Right to the juice: Here are 10 effective tips for having clean and shiny windows without leaving streaks:
1. Prepare your window
Before cleaning your windows, you must always start by removing the dust and debris on them and cleaning the frames around them. You will avoid the adhesion of dirt and the risk of duplicating work if you hang your windows while washing your frames after the panes.
2. From the outside to the inside, from left to right
It is important for optimal cleaning to start with the maintenance on the outside of the window, then on the inside. You will see the remaining spots better. In addition, opt for a repetitive movement that you will easily remember, from left to right. For example, to avoid rubbing on the washed surface and thus create new marks.
3. Avoid sunny days
Choose to wash your windows on a gray day. The sun dries out the cleaning products used on the windows too quickly, which can leave marks that we would rather avoid.
4. Use a microfiber cloth
The microfiber cloth is perfect for cleaning windows because it does not leave traces unlike the rags used, which they leave fibers and unwanted traces. For flawless windows, use 2 microfiber cloths: one to clean and another to wipe off any remaining traces.
5. Not a fan of the microfiber wipe? Use a Squeegee.
A rubber squeegee is a tool of choice for many because of how it is to use. Apply cleaner to the glass surface, then simply run the squeegee up and down to remove the stains.
6. White vinegar, your best ally
This is the go-to product for household maintenance, and it is no exception here. For windows, white vinegar is very effective against stubborn dirt, it leaves no traces and would keep flies away. Store sold glass cleaner can’t do that! Mix 250ml of vinegar with 250ml of hot water, cleanse, and Voila! In addition, it is an equally effective trick for your car windows.
7. A solution for persistent stains
If you have persistent stains of paint or dirt that need more special maintenance, try this easy-to-do-at-home cleaning solution. Mix 2 cups of water with a quarter of a cup of liquid dish soap and a quarter of a cup of rubbing alcohol, then rub with a soft cloth.
8. Remove marks from windows with crumpled newspaper
Crumpled newspaper is an essential grandmother’s trick. Printing ink is an excellent cleaner, and the paper has a very absorbent power, which is perfect for easy cleaning, especially effective, without streaks! Just moisten everything and rub.
9. Glycerin against fogging
Glycerin is excellent for preventing fogging in your windows during temperature changes. Just add a few drops to your laundry (or to an old nylon stocking for extra shine) before rubbing the windows. It is also often used against dirt and dust build-up on glass since glycerin prevents residue from sticking.
10. Ammonia against frost
Ammonia is effective in preventing the formation of frost on windows in winter. Just add a few drops to your cleaning water. Also, it acts as a powerful degreaser on mirrors and glasses. The cleaning solution is simple: half ammonia, half water for a clean result.