You spend you weekend scrubbing your windows squeaky clean. You rub the sweat bead away only to see an alarming streaks marking its way on your window glass! Now, you pick up your cloth again to start the arduous task.
We have all been there. That annoying streak that made us do it all over again.
Window cleaning can be time consuming, dangerous and strenuous too. And it is okay for not wanting to clean it yourself. Ortega Window cleaning in encinitas has well-trained team of professionals to do the scrubbing and cleaning for you.
I say, no more! Today, lets brainstorm and come up with the perfect solution on how to remove streaks on windows.
First, Let’s Look At The Most Common Cause Of Window Streaks
- Your window cleaner: Some window cleaner solutions have ingredients that may leave streaks. This happens when the residue from the ingredients dry and evaporate before you wipe it clean.
- Amount of cleaner: Adding of too little cleaner is also the cause for streaks. This is because, your little amount of cleaner will be easy to dry up before you wipe the glass dry with your towel, and thus wipe the dirt around and not remove it.
- Your type of towel: Towels that are not fully absorbent spreads the drift and moisture that causes streaks after they dry up. Also, if you are using a towel that you have already sued for other cleaning purpose, it may leave behind some residue and thus cause streaks!
Now, Let’s Look At How To Remove Streaks On Windows
#1 Choose the right cleaning solution
Sometimes, streaks will appear after a period of time. This is because, the chemicals in your solution are non-evaporable and thus left in the glass as residue.
What you need to do:
Make sure that your window cleaning solution is ammonia based because it evaporates quickly without leaving behind residue.
What if you live in a place where the temperature changes frequently?
Opt for concentrated glass cleaners, and when diluting the solution, ensure that it is concentrated amount. For hot and dry climate, you should more water than the cleaning solution. For cooler and moist climate use less water. (if you use ⅔ for hot climate, cut it down to ½ for cooler climate)
#2 Choose the right equipment
I am not talking about the expensive ones, but the equipment that are the right fit for your type of windows.
Towel: Always choose a fully absorbent lint-free towels. You can use a suede microfiber towel or a dry waffle weave towel as a follow through.
Squeegee: Always choose a good window squeegee to ensure that no lints are left behind. It can also quickly remove any cleaning solution from your glass. You can opt for disposable squeegees as well.
#3 Use window washer:
If you windows are an attraction to bird droppings, bugs, or tars, then a decent window washer is what you need.
How are they different from squeegee?
Window washers comes with a semi-abrasive towel attached to a handle and shaped like a window squeegee. The towel part is made from cotton enclosed in a nylon net. It is this nylon netting that helps in removing tough stains.
MUST-KNOW Rule For Cleaning Windows
#1 When is the right time to clean windows?
A cloudy day is the right time for you to clean windows. Cleaning windows during windy or sunny weather where the sun shines directly on your windows will simply leave your window with streaks.
Why? Because, when it is windy or sunny, evaporation is quicker and the solution dries up on the glass before you can wash them off.
#2 What is the proper washing and wiping technique?
Whether you are pulling the squeegee or the cloth horizontally or vertically, what matters is that you should do it with an even pressure.
How? Wipe your squeegee dry after every one run of the wipe else you risk leaving more streaks. Then wipe the glass clean with a dry cloth which you can do so by overlapping the squeegee with your cloth. Do not forget to wipe the outside perimeter of your window as well.
With the right technique, tools and solution, you are just a wipe away from a streak free windows!