Charlotte replacement window care and maintenanceAt Belk Builders, we field lots of questions from Charlotte homeowners about washing tilt double hung windows. The great thing about these double-hung replacement windows is that you clean the outside of your windows from inside your home, which is easier and more convenient. However, just like anything until you know the proper way to do it, it can seem tricky. So, we’re breaking it down for you.

What Is a Tilt Window?

In the window world, there are two ways that windows can ventilate. Either they are sliding or tilt windows. Sliding windows have two sashes that slide back and forth. Tilt windows are typically double-hung and have one sash sitting on top of the other sash. The windows sashes are hung inside the frame with each sash able to slide up or down for ventilation. These sashes then tilt in when you want to clean them.


Basics of Cleaning Tilt Windows

Here are the quick and easy steps of cleaning your tilt double-hung windows:

  1. Remove the screens from the windows
  2. Unlock and raise the lower sash about 3”
  3. On the lower sash, take the tilt latches and slide them inward while pulling toward yourself on each side
  4. Tilt the lower window so that it rests on the lower sash—just let it hang there (if you keep it a 90-degree angle, it’s more likely to come out of the side rails
  5. Lower the upper sash a few inches above the lower window
  6. Find the tilt-latches at the top of the window and slide them inward while pulling toward you on each side
  7. Lower the upper sash carefully until it rests on top of the lower sash
  8. Clean the exterior glass of each sash with cleaner (vinegar and water are a great alternative to already made glass cleaner)
  9. Use a squeegee or lint-free cloth to wipe off the cleaner
  10. Lift and rotate the upper sash until it clicks in place (make sure you hear the click!)
  11. Push the upper sash down a few inches then lift it back into its original position
  12. Do the same for the lower sash.

Belk Builders Simonton Window replacement

As you can see, it’s all about engaging your tilt latches and letting the window tilt in. You’ll want to clean the top sash first then snap back into place before cleaning the bottom sash. To see how it works, we recommend watching this informative video from Simonton Windows & Doors. As a window replacement provider in Charlotte, we recommend Simonton double-hung windows, not only because they are easy to care for but also because they are a quality product at a value price.

Kent at home show 2017

Kent Frerichs, Owner Belk Builders.

If you have questions about window cleaning or are considering replacement windows for your Charlotte home, contact Belk Builders today at 704-400-4710 or