How to Get Streak-Free Windows This Spring

Spring cleaning is one of the joys of the season. After living with the grit and grime that comes with winter weather, many homeowners look forward to sprucing up both the interior and exterior of their home. One of the most popular tasks on the list is spring window cleaning. While there are a wide range of window cleaning solutions on the market, Bob Vila recommends a good old-fashioned water and vinegar solution to keep your windows streak-free.


We pulled some of his best tips from the recent article Helpful Hints on Cleaning Windows to help you achieve the clearest view possible.


Inside Windows


  • Add cool water and a couple of drops of liquid dish soap to a bucket.
  • Lay down a bath towel to catch water spills and eliminate a slipping hazard
  • Dip a sponge or microfiber cloth into the bucket and wipe the surface of the window from top to bottom. Remember to wipe the window frame inside and out.
  • Fill a spray bottle with one part white vinegar and two parts water. Spray the entire window with the solution. You can also use Windex.
  • Use a lint-free towel or black-and-white newspaper and Z-shaped strokes to dry the window
  • Dirty windows often need two rounds of spraying and drying so repeat if necessary.
  • Keep in mind cool, cloudy days are actually ideal for cleaning windows because they are mild enough to keep the soap water and spray solution from drying before you’re ready.


Outside Windows

  • Gently hose down your windows to spray off dirt and stains. Then, use the hose to fill a bucket with water while adding a couple of drops of liquid dish soap.
  • Dip a sponge or microfiber cloth into the bucket and wipe the surface of the window from top to bottom. Use a sponge mop with a long handle to reach higher windows.
  • Rinse with a hose
  • Spray vinegar and water solution or Windex onto the window. Dip a sponge mop into the solution and apply to higher windows.
  • Wipe dry with a rubber-bladed squeegee.
  • For resistant stains like bird droppings, saturate with the vinegar and water solution and let it sit for several minutes then wipe dry. You can use a soft scrubbing sponge but avoid steel wool and other abrasive scrubbers that can scratch your windows.
  • Remember to clean the screens as well. To do so, remove them and rinse with the hose, spray with the vinegar and water solution, then rinse again with the hose and replace once completely dry.


If your spring window cleaning reveals that it is time to replace your windows altogether, trust the job to a professional who will get it done right the first time. Contact , a leading contractor in the Chicagoland area, for a free estimate on your window installation job.