How to Know if Your Windows are Fogged or Just Dirty...

March 19, 2019

  Are your windows fogged or just dirty?



 We often get called out to jobs because the customer is concerned that their windows are fogged and feel the need to order a replacement. We head out to the job only to discover that the windows are just extremely dirty.


Don’t be alarmed – cleaning the windows inside and out typically isn’t in your standard Sunday cleaning schedule. 


I’m the token office clean freak, and it certainly isn’t in mine! 


However, it’s something you might want to check before making the phone call to have us come out.  Here are some tips to clean your windows and determine if they are really foggy or just need a good cleaning. 



The best way to clean your windows...


If you do realize that your windows are just dirty, here’s the best way we’ve discovered to clean them:


  • Fill a bucket with warm water and a splash of grease fighting dish soap. 

  • Soak a clean rag in the bucket of water, and use it to scrub the window. 

  • Take a clean towel and wipe the window dry.  Make sure to get the frame and sill dry, too!

  • Fill an empty spray bottle halfway with distilled vinegar and fill the other half with warm water. 

  • Spray this mixture on the window, and wipe it with a clean rag.

  • Repeat this process on the outside of the window as well. 


It might take some elbow grease, but this is a great, non-toxic way to get all of the dirt and grime off of your windows without having to replace them. 


And if you have dirty screens, This works on those as well! 



Do you hate cleaning the outside of your windows in a 2 story house? Consider new tilt windows for your next window replacement...



If you hate the thought of going outside to clean your windows or if you live in a two-story house, you might consider new window replacements with tilt windows. These allow you to tilt the windows inward, so you’re able to clean the outside of your windows from the comfort of indoors. 


If you do discover that your windows are fogged, 

Give us a call!



How do you know when your window is fogged?


You know your window is fogged when moisture starts to build up inside of the window and you can't wipe it off from either side. This usually means that the seal has broken in the insulated glass unit, and, unfortunately, there’s not much you can do to repair this. 


How long does it take to replace a fogged window? 


We can get your window measured, get your new unit ordered, and typically have a new one installed in just couple of weeks.





There are easy ways to tell if your windows are truly fogged or just need a good cleaning. Wipe down your windows to make sure the fogginess is inside of the window. If your windows are fogged, You can always call us for a free estimate on your window replacement. 


Have you found other magical window cleaning tricks?


We’d love to hear about them! Leave a comment below with all of your tips and tricks, so we can give them a shot. 


What magic window cleaning tricks do you have? 




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