Cleaning windows is tedious at best, and for top-notch results paper towels aren’t going to cut it. If you want clean, streak-free windows, the best window cleaning cloths are made microfiber. Finding the right one for you will largely come down to the type of window you plan on cleaning and the amount you want to spend.
Microfiber cleaning cloths have an ultra-silky surface — but if you zoomed in on their fibers, you would see finely split strands. This creates more surface area for latching onto dirt and dust, and as a result, they can pick up a lot more than regular fabrics (some advanced microfibers can pick up 100 times as much as paper towels).
That said, according to The Janitorial Store, there are three different types of microfiber cleaning cloths, ranging from heavy duty to microfine. A thick industrial microfiber cloth packs even more microfiber into the same surface area, which combined with their nubby texture, makes them ideal for wiping away tougher grime. Most window cleaning sets include a combination of a textured cloth for washing, with a smooth, ultra-thin cloth meant to be used for streak-free drying. This combination can even work together to clean your windows without a cleaning agent, if you’re into an eco-friendly option. You do have to wash microfiber cloths, of course, which might be inconvenient if you rely on a laundromat, but they’re a sustainable pick with great results.