How to Clean Glass & Mirrors Without Streaks

Why Invisible Glass Works Better

The Clear Dry Formula

It’s no accident that Invisible Glass works so well. Read more about our Clear Dry Formula—the secret behind great glass cleaning results.

No Soaps

No Soaps

Soaps are great for cleaning dirt, but they leave behind a film that causes streaks. Our Clear Dry® formula starts clean using a unique water source free from additives. We’ve developed a blend of water-soluble cleaners that work hard and evaporate completely.

No Scents

No Scents

Invisible Glass is free of added fragrances that can become household irritants and streak glass, unlike other brands which contain synthetic fragrances, harsh fumes, and ammonia.

No Dyes

No Dyes

Our Clear Dry® formula is free of added dyes and colors. Dyes and colors are great for making a product stand out on the shelf, but they cause streaking and surface staining. That’s why we keep Invisible Glass as clear sparkling clean glass.

No Residues

No Residues

What good is a glass cleaner if it leaves behind residue? Residues from soaps, scents, dyes, and additives are found in many glass cleaners. These residues cling to glass surfaces forming streaks and attracting dust and grime. Our Clear Dry Formula is specially designed to completely evaporate, leaving nothing behind but beautiful glass.

No Streaks

No Streaks

Invisible Glass contains water-soluble cleaners that work better breaking down greasy fingerprints, pet slobber, dust, and grime, leaving your surfaces streak-free.

Stop Cleaning Up After Your Glass Cleaner.

Tired of seeing streaks, especially right after you’re doing cleaning? The problem might just be your glass cleaner because many glass cleaners contain additives that leave streaky residues on glass surfaces.

Invisible Glass has the 100% residue free Clear Dry® formula. We never add streaky soaps, scents, or dyes to our residue-free glass cleaners. The water-soluble cleaners in Invisible Glass work hard to break down greasy fingerprints, smoke haze, pet slobber, dust, and grime. Then Invisible Glass easily wipes clean and evaporates completely leaving nothing behind except perfectly clean, streak-free glass

Glass is a unique and difficult surface to clean. That’s why we’ve developed our products specifically for the challenges of cleaning glass. From water spot removers, to rain repellent, and glass cleaners for home, automotive, and on-the-go, you’ll love the invisible clarity of Invisible Glass. Look for our cleaning kits with everything you need to get started cleaning your home or vehicle.

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Learn more about glass cleaning and get tips and tricks from our experts. We’ll share the best ways to clean every glass surface in your home, as well as pro-detailing tips for your auto windows and windshields.

How to Clean Glass & Mirrors Without Streaks

Hate streaky glass? Streaks are the bane of window and mirror cleaners everywhere but they can be banished if you know the secret. Follow our tried-and-true approach to eliminate streaks for good and get perfectly clean glass every time.

How to clean your glass and mirrors without streaks in five easy steps:

  1. Use a cleaning product without soaps, scents, or dyes
  2. Spot clean difficult stains first
  3. Use a thin microfiber cloth instead of newspaper or old rags
  4. Wipe top-to-bottom and side-to-side
  5. Repeat as needed

It is critical to use a glass cleaner without additives like soaps, scents, or dyes, as these unnecessary additives cause streaks.. Start by spot cleaning any particularly difficult stains and grime. Next moderately apply glass cleaner to the whole surface—avoid using too much cleaner as that can lead to hazing. Then use a clean, dry microfiber cloth to wipe in side-to-side motions. Repeat as necessary.

 

1. Avoid Soaps, Scents, and Dyes for a Streak-Free Clean

Using a glass cleaner without soaps, scents, or dyes delivers the best results because those additives actually leave behind the residues that cause streaks. While a brightly colored, lemon-scented cleaner might look nice and smell “fresh,” it deposits layers of grease, oil, or wax. Those contaminants quickly turn into streaks as you try to wipe them away.

Soaps, scents, and dyes can’t evaporate and they don’t simply wipe off. This means if you are using a glass cleaner that’s colored or scented, you’re trapped in an endless cleaning cycle to eliminate streaks.

There are many popular glass cleaners, from homemade vinegar mixes to the most technically impressive commercial solutions. Whichever you decide to use, make sure that it doesn’t contain unnecessary additives that could end up as streaks on your glass.


2. Never Scrub Your Glass—Instead, Spot Clean

Some hard-to-remove gunk might need extra attention when you clean your glass, so spot clean those dirtier areas before cleaning the whole window or mirror. When you spot clean, try to avoid pressing hard or scrubbing away at the surface of your glass. Scrubbing hard works great for something like a stainless steel pot, but will damage and scratch the surface of your glass, leaving it looking cloudy and unattractive.

Instead, apply glass cleaner to the areas in question and wipe them gently with a cloth. It’s more important to keep the glass safe than it is to get the spot off right away. Remember, you can always spot clean an area again, but damage to the surface of your glass can be permanent.

For especially difficult problems that a glass cleaner can’t eliminate, like scale deposits from hard water, use a commercial glass striper. These products are designed to easily overcome things like sap, tar, mineral build up, and baked-on grime while protecting the integrity and finish of your glass.

 

3. Always Use a Microfiber Cloth for Cleaning Glass

Using a microfiber cloth will ensure that your glass is clean, dry and lint-free. The small fibers in a microfiber cloth are designed to absorb or cling to anything they come into contact with. This means they will absorb the cleaning liquid you use, and also grab onto any dirt or grime from your glass. However, the way you wash your microfiber cloths is important—don’t use detergents with a fabric softener, as the softening agent stays on the cloth and can cause streaks on your glass. Provided they are clean, microfiber cloths are the best way to avoid thin films left over after you wipe down the surface of your glass or mirror.

Some people recommend using rags, or an old tee-shirt, but those materials were not designed for cleaning. They may work alright, but it’s unlikely that they can draw out residues and contaminants from a surface the same way that a microfiber cloth can. Paper towel is another popular option. While it may have been designed for cleaning, it doesn’t work well for windows because it leaves a significant amount of lint behind. Paper towels can also contain additives like glues, starches, and wetting agents that get left behind and create, you guessed it, more streaks!

We should note, a number of professionals swear by newspapers for glass cleaning. Although we recommend using microfiber cloths, you can get good results from using newspaper. Give both a try and decide for yourself!

 

4. Side-to-Side Cleaning Patterns Work Better Than Circular Motions

Side-to-side cleaning patterns are better for glass because they avoid the static electricity buildup circular motions can cause. Static electricity is undesirable because it attracts dust to your windows. The other benefit of side-to-side patterns is that they typically match the shape of a window or mirror better. This makes the cleaning process easier, and also makes it more likely that you are able to evenly cover the whole glass surface when you wipe it down.

 

5. A Repeatable Process is a Good Process

The steps we’ve outlined above ensure that your windows and mirrors will be clean and streak free. However, they’re not a magic pill. If you followed the steps and you are not happy with the results, there’s a good chance your glass was dirtier than it seemed at first. Try repeating the process once more. Your glass, mirrors, or windows should go from dirty to sparkly in no time.

It’s often tempting to rush the process or up the ante, but a more aggressive approach (like scrubbing) can damage your glass. Instead, remember that cleaning glass is simply a matter of using the right technique—repeating steps can be part of the process.

 

Streak-Free Glass is Easy

By avoiding cleaners with additives, spot cleaning difficult areas, and using the right cleaning tools and techniques, you can easily take your windows and mirrors from dirty to perfectly clean in a matter of minutes. Once you’ve eliminated oils, waxy residue, and other sources of streaks, your cleaning process will be much smoother. Microfiber cloths will soak up your cleaner of choice, pulling any gunk or residues with it, and they won’t leave any lint. Employing a side-to-side pattern reduces the chance of static and dust, and also makes it easy to get into the corners and clean along edges.

Using these tips, it should be a breeze to create a cleaning routine that you can repeat whenever you need to. You will find that it takes less effort to clean your glass, mirrors, and windows, and you’ll enjoy consistently better results.

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