7 Brilliant Tips to Clean Your Kitchen Windows, According to Window Washers

published Mar 18, 2022
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When was the last time you cleaned your windows? If you haven’t taken the time to wash yours lately, you might be missing out — especially if you’ve been neglecting the ones in your kitchen. Whether you’re scrubbing dishes or prepping dinner, chances are, your kitchen-window view is an important one. “I tell my employees all the time the most important window in the house is the kitchen window because people spend more time looking out of it,” says Rick Wren, founder of Wren Windows, a window-cleaning business. 

Another reason to keep your kitchen windows clean? You might not think your kitchen windows are all that dirty, but according to Kyle Ray, founder of Geek Window Cleaning, they’re probably a whole lot dirtier than you think. Take a close look, and you’ll probably see grease buildup, dust, and maybe even stuck-on food.

All that’s to say: Now is a good time to gather your supplies and clean your kitchen windows, with helpful advice from these professional window cleaners. 

1. Don’t use glass cleaner.

Just because your windows are made of glass doesn’t mean you should make a beeline for your glass cleaner. In fact, Wren says glass cleaner could actually add unsightly dirt, dust, and debris to your windows. Glass cleaners are usually ammonia-based, which can leave a film and negative electrical charge behind, so dust is attracted to it, explains Wren.

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2. Clean when it’s cloudy outside.

To achieve clean windows, do the job at the right time. According to Wren, sunny rays can cause the water to evaporate faster than the soap, which can result in unsightly water spots and streaks. “If the sun can reach the window, it’ll cause that evaporation to happen unevenly,” he explains. Ray suggests cleaning kitchen windows when the sun isn’t directly hitting them, which depends on the way they’re facing. Typically, though, a cloudy day is a safe bet.

3. Tackle caked-on particles with a soft scrub sponge.

While Ray says you can use a razor blade (always with soap and water to avoid scratching the glass) to scrape off food particles, you might feel better using something less risky (especially if you have any kind of film on your windows, like window tinting). Wren suggests using a soft scrubber, such as Scotch-Brite. “Don’t use the blue or green ones, but the white ones are good for scrubbing the surface of a window without scratching it,” he says.

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4. Get a good-quality squeegee.

For the best results, the pros suggest investing in a squeegee. Rather than a basic shower squeegee, choose a high-quality option made specifically for window glass. (You can find these in the cleaning section of a hardware store.) Ray likes the brand Ettore, and Wren suggests Sorbo.

It’s also important to know what size squeegee to use. If you have French windows, Ray suggests a six-inch blade, while a larger squeegee blade (up to eighteen inches) might work better for a big picture window. 

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5. Rely on common pantry items.

For super-shiny windows, you’ll need to use the right ingredients. Ray suggests using warm water, Dawn dish soap (which removes fingerprints and cuts through grease), and a bit of cornstarch to remove stuck-on gunk and shine up the windows. Simply add the solution to a spray bottle, spray it on your windows, and squeegee it off. 

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6. Use a step stool.

You’ve probably seen pro window cleaners use long poles to reach higher windows, but Wren says that’s not the best option for everyday folks — and might not be the easiest to use. Instead, he recommends using a step stool with a standard-sized squeegee to reach all of the tops of your windows.

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7. Know when to call a pro.

Some window cleaning jobs might be best left to a pro. For example, you may want to call an expert if your windows need to be taken apart to clean, or you need your outside windows thoroughly washed. You may also have a hard time reaching the top of your windows safely. If that’s the case, Wren says it might be time to call in a pro. It’ll cost a little more to hire an expert, but you’ll probably end up with cleaner windows in less time — minus the stress of dealing with it yourself. 

What’s your method for cleaning your windows? Tell us in the comments below.