How do I get streakless windows? This is one of the questions I always get asked in my Facebook group. The good news is that you’ll find all the answers and learn the subtle art of streakless window cleaning right here in this post!
Getting sparkling clean windows and glass can be time-consuming and frustrating; just ask a professional cleaner! With my window cleaning tips, I’ll show you how to get streak-free windows in seconds!
Any dog owner or mum to a toddler would probably tell you that trying to get shiny windows is the bane of their lives.
There are tons of products on the market that promise streak-free windows, I have tried a vast amount of store-bought and professional products, and I have to say I’ve been bitterly disappointed with nearly all of them!
If your glass cleaning technique isn’t correct, you can work very hard for poor results, and you may find yourself cleaning the windows over again and getting the same results, which is a waste of your precious time.
There’s no great trick to getting sparkling clean windows; it’s all down to your tools and technique.
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The best glass cleaning cloths for streakless window cleaning
Glass cleaning cloths are essential in your quest for streak-free window cleaning.
If you use a standard, everyday cloth, rag, or microfiber cloth, you will polish for a very long time to remove the lint and streaks from the glass surfaces.
I wouldn’t even try to polish glass without using a special cloth.
Glass cloths like these are designed to be used only with water and work brilliantly well. However, there are times when you may need a little boost to remove things like dried-on toothpaste and saliva marks from pets and kids.
The glass cloth I recommend for shiny windows is this e-cloth. It is lint-free and does not leave any residue on the surface of your glass or chrome.
How to get streak-free windows.
When it comes to getting streak-free windows, it’s pretty simple.
- The drier your cloth, the better your shine.
Most people soak the surface they are cleaning with so much product that it can be almost impossible you clean and dry. What happens then is that the product air dries onto the glass, and that’s what leaves the steaks!
A tiny amount of water on your cloth is all you need. If you have a heavily soiled surface, increase the wetness of your cloth but do not oversoak.
- Spot clean.
For mirrors and windows, try to deal with the heavily soiled areas first before cleaning the whole area. If you soak the entire area, you will be smearing the dirt onto the clean areas. Spot clean the caked-on dirt first, then polish with your glass cloth at the end.
- Don’t overspray.
After removing the crud, you should only need the tiniest spray on the area you are cleaning, the more product you use, the harder it will be to clean off and the more time-consuming.
Best homemade streakless window cleaning solution
Hundreds of household glass cleaners are on the market, and some leave horrendous streaks!
I like to make my own streakless glass cleaner because it is cheaper than shop-bought products, smells fantastic, and never streaks!
You can make a vinegar-based window cleaning solution using one part white vinegar to two parts distilled water.
I prefer to use rubbing alcohol for sparkling clean windows. Here is the recipe for my peppermint window cleaner, which is perfect for bathroom windows and shower doors!
You can replace the peppermint oil in your spray bottle with your favorite essential oil to make your window cleaning smell even better!
Top tips for streakless window cleaning
- To avoid the build-up of watermarks on shower doors, try using a squeegee to wipe off all the drips every time you shower. It only takes seconds but saves so much time cleaning!
- Remember to use a step ladder when cleaning windows out of reach!
- If cleaning windows after home improvement, remember to remove all the builder’s dust before spraying your cleaner to avoid streaks and smears!
- I have tried every product in the book over the years, for both professional and domestic window washing, and there is one product I keep returning to, as I find it never streaks, Xanto Power Active window and glass cleaner is by far the best streak-free glass cleaner I’ve tried. I also use it on chrome for a streak-free finish.
Professional window cleaners use dish soap and a squeegee to clean the outside windows.
Pull both sashes down fully, clean the outside sash’s top half, then position the inner sash halfway up and clean the top half.
Remove as much of the dirt as possible with a dry cloth or a vacuum, then clean as usual
Vacuum the tracks, then wipe down with a damp cloth.
The trick is to remove all the water before it has a chance to dry. They do this using a squeegee.
Dish soap is a great way to clean car windows as long as you remember to use a glass cloth like this to eliminate any streaks.
Vinegar is a great homemade streakless window cleaner that gives great results. However, I’ve never had great results polishing with newspaper. I always prefer to polish with a glass cloth like this one.
You can try using a magnetic window cleaner like this one to reach the outside of your windows.
So now you should be able to put your feet up and admire the views through your sparkling clean windows!
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