How often should windows be cleaned?

The frequency with which windows should be cleaned largely depends on various factors such as the location of the property, weather conditions, and the level of dirt or debris that accumulates on the windows.

For instance, if you live in a dusty or polluted area, or if you have a lot of trees near your property, you may need to clean your windows more frequently than someone who lives in a less dusty or polluted area with fewer trees. Similarly, if you live in an area with frequent rain or snow, you may need to clean your windows less often than someone who lives in a drier climate.

In general, it is recommended to clean the interior and exterior of windows at least once a year. However, if you notice dirt or streaks on your windows, or if they are looking particularly dirty, you may want to clean them more frequently. Additionally, if you are preparing your property for a special event, you may want to consider having your windows professionally cleaned to ensure that they look their best.

On our R&D experimentation, we have found that for Utah, between 4-6 cleanings per year keeps the windows clean. Each cleaning removes any dust or grime and leaves a protection that will repel water and dust for about 7-9 weeks, hence a cleaning schedule of every 7-9 weeks keeps the windows “clean” permanently.

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When should you NOT clean windows?

During inclement weather: It is not advisable to clean windows during rainy or stormy weather, as it can be dangerous to climb ladders or use cleaning equipment when the surface is wet and slippery. Wait until the weather clears up and the surface is dry before cleaning your windows.

When the temperature is too hot or too cold: Extreme temperatures can cause problems when cleaning windows. In very hot temperatures, the cleaning solution may dry too quickly, leaving streaks or spots on the windows. In very cold temperatures, the cleaning solution may freeze on the windows, making it difficult to clean properly. Professional window cleaning companies have additives they add to their cleaning solution to aid in both hot and cold temperatures. For a DIYer, this may not be possible.

If the windows are damaged: If your windows are cracked or damaged in any way, it is best not to clean them until they have been repaired or replaced. Cleaning damaged windows can cause further damage or even breakage, which can be dangerous. A broken window will also quickly develop moisture between the panes as the airtight seal has been broken. This will cause the window to be cloudy/hazy inside which cannot be fixed by a standard window cleaning.

If you are not comfortable with heights: If you have high windows that require a ladder to reach, and you are not comfortable with heights, it is best to leave the cleaning to a professional who has the experience and equipment necessary to do the job safely.

Overall, it is important to assess the situation and ensure that it is safe and appropriate to clean your windows before proceeding. If you have any doubts or concerns, it may be best to seek the help of a professional window cleaning service.

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What is the secret to washing windows?

The secret is that there are LOTS of secrets. From the equipment to the techniques to the cleaning solutions and beyond. What a highly rated professional window cleaning brings to the table is a lot more than many consider. If you’re just looking to do a DIY job yourself, here are a few easy-to-use tips:

Use the right cleaning solution: Choose a cleaning solution that is designed specifically for windows, or make your own by mixing water and a small amount of vinegar or dish soap. Avoid using harsh chemicals, as they can damage the glass or leave streaks.

Use a squeegee: A squeegee is a tool that is designed to remove excess water and cleaning solution from windows. Start at the top of the window and pull the squeegee down in a straight line, wiping the blade clean with a cloth after each pass. NEVER use a paper towel or rag to clean a window. It will ALWAYS streak.

Use a microfiber cloth: A microfiber cloth is a soft and absorbent cloth that is ideal for cleaning windows. Use it to wipe any remaining water or cleaning solution from the edges and corners of the window.

Work in sections: Divide the window into sections and clean one section at a time. This will help you to avoid missing any spots and will make the cleaning process more manageable if you can’t reach or clean the entire window at once.

Clean on a cloudy day: cleaning windows on a sunny day can cause the cleaning solution to dry too quickly, which can lead to streaks and spots if the water is not removed fast enough. It is best to clean windows on a cloudy day when the surface is cool, and the cleaning solution has time to work. Cleaning on a cloudy day also makes any imperfections easier to see.

We’ve got quite a few more questions that we’ll answer in future blogs. If this doesn’t answer you question or gives you more questions please comment below and we’d be happy to talk more.

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A window cleaner from Everything Exterior cleans an exterior window.