Double hung windows are different from single hung windows in that both the top and bottom sashes can be opened, thereby allowing for greater ventilation. With single hung windows, the top sash remains stationary and only the bottom one is operable.

One of the main reasons people choose double hung windows is because they are easier to keep clean, especially for those windows that are located on upper floors. That being said, one of the most common questions posed to our Dallas replacement window experts is how, exactly, does one clean double hung windows? Here’s the scoop.

What You’ll Need

First, you’ll need to schedule some time – especially if you have multiple windows to tackle. We recommend setting aside at least an entire afternoon. Next, you’ll want to gather all the supplies you’ll need. There are a number of different materials you can use to clean double hung windows, and people have different preferences. Generally speaking, here’s what we recommend for your window-cleaning kit:

  • Squeegee
  • Dry cloth
  • Soapy water, vinegar and water or the glass cleaner of your choice
  • Cloth that is free from lint
  • Several additional non-abrasive cleaning rags

Cleaning Double Hung Windows: Step-by-Step

  1. Unlock your windows by releasing the locking mechanism located in the center of the windows.
  2. Push the bottom sash up approximately six to eight inches.
  3. Find the tilt hatches located along the bottom sash and pull them inward, as if the hatches were meeting in the middle.
  4. Slowly and carefully tilt the window forward toward your home’s interior. At this point, the window should be as close to a 90-degree angle (flat) as possible, but should not exceed that.
  5. Repeat these same steps with the top sash.
  6. Start with the top sash, using a dry cloth to wipe away any loose dirt or debris and then cleaning the window’s interior first using mild soap and water, vinegar and water, or a liquid glass cleaner.
  7. Remove the cleaning solution with a squeegee or by using a clean, lint-free cloth. If soap was used, rinse with clear water.
  8. Slide the top sash back into the frame and then work on cleaning the window’s exterior glass.
  9. When finished, move on to the bottom sash, doing the same (cleaning interior glass, sliding the sash back in and cleaning the exterior of the window).
  10. Slide the bottom sash back into the frame.
  11. Place the sash in the lift rail to close the window, being careful not to close the window from the top to prevent damage.
  12. Repeat this process with each window until all windows have been properly cleaned.

Optional: While you have your windows taken apart for cleaning, you may wish to lubricate any moving parts and mechanisms using a silicone spray or light oil. Be very careful, however, not to use any harsh lubricants or cleansers, as they might cause damage. If you’re unsure exactly what cleaner or lubricant to use, contact a Dallas window replacement expert. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!

Upgrading to Double Hung Windows

Tired of battling to keep your single hung windows clean and clear? Upgrading to double hung windows may be worth looking into. Contact us today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. Our window experts can provide you with a customized recommendation that’s perfect for your home, style preference and budget. Get in touch today!