How to Clean Tall Windows

Natural light plays a large role in how welcoming a home feels. Which is why at Ripple Creek we prioritize creating homes with plenty of windows, including tall windows accompanied by high ceilings. Cleaning tall windows can be a bit challenging, but with the right approach and tools, you can achieve sparkling results. Here are some tips for cleaning tall windows so that you can enjoy the natural sunshine without dirt and grime getting in the way.

Safety First

Before you start cleaning tall windows, prioritize your safety. If the windows are located on upper floors or in hard-to-reach areas, consider using a sturdy ladder or scaffolding to access them safely. Make sure the ladder is stable and positioned on a level surface. If necessary, enlist the help of a friend or family member to assist you.

Gather the Right Tools

To clean tall windows effectively, gather the necessary tools beforehand. You will need a long-handled window cleaning squeegee, a microfiber or lint-free cloth, a bucket of warm water with a mild window cleaning solution, a telescopic window cleaning pole, and a sponge or soft brush attachment for the pole. It will save you a lot of frustration by gathering all your supplies before you get started.

Start with Dry Cleaning

Begin by dry cleaning the window surfaces to remove loose dust and dirt. Use a clean, dry microfiber cloth or duster to gently wipe the window frames, sills, and corners. This step helps prevent smudging when you proceed to wet cleaning.

Wet Cleaning

Dip the sponge or soft brush attachment into the bucket of warm water and window cleaning solution. Extend the telescopic pole to reach the upper sections of the window. Start from the top and work your way down, applying the cleaning solution to the window glass and frame. Use the sponge or brush to gently scrub any stubborn stains or dirt.

Squeegee Technique

After applying the cleaning solution, take the long-handled window cleaning squeegee and position it at the top corner of the window. Tilt the squeegee at a slight angle and pull it down in a straight line, applying gentle pressure. Wipe the blade of the squeegee with a clean cloth after each stroke to remove excess water.

Work in Sections

To ensure a thorough clean, work on the window in sections. Divide the window into manageable areas, cleaning one section at a time. This approach helps you maintain control and achieve streak-free results.

Check for Streaks

After each squeegee pass, inspect the window for streaks or spots. If you notice any, use a clean, lint-free cloth to wipe them away. Microfiber cloths are particularly effective at eliminating streaks and leaving a polished finish.

Repeat if Necessary

If the windows are particularly dirty or haven't been cleaned for a while, you may need to repeat the cleaning process for optimal results.

Remember, safety is paramount when cleaning tall windows. If you feel uncomfortable or unsure about accessing high areas, it's best to hire professional window cleaners who are equipped with the necessary tools and expertise. But for most, by utilizing these tips, you can clean any windows in your home, even the tallest ones.

By Ripple Creek Homes 5-23-2023



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