How long do you think it should take to clean two full sliding glass doors and 8 large windows? I’m talking about start to finish, sparkling, no streaks no spots, clean? I’ve tried using newspapers (make sure you wear rubber gloves or you will get ink all over your hands and it still leaves streaks). I’ve tried using a professional cleaning tool with the sponge scrubber and squeegee. I still ended up with at least one streak on several windows. I finally decided it was best to ignore the streaks because getting perfectly cleaned windows was an impossibility. Then I found this pin from 33 Barefoot Lane.
Here is the cleaning solution:
1/2 gallon warm water
1 Tablespoon liquid ‘Jet Dry’
2-3 Tablespoons laundry detergent (liquid dissolves easier) or dish washing soap
Mix all ingredients above. Spray windows down with your hose. Wipe or brush onto windows, then immediately hose off your window. That’s it! You are now done. The remaining water will sheet off. No towel drying is needed.
This sounded too good to be true, so I had to put it to the test. I sprayed my windows, cleaned them and then rinsed them down. Here is what 2 windows looked like before completing drying.
I was certain that this pin was going to be a “Flop”. I finished up some other chores and came back 30 minutes later to see what happened with the windows. I was thrilled to find that the streak and the spots had dried leaving perfectly cleaned windows!!!! So back to my question, how long does it take to clean 2 full sliding glass doors and 8 large windows? 9 minutes flat! Needless to say I will never clean my windows with any other method!
You got it….This Pin Totally Rocks!
One of our readers commented and asked how this cleaning method will work if using hard water. Hard water contains magnesium and calcium that leaves small hard white spots on windows. These white spots most often come from the sprinkler system and splashes from the kitchen and bathroom sinks. After time it can become difficult to remove the spots. If you have a build up of these white spots and your normal cleaning solution will not remove them, try the following process. First, make sure remove all dust from the windows or they will become scratched during the cleaning process (once the dust is removed it will be easier to see the white spots). Second, using a solution of 50% water and 50% vinegar, clean the windows and then rinse them off.
If the spots are really tough to remove, your best option is to use undiluted vinegar. Put vinegar in a spray bottle, then spray a large area of the window and clean until clear. Rinse your micro fiber cloth until the water runs clean before cleaning the next section of window. You can also use a small, soft brush if needed. Scrub gently and dab the brush into the vinegar as needed. When the windows are clean, be sure to rinse off all of the vinegar.
Once you have your white spots removed, use my magic cleaning method for clean window maintenance. With regular window cleaning you can avoid the white spots from returning and building up. (Go here to read the full article on hard water window cleaning.)
Thanks Jeane for asking about cleaning windows with hard water!
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