4 Window Cleaning Mistakes to Watch Out For

Any home improvement task should be done properly and efficiently. This remains true for even the simplest tasks, such as window cleaning. Given how your windows are one of your home’s most visible design elements, they should always be lovely and sparkling clean. Renewal by Andersen® of Sacramento, leading provider of high-quality specialty windows and patio doors, shares some of the window cleaning mistakes you should avoid.


  1. Getting and using the wrong tools. Proper window cleaning usually requires a bucket, where you mix the cleaning solution, a sponge for lathering up the windows, a squeegee for getting rid of excess water, and a clean microfiber cloth for drying or polishing your windows. A scraper is only necessary for windows with persistent marks and stains. Avoid using newspapers for drying glass as they contain strong chemicals that can damage your windows. 
  2. Overlooking personal safety. Window cleaning can be difficult and, sometimes, even risky. If you’re cleaning higher casement windows, make sure to use a sturdy ladder—preferably with pads to avoid scratches on the surface. In fact, it’s better to have someone hold the ladder steady as you go about cleaning these higher windows.
  3. Cleaning your windows during a hot, sunny day. While this may seem like the perfect weather for some window cleaning, it can actually get in the way of your work. The sun will dry your soaped up windows quickly, leaving marks and streaks. Instead, clean your windows on a cloudy day. This gives you ample time to remove the cleaning solution before the windows start to dry. 
  4. Not paying enough attention to the task. Your windows look perfectly washed and clean, but then you step back and see smudges and streaks across the surface. When cleaning windows, check the glass from different angles to ensure you haven’t missed a spot.

Grimy windows are one thing, but what if they’re also severely damaged? You might want to consult a trusted residential window contractor like Renewal by Andersen of Sacramento for a prompt replacement. We offer only the highest quality replacement windows, ensuring not only sturdy and airtight performance, but easy and worry-free cleaning and maintenance, as well. We proudly serve homeowners in Davis, CA, and the surrounding areas. Call us today at (916) 779-5800 or fill out this contact form to schedule your free consultation. We’d love to hear from you!