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How to Properly Clean Windows in Birmingham, AL

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A window offers you an amazing view to the outdoors, allows light in and helps protect your family from harsh weather. That means your windows see a lot of action. From dirt, water and dust 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 innovative features that make it easier for you to clean the exterior glass from inside your home. Here’s our window cleaning process.

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

For the best view, we’d also recommend cleaning your windows on a cloudy day. If you clean them while it’s sunny, the solution can dry too quickly, leaving streaks on your window glass. Your Pella professionals in Birmingham 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 clear, you might forget the glass is even there. Now that’s what we call a fantastic view.

Please note: You should not use ammonia- or alcohol-based glass cleaners. These solutions will leave streaks or generate a film that attracts moisture and dust. See your owner’s manual for more information on cleaning other parts of your wood windows, vinyl windows or fiberglass windows, or call your Pella Windows Showroom in Birmingham.