When you purchase a Marvin window, you get a beautiful, well-crafted product that will last you for years to come. Plus, each window is designed with people in mind at every step. So we make innovative efforts to minimize the maintenance required after installation.

This means less repainting or resealing and more time to relax with your loved ones. However, it does not mean you should fully neglect your new double-hung or picture windows once they are installed. Simple upkeep — such as dusting or cleaning — will go a long way in maintaining their beauty.

Cleaning your windows may sound like a tedious task, but it’s important to do so once or twice a year. Not only will this keep them sparkling, but it can help you get the most out of your investment.

In order to help you get the job done right, we have included a few tips below.

Keep reading to learn the best way to clean windows in your home.

Avoid Sunlight

avoid sunlight when cleaning windows

Cleaning your windows while they’re facing the sun is practically an invitation for streaking (especially for tinted and coated glass). For streak free windows, you will want to save this chore for a rainy or cloudy day.

Use Water

use water to clean windows

When cleaning your windows, water can be your best friend. Gently soak the glass with warm water before getting started to loosen dirt and debris. Spray bottles are great for this, but any method will do. Just make sure the water is clean (no dish soap or white vinegar!) and avoid using gallons of water.

Use Window Cleaning Solution

use window cleaning solutions to clean windows

When going up against dirty windows, soapy water can only do so much. So for best results, we recommend using any one of the Marvin-approved window cleaners. Just remember to avoid products that have a strong chemical base, as some of these can damage components.

Choose Safe Equipment

choose safe equipment to clean windows

When cleaning your windows, it is important to avoid any brushes or rags that can cause damage to the window panes. Do not allow metal parts of any cleaning equipment to touch the glass, and don’t use scrapers of any kind. Instead, search for lint free towels or microfiber cloths, as these are generally safe.

Start At The Top

start at the top when cleaning windows

When it comes to your actual wiping motions, start cleaning windows at the top first, then continue to lower levels. A top to bottom motion is the most effective way to ensure every area is hit evenly.

Dry The Window

dry the window after cleaning

Once you are finished cleaning your windows, make sure to dry them! Wipe any remaining traces of cleaning solution from glass and other parts of the window frame. If left damp, windows — including their parts and frames — are susceptible to damage.

One last thing…

While you’re cleaning your windows, you may also want to check our annual maintenance items checklist.