How to Clean Your Own Windows

Washing the windows around your house can seem like a daunting task, but with a few tools and these simple tips, it can be done. Follow these steps for bright, clear windows.

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Instead of grabbing a bottle of cleaner and some paper towels, use a squeegee for professional results. A 10 to 12 inch squeegee will work well for picture windows. If you have multi-pane windows, search for a squeegee small enough to fit in each pane, or cut a larger one to size. You will also need a sponge, a scrubber (for picture windows), a large bucket, liquid dish soap and lint-free cloths or a chamois.


Add a small amount of liquid dish soap to your bucket and fill with warm water. The Family Handyman recommends using a teaspoon of soap per two gallons of water; a little suds goes a long way.

Depending on the size of your window panes, use the sponge or the scrubber to clean the window and loosen any stuck on dirt. Be sure to clean the corners well, since this is where the most dirt builds up.


There are two different methods you can use, depending on the size of the window panes. For a picture window, start with your squeegee in the top left corner. Wipe across the pane in a reverse-S pattern. When washing a multi-pane window, squeegee from the top to the bottom of each pane.

Remember to wipe the blade with a rag after each stroke to avoid streaky windows.


After using the squeegee, dry off the drips around the edges of the panes with a damp cloth or chamois that has been wrung dry. Use another cloth to wipe soapy water from the windowsills as well.

Worried about washing second story windows on your own, or just looking to save some time? Contact the Ohio Window Cleaning Group at 800-833-1040 today to learn about our residential cleaning services.

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