaned.

    • 10

      Pull the squeegee horizontally across the bottom section of the window and wipe the squeegee off with a paper towel.

    • 11

      Wipe off the water at the bottom of the window frame - where a great deal of moisture has by now collected - with a paper towel.

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