How to Get Shiny, Streak-free WindowsAugust 2, 2018
This is a sponsored post written by me for Glass Doctor. All opinions are mine alone.
Cleaning may be a chore, but let’s be honest… there’s nothing more satisfying than transforming a cloudy, dusty window into a brilliant, streak-free masterpiece. Over the years, I have found that the right tools (and the right technique) make a big difference in cleaning windows. If you want to make your windows sparkly-clean in no time, keep reading for my best tips… from always starting at the top to using Glass Doctor Glass Cleaner.
Before getting started, gather the right tools and products:
- Glass Doctor window spray
- microfiber cloths
- dish soap
- rubber gloves
Start by mixing one part of warm water with one part of dish soap. Dip the sponge in that mixture and apply to the window to remove dirt, dust, spots, and more. Start from the top and wipe all the way to the bottom. I am working on this glass storm door adjacent to our backyard patio. It’s constantly exposed to the elements so the glass can get quite grimy. This first step helps to remove the majority of the grime, dirt, and debris.
Next remove the water from the glass using the squeegee. I like to wipe the window from side to side with the squeegee, starting at the top. Nothing removes water from a window better than a squeegee!
Finally, I use the microfiber cloth to buff out any excess water remaining on the glass.
For streak-free windows that shine for a long time, I next use Glass Doctor’s Glass Cleaner. This product both cleans and polishes and is suitable on auto glass, windows, mirrors and patio doors.
Hold can upright around 10″ away from the glass and spray onto the glass.
Finally use the microfiber cloth again to wipe away the solution from the glass. Buff with a dry microfiber towel. Voila!
Here are some extra tips & tricks to keep in mind when cleaning glass surfaces:
- Clean from top to bottom. You don’t want to clean a section of your window and then have glass cleaner drip onto previously-cleaned sections. Always start at the top and work your way down the window.
- A squeegee is essential for cleaning glass surfaces. Nothing removes water from the surface of glass more evenly and effectively. Bonus: this one tool will do double-duty on shower stalls!
- Use cotton swabs to tackle the corners of windows. Know that one spot all the way in the corner that is hard to reach with a microfiber towel? A cotton swab makes the perfect tool!
- If you have hard water in your home, consider using distilled water in your cleaning routine. Hard water is laden with minerals that may be visible on glass surfaces.
- To combat streaks in the glass, use small circular motions with the microfiber towel and alternate directions often. By wiping in different directions each time, you will reduce the likelihood of streaks.
- Finish by buffing with a dry microfiber towel. A dry microfiber towel will make quick work of any remaining window streaks.
With the right tools & techniques, cleaning your windows does not have to be a chore you dread!
It can actually be incredibly satisfying to look at your finished windows once they are clean and bright and free of streaks!!
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What is your best tip for clean windows? How do you get a streak-free shine? Have you ever used Glass Doctor Glass Cleaner?
Our windows need to be cleaned and I want to get them done before my son returns to school so I can’t wait to check and see if I can find that Glass Cleaner to try and to share these tips with my family before we get started because I hate when windows streak.
Yes! I’m also doing a big cleaning before school starts again!
I knew Glass Doctor repaired glass but I didn’t know they had a glass cleaner. It’s about time for me to clean all the windows again so I need to grab some. I always use coffee filters to clean with. They are cheap and work really well.
Cool tip about coffee filters! Thanks for stopping by, Alli!
My windows need to be clean so that it’s ridiculous. I will have to do this because right now the streak like crazy.
I’ll try this out for sure. Our windows are pretty filthy and could use a good cleaning. The kids like to put their fingers all over them.
I know the struggle! I can always find my kids’ handprints on the windows lol!!
Having the correct tools to get the job done is the first step. Love the microfiber cloths they do a great job. The first step is the window cleaner. This looks like a good one.
This looks like a cleaning must-have to keep on hand in my home. I love the finished results.
My windows have never looked cleaner!!
This is very a helpful tips. As I am looking for this kind of products to clean my window and make it looks shiny.
I have actually been looking for a window spray for like a month now. I didn’t find any in my area, I wish I’d seen this.
Maybe I should try that Glass Doctor’s Glass Cleaner. Our windows are due for a well thorough cleaning.
very useful info!I would buy it for cleaning, using the glass door look better but the truth is that I spent too much time cleaning it
I need that glass doctor cleaning spray. I need to clean my windows before winter.
This sounds like a wonderful product! I just moved into an apartment and have BIG windows in my living room that I will need to keep clean, thanks for this rec!
It’s really important to get products that get the job done. I think these tips are awesome. I love shiny and clean looking windows at all times if possible!
Oh I need this for my mirrors in the house. I love clean windows but for some reason I cannot get the mirrors clean.
Hope these tips help, Tammy!
Now we are talking, because my windows are crying, “clean me, please!”.thank you for this post
I hate streaks on my windows! I have to give this stuff a try for sure!
I guess I always miss the step of removing the grime. I end up smearing it all over.
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