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27
May
2016

Perfectly clean windows without those annoying streaks


No matter the type, size, or style of your home, it's always important to make sure that your windows are clean if you want to enjoy the view. If your entire home is clean but your windows are dirty, it can undo all of your cleaning efforts. One of the biggest problems when cleaning windows is preventing streaks. Streaks tend to form without you even realizing, and they are most visible at certain angles and at night. Fortunately, there are some easy techniques that you can apply in order to prevent a less than perfect result.

Type of water

Drinking water is often analyzed and treated with a fair amount of caution. However, when it comes to cleaning, many of us don't give it a second thought. Just about anything goes when it comes to washing your home. When it comes to your windows, however, it can be worth using a cleaner water source instead of your average tap water. Glass has a way of highlighting each and every imperfection so, consider using distilled water for your windows. This is particularly beneficial if you have hard water coming out of your taps. Since distilled water lacks various minerals found in tap water, it won't leave behind those pesky deposits that cause streaks.

Cleaning agent

There are some great window cleaning products out there as well as those of inferior quality. The cheaper options usually don't work as well as the higher-priced varieties. If you are looking for a cheap yet effective solution, try vinegar! Vinegar is a cost-effective choice, it's highly effective, and it's natural too. If you're not a fan of the smell, you can use your regular window cleaner inside the home and save the 50/50 water and vinegar solution for use outdoors. Vinegar is great or preventing streaks which is why so many homeowners choose to endure the temporary unpleasant odor.

Less bubbles

Just like mineral deposits from the water can cause streaks, so too can excessively soapy water. If you use too much soap in your window washing water, the residue can stay behind and cause streaks. Use minimal detergent. Warm (not hot) water is far more effective at removing dirt than an overdose of suds so keep bubbles to a minimum.

Paper towels

While many people still use old newspapers to clean their windows, this is not the ideal cleaning material. Once the newspaper gets wet or comes into contact with the cleaning agent, it will cause the ink in the paper to be released. The ink will then spread all over your window frames and your hands. Paper towels were often chosen instead of newspaper, but these materials are known for leaving behind streaks and a find paper-like residue. Instead, you should use a squeegee or a microfiber cloth for the best results.

Finish with a buff

If, despite your best efforts, you still notice a streak here and there, you can solve this with a quick buff. Use a microfiber cloth or chamois only after you have dried the glass. Buff over the entire glass panel to make sure that any streaks have been removed.

Don't forget the importance of regular cleaning. The less time you give dirt to build up, the easier they are to clean. Take a look at our wide range of windows at NorthShield Windows and Doors. We are proud to offer free in-home quotes. Call Winnipeg (204) 272-3725 / Toronto (905) 326-3444  now to schedule your appointment!

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Sanjay Tamang
3 months ago
Love our new windows and doors. We had all our windows replaced on the main floor, side door and front door, as well as the storm doors. The installation team was great. They removed the existing awning and were really great at cleaning up after the work. There were a couple of issues after the install, but the after sales service team of Alex and Walter were able to resolve it promptly. Great advice from Walter about keeping the humidity inside the house to maintain the windows, and also how to operate them properly. And thanks very much Alex and team for buying the doorbell and installing it for us, as well as fixing the bottom part of the door frames to cover holes on the flooring. Appreciate all your hard work and for going the extra mile. Will definitely recommend your company to friends, neighbors and family.
Thomas Carlyle
a month ago
NorthShield did an excellent job with our house. They were the lowest price our of 4 companies I contacted for quotes. The windows look beautiful, and the molding is very well done. The installation was very quick, they replaced all of the windows in our house in about 4 hours. They cleaned up everything completely afterwards inside and outside, you can't even tell they were here! Very professional, very high quality installation, materials and work. I would highkly recommend them.
Courtney Schappert
3 months ago
Likely a good company for windows, installers seemed competent. However for doors they seemed to have much less experience. My salesman left the company midway through the process and I wasn't informed, and turns out some miscommunication between him and I led to a product I didn't want. The door is nice, just not what I had thought I ordered, and it took about 4 months to get, so I accepted it. The paint also chipped after they left, which leaves a bad feeling (even though that's more of a manufacturer issue than NorthShield issue). I'm not saying these guys are going to be bad for you, but I'm not thrilled with my result. REPLY December 5, 2018: I had called about the paint chip and wrong door options already at the time and was told there was no recourse for me. The paint chip was there when I came home from work after the door was installed, but you provided a picture the installers took before the paint was chipped, so at that time I was told there was no recourse. The wrong options I was told was due to a salesman who took my order having left the company, and there was no paperwork showing my chosen option (no door handle hole to be cut). I will call again tomorrow and update this with the results of that conversation.
Carl To
5 months ago
Alex and the team at north shield were amazing. Great customer service, along with a great team of installers. North shield replaced my 2 front living room windows in 1 day. They even took away my awning! Highly recommended
Lois
4 months ago
Very professional workers that despite finding, no vapor barrier and wood rot on our deck, fixed it right and continued to install our very beautiful door and side light without complaint. I would highly recommend Northshield to any friends, neighbors or anyone else. I am a very Happy, Happy Gal with my beautiful new door!
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