How Do You Clean High, Hard to Reach Outside Windows?

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Cleaning high, hard-to-reach outside windows can be a challenging task. Thanks to our dry, dusty climate here in Phoenix, it’s a task that needs to be done a bit more often than in other parts of the country.  However, with the right tools and techniques, you can achieve sparkling, streak-free windows. While hiring pros like AZ Window Cleaners is always an option, we wanted to put together a guide for those who may be on a budget, whether you’re trying to save time or money. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you get those high, hard-to-reach windows shining:


  1. Gather Your Window Cleaning Supplies:


  • Extension Pole: Invest in a good quality extension pole to reach high windows without the need for a ladder.
  • Squeegee: Choose a squeegee with a long handle for efficient cleaning.
  • Microfiber Scrubber: A microfiber, lint free cloth, is great for scrubbing away dirt and grime.
  • Bucket: Fill it with a solution of mild dish soap and water.
  • Cleaning Solution: Mix a solution of vinegar and water for an effective, streak-free clean.
  • Pressure Washer: A pressure washer is a vital tool for window cleaning. It uses high-pressure water to blast away dirt, grime, and stains, leaving your windows looking brand new. You can rent one from a local home improvement store or purchase one if you plan to use it regularly.
  1. Safety First:


When cleaning those hard-to-reach windows, we can’t start our guide without mentioning safety. Before starting, ensure that the area around the windows is clear of obstacles.

If you’re using a ladder, make sure it’s on stable ground. Make sure it’s level and if possible, have someone hold the ladder for you. When using a pressure washer, always use protective gear, including safety glasses and non-slip shoes. Never use a pressure washer while standing on a ladder. The force of the washer can cause you to lose balance and fall.


  1. Dust First:


Once you’ve checked all your safety precautions, you’re ready to begin. Start by dusting your windows. Use a duster or a dry microfiber cloth to remove loose dust and debris from the window surface. This prevents scratching during the cleaning process.


  1. Wet the Window:


Dip the microfiber scrubber into the soapy water solution and scrub the window from top to bottom. Make sure to cover the entire surface.


  1. Squeegee Technique:


Starting at the top corner, place the squeegee horizontally and pull it down in a straight line. Wipe the blade with a clean cloth after each pass. Continue working your way across the window in overlapping strokes until you reach the bottom.


  1. Repeat if Necessary:


Just like shampoo, rinse and repeat if needed. This is where that elbow grease comes in to play. Those stubborn stains or persistent dirt from our last monsoon season, or from the friendly bird who flew by to leave his mark may require some extra scrubbing. Adjust the concentration of your cleaning solution if needed and keep scrubbing until the stains are gone. If you come across any stubborn stains that won’t come off, you can use specialty chemicals and a soft brush.


  1. Dry and Polish:


After you’ve finished removing all of the dirt and grime, use a dry microfiber cloth to wipe any remaining moisture from the window. This helps prevent streaks and ensures a clear finish. If desired, polish the windows with a clean, dry cloth for an extra shine.


  1. Maintain Regularly:


To make future cleaning easier, consider applying a glass protectant or rain repellent. This can help prevent dirt and water spots from adhering to the glass.


Bonus High, Hard-to-Reach Window Cleaning Tips:


Clean windows on a cloudy day to prevent the cleaning solution from drying too quickly and leaving streaks.

Avoid using abrasive materials or harsh chemicals that can damage the glass.

For windows with multiple, small panes, consider using a small squeegee that fits the size of the panes.

Head over to our blog for a full DIY Window Cleaning Guide for Your Home

By following these steps and incorporating some helpful tips, you can keep your high, hard-to-reach outside windows crystal clear. Regular maintenance will not only enhance the appearance of your home but also provide you with a clearer view of our beautiful city of Phoenix.

Hire Professional Window Cleaners

Of course, if you prefer, you can always book an appointment with us, and we’ll come and take care of your high, hard-to-reach windows for you!



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