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How to Properly Clean Your Windows: Our Tried-and-True Cleaning Process

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Windows are essential to your home’s beauty and comfort; they give you a wonderful view of the outdoors, protect the inside of your home from the elements and they let in sunlight to brighten up your home. Because they are so vital to a home, they receive a lot of action. It’s wise to keep your windows clean so that continue to enhance your home.

Window glass can get dirty pretty easily, particularly with little hands or pets in the home, but lucky for you glass cleaning isn’t that hard. Many Pella windows have features that it make it less painful to clean the exterior of your windows from inside your home, too. Looking for an easy, new window cleaning process? Here’s what Pella suggests:

  1. Start by brushing off your window sill with a small broom or brush. The dirt and dust that gathers on the sill and ledges will stay there for a long time otherwise, and doing this first will also prevent smearing on the glass later on. You should not use the same cleaning duster that you will eventually use to clean the glass!
  2. Run your vacuum’s dusting brush attachment along the side of your window screen that faces inside. You can also use this vacuum piece to grab any leftover dirt and dust around your sills.
  3. Use a premixed vinegar-based cleaning solution, or an ammonia-free glass cleaner like Windex® or Sparkle® to clean your glass. You can make your own vinegar-based solution by mixing one-part white vinegar to 10 parts water. Generously apply the cleaner to a clean, lint-free cloth or paper towel and wipe down your glass from several different directions for the best clean.
  4. Give your windows time to air dry and then rinse your glass with clean water if you see streaks.

There are more tips, too! We recommend cleaning your windows on a cloudy day because the sun will dry the cleaning solution too quickly and leave streaks on your glass. Also, our Pella professionals prefer microfiber cloths since they are the least likely to leave tiny particles behind.

Take care of your gorgeous view, protection barrier and light source by keeping your windows clean throughout the year. If you have any questions about interior or exterior window cleaning, or about any steps of our cleaning process, give our North Carolina Pella showroom a call at 866-539-4196 or arrange an appointment with us online for us to come check out your windows.