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When was the last time you washed your windows? Even new glass windows need to be washed annually to let in proper light and keep your home clean and bright.

Ideally, you should be washing your windows twice a year, but you need to make sure you do it right. If you are reaching for sheets of newspaper and towels stop! All of that elbow grease is not only unnecessary, but it can also push dirt around and create a static charge that makes your windows more susceptible to dirt buildup and grime.


Whether you are washing new windows or windows that have been installed years ago, here is the proper way to keep them sparkling clean:

  • Use a Strip Applicator to Wash – This long clothed head strip applicator will soak up soapy water and apply it to the glass without etching or scratching at the surface.

  • Only a Small Amount of Soap is Necessary – There is no need for slathering on the soap. Instead, a bucket of warm water and a small squirt of dishwashing detergent is all that is needed.

  • Use a Squeegee – Once the soapy water has been applied, use a squeegee in a Reverse-S pattern to remove the soap. At the end of your strokes, wipe the blade clean with a lint-free rag and then repeat the process. For multi-pane windows, you may need a smaller-sized squeegee to fit into the sections.

  • Dry the Drips – Remove water that is remaining on the edges by a damp, wrung-dry chamois. This will soak up the moisture without leaving streaks or dust. Do not forget to dry up the windowsill too.

  • Use a Natural Sponge – For multi-pane windows that cannot use a large strip applicator, use a natural sponge to apply the soap into each pane.


If you scrub and squeegee and the windows still have grime between the panes, your windows may have broken their seal and need to be replaced. The team at All-West Glass can help find the right replacement window(s) for your home just in time for spring. Contact All-West Glass to explore your options for new windows in Edmonton. We have 19 convenient locations to serve you. Contact us today by filling out an online contact form. We can answer your questions and also provide you with a free quote for replacement windows.


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