How to Get Streak-Free Windows

For clear and bright windows.

Washing windows is a tiresome chore, but it’s even worse when your labors leave streaks on the windows. Here’s how the pros avoid streaking when they wipe off their windows:

  • Use a window-washing squeegee with a smooth, soft rubber edge. (Or use crumpled-up black-and-white newspaper — avoid the color sections.)
  • Dry a 1-inch (2.5 centimeter) strip at the top or side of each window and always start your squeegee there — starting on dry glass is one key to avoiding streaks.
  • Don’t wash windows in direct sunlight, because quickly dried glass is more susceptible to streaking. Evenings or cloudy days are the times for window washing.

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