8 Window Cleaning Hacks for a Streak Free Shine
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8 Window Cleaning Hacks for a Streak Free Shine

Learn how to clean windows & let the light shine!

Clean windows can completely transform a room. A window that is free of smudges, streaks, and fingerprints will let more light into a room and help make it feel like a welcoming and comfortable space.

On the other hand, dirty windows can make an otherwise bright space seem dark and unpleasant.

If you have ever owned a home with many windows, you probably are well aware of how difficult it can be keeping them clean. Fortunately, keeping your windows clean does not have to be the exhausting and time-consuming task you might suspect it to be.

By learning from the following 8 window cleaning hacks, you will be able to keep your windows clear and streak free, without having to hire a professional window cleaners.

  1. Choose the Right Time to Clean Your Windows

    While it may sound a little odd, there are certain times of the day when it is better to clean your windows. If you clean your windows when the warmth of the sun is hitting them directly, the cleaning solution you are using will dry faster than you can use it. When cleaning solutions dry before they have been worked into the glass, they leave behind spots and streaks that can just further the problem.

    You will want to time your window cleaning chores for morning or evening hours. You could also choose a cloudy day, where the sun’s rays are not going to interfere with your cleaning duties.

  2. Avoid Brushes and Abrasive Cloths

    It may sound obvious, but you would be surprised how many people try to clean their windows with a bristled brush, tough cloth, or scratchy piece of paper towel. It will be much easier to give your windows a streak free shine if you are using something with a soft surface.

    One of the best choices is a clean microfiber cloth, which will not leave behind streaks, or annoying lint particles. An old cotton shirt will also make a useful window cleaning rag. Just make sure any cloth you are using is clean and free from debris that could potentially scratch your windows.

  3. Use Newspaper for a Streak Free Finish

    It may sound strange, but using newspaper to wipe down windows is an old trick people have been using forever. The newspaper will not leave marks and you should have plenty of it lying around the house.

    Paper towel can be expensive and it is not great for the environment. Repurposing old newspaper is an easy way to cut down on your carbon footprint.

    All you have to do is rub the newspaper on the window in a circular motion and it should rid your windows from smudges and streaks. If you want to avoid getting ink on your hands, you can always wear rubber gloves.

  4. Create Your Own Environmentally Friendly Glass Cleaner

    If you want to avoid using harmful chemicals on your windows, you can quickly make your own window cleaning solution by using ingredients you already have at home.

    Simply combine 3 cups of distilled water with ¼ of white vinegar. If you want to give your solution some extra strength and a fresh scent, add a few tablespoons of lemon juice.

    You can pour your chemical-free glass cleaner into a clean spray bottle and get to work on those stubborn window smudges.

  5. Dust Your Windows, Blinds, and Curtains Regularly

    You can reduce the frequency you need to clean your windows by making sure they are free of dust and debris. Sometimes we think our windows are covered in dirt, when it is simply dust buildup that can be removed with a quick wipe down.

    Removing the dust from your windows will help let light into the room that would otherwise be blocked by the dust particles. Do not forget to dust your blinds and curtains! The dust on these surfaces could eventually end up on your windows.

  6. Invest in a Good Squeegee

    Squeegees are inexpensive and effective tools for cleaning windows. Not only do they work really well, they can be fun and satisfying to use. Squeegees work just as well on interior windows as they do on exterior windows.

    The plush and spongy side of the squeegee allows you to give your windows a thorough clean, without any worry of scratches.

    The thin rubber side allows you to remove excess water after the window has been thoroughly washed. Removing water will prevent water spots and streaks that can occur when a window is left to air-dry.

    Just make sure you wipe your squeegee down with a dry towel, or a piece of paper towel to make sure it is clean and ready to use the next time you want to wash your windows.

  7. Do Not Forget to Clean the Corners and Windowsills

    The entire window will look much cleaner if you pay attention to the little details. It is really easy to overlook windowsills and the corners of the glass.

    One of the easiest ways to make sure you give your entire window a proper cleaning is to use an old toothbrush. Use the toothbrush to give those tough mineral stains and smudges a good scrub.

    An old toothbrush or a rag will work perfectly to clean the edges of your windows and those dirty windowsills.

  8. Never Forget the Importance of Safety

    Safety should always be your main concern when you are completing any chore. Make sure you are not applying too much pressure to the windows, especially if they are single pane. After all, glass can break and the sharp edges can be really dangerous.

    If you are cleaning exterior windows that require climbing a ladder, make sure you are using anti-slip footwear and your ladder is firmly in place. Consider having someone hold the ladder steady while you work.

    If you are using a commercial cleaning product that contains harmful chemicals, make sure you are cleaning in a room that is properly ventilated. This means leaving the doors open and even opening windows that you are not cleaning.

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