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How to Properly Clean Windows in Charlotte, North Carolina

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A window offers you a beautiful view to the outdoors, brings light in and helps protect your home from the elements. That means they 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, cleaning the glass in windows is fairly simple.

You can clean your original replacement windows in five easy steps. Many Pella windows have 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. You’ll want to get rid of the dirt, dust and anything else that is stuck on the window sills and ledges to prevent smearing the glass later on.
  2. Now’s the best time to clean the screens, too. Just run your vacuum’s dusting brush attachment over the side facing in.
  3. Use a premixed vinegar-based cleaning solution (mix your own with one part white vinegar to 10 parts water), and apply to a soft, clean, lint-free cloth or paper towel. You can also 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 several directions 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 Charlotte 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 perfect view.

Please note: You should not use ammonia- or alcohol-based glass cleaners. They’ll 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 Charlotte.