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Old Stylee window cleaning - ideas please!

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  • tr3mor
    tr3mor Posts: 2,325 Forumite
    I'm a great fan of microfibre cloths - best thing ever! But I feel I'm missing out, as I don't know about the white vinegar in the wash??? More info please!

    I think most people have discovered that white vinegar in the wash is a very good subsitute for fabric conditioner. It leaves the clothes really clean and soft. And it doesn't smell like chip shops ;)

    If you go to a cash n carry you should be able to get 5 litres for under £2.
  • I use a kitchen scourer, an auto window cleaning thing (with a rubber blade, eg. from halfords) and soapy water. NB: the scourer is great for rubbing off birdsh*t etc, but test it first, as perspex windows will scratch when you rub them hard. Make sure you clean right into the corners for that professional finish ;)
  • All the professional window cleaners swear tha only Fairy Liquid will do the job
  • cath wrote:
    All the professional window cleaners swear tha only Fairy Liquid will do the job

    As A "Professional window cleaner" i do not swear by Fairy liquid!!!!!

    Its designed to leave a film on crockery that makes them sparkle (you eat this film).

    With glass, dirt sticks to this film and they get dirty quicker.

    I would obviously reccomend a PRO window cleaner but now the Working at height directive is in force, one that uses a Water fed pole system using pure water. This is the safest and best way to clean windows.

    If anbody falls from a ladder working on your property and is injured or killed, its now YOUR fault for allowing it!!!!!

    And dont risk falling off a ladder yourslf, its not worth it
  • nannaC
    nannaC Posts: 469 Forumite
    To clean internal windows and mirrors, Put a dash of vinegar into warm water, dip cloth in and wring until damp. Wipe over windows, then rub dry with scrunched up newspaper. Windows will dry to a sparkle and not streak. Also works on car windows. Alternative to inegar/water is a drop of Meths.
  • Chipps
    Chipps Posts: 1,550 Forumite
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    I tried that (vinegar & newspaper) the other day, but there were a lot of streaks. Could this be because it was sunny? Or was it the type of newspaper I used? (it was the telegraph)
  • SnowyOwl_2
    SnowyOwl_2 Posts: 5,257 Forumite
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    Russ146 wrote:

    If anbody falls from a ladder working on your property and is injured or killed, its now YOUR fault for allowing it!!!!!

    Whaaat the *"%) is that all about? Sounds a bit grim. Think I would rather have dirty windows than have window cleaner sue me if he falls off his ladder. Any more details on this available, especially on what a householder's responsibilities are?

    Thanks.
  • nannaC
    nannaC Posts: 469 Forumite
    Chipps wrote:
    I tried that (vinegar & newspaper) the other day, but there were a lot of streaks. Could this be because it was sunny? Or was it the type of newspaper I used? (it was the telegraph)

    Hi, yes sometimes the sun seems to leave streaks. It does need a lot of elbow grease to polish with newspaper. The Telegraph is fine.
  • Oh, for heaven's sake just pay a professional to do the job. He/she will get into the corners, wipe the sills, clean the frames and drink your tea! What more could you ask.

    Anyway, dead window cleaners don't/can't sue, don't worry about it. Next time you're leaning out trying to reach that far corner, make sure YOU don't fall out and snap your back!
  • tawnyowls
    tawnyowls Posts: 1,784 Forumite
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    Anyway, dead window cleaners don't/can't sue, don't worry about it. Next time you're leaning out trying to reach that far corner, make sure YOU don't fall out and snap your back!

    Your household insurance should cover you anyway - that's the purpose of the 'Legal Claims' bit that practically all of them have these days.

    I just use washing-up liquid in water, wash the windows (usually not more than 2 or 3 at a time), wipe them down with a towel and finish off with newspaper. I use vinegar if I'm doing the outside ones, but OH complains about the smell if I use it inside, and TBH, it never seems to cause a problem doing without. Microfibre cloths are good, but a sponge is often easier.
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