Window and door installation contractors often offer tips on window cleaning. Some even offer cleaning services or have contacts who can do it for you. However, window cleaning is often a DIY chore for homeowners.
The use of newspapers to clean windows is a popular tradition. Not everyone agrees, though, as newspapers dissolve quickly when wet, and some older ones may leave streaks on your windows and the frame because of the ink. They also tend to leave a dark stain on your hands.
To make sure your window cleaning is hassle-free, use these materials instead:
Bathroom or Hand Towels
Bathroom or hand towels can be used for cleaning your windows. Make sure to pick only cotton ones, and wash and dry them a few times to remove most of the lint. Bathroom towels are bigger so you can use them as drop cloths. As for the hand towels, they’re just the right size for cleaning windows. They’re highly absorbent and cheap too.
The chamois cloth is similar to its namesake leather (from the chamois goat-antelope) in its absorbency and smooth finish. It’s popular among car detailers as it dries car surfaces well and leaves hardly any streaks. Chamois is best used on glass and smooth surfaces like vinyl siding. Siding contractors may also approve of its use.
Another car detailing staple, a microfiber cloth is best for cleaning window glass, both for applying a mild soapy solution and for drying (use a separate microfiber cloth, if possible). It is known for not scratching glass surfaces and not streaking. You can find cheap packs of this cloth in supermarkets, home improvement shops, and car detailing stores.
The importance of the material you use for cleaning your windows becomes obvious when light shines on the window glass from an angle. Dirty rags or other pieces of cloth that are not recommended for the job often leave unsightly streaks.
We can tell you more at Abby Windows & Exteriors. We are professional window and roofing contractors. Call us at (414) 209-0404 or contact us here for a free, no-obligation estimate on your home improvement project.