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Cleaning 101: The Best Way to Clean Windows

What is the best way to clean windows? We reveal our expert window cleaning tips, products, and outline the tools & techniques to get streakless surfaces!
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Written by Tenley Haraldson.


Until they're free of dust and smudges, you probably won't realize just how dirty your windows are. Don’t worry: We’ll walk you through the best way to clean windows for a stress-free, streak-free experience.

First, Get the Best Product to Clean Windows

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We firmly believe in the power of plant-based products. That’s why our 99.51% Natural Surface Cleaner is specially engineered to clean any home surface – including windows and mirrors. Simply put, it’s the best way to clean windows without streaking.

Grab the Right Microfiber Cloth

the best product to clean windows

Paper towels are expensive, wasteful, and tear under pressure. Cotton towels  push dirt around (instead of picking it up), and no one wants to deal with fuzzy, smudged glass. The right microfiber towels can completely transform your cleaning experience.

100x finer than human hair, Puracy microfiber towel fibers provide an incredible amount of surface area. They also absorb 7X their weight in water and are designed to be used over 500 times.

The Easiest Way to Clean Windows

Now that you've got your supplies, it’s time to get to work: 

#1: Clean Windows on the Right Day

Hot, sunny days will dry the cleaning spray before you can wipe it off. This leads to streaks and frustration. No one has time for that. Wait for a cloudy, cool day.

#2: Clean Window Treatments

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Avoid muddy, streaky solution sliding down glass: Take care of your window treatments first.

Dampen a microfiber towel with a 50/50 vinegar-water mixture. Working your way downwards, pinch a blind slat between your fingers and run the cloth down the entire length. Rinse your microfiber cloth in the cleaning solution as often as necessary.

If you spot a few lingering dust bunnies, trap them with a vacuum cleaner attachment. Spritz window sills with our Natural Surface Spray and wipe clean.

Pro Tip: To refresh your curtains and remove dust, toss them on an “air fluff” setting for about 15 minutes.

#3: Pay Attention to Tough Spots

Notice areas with particularly intense water spots or streaks? Spray them with our Natural Surface Cleaner, let it sit for about 30 seconds, then wipe clean. 

#4: Focus on 2 x 2’ Areas

To clean windows without streaks, you need to use the right amount of cleaning product., One spray of our multi-surface spray should suffice for every 2x2 foot area. If you notice moisture or streaking, you've used too much product. 

#5: It’s All in the Wrist

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Using a clean microfiber towel, apply medium pressure in fast, overlapping “Z” patterns. You’ll know you’re doing it right when the cleaner begins to evaporate after each wipe. 

#6: Give It One Final Pass

To ensure a streak-free finish, buff your window with the same Z-shaped technique.

The Best Way to Clean Large Windows

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It can be frustrating to wash large windows. But the secret to streak-free surfaces: Break out a squeegee before using your microfiber towel.

Spray the window in 2x2’ areas, place the tool at a 30º angle, and glide it in horizontal sweeps. Follow with step #5.

The Best Way to Clean Outside Windows

The Best Way to Clean Outside Windows

For ground floor windows, spray windows, casements, and corners with a hose to remove dirt and debris. Next, go over the windows and exterior window frames with a slightly damp microfiber cloth to remove lingering dirt. Finally, follow the same instructions that we outlined above – but make sure you use clean towels! 

Pro Tip: If you have a two-story home, consider hiring a professional window cleaner who has the right tools and training!

Puracy Natural Surface Cleaner: More Than a Window Cleaner

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Why bother purchasing window cleaners that sit unused in your cupboards? Puracy Natural Surface Cleaner is a 99.5% natural product that can be safely – and effectively – used on thousands of home surfaces.

Cleaner ingredients, cleaner homes. It’s just that simple.