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Glass Cleaning 101

Taking care of glass surfaces requires constant work, and sometimes you need professional help to get shiny windows. And since house cleaning can be tiring, experts in Pearl City recommend breaking it into smaller tasks that you can do every day. However, this doesn’t apply to glass cleaning.

There are many rules when it comes to windows, mirrors, and other glass surfaces. We will show you how you can achieve the best results, so keep reading!

What is the best way to clean glass?

Many people think that windows need constant washing and special products to keep them shiny. But just like with stainless steel, sometimes the best thing for glass is a product you already have at home, like:

  • Warm water and soap
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • White vinegar

Using a commercial glass cleaner is always a good choice, but if the glass feels greasy afterward, you should try one of the options listed above. Sometimes homemade cleaners are better than commercial. This is because soapy water efficiently removes dust and dirt from the windows.

When washing windows, always wipe from top to bottom. If your shower door is made of glass, invest in a squeegee and slide it after each use. You can easily prevent hard water stains this way.

Does vinegar clean glass?

When combined with water in a 1:4 ratio, white vinegar does wonders with glass surfaces. Put the mixture in a spray bottle and use a clean microfiber cloth. This prevents streaks and removes any type of grease, dirt, and grime off of windows.

However, while it’s safe for glass, it can be dangerous for metal and wood surrounding the glass. Vinegar is acidic and can eat away the protective enamel on natural materials, so use it with caution. To prevent damage when cleaning windows, always spray the product on the cloth and wipe the glass with it. It’s a safer method because you’ll have more control over the product.

How can I clean glass without streaks?

Having streak-free mirrors and windows may seem unattainable, but only if you’ve been cleaning them the wrong way. By following a couple of rules, you’ll never see streaks again.

Never wash your windows on a warm and sunny day

Too much heat causes the product to dry faster and you’ll notice streaks before you even finish cleaning. While a sunny day may seem ideal for window cleaning because all the stains are perfectly visible, streaks are inevitable.

Use less product

Streaks can easily appear on any glass surface if there is product residue. A good way to control it is to spray the solution on a clean and dry microfiber cloth and wipe the surface with another one afterward.

Buff it out with a newspaper

If you’ve done all of the above, but the streaks still appear, it might just take a little bit of work to remove them. The newspaper has a slightly coarse texture and works great in removing leftover product without scratching the glass. Buff out the streaks with it, and you’ll be satisfied with the result.

Another extra tip is for preventing the mirror from fogging in the bathroom after showering. First, clean the mirror with soapy water, wipe off the residue, and buff in a bit of shaving cream until the glass is clear. Your mirror won’t fog anymore!

What is the best way to clean glass

Who can I call for expert house cleaning in Pearl City?

If all of this seems like a lot of work for a sparkly glass surface, call Maid in Oahu. We work with cleaners who have all these tricks up their sleeves and many more! 

Why should you waste your precious time and energy buffing out your windows when you can hire someone to do it for you? Take a relaxing day off near the Pearl Harbor National Wildlife Refuge and leave the streaky windows to us. Contact us today!

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