Washing your windows is a tedious chore, so you want to make sure you get it right the first time. To avoid having to redo your work, here are the tips you can use.
CHOOSE A DRY, CLOUDY DAY
Do this job in the blazing sun and the cleaner will dry onto the hot windows before you get to wipe it off, leaving hard-to-remove streaks. If the weather won't cooperate, start on the shady side of the house.
REMOVE DIRT AND DUST FIRST
Before you get started, sweep dirt from the window frame with a brush or vacuum it up with your machine's dusting attachment. This will prevent dirt from turning into a muddy mess when mixed with a cleaner. If your window screen looks especially grimy, pop it out and wash with hot, sudsy water and a soft brush, then rinse and let dry before putting it back. For quickly dusting shades and blinds, it is best to go over both sides with microfiber duster or opening the slats and going over each one with a damp cloth and followed by a dry one. You can also refresh your curtains at the same time by putting them in the dryer for 15 minutes on an air-only cycle and rehanging quickly to prevent wrinkles.
PICK THE RIGHT CLEANER – SPRITZ GENEROUSLY
Do not hold back on the spray, especially if your windows look dirty. You need plenty of cleaner to dissolve and suspend the dirt so it can be completely wiped away — skimp and you'll be seeing streaks.
USE A MICROFIBER CLOTH
Some folks like drying panes with newspaper, but you're better off reusable microfiber cloths. They are super absorbent, washable, and leave the glass shiny and streak-free. If you rather use paper towels, choose a brand that's up to the task. Weak paper towels can shred and leave lint behind. In our last paper towel test, GH Seal Holder Bounty Regular held up the best when wet.
SKIP THE SQUEEGEE
Professional window cleaners swear by them, but you have to know how to use them right. The potential mess and drip factor of squeegee is that the water flows down directly to the floor. So it is best to avoid using squeegees.
BREAK IT DOWN
You only need to clean your windows once or twice a year, Forte says, but it's even easier if you divide the job up and do it room by room. When you're cleaning, wipe one side of the window horizontally and the other vertically. If any streaks do form, you'll easily know whether they're on the outside or the inside.