What causes streaks when cleaning windows?
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What causes streaks when cleaning windows?

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e aren’t a fan of streaking unless it’s during halftime at a Tennessee Titans game. (Disclaimer: Platinum Window Cleaning does not condone or encourage this behavior!)

One of our pet peeves is pesky window streaks.

One of our pet peeves is pesky window streaks. There are several factors that can contribute to streaks when cleaning windows, and fortunately, there are also several tips that can help prevent them.

What Causes Streaks When Cleaning Windows?

One of the most common causes of streaks when cleaning windows is using too much cleaning solution. When there is too much soap or cleaning solution on the window, it can be difficult to fully rinse it off, leaving behind a film that dries and leaves streaks.

Another cause of streaks is using the wrong type of cleaning solution or cleaning cloth. Some types of soap or cleaning agents can leave behind a residue that is more prone to streaking. Similarly, certain types of cloths or sponges may not absorb excess cleaning solution well, leading to streaks. 

In addition to these causes, there are also several external factors that can contribute to streaks. For example, if the window is in direct sunlight or if the air is particularly humid, the cleaning solution may dry more slowly, increasing the chances of streaks.

Tips to Prevent Streaking When Cleaning Windows

Here are some tips to help prevent streaks:

Use the right amount of cleaning solution: The key to preventing streaks is to use just enough cleaning solution to effectively remove dirt and grime, but not so much that it leaves behind a film.

Choose the right cleaning solution: Look for a cleaning solution that is specifically formulated for windows and does not leave behind a residue. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners, as these can leave streaks or damage the window.

Use the right type of cloth or sponge: A microfiber cloth or a squeegee is generally the best choice for cleaning windows. Avoid using paper towels or other types of rough cloths, as these can leave lint or streaks behind.

Clean the window in the right conditions: To prevent streaks, try to clean your windows on a cloudy day or in the shade. Avoid cleaning windows in direct sunlight or when the air is particularly humid, as these conditions can cause the cleaning solution to dry more slowly.

Dry the window thoroughly: After cleaning the window, be sure to dry it thoroughly. Use a clean, dry microfiber cloth or squeegee to remove any excess cleaning solution and ensure that the window is completely streak-free.

By following these tips, you can help ensure that your windows are clean and streak-free every time you clean them. Want a pristine window finish? Trust Platinum Window Cleaning for your next residential or commercial window cleaning job!