Well, I decided to tackle the job of washing my windows today. Not happy with the window cleaner I bought at hardware store. It's a commercial foam cleaner. Going to buy a new window cleaner later when I go to work at WalMart.
HELP!!!!!!! What is the best window cleaner to buy?
I use either straight ammonia and water, or windex only on the inside, the store brands just don't do the best job. For the outsides, windex has a spray attachment that goes on the hose and it works great and a lot easier. hope this helps.
I need this thread. My windows have been terrible for five years now. I think I better call the window cleaner. I hate to have a stranger in the house though. The other thing is cleaning the basement. Ilck!
I guess I could break down and try the hot water and ammonia.
Ultimately, the only power to which a man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself.
You know, I really hate to go against the crowd....
But I'm going to, anyway.
As someone who has a bit of experience with window cleaning solutions, here's my 2 cents worth.
First, let's go over window cleaning basics. You want a window cleaner that strips the window absolutely bare, and one that leaves no residue whatsoever.
That unfortunately precludes anything that has ammonia in it. Ammonia leaves a residue behind that when exposed to sunlight will produce streaks. That's why Windex produces such undesirable effects.
So without ammonia, what other choices do we have. Well, we have two basic ones. A formula based upon denatured alcohol, or tri-sodium phosphate.
Denatured alcohol: most glass cleaners that aren't ammonia-based will be denatured alcohol based. These are the easier of the two to use. Just spray them on, wipe them off, and then polish the glass with a clean soft cloth.
Tri-sodium phosphate: The best glass cleaner ever invented! Strips glass absolutely bare and leaves no residue whatsoever. But it requires more work on your part. TSP will etch concrete, so be careful here. Add a handful of the stuff to a 2-3 gallon bucket of water. Apply to your window with a soft cloth. Then hose off immediately! And immediately may not be fast enough! After that, squeegee the window, and marvel at the results.
The best thing, so far, that I have found is Lime Away and warm/hot water. I use a sponge mop to put it on and a squeege to get it off. We have A LOT of calcium (lime) in our local water system and that is the only thing that will do a real good job.
Mean Dean, I have also used the denatured alcohol. Good call.
My water is quite hard too. I use lime away in the bathrooms, never thought about it for the windows. I guess now I have no more excuses and will have to set aside a morning to do windows. It will have to wait until after we get back from brining the kids to college next week.
I'll drown my sorrow and lonliness in a big bucket of hot water and lots of elbow grease.