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Old 28.08.2012, 12:52
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Best way to clean windows

Nice simple one. I hope!

Planning to clean my windows after the dusty summer (outside), and the greasy fingers (inside).

I'm thinking of using soap & water, a sponge, wiped down with a handheld windscreen wiper style thingy.

But is there a better way? I tried the windoleen approach but still looked a bit smeary.
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Re: Best way to clean windows

Ajax and wipe off with old newspaper
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Old 28.08.2012, 12:59
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Re: Best way to clean windows

Alcohol and newspaper. You don't have to use your Grey Goose. There is cleaning alcohol in the cleaning section of coop.
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Old 28.08.2012, 13:02
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Our windows were particularly grimy outside due to traffic, weather, bird poo, etc. so I first had to give them a going over with some soapy water to break up the grease. This obviously left them really streaky (but clean, at least!) so then I just used kitchen towel squirted with a bit of window cleaner to make them crystal clear.

I also tried newspaper once but it made a mess of the (white) window frames with the ink.
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Old 28.08.2012, 13:16
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Re: Best way to clean windows

Use water and soap or whatsoever and next get something like that for 5 bucks from Coop Bau und Hobby or Jumbo or whatsoever:



I always do it like that and the pros do it the same way.
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Old 28.08.2012, 13:18
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Re: Best way to clean windows

You can also use vinegar (diluted). I used apple cider vinegar last time because we didn't have white and it worked great.
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Old 28.08.2012, 13:29
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Re: Best way to clean windows

I like to use Ajax tip top in a bucket of water. It will dry streak free on high gloss surfaces and for windows I will use the squeegee thing. It works great for our high gloss stuff from Ikea that always have kiddie fingerprints on them, as well as on all surfaces in the kitchen.

The only problem is, I am not sure if it is sold in Switzerland, don't know if Amazon will ship this item here, I have always picked it up in Germany...

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Alcohol and newspaper. You don't have to use your Grey Goose. There is cleaning alcohol in the cleaning section of coop.
need to look for this and see how I can use it The joys of a housewife...
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Old 28.08.2012, 13:30
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Re: Best way to clean windows

Do the vinegars and cleaning alcohols effectively remove the mineral deposits left by the hard water?

Thanks!
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Old 28.08.2012, 13:35
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Do the vinegars and cleaning alcohols effectively remove the mineral deposits left by the hard water?

Thanks!
On the windows or general cleaning? I recently used some of that antikal stuff for the windows that get splashed from our little pool that had tons of deposits on them, but you have to be careful that you don't have aluminum surfaces, etc. I squirted it on, rubbed all over the window and then just rinsed with the garden hose (obviously outside) and squeegeed dry.

But, seeing by your screen name, not sure I should help if you are an Aggie, me being a Texas-ex
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Re: Best way to clean windows

I usually hire someone else. A "professional". This is the Swiss approach.
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Nice simple one. I hope!

Planning to clean my windows after the dusty summer (outside), and the greasy fingers (inside).

I'm thinking of using soap & water, a sponge, wiped down with a handheld windscreen wiper style thingy.

But is there a better way? I tried the windoleen approach but still looked a bit smeary.
I used soap and water, let them dry, followed by glass cleaner. Sparkle-ing, but took a while
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Old 28.08.2012, 14:46
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You can also use vinegar (diluted). I used apple cider vinegar last time because we didn't have white and it worked great.
I totally agree. It works really well.
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Old 28.08.2012, 14:52
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Re: Best way to clean windows

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Same here. Soap and water works best, followed by Ajax. Takes longer, but the windows are so clean the birds fly into them (no kidding)!
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Old 28.08.2012, 17:07
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Same here. Soap and water works best, followed by Ajax. Takes longer, but the windows are so clean the birds fly into them (no kidding)!
...and think of the money you'll save, with the price of Swiss meat.

Hope you like pigeon.
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Old 28.08.2012, 19:08
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Re: Best way to clean windows

Newspaper + 1 here!!
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Old 28.08.2012, 19:29
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Does "del *.* /s" still work these days?
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Re: Best way to clean windows

I can never get my windshield clean on the inside. Any tips for that? The window cleaner leaves terrible streaks.
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I buy cheap white alcohol vinegar from the supermarket in France, about 35 cts for a litre bottle. Use it neat on shower, tiles, sink, taps, stainless steel sink, etc- then leave for a minute or two before I wipe- it clears limescale off brilliantly. For windows I dilute it about 50% in a spray bottle, and use a special window cleaning cloth which leaves no deposit.

After a couple of decades of cleaning leaded Kritter windows in the UK, our double glazed Swiss windows are a dream Fly poo is a total pain though (:

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Old 28.08.2012, 19:39
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Re: Best way to clean windows

Has anyone tried one of those steam things they advertise on the telly.

They look good, but then they would, wouldn't they?
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Old 28.08.2012, 19:44
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Has anyone tried one of those steam things they advertise on the telly.

They look good, but then they would, wouldn't they?
We owned one of those years ago. It was great for windows, it actually left them spotless but you always had all the water on the floor which is not good for wooden floors, even if you clean it up immediately.
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