Yes, that’s right, the same newspaper that is delivered by the paperboy everyday and that most people have access to. It is an inexpensive way to clean your windows and recycle paper at the same time. Just take your typical window cleaning spray, and apply one or two sprays per window pane. Then tear half to one page of newspaper, and place it flat against the window, and begin cleaning in a circular motion. You will notice that as you clean the window, the glass is streak free and clear. Unlike paper towels, the newspaper picks up the dirt but does not reapply it to the window, leaving it streak free. As long as your arms can handle it and you don’t have a ton of windows to clean, this method should prove to be an excellent, and cost effective way of cleaning.
You may have seen select professional window cleaners using mops and squeegees cleaning windows of restaurants or other business store fronts. Well, there is a reason for this. This is a very effective and efficient way to clean the window. Using the mop 1st, you would simply wash the window from edge to edge scrubbing off any dirt and grime. Next, while the window is still wet, drag the squeegee from top to bottom or from left side to right side, and gently push the water and soap across the glass. This leaves the window streak free and clean, without using as much energy as you would vigorously wiping all of the window as you would with newspaper or a towel. Steel wool is used to remove your harder to clean hard water stains and other stuck on debris that the mop cannot necessarily remove. Only 0000 type steel wool is recommended though, as any other wool can damage the window.
The chemistry of Di-Ionized water or DI water, has certain characteristics that can create a seriously clean window and keep it that way for a longer period of time, all without the need of a squeegee, towel, or newspaper. Di-ionized water will actually repel dirt, grime, and certain minerals that lead to blemishes and streaks that cause windows to look dirty. It also repels dirt and grime for a while after the initial cleaning, keeping the window cleaner longer. Using water fed poles, the DI water is fed through an extension pole with a brush attached. As the user brushes the window the DI water is released washing away all of the contaminates. After just a few seconds the brush can be removed and that’s it, the window is clean. As the water evaporates the window stays perfectly clear, without any marks or streaks that ordinary tap water would have left behind. This cleaning approach saves you time and effort, and is the main reason a lot of professional window cleaning businesses use it. The only draw back is the cost. DI water systems can range from several hundreds up to several thousands of dollars.
Whether you are a novice do-it-yourselfer or a seasoned pro, each of these three options will give you the upper hand in window cleaning and give your friends and neighbors something to talk about next time they visit.