How To Clean Outside Windows You Can’t Reach

Cleaning your windows on the inside is one thing – and it’s definitely better than nothing, right? But how to clean outside windows you can’t reach?

This can be a tricky one, especially if you live high up without a ladder. Let’s look into the ways that you can do it…

How To Clean Outside Windows You Can’t Reach

You don’t have to channel your inner Spiderman and cling onto the outside of the building when you are trying to clean your outside windows.

There are a few different options you can try, depending on whether you own a ladder or not!

  • Use an extendable broom. If your broom stretches out long enough you can tie a rag to the end and clean your windows this way.
  • Use a pressure washer. A pressure washer can spray water to amazing distances, so it is a great option for hard to reach windows.
  • Use a hose pipe. A good, old fashioned method, the humble hose pipe is a good solution to your window cleaning woes.
  • Clean from inside. If it is safe to do so, you can reach around from the inside of your windowsill to reach the outside of your windows – but be very careful with this option, especially if you are high up!

Cleaning the outside of your windows is not the easiest thing in the world to do – but it will reward you (as long as you don’t fall off a ladder and end up in A&E!)

How Do You Clean High Rise Windows Outside?

You may think that shimmying up the sides of the building and precariously scrubbing at your windows is a fine idea – but you would be very wrong!

The safest way to clean your windows is with your feet firmly planted on the ground – it’s not worth risking injury just to get rid of that pesky streak.

You can use an extendable squeegee, or a hose pipe – or you can use a ladder to get up close to your windows.

  1. If you have a good sturdy ladder that will reach the window then you can, of course, use this – but bear safety in  mind!
  2. Place the ladder on a flat area of ground, and make sure the top is resting firmly against the side of the wall.
  3. Enlist someone strong to stand at the bottom and hold the ladder steady to make sure it doesn’t slip while you are up it.
  4. Place the ladder as close to the window as you can, so you don’t have to lean from one side to the other and compromise your balance.
  5. Clean the windows as quickly as you can, and don’t spend forever trying to get a perfect shine. As long as you can see through them and you haven’t fallen off the ladder, you’re doing well!

How Do You Clean Outside Windows Without A Ladder?

If your outside windows are at ground level; a bungalow for example, then you don’t need to worry – just stand there and clean, feeling safe and smug as you do so!

If, however, your windows are higher up then cleaning them can be more of a problem. So, what can you use?

  • Pressure washer. This handy device can shoot water surprisingly long distances, so it may be ideal for cleaning your high up windows.

(You can also use a pressure washer to spray cleaning solution at your windows first, before rinsing it off afterwards. This negates the need for the usual rubbing.)

  • Your garden hose can often reach the higher windows too; you may have to adjust the nozzle to get the spray going further, but it should work just fine.
  • Long handled brush. You can buy extendable brushes that can be made long enough to reach high windows
  • Clean from inside. With a little careful manoeuvring, you can clean your outside windows from safely inside your house! Just be careful not to lean out too far.

This video will show you how to clean your windows from the outside, without the need for a ladder, using an extendable brush:


Basically, anything that can spray water high enough to reach your windows is a good bet to clean the outside windows without using a ladder.

Just be careful where you are directing the spray, so you don’t end up soaking your neighbour’s house!

How Do You Clean Second Floor Windows From The Ground?

The most important thing, when cleaning outside windows, is to make sure of your safety.

Hanging off a ladder by your toes, or leaning out of the window so far you slip and fall is not the ideal outcome!

  • Try to make sure you keep your feet on the ground while cleaning your outside windows, and if you do use a ladder then make sure you do so safely.
  • Another thing to be aware of is the weather; cleaning your windows on a bright sunny day is a much better bet than doing in the middle of a storm.
  • Something that sprays water high up is a great way to clean your higher up windows; you may not be able to wipe them afterwards but at least they’ll be clean.
  • You can buy extendable brooms and squeegees that can reach as high as your highest windows, or you can use a cloth tied to a stick as another great option.
  • Obviously, there are a great many window cleaning companies out there that will be happy to clean you windows for you, if you just can’t manage – but learning how to do it yourself is the cheaper – if not the easier – option.

Final Words

Now that you have some tips on how to clean outside windows you can’t reach, all your windows will be sparkling.

Now, just remember that they are just clean, not actually open, so try not to accidentally hit your head!