Maintaining those windows tidy is essential if you would like to notice the view instead of the glass itself the dirt on the glass, that is. Even if you wash the windows often, using supplies or solutions that are not ideal for the job leaves the windows looking less than their best, filled with streaks or spots which might not have been there until you washed them. Professional window cleaners have the procedure down to a science that leaves windows sparkling clean and streak-free.
Basic Cleaning Solution
A solution of one tablespoon vinegar per quart of warm water serves as an all-purpose window cleaner, or use a squirt of dishwasing soap per bucket of water. The vinegar solution may be stored in a spray bottle, available for little window cleaning tasks.
The Right Tools for the Job
The tools used to wash the windows are just as important as the cleaning option. If working with vinegar and water sprayed onto the window, a piece of crumbled newspaper enthusiasts the windows to a streak-free shine. Skip the paper towels, which leave streaks and lint behind. Apply a soap-and-water solution with a sponge or strip applicator, which is an absorbent cloth attached to a handle specifically designed for window cleaning. Dry the top border of the window using a microfiber cloth. Squeegee the window dry in parallel rows, wiping off the squeegee after each pass along the window. The trick to the squeegee working well is to begin with that dry spot on the window.
Hard Water Areas
Hard water spots are mineral deposits left behind after water evaporates; wipe those spots away using a 50/50 solution of water and vinegar. Spray the mix directly on the spots, then rub away with a soft towel, or pour some of the liquid onto a soft towel and hold the towel above the spots to get a minute or so when they appear particularly hard to eliminate, buffing them away with the towel.
Dealing with multi-pane windows ensures that the strip applicator and squeegee won’t quite fit into each panel. A natural sponge applies the soapy water to the panes. Wipe the panels dry using a little squeegee that fits the seams, or trim a bigger squeegee down so it fits. Wiping the squeegee away with a rag after each time it clears water from the window prevents if from propagating dirty water.