How clean the outsides of my 3rd floor windows?
June 25, 2016 7:40 PM   Subscribe

Our apartment windows are double hung double glazed. Only the bottom window goes up; the top window doesn't move. How can I clean them? The magnetic window cleaners won't work because of the double glazing. Is there some sort of magic cantilevered tool, or I do I have to call the professionals with their scissorlift?
posted by HighLowKitty to Home & Garden (6 answers total)
I hate to be so vague, but I don't have one of these windows in front of me. There may be 2 little latches on the top edge of the bottom window, not in the middle, but near the sides, that allow you to gently tip it toward yourself and out of the frame.

Once this is done, you can most likely just reach the outdoor side of the upper window with your arm or perhaps with a Swiffer feather duster.

Be careful, but it's not as bad as it sounds. Good luck!
posted by 8603 at 7:58 PM on June 25, 2016

Yes, my windows like that had two little sliding latches in the top of the frame that allowed the bottom window to tilt back into the room to clean the outside.
posted by Brockles at 7:59 PM on June 25, 2016

If the windows are double-hung, the top portion should slide down just like the bottom portion slides up. In reality, I find I really need to tug on the top portion to lower it, but then it should have the same sort of sliding latches as on the bottom portion.
posted by DrGail at 7:52 AM on June 26, 2016 [1 favorite]

Would one of these work?
posted by falsedmitri at 11:21 AM on June 26, 2016

There are no sliding latches, alas, though they sound like a brilliant idea; these windows were built to fit a 1901 building. The $400 window-roomba might work, if I can trust it not to fall off the window and hurt someone or itself.
posted by HighLowKitty at 2:23 PM on June 26, 2016

If only one light moves you have a single hung window. The window robot can be tethered so that even if it looses suction it won't kill those below.

Are these wood windows? The best bet then is to remove one of your inside tracks and replace the nails with screws. Then you can easily remove the screws and track and lift the light into the room for cleaning.
posted by Mitheral at 3:33 PM on June 26, 2016

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