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Washing Windows Without Streaks: Our Top Tips

March 3, 2024
Washing Windows Without Streaks: Our Top Tips

I know how frustrating it can be to spend time washing windows only to have them covered in streaks shortly after. But with the right tools and techniques, you can get sparkling, streak-free windows every time. Here are my top tips for washing windows without leaving behind streaks:

Use the Right Tools

Having the proper tools is essential to getting perfect results when washing windows. Here are the must-haves:

  • Squeegee – A quality squeegee with a good rubber blade is vital for eliminating streaks. Make sure to replace the blade if it gets nicked or worn out.
  • Microfiber cloths – Microfiber cloths are specially designed to clean windows without leaving lint or streaks behind. They are a must!
  • Window washing tool – A tool with a scrubbing pad on one side and a microfiber cloth on the other makes washing windows much easier. I highly recommend investing in one.
  • Extendable pole – For hard to reach windows, an extendable pole for your squeegee and washing tool is extremely helpful. Don’t risk streaks by trying to wash second story windows with your bare hands!

Use the Right Cleaning Solution

The cleaning solution you use can also make a big difference in avoiding streaks. Here are the best options:

  • Dish soap and water – An equal mix of dish soap and water works great for most windows. The soap helps cut through grease and grime.
  • Vinegar and water – For stubborn hard water stains, try a 50/50 mix of white vinegar and water. The vinegar will dissolve the minerals.
  • Glass cleaner – Keep a good glass cleaner on hand for touch ups. I like to use one with ammonia for extra cleaning power.

Avoid multi-purpose cleaners as they can leave residue.

Have the Right Technique

No matter how good your tools are, having the right technique is crucial for streak-free windows:

  • Wash in sections – Don’t try to tackle the whole window at once. Divide it into smaller sections and wash from top to bottom.
  • Use light pressure – Scrub gently when washing. Pressing too hard can cause streaks.
  • Squeegee horizontally first – Wipe the squeegee from side to side across the window first. Then follow up by wiping top to bottom.
  • Wipe the squeegee – Be sure to wipe the blade clean after each pass with the microfiber cloth.
  • Overlap strokes – Each pass with the squeegee should overlap the previous stroke slightly to prevent streaks.
  • Finish with microfiber cloth – Do a final wipe with your microfiber cloth for gleaming windows.

Pay Attention to Conditions

The weather and environment can also impact the appearance of streaks:

  • Work in the shade – Direct sunlight causes washing solution to dry too quickly, leading to streaks. Find shade or do the inside first.
  • Cooler temperatures are better – Heat causes rapid evaporation just like sunlight. Wash windows when it’s cooler out.
  • Humid conditions are ideal – Low humidity causes droplets to evaporate faster. Shoot for humidity levels above 50%.
  • Avoid wind – Wind will blow drying droplets around, creating a mess. Pick a calm day or work inside first.

With the right tools, solutions, technique, and weather conditions, you can’t go wrong. Just remember to take your time and follow these tips for crystal clear, streak free windows every time! Let me know if you have any other great tricks. Happy washing!

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