Cleaning windows is a no-ones favourite household chore. Not only is the task time consuming; it is hard work and achieving perfectly clean, sparkling windows is not that easy. Streaking is one of the main problems when cleaning windows, and we have therefore decided to share three fool-proof techniques to prevent or remove streaks.
1. Your Detergent
Streaks are usually caused by a greasy or oily film that builds up on the glass. Using a detergent that is designed to break-down grease is, therefore, the ideal way to get rid of this film and prevent streaks. Liquid dish-washing detergent is suitable for this task as it is manufactured to break down oil and grease on your dishes. It is, however, essential to dilute the detergent in warm water and not use it in its concentrated form – about one teaspoon of detergent to 4 cups of water is ideal.
Vinegar is another excellent grease solvent and is also a great way to clean windows without streaks. Dilute about 1 cup of white wine vinegar in 4 cups of warm water for the best results. For the ultimate cleaning solution, combine your vinegar and dish-washing detergent agents – 1 teaspoon of dish-washing detergent and 1 cup of white wine vinegar diluted in 4 cups of warm water.
Just like grease and grime, your cleaning detergent can also cause a film on the glass resulting in streaking. This build-up results from repeated cleaning without rinsing the soap and dirt off after washing the windows. For outdoor windows, spray the windows with your garden hose before and after washing to get rid of any detergent residue. For indoor windows, a spray bottle filled with clean, warm water sprayed on the glass before and after washing will effectively rinse away the detergent and any remaining dirt.
It is crucial to dry your windows after cleaning to prevent streaks and those spots left by water droplets drying. There are three techniques that you can use to achieve this.
– The newspaper has been used for decades as the perfect means to dry windows and prevent streaking. However, this is not our favourite technique as the print from the paper can leave a residue, and the paper can also leave behind fibres.
– A microfibre cloth is ideal for drying windows without the streaks and will remove water as well as ensure that no greasy or detergent film is left behind.
– A squeegee is the ultimate window cleaning tool. The sponge side dipped into your cleaning solution can be used to effectively clean the windows while the rubber side will remove any remaining water. Remember to dry the rubber squeegee after each swipe that should be made from the top to the bottom of the window. Use paper or a microfibre cloth to remove any wet stripes that remain.
While there are many different cleaning techniques for windows that claim to deliver streak-free results, however, following the procedure of wet, wash, rinse and dry with a grease dissolving detergent and a squeegee is probably the best. Either you can get on to it by yourself or call san diego maid services which will be as effective and with lesser hassle.