Clear Views Ahead: Tips for Cleaning Windows in Winter

Cleaning our windows is something many of us think of doing during the spring or other times of the year when there is tolerable weather. Cleaning windows in the winter is not something that many people would consider. The last thing anyone wants is to drag themselves out of their warm and comfortable home to spend hours cleaning their windows. However, the freezing temperature shouldn’t be a reason you can’t clean windows. People still need to have their windows cleaned throughout the year. Below, we share our top tips for cleaning exterior windows in winter.

Take care of your gear

Where do you store your equipment during the winter? Freezing temperatures in winter can result in damage to equipment. When water freezes it expands. This means that anything that contains water is in danger of breaking, splitting or cracking in winter. If you have any window cleaning equipment that has been stored outside, there’s a good chance that it will be damaged. This is especially true for equipment with RO units. The fragile membranes in these units can freeze and become damaged. Equipment should be brought inside to avoid damage.

Install a heater

If you’re like many window cleaners, you probably leave a lot of your equipment in your van. If this is the case, then you should ensure that your van is fitted with a heating system. The van may not need to be heated as long as it is running, although when you have equipment in your van overnight for example, it is important to keep it heated.

There are various types of heaters you can install including oil heaters. Simply leave the thermostat on a low setting to keep your equipment heated to about 20 degrees.

Prevent water from freezing while cleaning windows

One of the biggest challenges with cleaning windows in the winter is the fact that water freezes when temperatures drop below zero. Water can therefore freeze on the glass while cleaning the windows. Water may even freeze in the pipes of the cleaning equipment.

If you’re working on a building that’s well heated on the inside, water isn’t likely to freeze on the inside. It is therefore best to ensure the building has been heated on the inside before working on the windows. This isn’t always possible, some buildings aren’t always heated e.g. warehouses, factories, etc. You may want to use additives such as methylated spirit or antifreeze to the water to lower its freezing temperature.

Reduce the amount of water you use on windows to avoid leaving soap residue on windows and having water and residue freeze on the windows.

Dress warm

Another challenge with cleaning outside windows in winter is facing the freezing temperatures. If you’re not comfortable cleaning the windows, you’ll want to quit even before you start. If you do start, you may want to rush through the job. It is important to keep warm. You should dress the part and avoid going home with the flu. Invest in good quality clothing. Take the time to layer up. Wear waterproof outer covers to stay dry. Be sure to wear a hat and gloves. You should cover as much of your body as possible to avoid losing heat to the air around you.


It can be a challenge to clean windows in winter. However, this doesn’t mean that it is impossible. Use the tips above to help you clean windows when temperatures fall and get the job done right. There is no reason why you can’t ensure windows are clean during winter.