View Full Version : It doesn't work!

08-16-2008, 08:32 AM
People who say you can clean windows without streaks LIE! You can't! I've tried and it just doesn't work! It cannot be done!

There. I feel a bit better now.

08-16-2008, 08:33 AM
Mud is not a good window cleaner. Just thought I'd point that out.

08-16-2008, 08:35 AM
You can only use the old 'spit shine' technique if you haven't been eating directly prior. ;)

08-16-2008, 08:38 AM
Well thanks! Aren't you both a big help!

08-16-2008, 08:42 AM
Use newspaper instead of cloths or paper towels. Chuck it as soon as it starts to get soggy, as the coloured ink tends to run.

08-16-2008, 08:45 AM
My in-laws, ancient people that they are, use the newspaper and vinegar trick to wash windows. Personally, I don't understand how newspaper can CLEAN a window since it would OBVIOUSLY leave NEWSPRINT on the glass.

But there are a lot of things I don't understand. Surprise!

08-16-2008, 08:48 AM
SF, it just doesn't. But with the modern organic inks, they'll start smearing colour on the glass once they get too wet. So I just spray the glass, wipe, and dispose of the newspaper once it's too soggy.

08-16-2008, 08:55 AM
Okay, thanks guys. I used (as per the instructions I found on the internet somewhere) cold water with just a few drops of everyday washing detergent in it. I used a sponge to clean the window first, then I used the rubber blade thing (sorry, I don't know what it's called) to slide down the window. And that's where my streaks happen.

Should I just forget that and use newspaper?

Because I must say, in between the streaks, it looks quite good.

08-16-2008, 09:14 AM
Oh, I forgot. Figure 8's. That's what I was told to make streak free windows.

08-16-2008, 09:17 AM
The newspaper really works.. just saying. That's the way I do it.

08-16-2008, 09:21 AM
LG--You wash windows? Wanna come over to my house?


08-16-2008, 09:27 AM
Mary.. you got pizza and beer?

Clair Dickson
08-16-2008, 10:18 AM
The rubber window thing is a squeegee.

08-16-2008, 10:29 AM
The rubber window thing is a squeegee.


Keyboard Hound
08-16-2008, 04:25 PM
Why not rub the streaks the squeegee leaves with the newspaper?

Newspapers really do work. They work great on chrome, too.

08-16-2008, 04:28 PM
Either the rubber squeege or newspaper with water and vinegar. and it is better to wash windows on a cloudy day. For some reason windows streak more on a sunny day

08-16-2008, 04:31 PM
Thanks. I'll give the newspaper a go tomorrow. Grrrr! I hate windows!

08-16-2008, 04:52 PM
I welcome streaks, on my mirror, at least. Prevents me from gettin' too good of a look at me mug ;-)

08-16-2008, 05:15 PM
Use the squeegee and a paper towel to wipe the the little bit that is left at the edges of the squeegee. Use a dry paper towel.

All else fails, hire a professional


08-16-2008, 09:01 PM
At work, I use Windex and white paper towels. It works if you're fussy and careful. Squeegees always seem to leave streaks, and I'd only recommend them for really big, commercial-sized windows. For home use, stick to newspaper or any other lint-free paper.

08-16-2008, 10:02 PM
Hot water in a bucket, cup of white vinegar. Spray Windex on window, use sponge sopping wet from bucket to scrub window, use squeegee, wipe squeegee with soft cotton towel or rag or whatever (not new, they just push water around) after each pass, then polish window with dry towel. DO NOT TRY TO WASH A HOT WINDOW! Streaks something awful. If all that is too complicated, use any window cleaner and towel or newspaper.

Jersey Chick
08-16-2008, 10:52 PM
Newspaper? Really? I'll have to try that on my car windows - they streak so bad I can't see at night when headlights beam at the windshield. Scares the hell out of anyone in the car with me ;)

08-16-2008, 11:10 PM
Newspaper? Really? I'll have to try that on my car windows - they streak so bad I can't see at night when headlights beam at the windshield. Scares the hell out of anyone in the car with me ;)Mine just get really grimy on the inside. I'm not sure if I should be frightened about what sorts of chemicals are getting into the car to make that happen, or not...

Jersey Chick
08-16-2008, 11:16 PM
You know, now that I think about it, mine are worse on the inside as well. I thought it was from when I smoked (never with the kids in the car, so no one yell at me, kthnxbai :D)... but now... hmm... you've got me kind of curious as well....

08-17-2008, 06:41 AM
Yup, newspapers are the best for cleaning car windows. No fuss, no mess. It's all in the ink!

08-17-2008, 06:46 AM
Yep, newspaper is the best!

And, btw, I've found that regular old Windex type window cleaner is an excellent spot remover. Small spots, I hasten to add. But works wonders!

08-17-2008, 07:33 AM
Use newsprint... you can buy it from the newspaper printing places. It has no ink on it and it's cheap.

Never clean windows when the sun is out.

Clean each window 2 times...

My windows don't streak.. :)

Jersey Chick
08-17-2008, 07:59 AM
Who knew there were so many rules to streak-free windows? ;)

08-17-2008, 09:42 AM
It does work!

Newspaper, that is. I've just gone around and re-done the windows I did yesterday. Newspaper, vinegar and water. NO MORE STREAKS! I am so happy! Thank you everyone!

Now if someone could just get me a new pair of arms, everything would be perfect.

08-17-2008, 12:50 PM
Who knew there were so many rules to streak-free windows? ;)
The ones with streak-free windows. ;)

My windows are only occasionally streak-free. I don't care all that much. But when I'm in the mood to care, I know what to do. ;)