Windows Cleaning Products

Window cleaning products – Clean windows let in light, they lift the spirits, and they make a room seem more welcoming. It is not surprising that when people are selling a house, one of the first things they are instructed to do is to clean the windows. If the windows are dirty, it always seems depressing and grubby.

Luckily, windows cleaning is very easy job – except where they are difficult to reach. How often you clean your windows depends on where you live. In a town, which is likely to be dusty and grimy, once a month is ideal, but once a quarter is more realistic. In the country, twice yearly in the fall and spring will probably be all you need.

Windows cleaning products

Glass is particularly easy to clean, and by far the best cleaner for it is the water/washing-up liquid mixture. If you insist on using a commercial window cleaner, use one of the liquid cleaners. Avoid cream cleaners, which always leave streaks.

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For windows cleaning always use a lint-free cloth, or you will be trying to pick bits of fluff off the cleaned windows. Use one for washing, one for drying. Look out for lint-free linen scrim, a traditional windows cleaning cloth. Cloths are better than sponges, which hold too much foam.

Many people swear by the traditional chamois leather, but it seems to take an awful lot of rubbing to get rid of the last streaks. Save your chamois leather for polishing your pearls.

A traditional way of windows cleaning is to use vinegar and water and then to wipe the glass with old newspaper. The ink in the newsprint is reputed to give a protective screen. On the contrary, You can reveal that the ink makes everything filthy – the glass, the newly washed window frames and sill, your hands, your rubber gloves, anything, in fact, that it touches.

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Self-cleaning windows

A few companies have developed glass that cleans itself. The glass has an extremely thin coating of microcystalline titanium oxide, a compound that is used in, among other things, toothpaste and sun creams. The coating reacts to UV-rays in normal daylight, causing a reaction that breaks down and disintegrates organic dirt on the glass, even things like birds’ mess. The coating is also ‘hydrophilic’, meaning it repels water. Thus, when it rains, instead of forming the usual raindrops on the window pane, the water ‘sheets’ down the glass, carrying away the dirt. It also dries evenly, so the glass is not marked.

It is worth considering for skylights, conservatory roofs and for any inaccessible windows. As well as being convenient, it has environmental credentials in that it does not require any harsh chemicals to clean it – just water.

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