How to Get Streak-Free Windows

Cleaning your windows seems like an easy enough task. Spraying the window glass with vinegar solution and wiping it off with a crumpled newspaper is common practice, but there’s no right way of cleaning windows.

If, however, this practice the vinegar-and-newspaper approach isn’t working for you, it might be worth trying a different way of cleaning windows. Renewal by Andersen® of Sacramento, your go-to company for patio doors, shares some window-cleaning tips below. 

Avoid Cleaning on a Hot Sunny Day

Cleaning windows is simple, but making sure there are no streaks left behind is the hard part. If your squeegee always leaves behind streaks, try cleaning your windows on a cloudy, dry day or late in the afternoon. The droplets may evaporate quicker than you can wipe them off the window glass, leaving behind these streaks. 

Use a Solution Made With Warm Water and Dish Soap

Acidic vinegar can break down grime on the glass, making it a great choice for a cleaning solution. But if you don’t like the sour smell, you can always use a solution made with warm water and dishwasher soap, or you can add a few drops of dish soap to temper the unpleasant smell. 

For tougher stains, add a few drops of ammonia. You can also use a stronger solution; just make sure to test it out first. While the window glass is unlikely to be affected, the solution might drip onto and stain the window frame or your floor. 

Handle Your Windows With Care

If you have sliding windows, take care not to put too much pressure on the glass. Like sliding french doors, sliding windows can get damaged or dislodged from the rollers if there’s too much pressure. 

Use a Dry Cloth to Wipe Away the Solution 

For a streak-free window, use a dry cloth. Newspapers will suffice, but keep in mind that some newspapers use darker colors, which may leach and stain your windows. 

No amount of washing can get rid of scratches on your glass, however. If you need a window replacement, Renewal by Andersen of Sacramento offers a wide variety of premium windows and doors, including specialized ones like hinged french doors. For inquiries, you can call us at (916) 226-3359 or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Roseville, CA.