How to Clean Double Hung Windows

How to Clean Double Hung Windows

how to clean double hung windows

Interested in learning how to clean double hung windows in your home? Windows are undoubtedly an essential aspect of every home—they bring in light, air, and character. To keep your windows in tip-top shape, it is important to make sure they are properly cleaned and maintained. Follow along with Avana Windows & Doors for some tips on how to clean double hung windows and keep them looking their best!

What are double-hung windows?

Double-hung windows are windows that have two sashes that can move up and down, allowing better ventilation. Both sashes can open, in comparison to a single hung window, which allows only one sash to open as the top sash is fixed.

Depending on the type of double-hung window, some allow the sashes to be opened diagonally to be cleaned and have more customization. If you are interested in these windows or have any questions, Avana Windows & Doors has a great window selection to choose from.

Basic Cleaning Materials:

To ensure a streak and dust-free shine, it is best to use liquid cleaners designed for windows, such as Windex. Try to avoid cleaners with too much ammonia and alcohol, since these chemicals can cause streaks and can collect dust with time.

Cleaners also work best with either a paper towel or a microfiber cloth. If apprehensive of using a commercial cleaner, you can create a homemade window cleaner using distilled vinegar. For a deeper clean, you’ll need a dry brush, soap, and water.

  • Windex
  • Microfiber Cloth or Paper Towel
  • Dry Brush
  • Soap and Water

Unlocking the Windows

Start by unlocking and raising the lower sash by a few inches. Then unlock the tilt latches until you hear a click to bring the window out towards the interior. The window should be at a 90-degree angle.

Make sure to tilt the window slowly and do not over tilt the glass as this can damage the window. Repeat these steps with the top sash bringing it down until the top of the sash is reachable. Unlock the tilt latches, and slowly tilt the window.

Let the Cleaning Begin

Once both sashes are tilted and accessible, begin by cleaning the exterior top sash glass with a window cleaner of your choice and a towel or cloth. Once finished, slide the sash back into place and clean the interior top sash glass. Then, lift and rotate the sash back into place.

Starting with the exterior glass once again, begin cleaning the lower sash. Place the sash back into place like with the top sash and then clean the interior glass of the lower sash. Finally, close and lock the windows.

A Deeper Clean

If a streak-free shine isn’t clean enough, you can use a dry brush to clean debris and any dust out of the track to help ensure the window can slide back into place with ease. If the dry brush doesn’t remove dirt, soapy water should do the trick. 

Maintaining Your Windows

Windows require love and care, and the more care you put into them, the longer they will last. When cleaning your windows, be sure to inspect for any damages, such as cracked and chipped paint, cracks in the sealant, or leaks. If you notice any issues, it’s best to contact a professional to repair them.

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