Cleaning windows is not necessarily a task for everyday tidying up. Windows are often forgotten because most of us focus on the obvious, most-used things when cleaning day comes around: bathrooms, kitchen, floors, and dusting. Maybe laundry and closet organizing are thrown in there, but windows? That's one large chore that often finds its way to the end of a to-do list—or bumped off completely.
But cleaning windows well can totally transform the look of your home. You may not even realize just how dirty your windows are until they are clean and clear enough to see through without being marred by water spots, mud, dust, or other debris. Pick a day (ideally not your regular cleaning day because this is a pretty time-consuming, but worth it, task), enlist the help of your partner or roommate (or kids, if they're old enough!), and get to spraying and wiping. Truly, you only need to clean windows about once or twice a year, Good Housekeeping advises.
The first step to cleaning windows is picking the right day. Ideally, a cloudy and somewhat cool day is best. Extremely hot and sunny days will dry the cleaning spray before you have a chance to wipe it all off, leading to even more spots than before. Give yourself a couple hours to tackle the job, and follow the rest of these steps to clean your windows to perfection:
Dust or vacuum the window frame -- and while you're at it, you may want to dust your blinds and shades. Removing dust will ensure you don't create a muddy, streaky solution when you spray the windows to clean them. A quick and easy way to refresh curtains and remove their dust is to toss them in the dryer on air only for about 15 minutes.
Microfiber towels are the preferred companion to your cleaner. You may also use a glass squeegee. We do not recommend paper towels or cotton towels as these are inferior to the aforementioned options.
We're keen on eco-friendly, plant-based solutions, especially when it comes to cleaning around your family and pets. Our natural multi-surface cleaner is specially formulated with natural ingredients to effectively clean most surfaces, including glass windows. One spray will tackle a two-by-two-foot surface area. Use a clean, folded microfiber cloth with medium pressure in fast, overlapping passes to get the best clean. You want to make tight “Z” patterns with your cloth. You will see the wetness pattern evaporate shortly after you pass over which confirms you are cleaning correctly. In the video below, Puracy Co-Founder, Sean Busch, demonstrates the proper technique to use when cleaning windows with a microfiber cloth...
For areas with tough water spots or streaks, spray the cleaner and let it sit for about 30 seconds to really soak into those stubborn spots before wiping it away.
Cleaning the outside of your windows is a big job, simply because you have to deal with weather elements. If you have a two-story home, we recommend hiring a professional window cleaner, at least for those high windows. They are trained to know the safest way to get to those heights and clean windows efficiently.
If you want to get some of the ground floor windows yourself, it's pretty much the same routine as inside. However, there will be a lot more dirt and debris outside. We recommend going over the windows and exterior window frames first with a lightly damp microfiber cloth to remove dust and dirt. Next, use a dry microfiber cloth to remove any excess before working on the windows with a natural multi-surface cleaner.
If you want to give a DIY window cleaning regimen a go, we recommend mixing a bucket of water and a few drops of dish soap to make your own homemade window cleaner.
After you dust your windows, blinds, and frame, wipe each window down with a soapy microfiber towel and then follow it up immediately with a squeegee or by wiping the liquid away with a clean, dry microfiber cloth. And don't forget -- technique is everything! Follow Sean's instructional video above when using a microfiber towel to leave your windows sparkling clean and streak-free.
If you're doing everything above but still see streaks when you're done cleaning, there are a few ways to troubleshoot the problem. Try these tips for the best way to clean windows without streaks.
Microfiber cloths are absorbent, washable, and create a streak and lint-free shine. You may be tempted to use paper towels or any old rag, but the material and style of microfiber tackles spots and smudges much better. We will be launching an exceptionally high-quality Puracy brand microfiber cloth in the coming months, so please stay tuned for further details.
Whether you use a cleaning spray or the DIY dish soap window cleaner, you want to be careful about how much you use. Spraying too much can mean your cloth won't be able to dry it all without leaving behind streaks. We advise one spray per two-by-two-foot surface area. If you are still running into issues, you may need to dilute your cleaning solution with more water.
If you notice streaks as you wipe down your windows, then go over them with a fresh, dry microfiber cloth right after you wipe away the cleaning solution with your cleaning cloth. This will pick up and remove any remaining streaks before you're all done.
In short, if your windows are still streaky, you’ve used too much cleaning solution or your towel is dirty.
Special tip: If you are cleaning inside and outside windows at the same time, go with a horizontal pattern for one side and vertical pattern for the other. This will help you easily identify any areas you missed.
Now that you have all the tools and techniques to get sparkling windows, it's time to roll up your sleeves and get to work! But remember, you only have to clean windows one to two times a year. Make it fun by rewarding yourselves with a glass of lemonade or freshly baked cookies afterward. And don't forget to use a natural window cleaner, like Puracy Natural Multi-Surface Cleaner, to keep abrasive, harsh chemicals far away from your home but still get a powerful clean.