The windows of a home are its eyes. You don’t want your gorgeous views outside to be obstructed by streaks on the glass.
Making Your Own Window Cleaner
The cleaner you use is crucial to achieving a streak-free window. You can create your own window cleaner with a household staple: vinegar.
Vinegar is the perfect ingredient for window cleaner. The acidity of vinegar makes breaking down dirt and oil a breeze. Using a non-toxic household item also gives you peace of mind while cleaning and no more worrying about the effect the cleaner will have on little ones who decide to press their hands to the glass.
In a fine mist spray bottle, combine one part distilled white vinegar to ten parts water. Shake the spray bottle vigorously to mix the liquids thoroughly.
Choose Your Wiping Instrument Carefully
You may be tempted to use a dirty old rag to wipe down your dusty windows but the material you choose to wipe the glass down with can contribute to streaking as well. Choose a lint-free cloth such as microfibre, paper towels, or even newsprint.
When choosing cloth, it’s important to pick one that doesn’t leave lint behind. Bits of lint on your sparkling clean window is just as unattractive as streaks. Tightly woven paper towels and newsprint naturally have no lint. They are also very absorbent materials that help you dry your windows quickly. If liquid is allowed to sit and dry onto the surface of your window, streaks will appear.
How to Clean Your Windows
Give your window a thorough wipe-down with the cloth or paper before applying the cleaner. Once your windows are free of free debris, spray your window down thoroughly with your homemade cleaner.
Use your microfibre cloth to gently rub the vinegar solution into the glass. This will break up any stuck-on dirt. Use a second clean cloth to wipe away the solution. If necessary, douse the glass again to remove any stubborn spots and repeat the process.
After all dirt has been loosened and lifted away, completely dry the windows. This can be accomplished efficiently by taking your clean cloth or newsprint and applying even pressure as you wipe from left to right. Working in horizontal sections will force remaining liquid downward instead of onto your freshly dried area.
As you feel your cloth or paper towel becoming wet from the solution, discard it and resume wiping with a fresh, dry cloth. Wiping down the windows with a damp cloth is the number-one cause of streaky windows.
Work your way downwards in horizontal sections. When the window has been completely wiped down with dry material, take a step back and observe. If you notice any areas that remain wet, wipe just that area again with another dry cloth.
Repeat this process with each window, or you can work in sections of panes. If streaks still appear, rinse the window with clean, warm water and squeegee it off working in vertical sections.
Some Additional for Cleaning Your Windows
- Do what professional window cleaners do and clean them when the sun isnt directly on them – this will cause them to dry out too fast and prevent your cleaner from working effectively.
- Use a suitably sized squeegee for the surface you are cleaning. Too small and you run the risk of getting multiple smaller streaks where the edges of the squeedgee are.