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How to Properly Clean Windows in Champaign, IL

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A window offers you a wonderful view to the outdoors, brings light in and helps protect the inside of your home from bad weather. That means these 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 just five easy steps. Many Pella windows have easy-clean features that make it easier for you to clean the exterior glass from the inside. Here’s our window cleaning process.

  1. Brush off your window sills. You’ll want to get rid of the dirt, dust and whatever else is stuck on the window sills and ledges to prevent dirt and mud from getting on 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. 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 avoid getting the solution 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 clearest 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 Champaign 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 good, 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. These solutions will leave streaks or produce 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 Champaign.