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Window Washing: Get Rid of Streaks Forever

Oct 15, 2020

Washing windows without streaks is the dream of every housewife. Wet cleaning of windows is advisable once every three months. However, bad-located apartments require more frequent window washing sessions. Industrial zone outside the window, nasty weather, ground floor – all of those can affect optimal washing cadence. 

How to choose a detergent?

Washing windows without streaks means choosing the appropriate detergent. The modern market now provides households with a huge variety of them, so the choice should depend on the type of windows:

  • For windows with painted wood frames, soapy water, liquid soap, or any liquid cleaner will work. Households can opt for an ordinary aqueous solution of ammonia (in a liter of water – 2 tablespoons). Avoid using baking soda as it makes the paint fade.
  • For plastic windows, you will have to abandon the coarse washcloth and abrasive powders – they can damage the sensitive material, which is vulnerable to mechanical stress.
  • Washing plastic windows without streaks requires a precise approach. It is better to entrust this mission with a liquid detergent.

Window cleaning accessories

The work uses a regular sponge and a solution with a cleaning agent.

The second in line is window glass. This stage involves removing the main contaminants from the glass. To do this, prepare a new solution, add detergent and foam. Then apply it with a rag, sponge, or window squeegee to the glass part of the window. Particularly persistent and stubborn dirt is soaked for 2-3 minutes.

The next step is to change the water to clean water and thoroughly wash off all the dirty foam from the glass. Dirt should be tried to be driven down with a sponge or rag. At the end of the work, it is advisable to run a rag along the entire perimeter of the window. This helps to get rid of dirt accumulated at the junction of the frame and glass.

The next step is to remove moisture and dry the glass. To do this, you can use a window mop with various attachments: a rubberized one will help get rid of excess moisture, a soft one – wipe dry. If this tool is not available, you can use flannel dry rags or rags of any soft, lint-free material, only they will need a sufficiently large number. At the same stage, you can apply another time-tested method – washing the windows with a newspaper. Rubbing the windows with crumpled newspapers will help remove streaks, sand the glass surface and contribute to a beautiful shine.

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