ROSEMONT, IL - OCTOBER 06: A worker cleans a window of a car at a car wash October 6, 2006 in Rosemont, Illinois. The U.S. Department of Labor's monthly employment report released today shows a dip in both job growth and the unemployment …
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It may sound like an impossible task, but there are ways you can get a streak-free shine on your windows without hiring a professional or spending a lot of money.
The first step is to make sure you are not washing the windows directly in sunlight. Experts say the main reason streaks appear is because of quick drying. They say glass needs to dry on its own, without the extra heat. So instead, you might want to wait until evening or cloudy days to complete your task.
If you want to feel like a pro, you will need three tools to make it happen. First, you will need a window-washing squeegee with a smooth, soft rubber edge. Be sure to dry a one inch strip at the top or side of each window and always start your squeegee there. Then go from one side and go across the glass in one single evenly pressured stroke. Be sure to wipe the squeegee blade clean with a lint free cloth before starting on the next stroke.
Ok, now that you know that, you are probably asking 'should I use those expensive cleaners like Windex?' The answer is no. You can make your own solution involving water and a few drops of dishwashing soap. Simply mix it up in a two gallon bucket and pour into a spray bottle.
For people like stay at home moms or those just looking to save a few bucks, there are some alternatives already in your house or apartment that can do the job.
First, you will need dishwashing detergent, warm water, a rag and newspaper. Fill the bucket with warm water a few drops of the soap and mix it up. Now you are ready to start. Dip your rag into the water and wash the window using a circular motion. Once you are done, be sure to dry the windows in that same motion using newspaper. For parents, this can be a great way to get your child involved. If you do, be sure they do tackle the lower portion of the window, because it would be an easy fix if they do not do it right.
Some websites have published a method which I have not tried out, but there are several who swear by it. Add 1 teaspoon of cornstarch to a bottle or bucket of warm water. Dump it into a spray bottle and spray it on your windows. Be sure to use newspaper or a lint free rag to clean it.
As for what type of dishwashing liquid to use, you might want to consider a scented one because it can leave your home smelling clean.
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