Avoiding Streaks

a house with clean windows

One of the more frustrating parts of Spring Cleaning is figuring out how to wash windows without leaving streaks. The following tips will help you achieve that streak-free clean yourself.

Avoid Newspaper or Synthetic Cloths

Due to changes in paper and ink formulas, using newspapers to clean windows is not as effective as it used to be. Chamois cloths are now synthetic, too, so they don’t have the same absorbency they once did. Stick with a sponge and squeegee.

Choose the right time

Don’t wash windows while the sun is shining on them, or when the glass is still warm from the sun. Heat will make the window cleaning solution evaporate before you’ve removed grime, and that will leave streaks. Wait until an overcast day when there’s no rain in the forecast.

Avoid extra cleanup

Place a towel on the window sill to catch drips when washing indoors.

Use the right tools

The sponge on most squeegees isn’t sturdy enough to scrub well. Use a large natural sponge to wash the windows instead.

Rinse between Panes

Rinse the sponge thoroughly in the bucket of glass cleaner after each window. Wring it out gently — you don’t want it dripping all over, but you also don’t want it too dry.