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Cleaning windows can be quite frustrating; you think you’re getting somewhere and then those unsightly streaks make an appearance. Well, if you follow our tips, you can say goodbye to smears and achieve gleaming windows, without having to pay a professional window cleaner.
1. Use Distilled Water to Dilute
With glass, you can see absolutely everything so it’s important that you don’t make the mistake of using tap water to dilute your glass cleaner. Whilst you may think water is water, you couldn’t be more wrong when it comes to window cleaning.
You see, it’s what’s in the water that makes a difference. The water from your tap contains a number of substances, whereas distilled water is free from chemicals and minerals so it won’t leave behind any streaky deposits or water spots on your windows.
So, when diluting your glass cleaner, always use distilled water.
2. Vinegar is Your Go-to
Did you forget to put glass cleaner on your shopping list? Don’t fret; vinegar is your next best bet. It’s as great on your windows as it is on your chips, plus it costs practically nothing to buy!
Vinegar works wonders for windows. Simply mix it with distilled water and spray or wipe it on like you would with any other glass cleaner. The pungent smell will stick around; however, it’s definitely worth it for streak-free windows.
3. Go Easy on the Soap Suds
When it comes to cleaning most things, you tend to think the more suds, the better, right? However, suds are one of the main culprits of streaky windows. Whilst neither glass cleaner nor vinegar has soap in them, you may add soap to your cleaning solution if your windows are truly dirty. Well, we have two words of advice for you: go easy.
A little bit of soap can go a long way. Using too much will result in a very dense cleaner that could cause streaky residue to be left on the glass.
4. Paper Towels are a No-No
Paper towels are especially useful for most clean-ups, but not for cleaning windows. Why? Well, not only do they leave streaks, but linty ones. So, ditch those paper towels and instead opt for a microfiber cloth or squeegee.
5. If All Else Fails… Buff Away!
Unfortunately, sometimes you can do all the right things and still end up with the odd streak. The answer to this is to finish the job with a quick buff.
Use a chamois, microfiber cloth or alternatively, a rag will do! The tip is to keep it dry and simply buff over the glass after you’ve finished cleaning it. Those streaks will disappear instantly.
So, now you know how to successfully clean your windows. However, if your windows are in need of replacing, cleaning them won’t make a difference. Invest in quality windows and you can improve the efficiency of your home, as well as the appearance.
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