10 Window Cleaning Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them!)

We’ve all been there: staring at a window smeared with streaks, feeling defeated. But fear not, fellow clean enthusiasts! Here are the 10 most common window cleaning mistakes (and how to avoid them) to achieve sparkling, streak-free windows:

  1. Skipping the Dust: You wouldn’t paint a dirty wall, so don’t clean a dusty window! Brush or vacuum window frames and sills before spraying to avoid spreading dust and creating a muddy mess.
  2. Paper Towel Blues: Ditch the paper towels! These can leave lint and scratches. Microfiber cloths are your new best friend, trapping dirt and grime for a flawless finish.
  3. Cleaning in the Sun: Direct sunlight dries cleaning solution too quickly, causing streaks. Opt for a cloudy day or clean windows in sections, keeping a shaded area to work with.
  4. The Wrong Cleaning Solution: Harsh chemicals can damage window frames and leave streaks. Stick to natural solutions like vinegar and water or a few drops of dish soap in warm water.
  5. Forgetting the Bucket (for big jobs): For multi-story homes or extensive cleaning, a bucket is your friend. Fill it with your cleaning solution and rinse water to avoid constant trips back and forth.
  6. Squeegee Misuse: A dirty or damaged squeegee blade will leave streaks. Use a squeegee with a clean, rubber blade and work from top to bottom, overlapping slightly and wiping the blade with your microfiber cloth after each pass.
  7. Neglecting the Buff: Spraying and wiping isn’t enough! Use a dry microfiber cloth to buff the window to a sparkling finish, removing any remaining residue.
  8. Cleaning a Large Area at Once: Tackle the window in sections to ensure even cleaning and prevent the solution from drying too quickly, leading to streaks.
  9. Forgetting the Microfiber Maintenance: These cloths trap dirt, but they need cleaning too! Wash your microfiber cloths regularly to maintain their effectiveness and prevent bacteria growth.
  10. Ignoring Stubborn Stains: For stuck-on grime, store-bought glass cleaner or a baking soda paste (mix baking soda with water) can be your savior. Apply gently, then rinse thoroughly.

By avoiding these common mistakes and following these simple tips, you’ll be a window cleaning pro in no time! Get ready for sparkling windows and a bright, clear view!

10 Window Cleaning Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them!)
10 Window Cleaning Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them!)