how often to clean inside windows

How Often Should You Clean Inside Windows?

When it comes to sprucing up a window it’s easy to overlook the fact that the inside of a window needs to be cleaned, as well as the outside.

And although, the outside of a window takes the brunt of the dirt, catching bird poo, pollen and dust, maintaining the interior of a window is still advisable.

But how often should you clean inside windows?

How often you should clean inside windows depends on whether you are dealing with a residential or commercial property.

Residential Property

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It’s worth cleaning the inside windows of a residential property every three months. However, if the property is situated in a dustier area, or is exposed to more pollen and general dirt, you could increase this frequency to every two months instead.

In addition to this, it may be worth cleaning the interior of some windows more than others. For example, a window that’s near a sink may be subjected to more splatters, so will need to be washed more often.

Additionally, if every three months doesn’t work for you, and you feel like you can leave your windows for longer, you could wash the interior down every time you get the outside of your windows cleaned.

You should aim to clean the exterior of your windows twice a year at minimum, so this time frame could be used as a guide to clean the inside of your windows too. It would also mean that your windows would be gleaming from the outside in and vice versa, if you followed this plan!


Commercial Property

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It’s worth cleaning the inside windows of a commercial property more frequently, say every month to two months, because customers will likely sit near, look at or even touch the panes of glass, so they should be kept as clean as possible. You may, however, find that spot cleaning may be required in some circumstances.

For example, in a restaurant you don’t want to be sitting by a window that’s caked in dust and food splatters as you eat. Likewise, you don’t want to be sitting in an office where there’s dust and fingerprints covering the glass, it can look a little unprofessional and distracting.

There’s also likely to be more foot traffic in a commercial building in comparison to a residential property, so more dust, dirt and general grime will be dragged into the space, which means that the glass, and general area, will need to be cleaned more often.

Let’s find out more about cleaning the inside of windows below.


What Determines How Often You Need To Clean Your Windows?

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As a guide, you should try and clean the inside of your windows every three months in a house and every month if you run a commercial property.

But there are, of course, times when you may need to clean the panes sooner. Examples of these times include, but are not limited to:

  • If you’re in a dustier environment, like on a farm, you may have to clean the inside of your windows more often because the dirt from outside will inevitably find its way indoors. Similarly, if you live on a building site you will also notice that a huge amount of building site dust will find its way into your home and will stick to the glass.
  • If your property is near the coast, the salty air may blow into the building and will make the glass a tad murky.
  • If you live on a busy road, general debris will float through the air and land on the inside of your windows, if you have the windows open or the shop door opens regularly.
  • Pollen will always find its way into your space and will settle on the inside of your windows.
  • If someone in your home is a smoker, it would be worth cleaning the inside of the windows to prevent the frames from going yellow.
  • Pets and kids will often touch windows with their noses, tongues, hands and feet. So, the panes will need to be wiped clean.
  • Windows can quickly become caked in food splatters. So, if you cook a lot and your meals tend to sket everywhere, your windows may need to be cleaned more often when this happens.


Do You Need To Clean The Inside Of Windows?

do you need to clean the inside of windows

It is worth cleaning the inside of your windows to keep them looking fresh and to ensure their longevity.

A clean window can also transform a room as it allows natural light to flow in, this natural light, in turn, can be used to heat up rooms too, and can lead to small reductions in your energy bills. And overall, a quick wash can protect the panes from general wear and tear issues.

However, and as you might’ve come across over the years, there are many people who go for months one end not cleaning the inside, or outside, of their windows.

When it boils down to it, while it is advisable to clean the inside of your windows, it does ultimately come down to personal preference, budget, ability and whether or not you have time to carry out the cleaning task.


How Do You Clean The Inside Of Windows?

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Cleaning the inside of windows is a relatively straightforward job, but it can be a demanding one. So, take your time and be careful when reaching up high to clean windows.

Simply, remove everything from the window sill, hoover up the dirt, lay down a towel and start cleaning the windows with some water and washing up liquid. Try not to oversaturate the panes with soapy water and dry the windows with a squeegee as you go.

See our full guide on how to clean windows for more tips.