How to Start Cleaning Glass Windows (What You Need to Know)

Are you ready to start cleaning glass windows today? Wondering what the best homemade window cleaning solutions are? How do the experts get the job done so well?

At Shine®, we know that keeping your windows clean is very important. After all, your windows are one of the first things your guests see when they enter your home or business!

You’ve got to have a great first impression! We know and understand that. That’s why we are here to help you in any way that we can.

Today, we will cover the basics of cleaning glass windows so that you will know how to do it yourself – if you so desire.

First, we are going to cover the proper way to clean window frames. We’ll also discuss how to clean the glass the right way. Then, we’ll talk about some of the top tips to know when cleaning glass windows!

This way, your glass windows can really be the envy of your neighbors and guests. Of course, if you want to leave the job to the professionals, Shine® is more than happy to help you out! We’d love to make sure your windows truly sparkle and shine!

How to Clean Glass Windows

When cleaning glass windows, you can use products you have at home. It’s a good idea to use warm water with mild soap to start, but you can use specific cleaners, such as regular window cleaners.

To make a homemade window washing solution, mix some warm water with normal detergent to make a great window cleaning solution. Use approximately one tablespoon of detergent for every liter of water.

For Gray Aluminum Frames

If you have gray aluminum frames, you should start by dusting the entire window frame.

Using a lint-free cloth with the soapy water mixture created above to wipe down the frame. Then, using another cloth, moistened only with water, rinse the frame of the soapy water mixture.

To dry the window, you’ll want to wipe with absorbent paper towels from top to bottom, or allow the frame to air-dry.

For White Aluminum Frames

With white aluminum frames, dirt is much more noticeable, so you should use a mixture of detergent and baking soda diluted with water to remove the dirt and dust particles.

After you have scrubbed it well, use a moistened soft cloth to remove the cleaning solution. Make sure the cloth is only wet from water; no other cleaner should be used in this step.

To absorb the moisture, use a paper towel. If there are any resistant stains, you can use the homemade cleaning mixture to clean the frame well. Always dilute cleaning solutions with water, so your window frame does not become damaged.

For PVC Windows

For classic PVC windows, remove the dirt with a detergent. You can add the detergent to a cloth or paper towel to get the best result. Rinse the window with water, and give it time to air dry for a sparkling clean look.

For Tilt-and-Turn Windows

If you have tilt-and-turn windows, you may want to use lubricating oil to clean the hinges, locks, and other accessories well. While you are digging in there, check that there are no loose accessories and tighten any hinge screws or other accessories that have become undone.

For Cleaning the Glass

When you are ready to clean the glass, you can make this homemade glass cleaner with products from home:

  • 2 cups of water
  • ½ cup of white vinegar
  • ¼ cup of rubbing alcohol (70% concentrate)

Combine these ingredients in a spray bottle. If you have children or pets, it’s a good idea to write the ingredients on the outside of the bottle for safety purposes.

For any streaks you see when cleaning, use a rubber-bladed squeegee across the surface.

To dry the window, you can allow it to air dry or use paper towels or a lint-free microfiber cloth.

Tips for Cleaning Window Glass

It is not recommended that you use scourers or tools that might scratch the glass surfaces. A soft sponge, microfiber cloth, or even paper towels are the perfect tools to use since they can get the job done without scratching the glass or leaving dents.

For aluminum frames, avoid using abrasive products, as they will not give you the streak-free windows you were hoping for. Instead, you will get opaque streaks that are very difficult to remove.

It’s recommended that you check your windows for loose parts when you do your annual cleaning and maintenance checklist.


We all want to achieve a beautiful home or business! Clean windows can make your home really shine! While you can do it yourself, professional window cleaners like Shine® can do a quick and easy job for you!

Do you have difficult-to-clean windows – windows located in hard-to-reach spots? Having trouble cleaning glass windows in your home? Hire the experts at Shine® for quality results! We make sure the job is done right the first time around.

Contact us today for a free estimate so that we can best see how we can meet your needs. We’re excited to add you to our list of satisfied customers!

Want to learn more about how to take care of your home? Check out our blog!

Do you need a good exterior pressure washing treatment? Are you in search of the best way to clean out your gutters? We’ve got you covered! We offer many services in addition to professional window washing, so we are happy to assist you in any way we can – satisfaction guaranteed!



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