How to Clean Your Windows and Glass Without Streaks
Don’t give up if your first attempt at cleaning your windows doesn’t come out perfect. Try a small tweak to your cleaning solution. These tips and tricks are from our Tidy Up Angels. And by the way ask us about our whole house cleaning services Overland Park Special!
Fill a squirt bottle with a 50-50 mixture of white vinegar and distilled water (or undiluted vinegar for very resistant spots) to remove white spots caused by hard water build-up. Spray the spots and remove with a microfiber cloth or soft bristle cleaning brush. Rinse with clean water and squeegee dry or follow up with the no-squeegee method.
When using microfiber cleaning cloths, either dip the cloth in the solution and wring it out or spray the glass surface. Begin to wipe in a circular motion and as the spots disappear, follow-up with vertical strokes and finish with horizontal strokes (or vice versa). Use your finger tips/fingernails for extra scrubbing power or scrunch up the cloth on stubborn spots.
Finish one side of the window with horizontal strokes and the other side with vertical strokes so if streaks appear, you know which side they are on.
Lemon juice and baking soda (mixed with water to form a paste) are also effective at removing spots from windows or mirrors. Allow the baking soda paste to sit a few minutes on stubborn stains like toothpaste or hold a cloth soaked in cleaning solution against the spot to loosen its hold. Add lemon juice to any homemade cleaner for a refreshing scent. Whenever possible, use distilled water to help eliminate streaks.
Shaving cream removes soap scum from glass shower doors, cleans cloudy mirrors and will prevent foggy windows and mirrors in the bathroom after hot showers. Apply the cream with your fingertips and smear it all over the surface. Remove it with a clean, dry cloth and reapply every 2-3 weeks.
When Cleaning windows with squeechee’s
When using a squeegee, use one continuous motion from top to bottom. Wipe the solution off of the squeegee with a damp cloth before making your next pass on the window. Overlap the clean area slightly so you don’t leave a line of solution between each squeegee pass.
Buff away streaks left from squeegeeing with a dry microfiber cloth or crumbled up newspaper.
If you prefer using newspaper or a coffee filter, apply the solution with a spray bottle. Wipe the solution away using horizontal or vertical strokes for a streak-free finish.
Clean your windows on an overcast day or when the sun isn’t shining directly on the window. The sun dries the cleaning solution before you can remove it, leaving behind streaks and marks.
Always wet the glass or use a damp cloth to remove spots on the window. Scraping at a spot on a dry window might scratch the glass. Rubbing dry dirt can also cause small scratches on the glass surface.
Never use abrasives on the windows. You might scratch the glass.
Avoid using paper towels as they leave bits of lint and paper remnants.
If you use a commercial window cleaner, choose one with an ammonia base like Windex. This lets the solution dry faster and reduces the chances of chemicals being left behind. Never use an ammonia-based cleaner on tinted windows.
Take special care when cleaning stained glass. Dust the surface frequently and use only filtered or distilled water to avoid discoloring the glass.
Try different combinations of cleaning solutions and cleaning tools to find the one that works best for you.
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