4 Window Cleaning Mistakes to Avoid

4 Window Cleaning Mistakes to Avoid

When you invest in window replacement, you want to take care of those new panes to ensure they look and function like new ones for as long as possible. Cleaning windows may seem fairly straightforward, but there are a few common mistakes that could scratch or damage the glass. Here are some tips to avoid these pitfalls. 

What Not to Do When Cleaning Your Windows

1. Spraying Cleaner Directly on Windows

Before applying a cleaning solution, dust windows with a duster or damp microfiber cloth to prevent those tiny particles from scratching the windows. After that, apply a window cleaning solution to a cloth instead of the glass. This prevents the cleaner from settling between the windows and frame. 

2. Going More Than 6 Months Between Cleanings

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The longer your windows go between cleanings, the more dirt and debris build up on the glass. These small particles can create tiny scratches and may even get between the panes of glass and window frames, creating drafts or damage over time. Most windows should be cleaned both inside and outside at least every six months. 

3. Cleaning in Direct Sunlight

When you wash windows on a hot, sunny day, the water and cleaning solution evaporate quickly, leaving streaks on the glass. It’s tempting to clean windows in direct sunlight, because it’s easy to see all the dust and buildup along the glass, but wait for an overcast day to get a streak-free shine. 

4. Leaving Windows Wet

Once you’ve cleaned your windows, any water left on the glass may leave streaks or watermarks. Avoid this by wiping away as much moisture as possible with a dry microfiber cloth. Then use a squeegee to remove the rest. 


If you’re ready to schedule window replacement or any exterior improvements to your home, contact Engstrom’s Siding & Window Co. in Siren, WI. The company serves homeowners throughout Northwest Wisconsin and East Central Minnesota, offering various services from roofing and siding to windows and doors, all from quality manufacturers and suppliers. Visit the website to browse options, or call (800) 376-2225 for a quote.