Tackle Streaks when Cleaning Windows

by Amy Gordon
(last updated November 17, 2014)


Window cleaning can be a big pain. Even when you are using good, streak-free window cleaner, it seems like streaks stay on the window. Another big problem area when cleaning windows is getting that final shine. It sometimes seems almost impossible to find if the streaks are on the inside or the outside of the window.

A great way to help with this problem is to use standard patterns while cleaning your window. The next time you go to clean your window, come up with a plan of how you are going to do it. You do not have to follow this exactly, but you can wipe one way on the inside and another way on the outside. I like to wipe the outside of the pane with vertical motions and the inside of the pane with horizontal motions. When you do this, it will help you find the streaks since they should all be going in the same direction. You will still have to use a fair amount of rubbing to get the streaks out of the window, but at least you will know where to wipe.

When rubbing streaks off of newly cleaned windows, take a fresh paper towel and wipe with light circular motions over the streaks. Using a higher-quality window cleaner usually helps to eliminate streaks. All-purpose cleaners usually evaporate well. If you want to save money by mixing your own window cleaner from a concentrate, make sure you are getting the mix right. Using too much water, while it will make your cleaner last longer, will promote streaking.

Another problem that often arises in window cleaning is that paper towel fibers often stick to glass. Paper towels are still the best for making a streak-free window, but using a dry towel or rag on the window after cleaning it with a paper towel will take off remaining paper towel fibers.

Author Bio

Amy Gordon

Amy Gordon loves keeping things simple, natural, and safe so she can spend more time having fun. Every day she learns new things about making life at home easier and she loves to share it with you! ...


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What is 1 + 8?

2014-11-18 19:15:48


Personally, I believe in supporting the paper pulp industry. They've actually increased the number of trees in the US and continue to plant based on expected future consumption. Paper is a very renewable resource! If you want to feel greener, use a minimally processed brand or a recycled variety. Save your t-shirts for other fun upcycling projects!

2014-11-17 08:36:20


No, please don't use paper towel; it's so wasteful Old T-shirts, clean old cloth diapers, or, if you can afford them, microfiber cloths---all those work very well, and should leave no streaks. Besides, they'll wash just fine; paper towel you can't. You'll have a mess of shreds to clean up! 😧

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