How to Clean Your Window

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Maintaining the clarity and functionality of windows doesn’t have to be challenging. With the right approach, keeping them clean and in perfect working order can be both simple and efficient. This guide aims to provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to effectively clean your window, ensuring that they not only retain their pristine appearance but also continue to function smoothly for years to come.

Cleaning Your Windows with Ease

Cleaning your double-hung windows is a straightforward process. To ensure your windows sparkle, follow these easy steps:

  1. Unlock and Raise: Begin by unlocking your window. Once unlocked, gently raise it up, creating an opening of a few inches.
  2. Tilt the Sash: Examine the top corners of the sash for tilt pins. Rotate these pins to the middle position to prepare your window for cleaning.
  3. Clean the Outside: While maintaining the sash at a specific angle—either below or above 90 degrees—thoroughly clean the outside of your window. It is crucial to avoid maintaining a 45-degree angle, as doing so may dislodge the pins that securely hold your window to the balances.
  4. Lower the Top Sash: If your cleaning efforts extend to the top sash, ensure that you’ve tilted the pins and then lower it while keeping it at the desired angle.

Remember, when it’s time to close your windows after cleaning, simply push them in until they lock securely. Don’t be overly concerned about handling them delicately; these windows are designed for durability.

Troubleshooting: Difficulty Locking Your Windows

From time to time, homeowners encounter issues when attempting to lock their windows. The two common reasons for such problems are as follows:

  1. Integrated Meeting Rail: Some windows feature an integrated meeting rail—a channel on both the bottom and top sashes that interlocks when the window is fully closed. If, during the closing process, you apply pressure to the bottom sash, the meeting rail may fail to interlock correctly. To address this issue, be sure to exert firm upward pressure on the window as you lock it.
  2. Tilted Windows: If you’ve previously tilted your windows inward for cleaning and failed to raise them a few inches before doing so, you may have inadvertently pushed the pins out of the balances. This can result in a wobbly and misaligned sash. If you find yourself in this situation, you can attempt to remedy it on your own with the following steps:
  • Utilize a screwdriver to locate the set screw within a round grommet.
  • Rotate the grommet until it aligns vertically.
  • Carefully slide it downward to align it with the balance on the opposing side.
  • Rotate the window to relieve pressure from the balances.
  • Reinsert the sash, one side at a time, while maintaining a 90-degree angle.

It’s important to note that these windows are highly durable, and a minor misalignment should not cause undue concern. If necessary, gently encourage the window into proper alignment.


Knowing how to clean your window is an essential aspect of maintaining the longevity and functionality of your windows. By following the straightforward steps outlined in this guide, you can ensure that your double-hung windows remain in pristine condition. Don’t let the excitement of a new window installation fade without understanding the basics of proper cleaning and operation. With the right techniques and care, you can keep your windows sparkling and trouble-free for years to come.

If you have any window-related concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Energy Pro, and we will be more than happy to provide the assistance you need to ensure your windows continue to serve you effectively.

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