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Date: 6/17/12 11:17 AM

I just had to share. I AM SO EXCITED!!!!!
Quite awhile ago Poorpigling recommended a steamer. I will bump this topic up...BTW. Then we got into the whole household cleaning topic...then windows. Well I tried the shammy that was suggested and ended up with the most awful smearing and glare ...then I tried the micro cloth and all over my windows were these little pieces of shiny fibers...awful...then I went to a real expensive micro cloth...and still there is a "shine" to the windows...which isn't really a shine it is a film...nothing worked...even hiring out professional...one guy came and left his wet rags all over my house sitting on my antiques...then the next guy used a razor blade...left scratches on some windows...I mean really!!!!
NOW....DRUM ROLL.... I have done it! I have clean windows...and here is what I did
Took my steamer and steamed the windows
Then took an old and I mean old towel that has not been washed with ANY softeners(as that can leave a film)...just rubbed the windows with the towel till dry.
That was it...the proof of the test is when the sun came out....wow...no streaks, film, glare...just clean.
In some spots I used a solution suggested by Lunar C (regarding the brown spots on stainless)...the solution is
spray bottle...fill with 2 parts water and 1 part vinegar(mine is a 24 oz bottle)...then 1/4 teaspoon dishwashing liquid...I used Dawn. This solution is the very BEST!!!
Just steam them windows and wipe with an old towel....now why did that take me near 45 years to figure out!??? (Well, I'm older than that but my Mother cleaned windows before that....smear, smear, smear)
THANKS AGAIN POORPIGLING. PIGLING FOR PRESIDENT, call her President Pig...PP for short..

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Date: 6/17/12 11:40 AM

well congrats!! I an with you on smeary windows. argggg
it is funny how these things can bug us. Now I need a way to get the the outside 2nd floor windows

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Date: 6/17/12 12:14 PM


''.PP for short..''

Since I am running under the Pea Party ticket.. would that stand for Pea Pea..


One thing that stood out to me.. yes.. a towel.. but as you pointed out.. make sure its one that does not have any other cleansers on it from past use.. as well as any softeners.. I have had a bad experience with washed towels.. which still had residue of other cleaning agents on it.. which is a big window cleaning NO NO.. So now I keep a stash of towels which is only used on the windows. I do also use newspapers.. or I did.. no one takes newspapers much anymore. Vinegar has long been used on windows.. And what would we do without Dawn detergent.. so good for so many cleaning chores..

IF you must use a razor blade on windows to remove paint oversmear or such.. be sure and use a wet agent with it.. such as vinegar.. it will keep it from scratching your windows.


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Date: 6/17/12 12:44 PM

I assume this is a terry towel not a linen dish towel -- right???

I have dirty windows that I need to clean and it's a job I absolutely hate doing -- for the outside I use a squeegee on a long pole so I can get them all standing on the ground. I'm so not a ladder person especially on non-stable ground (like the yard).

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Date: 6/17/12 1:12 PM

terry towel, although a linen one might work, it just would not absorb the moisture very well...as that is what is needed...to wipe away all the moisture and the dirt that is there.
Ladders ugh...fell off one trying to get a hummingbird out of the garage...bad knee damage...on top of all the knee damage done in skiing...not good...now I am deathly afraid of ladders
The upper story windows might be a challenge with this technique as you need to wipe...and the steamer does not shoot out the steam too far...so again you have to be up close and personal for this technique

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Date: 6/17/12 1:14 PM

The steamer when held to the bird doo or whatever just melts it away...no razor blades on glass for me ever...no matter how wet!!! I had a particularly big glob of doooodooo and the steamer just made it vanish...then with the towel...all wiped away.
-- Edited on 6/17/12 1:16 PM --

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"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life's about creating yourself." George Bernard Shaw
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Date: 6/17/12 2:20 PM

When I got a hand held steamer I went all around the outside of the house and got decades old crap off the metal window flashings and troughs that had been there just for years. The one thing I would watch out for though, is if you have window screens and the screen is held into the frames by a long rubber piece in a groove in them (how you also replace the screens if you have ever done that) so I would be kind of careful there. I think the hot steam could melt that.

Also know the hot steam can also start to melt and lift up and loosen the seal between a toleit tank and the floor, if you leave it or hold it there too long. On the first day I was playing with my steamer, that is first place I played with it at. I really over did it there. Came back an hour or so later and noticed I was starting to get very slight water leaks. I was in fear of having to take the toliets up and re-seal them with new seals even. But, I lucked out and after a few days of only slight dampness and very small leakage, the seal settled it's self down again and resealed O.K. So steam softens and melts seals and rubber things, and not just wall paper either. And things that might have been tight and sealed up for a long time while a bit more dirty, if you heat them up and take away all the dirt helping to hold them together, might not really be the same afterwards, even though a "lot cleaner".

I still get a strange kick, out of shooting the steam down the air vent in a sink or a bathtub, and even having it come up though the drain there. Talk about cheap thrills! So far, I have not had any problems with doing that at all yet. If it was something really moldy or such though, I don't think I would want my face too near it, or maybe wear a mask or such though, as if you hit something with hot steam, whatever it is there, I do think it becomes a bit air borne in even the steam coming off of it, in a way it might not, if cleaning some other way, and I just don't want to breath a bunch of air borne actual mold and fungus all that much.

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Date: 6/17/12 2:29 PM

Ya'll are talking about a steam cleaner that cleans household stuff not steaming wrinkles out of clothes, right? I've been thinking of getting one to clean the grout in my tile floors. Do you have any suggestions for brands?

As for windows, I'm very happy with the purple rags from Flylady. They are great microfiber rags that don't leave any residue.

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Date: 6/17/12 2:46 PM

Yep! These are my questions exactly. Thanks. I'd like to look at one as I can't picture it. Somewhat cleaning challenged.

We should have already dealt with our windows and now we're talking about painting our tiny Victorian cottage. I live in San Francisco on a very steep hill. Our so-called basement is on ground level as is our main floor due to our slope. I do ladders only under duress. Can a wand be attached to the steamer to deal with second story windows? Thanks for the revelation Threaddy.

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Date: 6/17/12 4:29 PM

They're technically different, but they operate the same way. The biggest difference is the nozzle it uses (although a clothes nozzle works just fine on a stove, for example).

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