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Old 01-03-2015, 04:53 PM
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Default Best solution / recipe for window washing...

http://shewearsmanyhats.com/the-best-window-cleaner/

I found this one...

What do you recommend?

And, no, I'm not using Windex... I got a sheet-load of windows in this house.
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I just use a 5 series Karcher. Cleans screens and windows with no soap so wash and rinse all at once. Tried soap etc but takes too long to rinse it off. KISS is best.

Just have to stay far enough back so you don't bugger up the screen or make holes in the window.

Also make sure your accountant watches for leaks on the inside so she can clean the inside and mope up anything if it happens at the same time.

We get some salt off the surf when its up with a strong East wind that gets it past the high rises and into canal country.

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We had a professional crew that used to come in and do the windows in several of our buildings. I asked them once what they use .
They swore me to secrecy and told me all they've used for years was dawn dish liquid.
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1/4 cup white vinegar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 cups warm water

Wipe with crumpled newspaper. Works like a charm!
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Light weight pressure sprayer, squeegee and a bunch of micro fiber cloths for the edges. I do my windows here on the coast about twice a month.
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We have a couple that does home and office bld, cheap....

Edit: but if I had to do it every month or two like you salt water guys I'd figure the best way to do it myself.
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wash windows like a professional

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If you are not washing windows like a professional then you are washing windows the hard way.
Do you *ever* post a reply that offers anything?

I swear you're either in prison or a bot.
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Pete - I have a good bit of glass on my home and use a power washer (Honda unit from Lowes) unit with warm water. No soap or magic beans. I then use a squeegee. Some windows have screens, which I remove beforehand. I use care when blasting around the seams, and have never had any water leak through. 3 - 4 times a year keeps them looking good.

Works for me.


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Originally Posted by OldPete View Post
Do you *ever* post a reply that offers anything?

I swear you're either in prison or a bot.



As for your question, I do the same as Soflah3, although I've never used cornstarch, just vinegar and water. The newspaper is great - no lint, no streaks.
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One trick I learned years ago was to use the dawn vinegar solution but instead of a brush use super fine steel wool.
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I did the dawn and vinegar recipe and it really worked well. I took a swifter mop handle and placed a microfiber towel on it. Press the towel into the little gripper holes to hold it on the swifter handle. Dip in a 5 gallon bucket with the solution of dawn and vinegar. Wash the window then use a squeegee and work from the top down going from side to side as opposed to top to bottom. Keep another dry micro fiber towel to dry around the edges if needed. Really works well
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Thanks guys! I'm going to do the vinegar and dawn method for the rest of the windows. I think it should work well with this power squeege thingy...
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Get yourself a good window brush and sqeege, less than $50, a mild solution of Joy and a good shammi for edges once you get the hang of it you'll wonder how/why you ever did it differently. Lol it still sucks though.
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The window brush is what I need lastly... the window vac. takes care of the dripping, etc. It's the actual "getting the crud" off the window part that I need to find a better way to do. I will say that the magic eraser works "ok"... but I don't like the idea of using that.
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My laptop crashed so going by memory.
To a 1 gallon jug add 1pint rubbing alcohol, 1/4 cup non sudsing ammonia and a dew drops of Dawn. Fill rest of way with water.
Put in spray bottle, spray on window and rub with damp rag then squeegee off
All I ever use
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Originally Posted by Boataholic View Post
My laptop crashed so going by memory.
To a 1 gallon jug add 1pint rubbing alcohol, 1/4 cup non sudsing ammonia and a dew drops of Dawn. Fill rest of way with water.
Put in spray bottle, spray on window and rub with damp rag then squeegee off
All I ever use
This is the solution I grew up using. My dad was not a squeegee guy but made us spray then clean with newspaper. Down her my wife puts a solution in the hose sprayer, blasts and then uses the brush thing that has a squeegee on the other side. I also got her an 18" squeegee which was as wide as I could find. A couple of times a year we hire a guy to do in and out for about $125. Considering how much glass I have its a pretty good deal including screens.
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We always used white vinegar, a dash of ammonia, a drop of dawn, some dish washer rinse agent and warm water. Put it on with a car windshield squeegee that has the nylon covering over the sponge and then a 12" squeegee to take it off. If needed then some crumpled news paper for any further drying. Glass gets so clean it squeaks when you rub it with anything.
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