How To Clean Windows

Whether in your home or in your office, windows have a way of becoming filthy over time. Here are a few tips to keep your windows so clean, that birds will constantly fly into them.* Which unfortunately means that you’ll have to clean them again. But that’s the circle of cleaning.

How to clean windows fast

Don’t have time to make your windows immaculate? Just want to quickly remove little Timmy’s handprints? Here is the quick and easy version.

Use one hand to spray the window with Windex. Use the other hand to wipe it down with a microfiber cloth. If you do this once a week, your windows will always look fantastic.


That was simple enough, wasn’t it?

“But Shirley, what if the gunk on my windows has built up and I really need to give them a heavy clean?”

I’m glad you asked! Keep reading to find out.

A more effective way to clean your windows

By using the steps above to clean my windows every week, I never need to do a more thorough clean on them. But I still do so once a year to ensure that they continue to live up to my standards of cleanliness. I recommend following these steps at least once a year.

For this project, you will need the following items:

  • Bucket
  • Ammonia
  • Double sided squeegee (like the kind they have at gas stations; with a rubber “blade” on one side and a sponge on the other)
  • Microfiber cloth

Pour 1/4 cup of ammonia in the bucket and fill it the rest of the way with warm water. Dunk the squeegee into the bucket and use the sponge side to scrub the window. This will dissolve any dirt or grime.

Wipe the bladed side with a damp microfiber cloth. Start on the left side of the window and swipe it from top to bottom with the rubber blade. Work your way to the right side of the window, wiping the blade with the microfiber cloth after each stroke. Be sure to use overlapping strokes in order to prevent streaks.

Some additional tips

  • Don’t wash your windows while the sun is shining through them because this could cause streaks.
  • When using the rubber blade side of the squeegee, wipe it frequently with a damp microfiber cloth. This helps it to smoothly glide across the glass.
  • Don’t use too much ammonia compared to water in the bucket. Less is more.
  • If there are any drops of water left on the glass after you use the squeegee (there likely will be), then just let them air dry. Trying to get rid of them could mess up the job you did and cause streaks.

That’s all for now! I hope this post was educational.

*Disclaimer: No birds were harmed in the making of this blog post.