Wondering how to clean your double-hung windows? It can be challenging to figure out the best cleaning approach, especially if it’s your first time, and you want to do a thorough job. 

Double-hung windows are made of two panels and open at the top and bottom, with each panel moving independently. They’re one of the most popular types of windows because their design makes cleaning easier. Still, many people are at a loss as to which panel to clean first and how to avoid leaving behind dirt or debris when panels overlap. 

Here’s the quick and easy way to clean double hung windows without the guesswork:

Prepare Your Window for Cleaning

If you have screens in your windows, you’ll want to remove them before attempting any cleaning. You’ll also need to know how to lock, unlock, and tilt (if applicable) both panels to give them each a thorough cleaning.

Mix Your Window Cleaner

Store-bought glass cleaners usually work well on double-hung windows. However, if you prefer to mix your own, add 2-3 tablespoons of vinegar to a gallon of water. 

Clean the Sill

Before you start cleaning the glass, raise the lower sash of the window, and clean the bottom sill. This is often the dirtiest part of the window, especially if you have window screens since dirt can get trapped there. You can use a vacuum cleaner to remove debris, or the window cleaner you mixed to remove stuck-on dirt.

8 Steps to Clean Double Hung Windows

Double-hung windows consist of two panels, each with two sides. Follow these steps to get each part sparkling like new:


  1. Unlock each window by moving the latches inward.
  2. Raise the bottom sash by 6-8 inches and locate the tilt hatches on the bottom of the sash. Pull the tilt hatches inward, as though they’re trying to meet in the middle.
  3. Slowly tilt the window toward the interior of the home. It should almost be at a 90-degree angle, being careful not to tilt too far.
  4. Slide the top sash down by 6-8 inches, locate the tilt hatches on the top of the sash, and pull inward.
  5. As with the bottom window, slowly tilt the top window toward the interior of the home. Again, the window should almost be at a 90-degree angle, making sure not to tilt the window too far.
  6. Clean the interior of the top window and surrounding area, then slide the top sash back into the frame before cleaning the exterior.
  7. Clean the interior of the bottom window, then slide the bottom ash back into the frame before cleaning the exterior.
  8. Place the sash back into the lift rail to close the window. Take care not to close the window from the top, as this could damage the window.
Ready to Upgrade to Double Hung Windows?

Homeowners and businesses alike like double-hung windows because both sides can be cleaned at the same time. If you’re considering upgrading to double-hung windows, American Windows of Dallas Fort Worth can help you add beauty and value to your home. Contact us today for a quote on double-hung windows, and let us help you explore your options.