How to Clean Windows in Cold Weather

Grime buildup doesn’t stop just because the weather gets colder, and that includes the outside of your windows. Living somewhere that gets chilly in winter may make sparkling windows seem like a far-off, springtime dream. But you don’t have to wait for things to warm up to clear away dirt and streaks. Learn all about cleaning windows in cold weather.

Does Window Cleaner Freeze? 

Yes, water-based window cleaners can freeze when temperatures drop. Make sure you store all cleaners in a temperature-controlled indoor space to avoid freezing.

However, there are some freeze-resistant window cleaner options that you can use during winter months. Simply, choose a product with a high alcohol content (or make your own).

What to Use to Clean the Outside of Windows When It's Freezing Out

You can make your own window cleaner for cold weather with ingredients you likely already have. Mix equal parts water and rubbing alcohol, then add a few drops of liquid dish soap for a cleaner that works below freezing.

For slightly milder temperatures, add two tablespoons of white vinegar to a spray bottle of cold water. You can also add three tablespoons of rubbing alcohol to this mixture for extra preventative power. This mixture works better when temperatures are above freezing since it has a higher ratio of water to alcohol or vinegar.

Can You Clean Windows From Inside? 

Yes! For easy cleaning, many windows can be cleaned from inside the house but check if your windows can open inward, out of their frame. To clean, you will need:

  • Non-freeze window cleaner
  • Spray bottle
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Dry towels
  • Squeegee (optional)
  • Car snow brush (optional)

How to Clean Windows When It's Cold Outside

  1. Make a cold-weather window cleaner solution and fill a spray bottle.
  2. Bundle up! Even if you can clean your windows from inside the house, you’re going to be letting in a lot of cold air.
  3. Check the safety of the area if you’re cleaning windows from the outside. If using a ladder, make sure it's clean and braced somewhere free of ice.
  4. If your windows are covered in snow, use a car snow brush to clear them and the sills.
  5. Spray the windows lightly with cleaning solution and use the microfiber cloth to wipe any streaks or grime.
  6. Let the cleaning solution sit on any stubborn areas while you work on the rest of the window but wipe it away before moving on.
  7. Use the squeegee to remove excess water and dry the window completely with a dry towel.
  8. Work on one window at a time to prevent freezing.

Remember, the best way to clean windows in cold weather is safely! Don’t work on upper windows from the outside if conditions are unsafe for a ladder and always have a spotter if you do go up on the ladder. If conditions are harsh, it’s always okay to leave window cleaning for the spring.

Professional Cold Weather Cleanings to Freshen Your Home

Clean windows aren’t the only way to have a tidy home this winter. Our residential cleaning services help fight winter funk by keeping your home fresh and clean. Call us at 888-658-0659 to schedule an appointment or request an estimate online to get started.