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What is the best way to clean windows without streaking?

Published July 22

Nothing’s better than crystal clear windows for your home or office space. Not only does it look great, but clean windows also prevent the buildup of mould and grime on your windows and allow for more sunlight to enter. If you want spotless windows with a streak-free shine, then you’re going to need some gear. Here’s the best way to clean your windows without streaks.

Get equipped with quality gear

When cleaning windows, you should have a few things to make your life easier and get the quality clean you’re looking for. These can easily be found at your local hardware store and home centre and everywhere online. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A quality squeegee (10-12 inches is suitable for most windows, but get a smaller size if you need)
  • A sponge or fabric scrubber
  • A bucket
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Lint-free rags or microfiber cloths
  • A ladder

How to start cleaning

Once you’ve got everything ready, it’s time to start cleaning! If you are waiting for the right weather to clean, pick a partially cloudy day, so you still have great light and heat, but not overwhelming amounts of heat as you’ll be cleaning for a while. 

When you’re ready to clean, the secret to the best window cleaning solution is to simply combine a bucket of water with a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid. This homemade window cleaning recipe will be perfect for covering large window surfaces with suds to eat away the dirt and grime on your windows. You can also use window cleaning spray, but you may not get the same results. Scrub your windows by dipping your sponge in the cleaning solution and scrubbing the entire surface. 

Once that’s done, get your trusty squeegee and start wiping away the water. It’s best to start from the top, go left to right, and work your way down, angling your squeegee slightly downwards so the water will flow downwards. Once you’ve squeezed everything you can, use your cloth to wipe up the excess water. It’s that simple! Continue this process until you’ve run out of windows to clean, inside or outside.

If you need a ladder to reach higher windows, make sure you can securely mount and climb the ladder without wobbling. Your safety should be the number one priority, so make sure you can easily clean with one hand and never overstrain.

What if I can’t get a streak-free finish?

Getting that streak-free finish can take a bit of finesse to nail down. If you are struggling to leave your windows sparkling, then consider hiring professional window cleaning services to take care of everything for you! The professionals have all the gear and expertise needed to get every single window squeaky clean and streak-free, without you needing to lift a finger or get wrinkled fingers! If you simply don’t have the time or want to learn from the best in the industry, then Pressure and Steam will have your windows restored to immaculate condition. They can save your time and money on buying new equipment and learning how to clean your windows in the first place. 

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