Streak-free brilliance: How to clean your windows with no streaks
You're probably all too familiar with them – those greasy streaks on a nice clean window that you just can't get seem to get rid of. These unsightly marks only become visible when the sun shines on the window. Hours of scrubbing and polishing are exhausting, incredibly time-consuming and usually smear the window even more. We'll show you how to easily clean your window flawlessly. We'll also introduce you to one of our newest members of the Power X-Change family: the Einhell cordless window cleaner BRILLIANTO – your indispensable helper for streak-free windows.
TIP: Choose the right time
As already mentioned, spring or autumn is a good time to clean the windows. At these times of the year, the weather is not too hot, but also not too cold, which would mean the cleaning water could possibly freeze on the glass. Direct sunlight or too high temperatures dry the cleaning agent and water too quickly, which can result in streaks. Therefore, choose a dry but cool day to clean your windows.
Window cleaning with a system
Spray, wipe, squeegee? Unfortunately, that's far from all you need to do. With the right system, however, you will see that everything is half as bad. You can safely clean your windows without streaks in just four simple steps. Basically, you work from the outside in. For the cleaning itself, you often do not need much: a soft, lint-free cloth or rag, a bucket with lukewarm water and a squeegee, chamois leather or a towel. If you see that there is stubborn dirt on the outside of the window, you can add some detergent to your water. Of course, you can also use a commercial glass cleaner to clean your dirty windows.
Step 1: Prepare the window
The best way to start is to clean the window, the window frame and the window sill of coarse dirt such as cobwebs or dust. Use a hand brush for this. If you have the Einhell cordless hand vacuum cleaner TE-HV 18/06 Li at home, you can of course also suck in the dust with it. Use the crevice nozzle included to get to tight, hard-to-reach places like the corners.
Step 2: Clean the window frames and window sills
Now you can fill a bucket with lukewarm water and a splash of dish soap. Wet a clean rag, such as a microfibre cloth, and use it to thoroughly wipe the entire window frame inside and out. You can also use it to clean the window sill. Remember to wash your cloth in the bucket every now and then, so that you aren't just spreading the dirt around. The window can then simply be dried off.
Step 3: Cleaning the windowpane
Now to the actual task: cleaning the glass. Prepare a new bucket of fresh lukewarm water. In fact, in most cases, clean, warm water is completely sufficient when cleaning windows. The usual dirt such as pollen dust or fingerprints can be easily removed. Other cleaning agents such as glass cleaners, dishwashing detergents or vinegar essence might be useful when it comes to heavy soiling. However, it's worth noted that some cleaners may damage the sealing material on the window. Now simply wipe the dirty window with a clean, wet cloth. Essentially, you're repeating the process from step 2.
Step 4: Drying the windowpane
This is probably the most crucial step on the way to a streak-free window. Traditionally, you can dry the window glass with a clean, dry microfibre cloth or a ordinary towel. After the first drying, if you notice that streaks have formed, you can wipe the glass again with clean water and an unused cloth and then polish again with a clean, dry cloth. However, drying works best with a squeegee that has a clean and firm rubber lip.
With the right technology, no streaks are created. By the way, we at Einhell have just the right device for you for the final step in window cleaning. The Einhell cordless window cleaner BRILLIANTO guarantees a streak-free clean.
INFO: Why are streaks created?
The residues on the glass of the window are caused by dried cleaning agents or by soiled cleaning rags. Even remnants of water that has dried too quickly can cause streaks that cannot be removed straight away.