How to clean windows for a streak free shine
A streak free shine on your windows is not impossible to achieve. There are different ways to get that streak free shine. Some require no more then products you may already have in your home. Other methods of getting a streak free shine require specialty cleaners or rags.
There are different methods for getting a streak free shine on your windows using homemade recipes. They don't all require the same ingredients or the same cloths. You can use paper towels, newspapers, or squeegees. The best way to find one that works for you is to try them all out on different windows. First let's look at the different recipes and methods.
For this first method you will need: ammonia, dish soap or vinegar, paper towels, squeegees, sponges, old newspapers and buckets. Start with making the cleaning solution. Mix either a capful of ammonia or 4-5 drops of dish soap to either 2 gallons of water or 1 cup of vinegar with one quart of water. Try out the two different ways with this recipe to find what works for you and the perfect shine for your windows. Some grime is just tougher and requires different cleaners. Next dip the sponge in the mixture you made just until it is damp enough to wet the window and not soak it. Wash the window with the sponge using extra time on the sides and corners where dirt and grime tend to build up. Fill a bucket with clean water and dip the squeegee in it. Start at the top pulling the squeegee gently down stopping a few inches from the bottom. Wipe the squeegee with the paper towels. Finish the window repeating this last step. At the end swipe the squeegee horizontally to clean the bottom inch. Your window should be shiny and streak free.
This next method doesn't use as many tools but you can still get a streak free shine. You will need newspaper or those junk mail flyers you get in the mail, water, vinegar, and a clean spray bottle. To start make the solution using 1 part vinegar with 2 parts water and put into your spray bottle. Shake bottle to mix well. Spray onto window and wipe away with the newspaper or mail flyers. Wipe only vertically or horizontally to reduce streaks. You should have a shine and streak free window. The newspaper print may come off on your hands but will come off with soap and water.
This next method just uses vinegar. You can wipe away with paper towels or newspapers. If you have a lot of windows you might want to mix with water. Use the same way as the above method. This method is probably the best for spot cleaning. It's easy, fast and uses items you already have.
This last method requires vinegar, ammonia, cornstarch, rubbing alcohol, warm water and coffee filters. Start making the cleaner by mixing half cup of both vinegar and ammonia in 1 ½ gallons of warm water then add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch. In colder weather use a few tablespoons of rubbing alcohol to keep the cleaner from freezing. Pour into a spray bottle for easy application onto your windows. Then use the coffee filters to dry the windows. This can be used indoors or out because of the rubbing alcohol.
If you would like to forego making your own cleaner there are other products ready mixed for you to purchase. Some will give you a streak free shine and some may not. You just may have to use trial and error. There are also cloths you can use that say they will give a streak free shine to windows. These can be purchased on-line. If none work for you try mixing up the different cleaners and drying methods. You are sure to find your recipe for shiny streak free windows.