How to Clean Windows with More than Window Cleaner

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Just like your floors, we know the windows in your home are a big investment. That’s why it’s important to us to design products that don’t just clean your floor, they also clean many above-floor areas, like windows. Before we get into those details, we want to make sure you know the basics when it comes to the best way to clean windows in your home.

Look at the windows around you; they probably have a few different components. One of the first things you’ll probably notice are the blinds or some sort of window treatment. We know cleaning these are important too, so we gave them their own post. But beyond the blinds, there’s the more obvious parts of windows, like the pane. There’s also the window sill, molding around the window, the lock, and the screen. These are all parts of your windows that can get neglected over time and deserve a deeper clean every once and a while. If you’re unsure of what the best way to clean windows is, you’re in the right place. This post will make sure you have the right tips and tools to clean and wash your windows.

Destroying Dry Debris

As with cleaning and washing most things, the best way to wash windows is to start at the top and work your way down. This way gravity works with you, not against you, and you don’t end up having to clean after the dust has settled. The first step in how to wash windows is to tackle any dry debris you see. This is one of the many times your vacuum’s attachments come in handy. We’ve even made it easier to see that dry debris thanks to our LED lighted crevice tool, which works in our Pet Hair Eraser vacuums. Use it to clean all around the windows. And don’t forget to open the window and clean the windowsill and window tracks.

Vacuum attachments are also handy when figuring out how to clean window screens. Throughout the seasons, window screens catch plenty of debris. There’s pollen in the spring, leaves in the fall and so much dirt through all the seasons. And when it’s warm, we know cats love sitting in the windows and guarding the home, and that means cat hair everywhere. Our dusting brushes are meant to handle all of those messes, and more. We even sell extended dusting brushes for some of our vacuums. These will help you reach every corner of your window screens, even the tall ones.

Squeaky Clean Windows

Just like the screens see plenty of messes, so do the actual window panes. They come into contact with sticky kid fingers, wet dog and cat noses, dog drool, rain, snow, the list goes on and on. All these messes make it hard to see through the window. Luckily, we’ve got a few easy ways to clean windows with our machines. Before you start actually washing your windows, check the weather. Yes, you read that right. Washing your windows is a task best accomplished on a cloudy day because there’s less sun, and your windows shouldn’t dry before you wipe them clean. Another pro tip: you can use newspaper to wipe windows clean. This helps you avoid streaks.

We’ll be the first to say there’s nothing wrong with using traditional window cleaner and a cloth. That’s why we sell a Window and Hard Surface Squeegee that works with window cleaner. Just spray your windows and get to work. We engineered the squeegee to be sturdy, meaning you get better control while swiping your windows clean. Plus, it also works on shower walls and other glass surfaces in your home.

Did you know you also can use one of our portable carpet cleaners to wash windows? Our Pet Stain Eraser™ Deluxe Cordless Portable Carpet Cleaner comes with a removeable squeegee that cleans hard surfaces like windows. It sprays, scrubs and suctions dirt and other smudges right off windows and mirrors in just a few easy steps. Check it out:


Our PowerFresh® Pet Lift-Off® Steam Mop also comes with a window squeegee tool (and 12 other useful attachments). It uses the natural power of steam to help remove smudges from windows, sliding doors and other glass in your home.

“Was able to clean the nose prints off the windows. It's amazing.”*

- Kels, 5 stars

See it Clear

So, the next time you pull into your driveway and see your furry friend waiting patiently, wagging and slobbering on the window, don’t sweat it! BISSELL knows messes happen in other parts of your home, not just the floor. That’s why we made our machines versatile. We hope this guide made you think a little differently about cleaning windows, taught you something new and maybe even inspired you to deep clean your windows!

*Reviews are from as of 4/23/19. Some reviewers may have received a free product in exchange for an honest review.