Homemade Window Cleaner
When it comes to window cleaners you have two choices, store brand or your own homemade window cleaner.
We all know the smeary results you get when using the store brand window cleaners. But, what about the homemade stuff?
Almost everyone I know that cleans windows professionally like to use their own window cleaning recipes, including myself.
The Right Ingredients
Yes, you can make your own homemade window cleaner that will work wonders. You just need to know what to use.
This is hard for the average person to do because it requires a lot of experimenting with different window cleaning ingredients and figuring out the correct measurements.
The difference between the average homeowner looking to clean a few windows and the professional, is that the professional cleans glass everyday for a living. This means many hours, even years spent to perfect their window cleaning solutions.
Making Your Own Solution
Mixing your own ingredients can be messy and time consuming so, to help I have put together some tips below that will aid in making your own homemade window cleaner.
When putting together a good window cleaning recipe, water quality is very important.
I suggest using soft water. If you use hard water in your window cleaning solution you can get mineral spotting if any is left to dry on the surface of glass. Hard water deposits are not only difficult to remove but, over time can cause permanent visual impairments to the glass.
You can start your base by using dishwashing soap. The brands found in the supermarkets seam to have different concentration levels and some will produce more suds than others. The amount you use in your solution will depend on the brand you choose to use.
Under some circumstances for example; if you’re cleaning windows in hot windy conditions, you may want to consider adding a smooth gliding agent that helps to increase glide for the squeegee and reduce quick evaporation times caused from the suds or bubbles produced from the soap.
Tip: When cleaning windows, try to avoid cleaning in windy conditions or direct sunlight. When the window cleaning solution evaporates faster than the squeegee can take it off, you will get nothing but streaks and residue left behind. This is one reason why it is not recommended that you add alcohol to your window cleaning solution.
Chemicals To Avoid
Cleaning with vinegar and other chemicals such as ammonia, and alcohol should be limited for window cleaning. They may work great for other cleaning projects but, not so well for window cleaning.
Tip: Definitely never use cleaners with added chemicals like the ones listed above when cleaning tinted windows.
Chemicals such as Alcohol, Ammonia and Vinegar should only be used as a last resort and only if you need to remove stubborn debris that will not come of with regular
window scrubbing techniques.
#1 – Alcohol, vinegar and ammonia may come in contact with exposed window seals. When this happens, rubber seals may become dried out which will cause them to crack and decay faster than normal.
#2- These chemicals are usually added to disinfect and evaporate the cleaning solutions at a high rate which is actually not what you want when cleaning windows.
Tip: In addition to your homemade window cleaner, always use a good quality window Cleaning squeegee and Window Cleaning techniques.
Once you have your window cleaning ingredients put together you can store it in a plastic one gallon jug. When it comes time to clean the windows just add the solution to a spray bottle. This will make it convenient when wetting the glass.
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