The Cleaning Experts at A Clean Streak answer your toughest cleaning questions.
Ray G. from Mount Vernon asks: Here’s an interesting one for you. My wife and I just purchased a home with a finished basement. Originally, we thought that the basement windows were installed with glass panes coated with plastic sheeting (and we fully intended on removing the discolored coating). But, we just discovered that the panes are actually made of plastic, and it’s the panes themselves that need cleaning. We want to remove the grime and water spots, but we’re really not interested in scratching the plastic panes. Do you have any expert advice you could share with us?
A Clean Streak, The Window Cleaning Experts answer: Hi Ray. Plastic panes are often installed at basement level because they’re easier to shape than glass, and can be much sturdier. But, as you’ve noticed, plastic windows can act like magnets for any small dirt particles blowing by, and can be notorious for collecting water mineral deposits. Plastic windows carry a minor static charge…and this static charge means you’ll need to use a slightly different technique to get them clean than you would for cleaning glass.
- First, assemble your materials. If you’ve read this blog before, you know that at A Clean Streak, we like to use non-static microfiber cloths for all sorts of cleaning jobs. We also rely on eco-friendly cleaning solutions, so ditch the harsh chemicals and simply fill a container with 4 parts of warm water, and 1 part vinegar, and pour the mixture into a spray bottle.
- Starting at the top of the pane, spray the still warm solution on to your window, and let it sit for a few minutes to loosen up the dirt and grime – the vinegar will also help dissolve the minerals causing those water spots. Then, simply use your microfiber cloth to wipe the solution, dirt, and spots off the windows. Finally, follow this up by buffing with another clean cloth. Remember, if you’re cleaning overhead; be sure to wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from splashes, dust, and debris!
- One last thing (and this one shouldn’t be too difficult to accomplish in Mount Vernon this time of year), choose an overcast day for your cleaning project. Warm sunshine will cause the solution to dry on to the windows before it can loosen the grime or dissolve the minerals causing the spotting!
Thanks for your question Ray. Keeping plastic windows clean can definitely be an on-going project, but once you remove the stubborn dirt and water spots that first time, subsequent clean-ups will go quickly. If tackling this project on your own sounds too tough, we encourage you to call the professionals at A Clean Streak. We’ll provide the know-how and the manpower to get the job done the right way! Call us at 360-395-5748 for a free project estimate today.
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