How to Clean Tough-to-Reach Exterior Windows

How to Clean Tough-to-Reach Exterior Windows

Keeping your home’s windows clean is a great way to improve the exterior appearance of your home, while allowing more light into its interior. Some of those upper windows can be really difficult to reach — especially if they’re in awkward places over roofs or other overhangs. What can you do to make it a little easier to clean those tough-to-reach windows?

Get a Little Extra Reach

While you can use an extension ladder to reach every single one of your windows, it’s a hassle and can make the job a lot longer. Instead, add a bit of extra reach to your arms with an extendable sponge and squeegee set. All you need is some good window cleaner, some sunglasses and you’ve got everything you need to clean those hard-to-reach windows.

If you need to clean off cobwebs or dust, a broom can be a good choice. If you can’t quite reach, try taping two broom handles together to give you a little extra height.

Hook up to Your Hose

Sometimes it’s easier just to hook up your hose and start blasting dirt and grime off your windows. While this can be a great short-term solution, it may also make your windows even dirtier by leaving marks after the water dries.

Thankfully, there are tools made just for this. Windex makes one, but there are other brands as well that turn your hose into a window-cleaning machine.  Water passes through the bottle of window cleaning solution, allowing you to use the water pressure to clean the windows without leaving those nasty streaks.

Don’t Neglect Your Garage Windows

Garage doors with windows are becoming more and more popular every year. Not only do they allow sunlight to stream into your dark garage, but they can also add extra value to your home — as long as you take the time to keep them clean. Garage door windows tend to collect all the extra dirt and grime that is kicked up by your car’s tires and the vehicle’s exhaust, so they can get dirty quickly.

Make sure you clean both the interior and exterior of those windows.

Get Some Elevation

When it comes down to it, there are going to be some things you need to get on the roof to clean. Skylights are one common offender — there’s often no other way to get these things cleaned. Be careful to clean them properly, though — don’t use abrasive pads that could scuff up the plastic and make it impossible to see through the skylight.

Take Them Apart

Some windows, especially those that slide horizontally, can be difficult or even impossible to clean while they’re still on their tracks. The easiest way to clean these kinds of windows is to take them off their tracks, clean them and then replace them. Most will have screws or security devices designed to keep you from removing the windows, but once these are off, all you need to do is slide the window open partially and pull gently. From there, you can easily clean both sides of the window and then replace the panel.

Cleaning your windows might seem like a hassle, but it can be a great way to improve the appearance of your home in an afternoon. It doesn’t have to be a hard job, though. With the right tools, cleaning your windows could even be fun.

Scott Huntington is a writer from central Pennsylvania. He enjoys working on his home and garden with his wife and 2 kids. Follow him on Twitter @SMHuntington

  1. David SierraDavid Sierra09-04-2018

    Cleaning your windows with vinegar is one of the easiest and safest ways to make your home shine. The recipe for vinegar-based window cleaner is easy to remember and one bottle will last you several months. Simply add
    1 cup warm water
    1 cup white vinegar
    ½ teaspoon dishwashing liquid (optional)
    When you mix together the required ingredients for the first time, adding the small amount of dishwashing liquid will help to cut any sticky grease or grime that may have collected there. I hope this is easy method to clean windows normally.

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