How to Clean Windows, The Right Way

Keep your windows looking great for years.

While it’s not a glamorous job, cleaning windows is an important part of home maintenance. If you’ve been wondering how to clean windows quickly and efficiently, we’ve got you covered with our favorite tips and tricks to help you keep your windows looking great for years.

Best Window Cleaning Solution
If you choose to make your own cleaner, here’s a recipe you’ll want to keep bookmarked. Mix one cup white vinegar with 10 cups of water. Fill a spray bottle with the mixture, and store leftover cleaner in a jug for future use. Or, if you prefer a ready-made, ammonia-free glass cleaner, try Pella™ Window and Glass Cleaner.

Best Way to Clean Windows
We recommend cleaning windows twice a year for optimal quality, but before you get started, you’ll want to make sure you have all the needed materials. A soft, lint-free towel (e.g. cloth diaper, old kitchen towel, linen napkins or a made-for-glass microfiber cloth) is the best thing to clean windows. You’ll also need a vinegar-based cleaning solution (as listed above), nonabrasive cleaner, soap, water, and vacuum with a soft brush and drapery attachments for interior and exterior window cleaning.

If you have double-hung windows, tilting the sash makes it easy to clean exterior surfaces from the interior of your home. Watch our step-by-step video to learn more about window washing for double-hung, easy clean windows.

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Door and Window Cleaning
Regardless of whether you have a double-hung, casement or some other window style, to begin, use a brush or vacuum to sweep dirt from the window or door frame. Next, effortlessly remove marks and smudges on windows and doors by applying a small amount of nonabrasive cleaner to a clean, wet cloth. You can also apply a solvent like acetone or mineral spirits to a clean, dry, lint-free microfiber cloth. Rub the cloth on the areas of glass that need spot-cleaning, but rub carefully and avoid getting cleansers or solvents on the wood, fiberglass or vinyl frames, as they may discolor the finish.

After rubbing, wipe clean by using a clean, dry lint-free cloth. Pro tip: Never use a razor blade to scrape off stubborn materials, and use care if using a squeegee. Doing so may leave permanent marks on the glass or scratches that could cause glass breakage.


Window Screen Cleaning
The best way to clean window screens and remove dust and dirt is to vacuum them with an upholstery brush attachment. For grease spots, typically found in kitchen screens, use a sponge, hot water and a mild detergent. For a flat screen, like those found on a window, storm door or patio door, remove the screen and wash with soap and water. Rinse and repeat as needed to clean. Or, use a drapery brush attachment on a vacuum. Remember to be gentle, as aluminum screens can bend very easily.

Cleaning Blinds and Shades
For wood window blinds, regular dusting will help them maintain a like-new appearance. When deeper cleaning is needed, vacuum gently with the soft brush attachment. If you have plastic or metal blinds, immerse blinds in a tub of lukewarm water and mild detergent. Then, rinse with clear water, and let air-dry before reinstalling. For fabric blinds or shades, you can use a vacuum cleaner with a drapery brush attachment to remove dust and a damp cloth to remove smudges, fingerprints, etc.

Not a fan of cleaning blinds and shades? Schedule a free in-home consultation to learn more about between-the-glass window treatments, which feature blinds that are protected from dust and dirt.

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An Instagram enthusiast and tiny house fanatic, Kolbie is a member of the Pella Marketing team, focused on social media and brand strategy. In true Iowa fashion, her free time varies by season. You can find her in the gym coaching high school basketball throughout the winter, attempting to roller blade through downtown Des Moines in the spring, and sipping iced coffee on the back of a boat every other chance she gets.