One of the most frustrating things about cleaning glass windows is leaving streaks behind. It seems like everything you do doesn’t work. Is there a way to clean glass without leaving streaks? Fortunately, there is a way to clean glass windows without leaving residue behind, but first it is important to understand why the streaks get left behind in the first place. Oftentimes, it is not as simple as leaving a little soap behind – the streaks are usually a result of not using the right cleaning solution or cleaning tools. With the right tools and the right method, you can give your windows a nice streak-free shine. Here are some ways to clean glass windows without leaving streaks.
- Use a simple rag with some water to get rid of the dust. Before you clean your windows, you want to use a wet rag to remove the layer of dust and dirt. If you just start spraying the cleaning solution on the window, you will inevitably get streaks. Cleaning the first layer of debris off is a critical first step.
- Use a specially formulated cleaning solution. Also, you want to use a specially formulated cleaning solution to clean your windows – not an all-purpose cleaning solution. Window cleaning solutions have unique chemical compounds that are intended for glass. Many people use all-purpose cleaner or some other kind of cleaner and wonder why there are so many streaks left behind. When it comes down to it, you can even find window cleaners that are formulated to not leave behind streaks.
- Use a squeegee to remove excess water and soap. After you spray on the cleaner, you want to use a squeegee to remove all the excess water and soap. You don’t want to use a rag because you could get streaks this way. When using a squeegee, you want to be sure to move up and down as you are removing the water and soap – not side to side. Moreover, you want to shake off the squeegee before you take another swipe. You can usually find quality squeegees at your local hardware store.
- Use a dry rag to remove any water that is left behind. After you squeegee, you want to soak up any water that is left behind with a dry rag. A rag will be able to absorb any moisture that is left on the window. It will also ensure that you scrub out any streaks that may be left behind by the squeegee. If you are still dealing with streaks, don’t worry – this is perfectly normal.
- Use a balled up newspaper to finish the job. If you want to remove the streaks once and for all, you want to grab a fresh newspaper and ball it up. There is something about newspaper that really removes all streaks. Perhaps it’s the ink, or maybe it’s the porousness of the paper – it just does a great job. If you have glass fromImaging Sciences, you may not need newspaper, but if you have regular glass, it will definitely give your windows that magic shine you are after.