Window Cleaning Which Method Is The Best?
At the beginning of spring, many people are slowly but surely getting itchy fingers: house and apartment should be clean, and above all the windows should shine again. But which variant of window cleaning is the fastest, causes the fewest streaks and is the least strenuous? Dirk Preusse is a professional window cleaner. Together with Jacobsens Rengøring Lower Saxony reporter Silvia Stoll, he tests how windows can best be cleaned properly. Which of these three types of window cleaning is the top variant?
- Polish with newspaper
- Clean with the microfiber cloth
- Clean with the window vacuum
- Conclusion from the expert: “It works best with a microfiber cloth”
For the professional Vinduespudser Dirk Preusse, the test result is clear: “The thing with the newspaper works. It’s unusual to work with it. This variant would come in third place for me. The window vacuum would come in second place – it’s a bit more expensive in the purchase – the handling is also a bit more difficult. The lightest and most efficient thing would be the microfiber cloth. In my opinion, the microfiber cloth is really the best and cheapest to work with and also the most efficient.”
First place: microfiber cloth
With this method, you pre-clean the window pane with a damp microfiber cloth. Then a dry microfiber cloth is used and ensures a streak-free shine. After use, simply wash the towels at 60 degrees in the machine. The next time they are used, they are hygienically clean again.
There are many different types of microfiber towels. They can consist of different materials and mainly contain particularly fine fibers made of polyester and polyamide. Microfibers are fibers that are particularly fine. 10,000 meters of microfiber weighs a maximum of one gram. The cloths are available in discounters or directly for sale.
Second place: window vacuum cleaner
When cleaning windows with a window vacuum, the first step is to pre-clean the pane with a cloth and water. Then the window vacuum is used. It is used like a normal window squeegee – with the difference that an electric motor drives a suction device that sucks up the water from the rubber lip. So it cannot drip down and make additional cleaning work necessary. However, the water on the edge of the pane often has to be cleaned off with a cloth, since the device cannot get into all corners. The device needs a certain amount of pressure to suck out the water. Some users find the device difficult to hold after a while – for others it is simply too bulky.
Third place: newspaper
If you want to clean your windows with newspaper, loosely crumple the paper and use the same procedure as with a cloth. When the newspaper is soaked, use new paper. If you read the newspaper regularly, you can save yourself the purchase of special towels. Fans of newspaper cleaning praise its absorbency and claim it produces an unrivaled shine. In fact, the paper from old newspapers is usually absorbent. The secret lies in the paper itself. Newsprint is mainly composed of waste paper and cellulose. It is hard and porous so that it can absorb the printing ink particularly well. That’s why it’s absorbent and doesn’t lint – ideal for window cleaning.
But be careful, not every paper is suitable for window cleaning. Paper from newspapers and magazines is unsuitable for cleaning because the coating makes it non-absorbent. Since the paper remains hard, scratches may occur.