How to Clean Windows

Improve the view and stay on top of home maintenance chores with these easy ideas for how to clean windows.

Compare a clean window with a dirty one, and it's a contrast that's nearly as startling as that between day and night. Streak- and grime-free windows offer a lovely way to enjoy the outdoors, as well as an uninterrupted path for sunshine to enter into your interior spaces. But many people avoid this task because they are unsure how to clean windows. Luckily, it takes just a bit of planning and a little elbow grease. Here are five must-follow steps for cleaning windows.

1. Test the Temperature

Don't want to waste a sunny day chasing away the dirt and grime on windows? You're not alone—and you're in luck. One of the best pieces of advice for how to clean windows is to pick a cloudy day. The absence of sunlight will help to minimize the chance of streaks. And heat makes window cleaning solution evaporate faster than you can wipe it off, leaving streaks. Lack of glaring sunlight also enables you to better see—and better clean—the windows. Rule of thumb? Touch the window glass. If it's hot to the touch, wait for a cooler day.

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