How Much Does Window Cleaning Cost?

Lawrence Bonk
Written by Lawrence Bonk
Reviewed by Asya Biddle
Updated June 1, 2022
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Window cleaning costs from $149 to $295 for a full house window cleaning, costing $4 to $15 per pane

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Windows not only add to your home’s curb appeal, but they also make your interiors look even more beautiful, thanks to all of the natural light they provide. Unfortunately, thanks to pesky rainstorms, dust, and other environmental factors, they can get dirty. Luckily, it’s nothing regular window cleaning can’t fix. 

Costs to professionally clean your windows will depend on the size and layout of your space as well as the number of windows you have, but can range anywhere from $80 to $440.

Window Cleaning Cost Factors  

Several factors can determine the cost to clean residential windows, including how many windows you have, their sizes, and how dirty they are.

Number of Windows

As previously noted, pros charge around $4 to $15 per window cleaned, but this amount varies depending on the size of each window and whether or not the windows include panes. Window panes are fairly difficult to clean, so cleaning multiple panes ensures your quote ends up on the higher side of the cost range. 

Height/Accessibility

Window height and accessibility also help to determine your overall cost for cleaning. Generally speaking, higher windows that are difficult to access can increase the labor time and, as such, the price. Floor-to-ceiling windows, for instance, require a ladder or other equipment to access, taking more time than traditionally sized windows. There is also an element of danger to cleaning inaccessible windows, which factors into these upcharges. 

Talk to your pro ahead of time and give them a heads up regarding the accessibility of your windows. 

Window Type 

The type of windows that need cleaning determine the cost, as do their size and the number of included panes. Different types of windows necessitate specific cleaning styles, with differing amounts of required labor. For instance, double-hung windows with two sashes take more time than a standard window, so you’ll pay $16 to $30 per window for cleaning these. 

On a related note, multi-pane windows also require more effort when compared to single-pane windows, which also increases the price. Finally, the overall size of the windows impacts the cost, so if you have larger-than-average windows talk to your cleaning pro ahead of time. 

Dirtiness

It comes as no surprise that the amount of buildup on your windows will impact the final tally. Dirt and grime not only restrict incoming light and damage the glass, but they also make for difficult window cleaning jobs. Extremely dirty windows may even require second, or even third, passes, increasing the overall cost. 

If you bring a pro in for an estimate, have them look at your windows to gauge the dirtiness level. 

Various Details 

Not all windows are equal, and some feature much more than just a pane and a sash. Many windows include trim, tracks, blinds, screens, sills, and additional fixtures, each contributing to the total cleaning cost. Most pros account for some of these external factors and roll it into their whole-home estimate, but if your windows are packed to the gills with additional fixtures, the cleaning time increases, resulting in a slight uptick in cost. 

Some professional companies also offer cleaning services for window accents like blinds, curtains, and window treatments. These services are available for an extra fee. Ask your window cleaner for more information about these extra services.

How Much Does It Cost to Clean Windows Per Window?

Some professional window washers charge per window rather than per square foot. Usually, this costs between $10 and $15 per window (double-paned). 

Hard-to-reach windows, like those on the third or fourth floor, each cost $3 to $5 extra because they typically require more labor. And washing a hard-to-reach window poses an added safety risk to the pro, who may need to climb on a ladder or lift to reach it.

How Much Does It Cost to Clean Windows by Type?

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Some windows will cost more to clean than others. Prices can vary by the number of panes and whether or not they have components, like trim, to detail. A single-pane window will cost much less to clean than a multi-pane bay window, for example.

The most common window type is the sliding double-pane window, sometimes called a double-hung window, which typically costs about $8 to clean. Other common window cleaning costs by type are:

Window TypeCleaning Cost
Sliding windows$4 per pane
Decorative windows$5 per pane
Large single-pane picture window$12 per window
Sliding glass doors$7 per door
Tri-fold bay windows$28 per window

How Much Does It Cost to Clean Windows Per Hour?

While many window washers charge per square foot or per window, some will charge per hour. Professionals charge between $40 and $75 per hour for residential jobs. For high-rises, they typically charge $85 per hour due to the added safety risks. If the entire window (the inside pane, outside pane, casing, sill, sash lock, etc.) is being cleaned, the per-hour cost can quickly add up.

Additional Window Cleaning Cost Factors

It’s important to ask your window cleaning pro lots of questions to get the best estimate possible. Here are a few other factors to consider and ask about when determining window cleaning costs.

Inside and Out Window Cleaning Cost 

In the vast majority of cases, cleaning pros service both sides of a window for the same price, with an average rate of $5 per window. In certain cases, such as with extra-large or extremely dirty windows, cleaning both sides may accrue a slight upcharge. Talk to your window cleaner ahead of time to make sure you’re both on the same page.

Tracks and Sills

Many window washing companies also clean the sills and tracks as they clean and maintain the other components. After all, tracks and sills are important to clean, as they often trap icky things like bugs, grime, water, and mold. Plugged tracks even make windows difficult to open, which is always a drag. 

Talk to your window cleaning company ahead of time to ensure they clean tracks and sills without accruing additional charges, as some companies charge $1 per window for these services. 

Screens

Some, though not all, window washing companies clean screens as part of the overall package, particularly if they remove the screens anyway to clean the rest of the windows. It pays to make sure ahead of time, though, so bring up screen cleaning as you gather estimates. 

For companies that charge extra to clean screens, you’ll pay around $5 per screen, in addition to the cost to clean the windows themselves. Specialized solar screens that demand unique cleaning methods cost even more, at around $10 per screen

Window Treatment Cleanings

Various window treatments, such as shutters, blinds, and curtains, are not typically included in the cost of washing windows, though this varies from company to company. Ask your pro how much extra it costs to have these treatments cleaned along with the windows, especially if your treatments require different chemical products than what is used on glass panes. 

In the meantime, dust and clean these treatments yourself, especially if, say, your curtains are safe to wash in your machine. 

Shutter Cleanings 

Exterior shutters almost always require an additional cleaning fee, as your pro will break out the power washer to complete the process. Let them know ahead of time that you want the shutters cleaned so they can bring along the necessary tools and an extra pro if needed. As for the cost, you’ll pay around $5 per shutter, though they may include this in an hourly rate. 

Calcium and Lime Deposits 

Calcium, lime, and other minerals like to settle on and around windows, especially in areas with hard water. Removing these mineral deposits from windows is difficult and time-consuming work, so you’ll pay anywhere from $10 to $20 per pane for this service. Some companies also charge a nominal fee for using specialized cleaning products that remove mineral deposits. 

How Much Does It Cost to Clean Windows Yourself?

If you love cleaning your home and are not afraid of heights (aka, you feel comfortable on a ladder), you may be able to clean your windows yourself. But take safety seriously and don’t attempt to clean windows higher than the second story.

Always have someone with you to hold the ladder, work in good weather, and take your time if you attempt to DIY your own window cleaning. 

Supplies Cost

Keep in mind that buying the supplies to clean windows yourself may end up costing the same as hiring a pro to do the work for you. However, you can reuse any cleaners and tools to save money on future cleanings.

Most home improvement stores sell window cleaning kits, which cost between $75 and $190 each and typically include brushes, an extension pole, and squeegees. Quality ladders cost $100 to $300 on average, while commercial window cleaners will cost you about $15.

If you’d rather not climb onto a ladder or you want to be sure you end up with beautifully clean windows, call a pro. They can get the job done quickly, and because they likely already have all the best cleaning products, they can make your windows sparkle. Say goodbye to all those grimy smudges and fingerprints.

“A professional window cleaning service that specializes in removing dirt, grime, and bugs will not only make your windows shine inside and out, but can decrease the likelihood of allergen growth that may cause respiratory issues and allergic reactions,” says Asya Biddle, Angi Expert Review Board member and manager of The Dustbusters janitorial company in Williamsport, PA.

Professional Window Cleaning Costs

Professional window washers typically take two hours to clean the windows of an average 1,800-square-foot home. If they’re charging per hour, you’ll pay between $80 and $150. Cleaning your windows yourself will eliminate this cost, potentially saving you hundreds of dollars, depending on the size of your house.

FAQs About Window Cleaning

Why should I clean my windows?

There are multiple reasons why cleaning your home’s windows is an important maintenance task. First, the obvious: Cleaning your windows helps to boost the look of your home and allows for better visibility of your property. Keeping your windows clean also helps these fixtures last longer, resist certain types of damage, and minimizes allergens from entering the home. 

How often should I clean my windows?

Generally speaking, clean your windows and any associated fixtures and treatments every six months. Otherwise, clean them as needed to keep everything running smoothly. If you live in a part of the country with especially hard water, you may have to clean them three or four times per year, and the same goes for areas with plenty of insects that like to lodge themselves in window panes.

How do I hire a window cleaner?

Finding a quality professional window cleaning service is much like finding any other vetted home pro. 

Ask friends and family members who you trust for recommendations for window washers in your area and check online ratings. Reading a company’s reviews will give you a lot of insight. Then, check their credentials and contact them to get a quote.

What other projects should I do at the same time?

Most professional window cleaning companies provide extra cleaning services that they can handle as they wash your windows. Ask your window washing company about cleaning packages. Packages may include gutter cleaning, duct cleaning, chimney sweeping, tinting, roof cleaning, or power washing. 

And if you decide to clean your windows yourself, consider doing these jobs simultaneously, so you don’t have to break out the cleaning supplies (or climb up that ladder) twice.

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