There is a “right” way to clean windows - just like the professionals! The trick is also in the equipment you use, and not just the technique. Moreover, this article will provide a few tips on things that you may not have known. Otherwise you can always dial a professional for maximum effectiveness. Here’s a look at how to clean windows “streak free.” Read on to learn how the experts do it.

”People are like stained - glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Getting Started

How to wash windows correctly
Window washing the professional way. Source: One crazy house

Before you even begin the glass cleaning process, clean out the tracks and sills first. This will remove any dust, cobwebs, or debris from the windows. Most vacuums come with an upholstery feature that is perfect for this task. Be sure to give the blinds a once over. Once that is complete, we can move onto how to clean windows without streaking. Be sure to gather the following equipment:

  • Bucket
  • Paper towels
  • Scrubber
  • Towel
  • Small squeegee for panes
  • Large squeegee for larger glass panels
  • Windex (or similar cleaner)
  • Cloth used to clean eyeglasses

The Real Secret

The squeegee is the only way to go when cleaning windows
This is the real secret to window cleaning. Source: Amazon

Really the trick to window cleaning without streaks is simply in the mastery of the squeegee. It may sound silly, but this is really the only truly effective way to ensure that there are no streaks whatsoever on your glass. You should use a small squeegee for tiny frames like near the front door, or a larger squeegee for big windows like bay windows.

  1. Spray with window cleaner
  2. Left to right, top to bottom
  3. Use scrubber
  4. Wipe with cloth
  5. Squeegee damp surface
  6. Use a paper towel to remove any lingering spots
  7. Wipe the squeegee blade clean
  8. Repeat on other side

Proper Squeegee Technique

More squeegee techniques from the master
Here's the real trick to no streaks. Source: Deposit Photos

Also an important part of how to clean windows, you need to know how to use the squeegee. Just like when cleaning multiple panes, you’ll want to start left to right, top to bottom. This will make sure that no drippage interferes with the work you already did, thus undoing your efforts. Once the window is damp, wipe at a slight angle to direct access water down. Occasionally you’ll have your flow interrupted by a stubborn smudge that refuses to wipe away. Just focus your towel on that and keep going.

Remove the Panes (If Applicable)

More quality tips on window washing
How to clean out the panes individually. Source: Blogoverflow

For the best, deepest clean, you’re going to need to remove the entire pane if your windows allow you to. It may be a pain to clean panes, but clean windows are worth it in the end. Some window units even allow for the pane to be cleaned from both sides Be careful not to leave fingerprints or that will defeat the purpose. This is especially true with storm windows, which will usually have more than one pane of glass.

Tough Spots

Some more expert tips on how to clean windows
How to take care of a stubborn smudge. Source: Wordpress

If you live in an area where trees tend to produce an abundance of sap, you might need to address that concern with your windows. The same can be said for paint flecks and rain spots. Wet the area and apply a razor blade if needed. Be sure to use a new one so it doesn’t ruin the glass. Then clean as necessary. If it’s still giving you an issue, here’s how to clean windows with vinegar. Simply dab vinegar onto a rag and rub away. It should clear up any grease stains. If persistent, use mineral spirits.

Window Screens

Clean windows that any homeowner can be proud of
Clean the screens as well! Source: DIY Network

Don’t neglect the screens, either. Just rinse with water and maybe vinegar if they’re looking bad. Then pat them dry or simply air dry them. It could even improve air quality for that room if they’re particularly dusty. It’s all a normal part of window cleaning.

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