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What to Use to Clean Windows Efficiently

Updated: January 16, 2023

After installing your custom windows, you’ll want to ensure they stay clean. Sometimes, cleaning windows can be trickier if your glass cleaner leaves nasty streaks behind. Using the right cleaning product for your windows can save time and effort.

Our expertise means we know how to get windows clean efficiently. Elite Impact Glass wants to share our knowledge of how to clean glass windows to ensure you get the maximum natural light in your South Florida home.

Best Window Cleaning Solutions

If you’ve tried all the fancy products and now want a reasonable solution for how to clean your windows, Elite Impact Glass has some options for your home. Ammonia- or alcohol-based cleaners are popular options, but some people report streaks appearing on their favorite windows after use. 

Using a 1:1 ratio of water and white vinegar can work wonders. Just mix it in a sprayer and apply it to windows. Then, wipe away dirt and build-up. Most people go with a microfiber cloth, but we’d recommend investing in a high-quality squeegee. The rubber in it is safe to use on your windows and has a lower chance of holding on to any debris that could scratch glass.

However, if you have thick salt clinging to your windows or the view still looks hazy, you may have to include other household products to help. Some options include:

  • Pure, undiluted white vinegar. After applying, let it sit for a few minutes, then wipe it away. 
  • Baking soda. Apply baking soda with a wet sponge. After having it sit for a few minutes, but not long enough to dry, wipe it away using a wet cloth. If there’s any residue left after, vinegar can help with the removal.
  • Dish soap or powdered dishwasher soap mixed with water in a spray bottle can also help remove tough salt stains.

Cleaning the Inside of Windows

Start with a bucket of water and a few drops of dish soap. This will remove dust and grime from the glass. When washing, start at the top and work your way down.

When you finish the first step, spray the cleaning solution of your choice over the glass panes. Wipe it off using a clean, lint-free cloth or a squeegee. When cleaning, it’s best to use a Z-pattern to go back and forth.

If you still have streaks, try the vinegar. Remember, cleaning windows is best done on a cloudy or cool day to prevent streaking.

Cleaning the Outside of Windows

You can use the exact process outside. However, if you have taller windows, it might be best to use a ladder or call in experts to help.

When drying your outside windows, it’s best to use a squeegee to avoid water spots. This will also help your windows sparkle a little brighter.

If you have window screens, be sure you take them off before cleaning your windows. A quick rinse with water, a spray with cleaning solution, and another rinse with water will have them clean in no time. Allow them to dry completely before putting them back.

How to Clean Double-Hung Windows

If you have one of our double-hung windows installed and don’t know where to start, no worries! Double-hung windows don’t require more effort, but the process differs slightly. Start on the upper window pane and the outside of your home to ensure your window gets beautifully clean. Then, you should be able to tilt the lower panes in to reach the window from the inside easily.

Elite Impact Glass is the Home of Window Experts!

At Elite Impact Glass, we understand that clean windows are just the beginning of creating a beautiful home. That’s why we offer top-notch window installation services that will truly transform your space. With our expertise in impact glass installation, you’ll see your dream home realized. Contact us today to see how we can help make your vision a reality.

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