Ask the Experts – A “Salty” Problem

The Cleaning Experts at  A Clean Streak answer your toughest cleaning questions.

Cleaning salt from boat windowsMike S. from Anacortes asks: I’ve been a big fan of your blog ever since I came across it while looking for advice about cleaning out my downspouts and gutters. So I was hoping that you may be able to provide a few tips for getting my boat windows clean before I store her for the winter.

After a summer of running hard, I’ve got some stubborn salt deposits on my glass windows that just won’t come off…even with a good soaking and soaping. Are there any environmentally safe chemicals out there that you could recommend to get the job done?

A Clean Streak, The Window Cleaning Experts answer:  Hi Mike. Removing the salt from your windows before you store your boat is definitely a good idea. Salt, as we’re sure you know, is a mineral, and if left unchecked, mineral deposits can create some real corrosive problems in porous materials like your glass windows. Though we’re not in the boat cleaning business, we do specialize in getting glass windows clean, and we always use eco-friendly solutions too, so were happy to offer these tips.

Before you begin, gather your materials. You’ll need:

  • Clean Salt from WindowsA supply of fresh water (hose or bucket)
  • A squeegee
  • A spray bottle filled with white vinegar
  • A nylon sponge (the type you’d use to clean non-stick pans)
  • Several clean micro-fiber cloths
  • A tube of toothpaste (preferably white – brand doesn’t matter)

First, give your windows a thorough rinse to remove surface dust and debris, and then squeegee from top to bottom to remove excess water.

Next, spray the vinegar liberally on the glass, focusing on those visible salt deposits with a heartier application. After letting the vinegar soak into the salt for several minutes, lightly scrub your windows with the nylon sponge. Most of the salt will dissolve during this first cleaning, but if any stubborn spots remain, apply a dab of toothpaste to each of the spots and gently scrub with one of your microfiber cloths till the spot disappears.

Finally, apply another spray of white vinegar and wipe the entire window with another cloth. Rinse with fresh water and squeegee the windows dry.

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