Window cleaning frustrations/questions grrrrrr!!!

oceannaSeptember 11, 2010

How do you clean windows you can't reach that need muscle power to scrub them -- such as:

- the kitchen garden window inside

- the front seat car window that slants way out


I can't reach either one with my hand, try as I may.

While we're at it, what's the best way to clean outside windows, especially second story ones?


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Uh....hire it done. LOL!
I had a cleaning lady that would use a swiffer mop with the swiffer pad replaced with a microfiber cloth to clean some of my tall windows.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2010 at 7:51PM
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I have a garden window too. I bought one of these and LOVE it!!

Here is a link that might be useful: Windshield Wonder

    Bookmark   September 11, 2010 at 10:00PM
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Linda, I like to be able to do for myself, and cleaning a window isn't at all hard IF I have the right tool, thanks.

Arizonny, thank you! I will drop by Walgreens and see if they have one. Looks perfect. :) Does the head swivel? I ask because the kitchen garden window is at a very different angle than the car window.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2010 at 4:58AM
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If they no longer have them @ Walgreens you should be able to order one from any on the "As Seen on TV" sites. I always laugh at all that crap but this tool, is VERY useful.

By "swivel", if you mean side to side, no. The handle does pivot on the head though.

As corny as these adds are, it really does make these jobs easy.

Here is a link that might be useful: Watch this.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2010 at 10:33AM
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WalnutCreek Zone 7b/8a

IMHO the very best way to clean windows is to use a fillable windshield washer thingy covered with a scrubbee and filled with windshield washer fluid. For taller windows just use a washer with a long handle. After scrubbing (which is very easy since using windshield washer fluid), just use a squeegee. Doesn't take long at all to finish a bank of windows. I use this method inside and out.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2010 at 11:59AM
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oceanna, I wanted to stop in and tell you that I saw them @ Target today too. The have a small "As Seen on TV" section in the kitchen gadget section.

    Bookmark   September 19, 2010 at 2:56PM
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oceanna, I moved into a second floor condo in a 100 year old house two years ago. My biggest regret is that I can't possibly clean the outside of the window sashes myself anymore! Even though both the upper and lower sashes can be moved up and down, there are areas of the outside sash that I just can't possibly reach to clean (or I risk falling out of the window). And I just don't want to get up on a ladder; too risky! I love clean, sparkly windows, but I have to resign myself now to a once-per-year-cleaning by a hired person. This is hard!

    Bookmark   September 20, 2010 at 1:09PM
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I use a microfiber mop, even on windows I can reach. I tried it for the first time while mopping floors because my patio doors had dog nose prints all over and hadn't been wiped down in a couple of months due to laziness. Even with a fairly dirty mophead (I had mopped the whole room and not yet rinsed the mophead), I got really good results and very quickly. That led me to clean all the windows this way in no time. Results were not flawless, but a huge improvement over windows I otherwise probably would not clean frequently. Now I do it regularly this way, and they look better and better with each cleaning. I love microfiber!

    Bookmark   December 25, 2010 at 5:00PM
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Late reply but might be useful to others if not Oceanna. I have something similar to the Windshield Wonder from Lee Valley. The pad is triangular to better access corners. Currently in my yearly "let's-get-this-house-organized-once-and-for-all" frenzy and trying to find a permanent home for this gizmo. The "bonnets" seem to have been separated from the cleaner. I see that the Windshield Wonder can be stored in the glove box. I'll try that with mine.

Here is a link that might be useful: Lee Valley

    Bookmark   January 19, 2011 at 1:51AM
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For fast n clear results, try washing windows with a squeegee .

    Bookmark   October 1, 2013 at 7:58AM
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