Window Cleaning 101: Let the Sun Shine In

Windows bathe your space in natural light and reflect your home’s personality. And of course, clean windows give a sparkle to your home that makes it even more inviting. Window cleaning may sound tedious, but it’s easier than you think. Just follow our easy directions for general cleaning of vinyl, wood and metal-clad windows, and get results you can see through!

Bright, light-filled living room with vaulted ceilings and a wall of custom shaped JELD-WEN window. Window cleaning.

For basic window cleaning, create an environmentally-friendly cleaning solution from one of these simple recipes, which use products you probably already have at home!

1 teaspoon baby shampoo or mild liquid soap
1 gallon of water

1-1/2 cups vinegar
1 gallon of water


  • Soft bristle brush
  • Soft sponge
  • Several clean, soft, non-abrasive, absorbent chamois or lint-free dry cloths
  • Spray bottle (optional)
  • Plastic putty knife (for label removal)
  • Baking soda and cooking oil (for label removal)

💡BRIGHT IDEA Dry, overcast days are perfect for cleaning windows. On sunny days, you risk streaks and from cleaning solutions drying too quickly.

How to Clean a Window

  1. Rinse surface with clean water from top to bottom.
  2. Clean with mild soap and water and sponge or soft brush, with uniform pressure – horizontally, then vertically.
  3. Promptly rinse with clean water (sponging while rinsing may be helpful; do not allow cleaning solution to puddle or dry on the glass or vinyl/wood/metal surface).
  4. Wipe dry with a lint-free, dry cloth.
  5. If necessary, repeat steps above until clean.
  6. Dry window frame and sill with separate cloth.

How to Remove Sticky Labels

Depending on how stubborn the label is, you may be able to remove it with hot, soapy water, or you may need to create a paste from baking soda and cooking oil.

  1. Spray the label with hot, soapy water (you can also apply a washcloth or sponge). Let it soak in briefly.
  2. Gently remove the label with a plastic putty knife.
  3. For stubborn labels, mix together a small amount of equal parts baking soda and cooking oil (any will do). Tape off or cover any plastic, painted or wood surfaces close to the label area.
  4. Rub the baking soda/oil paste over the label area and leave on for a few minutes. You should be able to wipe the label area clean. If not, remove with a plastic putty knife.
  5. If the label doesn’t budge completely, leave the paste on overnight and try again.

How to Clean Insect Screens

  1. Remove screen. Place in bathtub or shower if indoors; on lawn or hard surface if outdoors (be sure to avoid exposure to dirt).
  2. Gently spray with water and brush lightly with soft bristle brush until clean.
  3. For stubborn dirt, gently scrub with soft bristle brush and mild soap and water.
  4. Rinse clean and let dry.
  5. Reinstall screen.

To make window cleaning even easier, JELD-WEN double-hung windows have sashes that slide open vertically and tilt in.

Now enjoy the view