Saturday, September 1, 2007

When Windex fails

The windows in our apartment face the industrial section of the riverside. As a result, the exterior glass is really, really dirty. I've tried Windex over and over, but the glass just looks smeared though slightly cleaner.

Any advice on how to conquer hard-to-clean windows?

8 comments:

Simple Joys said...

Use a degreaser - in a bucket of warm water with a rag. After the window is clean you wipe with a papertowel and windex.

Mrs. Miller said...

Thanks for the quick response, Mom. What is a degreaser? Will heavy dishsoap work?

Heather said...

curtains?!?!?

I like mom's idea. dirty windows are a serious pet-peeve of mine. of course kids are a means of grace in helping me to get over that area of obsessiveness...

mima said...

In a grocery store it is 409 or Fantastic. For the real stuff go to hardware store & ask them where to find degreaser -- we use the real stuff for lots of things even cleaning car tires.

Mrs. Miller said...

Thanks Mima!

ornery's wife said...

Vinegar in water is my favorite window cleaning compound. Mix it in a bucket or bowl and use a non abrasive nylon cloth on it. Use just a few tablespoons of vinegar in a bowl, more if the surface is really dirty. Wipe dry with a lint free towel. This environmentally friendly, people-safe solution works great on ceramic tile and any glass surface and it isn't abrasive. If the spots are from hard water film, use a lime remover, like lime-away but dilute it in water and rinse off fairly quickly. Again, a non abrasive nylon cleaning cloth helps remove the build up.

Simple Joys said...

Heather made me remember and laugh. When she was a toddler, she liked to lick the windows. And she taught both Bethany & Evie how to do it. Eww gross! I kept the windows clean, and,yes, I used vineagar in water at that time! But for real greasy dirt (ie, city dirt) you are going to have to use a strong cleaner or a lot of elbow grease!

Luz said...

i just saw someone post about using vodka to clean lenses. maybe for super-dirty windows, too?

http://swissmiss.typepad.com/weblog/2007/09/trying-to-clean.html