Whether cleaning window glass, a mirror or a coffee table, achieving crystal clear results is more about the right products and tools than elbow grease. As a general rule, do not clean glass in direct sunlight, as the surface temperature may be too hot for optimum cleaning. For windows and mirrors, start cleaning from the uppermost portion and work downward to reduce the risk of leaving residue on the glass at lower levels.
1) Depending on the type of water that comes out of your tap, you may want to consider diluting your cleaner with distilled water. Minerals in tap water can leave behind streaky deposits.
2) Vinegar is an excellent alternative to chemical cleaners. And a cheap one too! Simply mix up a 50/50 solution in a spray bottle and use it on all your glass products.
3) If you need to use soap to clean really dirty glass (sticky finger prints on the coffee table) go light. It doesn’t take much soap to get rid of the dirt. Too much soap will leave behind a residue if the surface isn’t rinsed well enough with water. A little soap goes a long way.
4) Paper towels are not your friend when cleaning glass. Paper towels leave streaks and lint. Use lint free microfiber cloth, a squeegee, or the best bet, newsprint. Yes, newsprint. It is the best for leaving your glass and windows streak and lint free. Be mindful of bleeding ink however, and wear gloves.
5) Sometimes no matter how careful we are in choosing our cleaning products, an occasional streak may happen. In these cases use a clean, dry cloth (chamois or microfiber) to buff the surface.
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