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Old August 9th, 2006, 09:14 AM
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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?

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Hi Cheryl,

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.
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I do the same: Ammonia, hot water, a squeegee and wipe it down with a cloth. Works like a charm. The warmer the water, the better. The other cleaners leave too much of a film on the windows.

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"Best Window Cleaner?".....Merry Maids
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Good Answer!!!!

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CA, I like your way of thinking.

I hate putting all that work into washing the windows only to have the sunshine on them and have them look terrible. If ammonia doesn't work, I'm calling a window washer.

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the best window cleaner that you can purchase is made by ZEP. You can sometimes find it at home depot, otherwise you have to by it from a sales rep. I get mine thru work.
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I have to admit, I have a hard time visualizing CA doing windows.....

FYI> personally, I tried the pressure washer way.... It ain't worth spit.
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Old August 10th, 2006, 06:11 AM
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Hi,
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.

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Sailing gal...like your thinking.

My windows were last washed (inside) about 7 years ago (Merry Maids), I've never washed them outside since I bought the house 13 years ago.

They are the original windows from the 1959 built house, they don't even open. They are scheduled for replacement (but oh gosh, I'll have to wash them then !).
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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.

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Dean....like your thinking...

....forget the 'denatured' alcohol....how bout the Jack Daniels!???
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Cheryl, I also work at Wal-Mart.

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.

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Thanks everyone for your replies. I think I'll first start with the ammonia/water idea.
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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.
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Think about it - what gets your drinking glasses clean? Dishwasher detergent, right?

I put dishwasher detergent in a big bucket, add about 2 cups of vinegar and add hot water.

Take a mop and "mop" the mixture on the windows. Take the garden hose, and hose them off to rinse! They look great. No need to squeegee or dry - the air does it.

Of course, this only works on the outside - not sure a mop and a hose would work indoors!
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Not sure where Mean Dean is getting his TSP from... thinking he has a basement laboratory...

Most states have banned TSP due to the environmental damage it does. You said it etches concrete.. so just imagine what it does to other things it comes in contact with??? YIKES!

Hot water and ammonia mix seem to work best as well here.
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