Washing Windows Without Streaks

Nobody likes washing windows. There, I said it-got it out of the way fast, too. After that obvious fact comes another one: it still has to be done. Washing windows without streaks is every homeowner's goal. If you've struggled with paper towels and bottles of retail cleaner, it's time to get on the road to streak free windows.

It Really Is All About The Tools
If you want streak-free windows, you should use what the pros use: a squeegee. Shaped like a paint roller except with a rubber blade at the end, squeegees are perfect for washing windows.

You can pick a squeegee up at any large home center. A simple one will cost less than $10, but splurge on a pro model (around $25) that will last longer and clean better. If you have windows with small panes, look for a 4" to 6" model, but for larger windows, a 10" or 12" squeegee will be perfect.

Along with a squeegee, you'll need lint free rags or newspaper. If you can find them, microfiber cloth wipes are great for washing windows. Whatever you do, resist the temptation to use paper towels-they'll leave paper dust and lint behind. A couple of sponges and a large bucket will complete your window washing toolset.

A Simple (Cleaning) Solution
One cause of streaks is residue left behind. To make your own streak-free cleaning solution, mix 1 tablespoon of dish washing liquid and 1/4 cup of white vinegar with a gallon or two of cool water in a large bucket.

These simple ingredients will cut grease and dirt, leaving windows crystal clear.

Get Out There And Clean!
Once you've gathered your tools and made your cleaning solution, you're ready for window washing.

  • Dip a sponge or cloth into the cleaning solution and wipe down the entire window.
  • Using vertical strokes, run the rubber blade of the squeegee down the face of the window.
  • Wipe the blade clean on a cloth after each pass, and overlap your strokes by about 2".
  • After you've scraped the whole window, wipe around the edges with a clean cloth.

Window Washing Tips
If you're cleaning both sides of the window, use vertical strokes on one side and horizontal strokes on the other. If you've left some streaks, it will be easy to tell which side the streaks are on.

Try washing windows on an overcast day. The clouds will keep the sun from drying your cleaning solution before you've had time to remove it.

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Washing windows isn't as much of a challenge as most people think. There are simple ways to leave them gleaming and streak-free, but you will need to put some effort into the job.

Here are a few window cleaning tips that will keep your home free from streaks.

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