What better way to get stuck into spring cleaning than with a deep clean of your windows ahead of those bright mornings and nights? A window steam cleaner is the perfect tool to have your windows sparkling.
The best steam cleaners can kill up to 99.9 per cent of bacteria and only require water. However, if you want to clean your windows, you want to opt for a window-specific steam cleaner, which will be lighter and easier to use in small corners.
There are a number of ways to thoroughly clean any dirt and condensation from the inside of our windows, but the easiest way is with a steam cleaner. These clever gadgets make light work of window cleaning, and while you can get the job done with your trusty bucket and cloth, a window steam cleaner will help you do it in a fraction of the time!
Best window steam cleaners at a glance:
• Best overall window steam cleaner: Kärcher WV 6 Premium Window Vac - View offer on Amazon UK
• Best lightweight window steam cleaner: Vileda WindoMatic Power Window Vacuum Cleaner - View offer on Amazon UK**
•** Best quiet window steam cleaner: Kärcher WV2 Plus N Yellow Edition Window Vac - View offer on Amazon UK
They work like a window vacuum cleaner or squeegee. Start by cleaning your windows with cleaning solution or soap and water, and then use your window steam cleaner to clean the suds off for a streak-free and fully dry finish. Did you know you can also get steam cleaners specifically for tiles? If you want a super clean, germ-free kitchen.
Best user-friendly window steam cleaner
The Kärcher WV 1 Window Vac 1 is a best-selling window steam cleaner and will leave your windows
- Good battery life
- Reduces condensation marks
- Quick and easy to use
- Can leak
Best lightweight window steam cleaner
This is the window vac that cleaning guru Mrs Hinch uses! It's brilliant to use on smooth surfaces
- Good suction
- Great battery life
- Works great on tiles
- Needs to be emptied regularly
Best quiet steam cleaner
Another popular handheld cleaner from the Kärcher range sucks up moisture, leaving surfaces
- Includes spray bottle
- Easy to use
- Hard to use on small windows
Best window steam cleaner with useful attachments
This versatile hand-held steam cleaner works to cut through any grease, grout or stain with steam.
- Fantastic at cleaning glass hobs
- Detailed instructions
- Multiple attachments
- Takes practice using
Best multi-surface steam cleaner
This cordless cleaner can be used to wipe glass surfaces, tiles, mirrors or shower screens, as
Best for high windows
Wash your windows, tiles, mirrors, showers and more as normal, then simply dry with the vacuum
- Drip-free cleaning
- Easy to use
- Energy saving mode
- Battery powered
- Comes with a European plug
Things to consider before investing in a window steam cleaner
Power - you want your cleaner to glide through any dirt or condensation with ease. So, finding a cleaner that has enough efficiency and power to do this is essential. After all, you don't want to have to go back in with a sponge afterwards!
Battery life - there's nothing worse than running out of charge when you're halfway through cleaning the windows in your home. That's why it's important to think about how many windows you have in your home. So you can make sure you purchase one that has the power to clean them all in one session.
Leak-proof - once you've cleaned the space, you'll be left with a tank of dirty water. You'll need to empty, which is why it's so important to find a steam cleaner with a fully leak-proof tank so that you don't get any dirty water dripping out.
Weight - while it might not seem heavy at first, after a good 20 minutes of cleaning with it, your arm will be aching, so it's ideal to find a window steam cleaner that is fairly lightweight. Fortunately, most window steam cleaners are designed as handheld cleaners, which makes your chore that little bit easier.
Extendable pole - if your windows are quite high up, it's a good idea to buy a cleaner with an extendable pole to help you get to those hard-to-reach places.
Different suction heads - windows can come in all different shapes and sizes, so you might need a cleaner with a large choice of different-sized heads to help you clean smaller window panels, such as those in your front door.
Can you steam clean window sills?
The great news is that a window steam cleaner will work on every aspect of your window, including window sills. You may want to use a different attachment as it may splatter without.
Lorna White is a Senior Digital Writer for Mother&Baby and Yours and has been a part of the team since 2020. Lorna loves the great British countryside and likes to spend her spare time out and about in her home of Nottinghamshire walking her dog, Pippin.
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