How to get streak free windows without drying

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How to get streak free windows without drying
Get streak-free windows without drying when you use a squeegee. (windows image by pearlguy from

Clean and streak-free windows sparkling in the sun are a delight to behold. When you decide it is time to clean the windows, choose a cloudy day for best results because sun can dry your window cleaner before you have a chance to remove it. The tools of the window-cleaning trade are not extensive or expensive, but once you have the proper tools you will find it easy to get streak-free windows without drying.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Large bucket
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • Warm water
  • Dish washing detergent (optional)
  • Squeegee
  • Stepladder (optional)
  • Clean cloth

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  1. 1

    Measure and pour the white vinegar into the bucket. Add 1 gallon of warm water to the bucket and stir the liquids well to mix them. If your windows are especially soiled, add two or three drops of dish washing detergent to the bucket and stir to activate the bubbles.

  2. 2

    Position yourself at the window with the bucket, the squeegee and a step ladder, if necessary. Dip your squeegee into the bucket and immediately wipe the sponge side of the squeegee onto the windowpane. Scrub at the glass to remove all smudges and dirt.

  3. 3

    Turn the squeegee around so the rubber side of the squeegee is against the glass and take a horizontal pass at the glass with the squeegee across the very top of the glass starting at the left corner and ending at the right corner.

  4. 4

    Wipe the squeegee rubber with the cloth and take a vertical pass at the glass along the left side of the window. Start at the top where you already squeegeed and when you reach the bottom of the window, angle your squeegee off to the right to go along the corner of the window pane.

  5. 5

    Dry the squeegee rubber again with the cloth and continue to make vertical passes at the window until you have removed all excess window cleaner from the window glass with the squeegee.

  6. 6

    Clean all your windows using the same squeegee technique.

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