Washing windows is a chore many people have a hard time with. Many homeowners struggle to get the panes of their vinyl replacement windows looking crystal clear and streak free, even when the windows are easy to reach. Trying to wash the windows on the second story of a home from the outside is even more challenging. If you’re lucky, you might have windows that tilt inward or can easily be removed from the frame, making it no problem to clean those windows without having to get the ladder out. But if you aren’t able to wash your windows in those ways, here are a few ways to make your job a little bit easier.
First of all, don’t just choose any day to wash your windows from the outside, particularly second-story windows. Try to choose a day that’s either cloudy or overcast. When you try washing windows on a sunny day, the heat from the sun can cause your cleaning solution to dry before you have a chance to properly rinse and dry them, which can create streaks on the window. When you’re dealing with second-story windows, the last thing you want is to go through all that effort and not end up with the results you want.
Before you try to start washing your windows from the outside, clean your windows from the inside first. Sometimes it can be hard to tell which side of the pane of glass a spot is on so it’s best to start by washing the side of the window that’s easiest to clean. That way, if you encounter any stubborn spots or streaks when you try washing the window from the outside, you’ll know which side it’s on.
Since the exterior side of your windows are obviously going to be exposed to a lot of dirt, grime, and cobwebs, getting rid of these things first will help make your job much easier. Trying to wash your windows without doing this can cause the dirt to just get smeared around your window, creating more work for you. All you have to do is take a broom or soft brush and use it to brush off any loose dirt and debris that may be stuck to your window.
Now that you’ve done all your prep work, it’s time to really start washing those windows. Since you’re dealing with second-story windows, of course, you’ll need to be able to reach them. Climbing on ladders can be dangerous if not done properly, so if it’s possible for you to reach your windows using things like an extension wand for your squeegee, that’s definitely the safest option. There are also window cleaning solutions available that can be attached to your garden hose, so that’s another way to reach those higher windows without using a ladder.
If using a ladder is absolutely necessary, be very careful to use it safely. Make sure the ladder is placed on solid, level ground. If your ladder is still just a little bit too short, never try to place it on anything like cinder blocks or boxes to get the extra height you need. Before you get on the ladder, check to make sure the locks on the ladder are secured. Also, don’t try doing this chore alone. Make sure you have someone to help you with things like holding the ladder steady and handing you supplies as you need them.