If you’re using cloth, go microfiber
We’ll shoot straight: we recommend using professional cleaning equipment (and professional cleaners) with squeegees, mops, ladders, waterfed poles and, and other secret sauce. But we’re also not one to shy away from covering popular DIY solutions - if you’re going to use cloth to clean your windows, ensure it’s a lint-free, cotton microfiber.
Microfiber cloth grabs dirt, grime, and other particles that are otherwise tarnishing your window shine. Grab a microfiber cloth, dampen it, and lightly scrub your windows in a circular motion. Follow with a rinse, then finish again with a clean microfiber cloth. It will leave a streak-free shine and absorb any leftover moisture to prevent water trails.
To ensure your microfiber cloths remain in great shape for multiple washes, clean them with low heat. Too much heat will melt the fibers and ruin its absorbent properties. Careful with using fabric softeners, as it can create a small film on the fibers, which will ultimately lead to a streaky finish.
Why not use Paper Towels?
Some DIYers opt to use paper towels for window cleaning. We advise against this because, unless it’s a specialized paper towel, its absorbency will work against you and leave streaks. Paper towels are better used to dry/clean your countertops; not exterior glass.
Why not use a washcloth?
Washcloths are inexpensive and often bountiful around the house. Everyone has a spare rag, so why not use it to clean your windows? For one, a washcloth just isn’t made for polishing. Instead, it may be useful for dry or damp washing or clearing of debris. Washcloths can even be used for removing excess water, but they’ll leave residue if you use them for finishing.
Why not use a bath towel?
In addition to being bulky, bath towels don’t provide much cleaning value. They may be acceptable for drying windows or protecting your window sill / nose, but that’s about it. Also remember that bath towels can be expensive. Save them for their intended purpose.
If you’re looking for a professional window clean in or around Nashville, give Platinum Window Cleaning a shout. We’ll give you a free quote, and provide insight into our washing process (which extends beyond microfiber cloth!).
Platinum Window Cleaning is a locally owned and operated service provider serving the greater Nashville area.