5 Tips for Cleaning Glass Without Streaks


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Banish Paper Towels
If paper products besides newspaper are in your cleaning arsenal, put them away.
If paper products besides newspaper are in your cleaning arsenal, put them away.
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You know that bucket of glass-cleaning supplies you carry through the house when it's window day? Contrary to popular belief, there should not be a roll of paper towels in it. We know, we know – your world has just been rocked.

Now that you've settled back down, it's time for the cold, hard truth. When used on glass, paper towels leave not only streaks, but linty ones at that. Instead, go for a cleaner option, like a microfiber cloth or squeegee to get the job done. Or, embrace a totally old school method and use a handful of newspaper (if you can find one)! It turns out that your morning read does an amazing job on glass; just don't use any of the glossier pages or "funny" sections. Sure, there's some potential for personal mess, but if you stick to the black and white pages and wear gloves, you'll enjoy clean glass and hands at the same time! Odd though it might seem, wiping down glass with newspaper not only helps produce streak-free glass, but also a lovely, bright shine!

Be sure to spray your cleaning product on the newspaper or cloth rather than directly on the mirror. This will prevent the cleaner from dripping into the frame and possibly corroding it.

Finally, after all that elbow grease, it's time for the finishing touch.

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