5 Ways to Leave Your Clean Windows Streak-Free
November 19, 2014
You probably know that window washing is an important part of maintaining a clean and cared-for image in a business or home, and that it preserves the glass (which is porous and can be damaged by pollutants) and even optimizes heat efficiency by letting in the light. But if you’re like many people, you’ve probably also been frustrated by the bane of window washing: streaks.
So what’s the best way to clean windows without streaks being left behind? The obvious (and true) answer is to hire commercial window washing services like Fairfield County Window Washing to make sure your glass is in top shape. But most homeowners feel comfortable handling some residential window washing (at least interiors), and there’s plenty you can do to keep your windows sparkling in between visits from the window washing company. So here are the five tips we think add up to the best way to clean windows without streaks:
- Use Distilled Water
If you’re diluting your window washing solution or mixing your own, it’s important to use distilled water. This will prevent the mineral deposits in tap water (especially hard water) from leaving streaks on the glass.
- Try Vinegar
If you’re not happy with your current cleaning solution, try a 50/50 mix of vinegar and distilled water. This option may particularly appeal to those who want to minimize the use of synthetic chemical blends and artificial coloring in their household tasks. The only downside of this method is that the vinegar smell will hang around for a bit, so it may not be a good option if you’ve got a sensitive nose.
- Banish Suds
Whatever solution you’re using, ensure that it has absolutely no suds. This commonly becomes a problem when window cleaning has been neglected to the point that soap is needed to get dirt off. Those suds will almost always cause streaks.
- Dry Right
Once you’ve sprayed on your solution, how should you get it off? Squeegees are used by most professionals, and have the added advantage of removing extra dirt and grime. But they often leave streaks, especially if used in vertical patterns. Paper towels are a common household option, but they leave lint behind in addition to streaks. Some people swear by crumpled-up newspaper, but the ink will often smear over a newly-cleaned window. The simplest option is actually a cotton or microfiber cloth — the latter will provide the best results, and will also dry the most quickly.
- Buff, Don’t Redo
If you do end up with a streak, there’s no need to start over with your cleaning and drying process. The simplest solution is just to buff the streak off with a chamois or microfiber pad.
Do you agree with this list? What do you think is the best way to clean windows without streaks? Let us know in the comments.