Cleaning the outside of windows can be a bit of a challenge, but it’s definitely worth the effort for the sake of having sparkling, streak-free windows. Here’s a step-by-step guide for cleaning the outside of your windows:
Cleaning solution (use a mixture of water and vinegar or a store-bought glass cleaner)
Ladder (if necessary)
Prepare the cleaning solution. Fill a bucket with the cleaning solution of your choice. Make sure the solution is not too concentrated, as this can lead to streaks on the glass.
Apply the cleaning solution. Dip the microfiber cloth into the cleaning solution and wring out the excess. Use the cloth to thoroughly clean the window, starting from the top and working your way down. Pay special attention to any dirt or grime that may have accumulated in the corners of the window.
Scrub the window. If there are any stubborn spots that won’t come off with the cleaning solution, use a scrub brush or a small scrub pad to gently remove them. Be careful not to apply too much pressure, as this could damage the glass.
Rinse the window. Use a garden hose or bucket of clean water to rinse the window, making sure to remove all of the cleaning solutions. Be sure to rinse thoroughly to prevent streaks.
Squeegee the window. Use a squeegee to remove the remaining water from the window. Start at the top of the window and work your way down, wiping the blade of the squeegee after each pass. Make sure to move the squeegee in a straight, continuous motion to prevent streaks.
Dry the window. Use a clean, dry microfiber cloth to dry the edges of the window, paying special attention to any spots that may have been missed with the squeegee.
Check for streaks. Once you’ve finished cleaning and drying the window, step back and take a look to make sure there are no streaks. If you do see streaks, use a clean, dry microfiber cloth to gently buff them out.
Always use a sturdy ladder that is appropriate for the height of the window you’re cleaning. Make sure the ladder is on level ground and is positioned securely before climbing.
Avoid standing on the top two rungs of the ladder, as this is not safe. If you’re cleaning windows on the second floor or higher, consider using a scaffold or a stable platform.
By following these steps and using the right tools, you can achieve clean, streak-free windows on the outside of your home. With a little bit of elbow grease, you’ll be able to enjoy the view through the crystal-clear glass!