How to Clean Outside Windows You can’t Reach

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A home is a place where we live with our family all day long. Cleaning and maintenance ( Dusting & Moping) is regular work you have to do. Still, after proper care, there are some places where some dirt and stain live uncleanly. 

Outside windows are someplace where we can’t reach. Dirty exterior windows can change the look of our home. It will make our house look gloomy and will restrict the sunshine from getting.

You can say it’s complex or seems impossible washing outside windows. But as we know, nothing is impossible in this modern world. 

So, we have to make our brains work and find ways to cleaning upstairs windows ourselves. 

We have done for you that. We found out some ways to clean stubborn stains, dirt, and debris. 

But to accomplish the task, you will need some outside window cleaning tools. 

Scroll down to know what tools you will need and what steps you have to follow to clean windows outside in high. 

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Simple 4 Steps to Clean Outside Windows You can’t Reach

Before you start the cleaning process, keep all the necessary tools in place. So when you need them, you won’t have to rush to buy or collect them. 

Do you know what equipment you will need to cleaning outside windows?

Let me give you the list to achieve your desired sparkling outside windows glass. We will tell you only about those tools that you will need to follow our steps. Many more tools are available for hard-to-reach window cleaning. If you want, we can discuss those tools another day. 

Now let’s start our conversation today. Let’s start with the tools list.

  • Soft-bristled brush
  • Ladder
  • Sponge
  • Rubber gloves
  • Baking soda/Vinegar/Dish liquid/Cleaner
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Extendable handle broom
  • Clean cloth/Microfiber Cloth

When you have all the tools now, you have to choose a perfect day by considering the weather forecast. 

Most of us know if it’s a sunny day, the liquid from the cleaning solution dries fast and leaves a stain on the glass. 

And upstairs window cleaning isn’t an easy task. You will need time and patience. So select a cloudy day and take your time to wash the outside window.

First Step:

Your first step will be freeing the window from any obstacle like screens, bars, shutters, or anything that may block easy access. 

Then move the damageable things like flower pots, garden furniture, any vehicles or kids toys. Or if it’s possible to remove the glass and clean it anywhere else like ground or bathroom, remove it. 

It will make the cleaning process simpler. And before you do any of these things, wear rubber gloves to make yourself dirt and bacteria-free.

Step Two:

There is so much loose dirt on the outside window glass you can’t even imagine. To clean those dirt, dust, cobwebs, and debris, use clean water.

So the dirt won’t be available to create soupy, muddy, or mess on the windows afterward. If using water seems complicated to you, use a vacuum cleaner. A vacuum cleaner will remove all loose dirt and will allow you to clean all around the exterior window. 

If the vacuum cleaner isn’t enough cleaning high windows, you can use an extendable handle broom. Take a chair, climb on it and clean the outside window with it.

Step Three: 

Use a professional cleaner or make a cleaner solution at home.

A homemade cleaner solution will be the best way to clean outside windows.

Take one bucket of warm water, add one cup vinegar, one tablespoon baking soda and mix them well. 

Or take a few drops of dish liquid in a bucket of water and mix them well. No matter what solution you made, pour them in a spray bottle and spray all over the outside window glass. 

Now use a soft bristle brush and scrub the glass.

You can also take a sponge and dip it into the solution. But you can’t clean high-rise windows so easily. 

You have to take the help of a chair or ladder. If you have to do second-floor window cleaning, then the chair won’t work. You have to take help from a Ladder. 

It will ensure safety and long enough to reach for tall window cleaning. Then wring the cloth and stand on the ladder or take the help of a long handle, put the sponge/cloth on it and keep rubbing the window glass. 

Step Four:

After cleaning the dirt, immediately use a microfiber cloth to wipe away the residue. Remember, if the liquid soaks in the glass first, there will be streaks. 

So before it dries, clean it with a microfiber cloth or paper towel.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What Is the Best Thing to Use to Clean Outside Windows?

The best thing to use to clean outside windows is vinegar. Surprised?

Vinegar isn’t only a helpful thing to use for cooking. It’s also a great cleaner. It contains 5-8% acetic acid that makes it an effective cleanser and disinfectant. 

Most of us know how powerful acetic acid is to dissolve dirt, grime, grease, mineral deposit, and killing bacteria.

  • Take an equal amount of vinegar and water in a spray bottle. 
  • Mix them well and spray on the outside window surface
  • Use a brush and scrub the surface
  • Now sprinkle some distilled water and wipe away the residue with a clean or microfibre cloth.

What Is the Best Homemade Window Washing Solution?

There are so many homemade window washing solutions you can make. The most popular solution is a mixture solution of distilled vinegar, dishwashing liquid, and water. 

Vinegar and dish liquid both are affordable and easy to use. And due to the presence of acetic acid in vinegar and cleaning agent in dish liquid, both are effective in cleaning dirt. If you mix them along, you will get an effective sprayable cleaner or use the solution with a sponge or piece of cloth. 

  • Take two cups of distilled vinegar in a bucket full of lukewarm water and a few drops of dish liquid, mix them well until bubbles show up
  • Dip a sponge or clean cloth into the solution
  • Mop away the window with this homemade washing solution and see the magic
  • Use a dry clean cloth and wipe out the residue

Why Are My Windows Always Streaky?

The reason your windows are always streaky is theirs over evaporation rate. When you clean your window on a sunny day, the liquid evaporates from the solution faster, and the other parts of the liquids are left behind. 

The left residue appears as streaks. Or if you haven’t cleaned all the liquid properly, it will create stripes. So the reason your windows are always streaky is you didn’t clean the residue properly and leave them on the window glass.

Is Newspaper Good for Cleaning Windows?

Yes, the newspaper is an excellent option to clean windows. Newspapers can give you better smudge-free clean windows glass that you can’t achieve using paper towels or a sponge. 

The newsprint is highly absorbance that easily absolves all the residue of the cleaning solution. You won’t have to push it to absorb the liquid. 

Place it and slowly rub the glass of the window with it. You will get a clean, slick surface.

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