How Do You Wash Your Windows?

@LadyDuck (118231)
Switzerland
January 7, 2016 9:28am CST
Reading some discussions, I realized that this is one of the household tasks that we dislike most. I hated to wash the windows because I did it the way my Mom used to do. I used wet paper towels or newspaper and elbow grease, a lot of work for a deceiving result. Looking at professionals, I switched to a easier method to clean the glasses. I use warm water and a little dish soap (or half water and half white vinegar), a sponge and a squeegee. I wash the window glasses with the sponge. I pass the squeegee on the window and finally, I dry the glass with a lint-free towel. It's faster, it's easier and the window glasses look perfect. This is how I wash my windows. Do you have an easy and effective method to share?
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@jaboUK (50081)
• United Kingdom
7 Jan 16
I have a really easy and effective way to do it - I pay someone else!
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@LadyDuck (118231)
• Switzerland
7 Jan 16
My husband do not like to see strangers around the house and those who did the work before we moved in were not very good.
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• United States
7 Jan 16
I'm with you!
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@whiteream (3560)
• United States
7 Jan 16
That's the way to do it!
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@Asylum (46795)
• Manchester, England
7 Jan 16
The easiest way is to have a new window fitted, although it is an expensive alternative.
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@LadyDuck (118231)
• Switzerland
7 Jan 16
It is a very expensive alternative, considering that I wash my windows four times a year.
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@Asylum (46795)
• Manchester, England
7 Jan 16
@LadyDuck You could always have reversible windows fitted. This way you could smear a little glass washing liquid on them out side while it is raining, then reverse the windows and repeat the process.
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@marlina (60679)
• Canada
7 Jan 16
We had some new windows put in and yes, they are very EXPENSIVE.
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• Calgary, Alberta
7 Jan 16
I use to use a large sponge to clean my Windows with a car cleaning soap and all the familiar shenanigans people do but I am now using a dirt proof and dust proof glass. They were kind of expensive but it helped me enjoy some laziness. I hate Ironing my clothes, I also hate doing laundry. I don't have a dryer so I use a clothes line to dry my clothes.
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@fishtiger58 (30279)
• Momence, Illinois
7 Jan 16
I have never heard of dirt proof and dust proof glass. Interesting.
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• Calgary, Alberta
7 Jan 16
@fishtiger58 Yup they do exist, there is also dust proof and dirt proof paint for people who are lazy to clean walls.
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@fishtiger58 (30279)
• Momence, Illinois
7 Jan 16
@CaptAlbertWhisker No kidding I am going to have to check this out.
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@fishtiger58 (30279)
• Momence, Illinois
7 Jan 16
We use a squeegee as well they make the job less hateful.
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@LadyDuck (118231)
• Switzerland
7 Jan 16
I agree, it's so much easier this way, I do not know why my mother hates the squeegee.
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@fishtiger58 (30279)
• Momence, Illinois
7 Jan 16
@LadyDuck No doubt it works really well.
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• United States
8 Jan 16
I've always used paper towels and never thought of using a squeegee
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• United States
7 Jan 16
I bought special cloths - you dampen one, wipe the window - once over, no drying...and your're done. No streaks, no mess very little effort. I got them from QVC. When we did cabin cleaning a few years ago we were told 'clean the 'view' windows only. And I think that's a good way to do it. We have rooms we don't use, why clean the windows if no one looks thru them? Besides, that's my husband's job anyway.
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@LadyDuck (118231)
• Switzerland
7 Jan 16
I am going to check QVC for those special cloths. I keep the shutters closed in the rooms we do not use, so the windows do not need cleaning.
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• United States
7 Jan 16
@LadyDuck Here is the link to them:
No soaps or chemicals required. These streak-free, spot-free, lint-free Bio Cleaner cloths help tackle stickiness, grease, and grime with just the addition of water! Use them to wipe down a variety of surfaces, including mirrors, windows, countertops, and
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@LadyDuck (118231)
• Switzerland
7 Jan 16
@AbbyGreenhill Thank you Abby, I am going to check immediately.
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@paigea (21013)
• Canada
7 Jan 16
I hate washing windows as I seem to end up with streaks and smudges no matter how I do it. My husband uses a squeegee. I should learn to use the squeegee. Maybe if I do all the insides; he will do the outsides the next warm day.
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@LadyDuck (118231)
• Switzerland
7 Jan 16
I hate to see streaks and smudges, the squeegee and a clean lint-free cloth at the end help. Do not wash the windows with direct sun heating them. The water dries too quickly leaving streaks.
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@paigea (21013)
• Canada
7 Jan 16
@LadyDuck I have read that. I will have to try again; I get frustrated and give up every time.
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• United States
8 Jan 16
@LadyDuck cleaning in the sun is what I always do. Never thought about the sun drying them too quickly
• United States
7 Jan 16
My method is far easier and takes almost no time. I call a guy. He does a great job inside and out. He cleans the glass, frames and screens. He does a wonderful job.
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@LadyDuck (118231)
• Switzerland
7 Jan 16
My husband does not want strangers in the house. Our home is on three levels and here to hire someone to do this job costs 50$ an hour. I know that in one hour you can only do one floor.
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• United States
8 Jan 16
@LadyDuck This guy and his helper were doing my neighbor's windows for years, so they were not pure "strangers". They did all our windows (three stories up) and it cost $70. I moved from there to a slightly larger place, but only one story. Costs the same.
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@LadyDuck (118231)
• Switzerland
8 Jan 16
@ElizabethWallace We have to go through a company to ask for a helper here. The Laws are so strict and this is the reason why finally it becomes very expensive. It is the same if you need a gardener to mow your lawn.
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@DianneN (57243)
• United States
7 Jan 16
We hire a window washer. In between, I do the windows that flip down with Windex and paper towels. My husband does the others with panes the same way. We love sparkling clean windows. Outdoors, he hoses them, then uses a squeegee. When dry, he uses Windex and paper towels. I don't like him having to use extension ladders, but that's what he has to do. Our house is huge, and we have so many windows. That's why we hire a window washer. They also do our skylights which are too high to get to without a tall ladder or climbing onto the roof.
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@LadyDuck (118231)
• Switzerland
7 Jan 16
Dianne I also love sparkling clean windows, I cannot stand to see dirt window glasses. Outdoor I also use a hose, it's the fastest way to go.
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@DianneN (57243)
• United States
7 Jan 16
@LadyDuck Here in Florida, my hubby has to clean the salt off the Windows quite often. And then there are the BIG birds, but never Orville.
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@LadyDuck (118231)
• Switzerland
8 Jan 16
@DianneN I remember the same salt problem when we lived in Monte-Carlo, but there we lived in an apartment complex and the management took care of the outside windows, they were cleaned twice a year by professionals.
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@AnneEJ (5118)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
7 Jan 16
I use a Micro-fibre cloth, just warm water, and dry with a paper towel
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@LadyDuck (118231)
• Switzerland
7 Jan 16
I have tried to dry with a paper towel, but I see streaks and residual lint.
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@AnneEJ (5118)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
7 Jan 16
@LadyDuck Guess it depends on the paper towels.
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@LadyDuck (118231)
• Switzerland
7 Jan 16
@AnneEJ I am sure you are write, our paper towel is not very good.
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• Ireland
7 Jan 16
Do you have to clean windows?, well you learn something new every day
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@LadyDuck (118231)
• Switzerland
7 Jan 16
Yes, I have clean windows, I cannot stand not to have them sparkling clean.
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• Ireland
7 Jan 16
@LadyDuck You could spray them with PTFE and dirt wouldn't stick to them.
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@thesids (22455)
• Bhubaneswar, India
7 Jan 16
I find cleaning windows a really boring and tiring thing to do. But then, they too are a part of the house and do need to be cleaned. So I stick to just once a year. Earlier when there were window doors (panes?) it was easier to clean them. But today, they have big glasses and at my place of stay, the grills are on the outer sides, making it almost impossible to clean them from the outside. I use water with dishwash liquid with some old cloth and even newspapers to clean them. Not the best way to do it, but then there is not much choice. I like the ida of using the sponge and may attempt it (in case I remember it) when I clean them the next time as it is not going to be earlier than October.
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@LadyDuck (118231)
• Switzerland
7 Jan 16
I have cleaned all the windows for Christmas, the next time will be Easter. We have plenty of windows and several are double French doors.
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@thesids (22455)
• Bhubaneswar, India
8 Jan 16
@LadyDuck If these are glass only, it might be easier to clean them. But if they have grills (or railings or anything else for the right term), it gets messy for sure. And when you are done with cleaning and find a piece of dust at one of those edges of the rails, it does feel your effort was not all right.
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@LadyDuck (118231)
• Switzerland
8 Jan 16
@thesids At least my windows are glass only, you are right about the frustration when you see dust on the edge of the rails.
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@allen0187 (26193)
• Philippines
11 Dec
I use newspaper back in the day to clean windows but have since switched to using a sponge and a squeegee.
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@LadyDuck (118231)
• Switzerland
11 Dec
I never liked to use the newspapers because the ink is pretroleum based and it leaves a greasy trace on the glasses.
@allknowing (55104)
• India
9 Jan 16
I have 31 louvre windows. Each glass pane is 5 feet long and 5" in breadth. Each window has 7 such panes These exclude toilet and bathroom windows which again have smaller windows. Cleaning them is done by merely going over them with a dry cloth. I also have venetian blinds for 24 windows and cleaning the blinds is labour oriented.
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@LadyDuck (118231)
• Switzerland
9 Jan 16
I agree cleaning the blinds is not a funny work.
@Inlemay (17323)
• South Africa
8 Jan 16
I do it like you do it with sponge and squeegee - not used the old fashioned elbow grease for a long time.
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@LadyDuck (118231)
• Switzerland
8 Jan 16
The old method is not interesting, a lot of work and not a better result.
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@alberello75 (12944)
• Genova, Italy
7 Jan 16
First, I would instinctively think that the good advice, also pass by Mylot. However, my method for washing windows is different. I use a special spray, with plenty of wet rag, make the entire surface. Immediately after I pass the "stick", ie the eraser to remove water and soap. Anyway, not bad also "your system!"
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@LadyDuck (118231)
• Switzerland
7 Jan 16
I am sure that also your system works Alessandro.
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@MALUSE (31638)
• Denmark
7 Jan 16
Four times a years is too often in my opinion.
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@LadyDuck (118231)
• Switzerland
7 Jan 16
No, it's a lot less than the others around here do.
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7 Jan 16
I have a window cleaner, obviously! However I do the insides myself but just use this glass cleaning product that came with Husband's car. It's probably not very environmentally friendly but it is highly effective.
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@LadyDuck (118231)
• Switzerland
7 Jan 16
I use a windows cleaner for the car windshield. I know they are not environmentally friendly, but I need to clean this thing.
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@whiteream (3560)
• United States
7 Jan 16
I don't do it as often as I should but I use windex and a cloth when I wash the windows.
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@LadyDuck (118231)
• Switzerland
7 Jan 16
Several American users mentioned windex that is not for sale here. We have other products, I use them after I have washed the whole windows with water and soap.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
7 Jan 16
I steam clean my windows here of course I cannot open them to do the outside..it is just a screen and the windows only open half way so outside never gets clean..live in 3 stories up..it bothers me that I cannot clean the outside.
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@LadyDuck (118231)
• Switzerland
7 Jan 16
It's annoying not to be able to clean the outside, but it's not always possible.
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@amadeo (46045)
• United States
7 Jan 16
I hate to say it.But it has been a long time since washing window. We use power wash Windex.We have too many windows. Do not get to them much.
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@LadyDuck (118231)
• Switzerland
7 Jan 16
We also have too many windows, so I had to find a quick and easy way to do this task.
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