Vacation Rental Housekeeping – How to get Sparkling Windows!

Beautiful Palms of the Desert

Good Morning Owner, Managers and Housekeepers!  Today is September 24th!  Out here in beautiful Palm Desert, LaQuinta, Rancho Mirage and Palm Springs we are getting ready to start our season!  Just in case you missed any of my housekeeping tips I am posting them again.  Yes it’s time to start washing our windows!


I’ve enjoyed sharing some recipes with you so that you can leave a fresh-baked goodie for your guests, however we all know that there is more to pleasing your guests than the fun part like baking cookies.  Your guests will be checking your home for cleanliness and writing reviews about it.  One of the areas that sometimes is overlooked are the windows.  So let’s review an easy way to clean the windows.

If you have a home with sliders you will want to wash them each time you clean your VR for your next guests.  These are used so often, they are apt to get fingerprints, smudges, grease from BBQ’s and water spots from the pool.   It’s really a simple method that I learned from a cleaning team,  if you have these good tools and keep it up on a regular basis you will have beautifully clean and clear windows.

Here are the tools I use and one of my favorite multi-taking cleaners! (Dawn Dish Soap!)

 What you will need:  (I purchased all of these at Home Depot, in the cleaning aisle, window washing section.  You can even purchase Dawn Dish Soap at Home Depot, I purchased the small 9 oz size at CVS.  Easy to carry with your tools.

Window Cleaning Tools

  • Double Bucket
  • Squeegee – these come in different sizes, I chose the 14″ and also purchased replaceable blades
  • Roller Washer – these come in different sizes, I chose the 14″
  • Dawn Dish Soap
  • Cloths – Microfiber work very well, I also use white cloths I purchase in large packs at Home Depot (I wash them first to rid them of lint and dry without using a fabric softener)


1.  Fill one side of bucket with warm water and a few drops of Dawn Dish Soap (the more windows you wash the more you will be able to judge how much soap is needed, however to start less is better, as you don’t want to over soap your windows.

2.  Place the roller in the water, squeeze any excess soapy water out.  Roll up and down the window with the soapy roller. Vertically is fine also, I prefer up and down.

3.  Follow-up with the squeegee from top to bottom, wiping the squeegee blade each time with a towel.

4.  Step back and check the window for any smears or smudges, wipe with a towel, if needed.  Also wipe in the corners to get any excess water.

This is a very easy method, I do main sliders and kitchen windows every time I clean the home I manage, and rotate two additional windows each cleaning.  And all windows at least every 3-4 weeks.  Living in the desert our windows get dusty.

You will be amazed at how well this method works as opposed to paper towels and glass cleaners.

And did you know Dawn Dish Soap is great for cleaning the BBQ!  I’ll write about that soon!

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Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Kindest Regards,

Eva :)



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Eva Whitney

Home & Guest Services Manager at Vacation Rental Home & Guest
Providing support services for owner managed vacation rentals, I specialize in Home Management, Housekeeping & Guest Services. Located in the beautiful Palm Springs area, as a Home & Guest Services Manager I maintain a beautiful vacation home for my clients and provide personalized customer service to their guests. I love what I do!



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