The Cleaning Experts at A Clean Streak answer your toughest cleaning questions.
Diane F. from Coupeville asks: Hi…I have a very unique problem that I’m hoping you can help me solve. This autumn we adopted a 2 year old, 143 lb. Newfoundland named Barney. Barney is the love of our lives, but like all dogs in his breed, he can’t control his slobbering, and his favorite place to sit (inside or out) is right against our patio door. Not only does he stick half his head into his water bowl when he’s drinking, but after drinking he’ll shake off all that water…and this, combined with his natural slobber, and his “nose art”, has created a sticky mess on our windows. We’ve tried using commercial window cleaners, and even simple soap and water, but everything we’ve tried just seems to compound the problem. We don’t want to use harsh chemicals because we’re afraid Barney might just give those windows a taste when we’re not watching. Any tips you could share to help us get rid of this mess?
A Clean Streak, The Window Cleaning Experts answer: Hi Diane. Congratulations on your newest family member! We’ve met some pretty drooly dogs over the years, and Newfoundlands definitely rank high on the list. But don’t despair – with just a few (non-toxic) supplies and a little know-how you can be seeing through those windows in no time!
First, gather your materials. You’ll need:
- A bucket filled with hot water
- A spray bottle
- A “Magic Sponge” or piece of melamine foam
- A squeegee
- Some clean micro-fiber cloths
- White vinegar
Once you’ve gathered your materials, mix the water and vinegar in your spray bottle. We like to use a 1:1 ratio. Then, dip your “Magic Sponge” or melamine foam into the hot water, wring out the excess so the sponge is just damp to the touch, and scrub the dried drool and nose prints off the glass.
Finally spray the vinegar/water solution liberally onto the glass. Then use your squeegee…we like to start with one vertical stroke from top to bottom on the far left side of the window, followed by as many horizontal strokes as it takes to clean the rest of the glass. Follow this up with a few vigorous wipes with your micro-fiber cloth till the windows are streak free.
You can also use the melamine foam and vinegar/water solution on window frames, but we recommend you try the foam out on a small less-visible area first, just to ensure any painted edges will stay painted (if the frames weren’t primed correctly prior to painting, the paint may rub off easily).
Thanks for contacting us Diane. Cleaning dog drool from windows works best when you can catch it before it dries (which we know isn’t always practical). It also works best if you tackle the project when the windows aren’t in direct sunlight. We hope you’ll be able to use our advice to keep up with Barney’s slobber-habits, but if this project sounds a bit overwhelming, we invite you to give us a call – we can clean your windows, your frames, your screens and sills! Call us today at 360-395-5748 for a free project estimate.
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