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How to Properly Clean Windows in Springfield, IL

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A window provides you with a wonderful view to the outdoors, allows light in and helps protect the inside of your home from harsh weather. That means your windows see a lot of action. From dirt, water and pollen on the outside to smudges or pets on the inside, your windows’ glass gets dirty pretty quick. Luckily, window cleaning is fairly simple.

You can clean your original replacement windows in five easy steps. Many Pella windows have easy-clean features that make it easier for you to clean the exterior glass from inside. Here’s our window cleaning process.

  1. Brush off your window sills. You’ll want to get rid of the dirt, dust and anything else that is stuck on the window sills and ledges to prevent dirt and mud from getting on the glass later on.
  2. Now’s an ideal time to clean the screens, too. Simply run your vacuum’s dusting brush attachment over the side of the screen that faces in.
  3. Use a premixed vinegar-based cleaning solution (make your own with one part white vinegar to 10 parts water), and apply to a soft, clean, lint-free cloth or paper towel. Alternatively, you may use an ammonia-free glass cleaner such as Pella's glass cleaner, Windex® or Sparkle®. Spray the cleaner generously, but try to prevent cleaning solutions from getting on the wood, fiberglass or vinyl frames, as they may discolor the finish.
  4. Rub from several different directions and let air dry.
  5. Rinse with clean water if streaks remain after cleaning.

For the best-looking view, we’d also recommend cleaning your windows on a cloudy day. The sun can dry the solution too quickly, leaving streaks on your window glass. Your Pella professionals in Springfield prefer using microfiber cloths to clean window glass since it’s lint-free and doesn’t leave tiny particles behind.

Your windows could look so clean, you might forget the glass is even there. Now that’s what we call a great view.

Please note: You should not use ammonia- or alcohol-based glass cleaners. They will leave streaks or a film that attracts moisture and dust. See your owner’s manual to find our more about cleaning other parts of your wood windows, vinyl windows or fiberglass windows, or contact your Pella Windows Showroom in Springfield.