Cleaning windows can be a bothersome chore, especially when streaks and smudges are left behind no matter how much you buff the glass. However, influencer Karen Shields (@RealKarenContent) has recently shared a solution which she says took her “53 years to learn”.
Karen Shields is a mum who shares her fun videos and “life lessons” to an audience of 63k followers on TikTok.
In the viral video, she said: “It took me 53 years to learn how to clean windows properly.”
Karen says the unexpected hack was an instant winner after it left her glass “so shiny”.
Previously, the mum revealed that she used to use glass cleaner spray and paper towels to clean glass panes in her windows and doors.
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In just a few minutes Karen shows how a “one-time” clean transformed her windows, with the “amazing” hack leaving behind a streak-free shine.
She said: “The newspaper got any extra liquid and left no streaks.”
The hack is also one which has been previously recommended by cleaning influencer Lynsey Crombie, known for her appearances as TV’s Queen of Clean on ITV’s This Morning.
She said: “The most important thing to remember is to never let your windows air dry as this is what causes streaks. Instead they should be dried with a squeegee.”
However, having the right technique is essential to achieve a streak-free clean window.
Working from top to bottom prevents areas you’ve already cleaned from getting dirty again.
After applying your cleaning solution, wet the blade of your squeegee then firmly wipe the window working from top to bottom.
You can stop streaks from appearing by cleaning the squeegee blade with a rag between strokes.