How I Dry Cleaned My Windows

Posted on by Mary Hunt in Home & Family 21 Comments

 

I have this thing for clean windows. I love them, which means I have an equal but opposite disdain for dirty windows. And when I say clean, I mean the kind of clean that makes windows sparkle like diamonds in the morning sun.

If I could, I’d have a professional window-washing service come to my home every week to clean every single window—inside and out. But I have a two-story house so right there you can understand why I can’t and I don’t.

On a lark and only because I wanted my flower garden to look better through the window in beautiful new kitchen …

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… I grabbed this very cute microfiber mitt that I bought several weeks ago (in an attempt to control all the dust being generated by yet another home remodeling project, which it is quite likely I have not mentioned but more on that later).

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It’s kind of nubby on the blue side, and floppy fun on the green. It feels just slightly “prickly,” and that made me wonder if maybe it really would act like a dust magnet, as advertised.

I went over the outside of the entire 8′ x 4′ window (it’s big) with the low-pile blue side first, just to see if I could remove any of the dirt, dust and water marks  obscuring my view.

Amazingly, that loosened all of the dust and scrubbed away most of the water marks, too. Then I went over a second time with the fluffy green side, like I was polishing it.  I actually heard a “squeak!”

If “sparkling like a diamond” is 100% fabulous, then my dry-cleaning technique got that window to 90%. And it took less than 5 minutes—no water, wet wads of paper towel or newspaper, no buckets or squeegees. And I cannot see even a hint of scratching, which one might assume could happen. Of course we are warned to never dry rub fine auto paint because that can act as a light sanding and all. But back to my windows ….

Another five minutes and I’d given my multi-paned French doors a good dry-cleaning as well.

Now, if this is old news and something you do routinely and thought everyone else did too, don’t tell me. I want to believe I made it up.

By the way, I did experiment with other “dusting” devices like a cotton towels, feather duster, paper towels and even my Dyson handheld vac (which I use everyday of my life and cannot image life without) on yet another dirty window—all with pathetic results. All that did was push the dust and dirt around. None of these options even fazed the water marks.

There’s something about this Unger Industries Microfiber Dust and Wash Mitt that really does dry clean windows.

This mitt was so affordable, I’ve decided that I need one in the car, at the office and a spare at home too. One never knows when a dirty window will try to ruin the whole day.

Now, are you thinking what I’m thinking? Unger …  could that be Felix Unger? Makes sense to me.

And with that I have just dated myself and made at least half of my staff go “Huh?!”

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Posted on by Mary Hunt in Home & Family 21 Comments
  • Elyse Springer

    I loved and miss Felix Unger

  • Tammy A.

    Just tried to order this on Amazon but sadly… it is not available.

    • Mary Hunt

      Tammy … Try again. Yes it is available on Amazon… just click through. (It says not available for prime shipping!). And it’s only $6.83 which is less than I paid at Home Depot. Drat. Shoulda’ checked Amazon ;)

  • Tiana

    I found mine at my local HEB store … I have also seen them at Bed Bath and Beyond.

  • Amber B

    I chuckled out loud at your Felix Unger reference. Sounds like a technique he would use. BTW, where did you purchase your mitt?

  • Anne Thornton

    I bought a pink at Wal-Mart last year, with not quite the same results, but only because it became rapidly muppetized by my lil’ ones.
    FlyLady (who I learned about through you several years ago) sells purple micro-fibre cleaning cloths to supplement her site, and has many other handy things, as well as many useful tips. Methinks it’s about time you revisited…

  • Myrna

    What a neat idea! Picked up one out of the local grocery store’s discount basket for $1.00 “just because I might find a use for this neat thing”: I know…. Not necessarily to dust with as I use Flylady’s dusters almost exclusively. Will be cleaning my horribly neglected windows now!!!!!!!

  • labbie1

    I just clicked through and found that though it is $6.11, the Shipping is $6.24 so that makes it very expensive. Hope Wal-Mart or HEB have them here and that they work as well as the one on Amazon! :)

  • Bev

    Will a regular microfiber towel work like the mitt??

    • Mary Hunt

      Give it a try!

  • EgyptLyn

    AAH…Felix Unger, my favorite Neatnik!! Thanks for the tip Mary. Now I can clean the outside of my windows without the windex running down my arm! LOL

  • Suzie DeWitt

    I just went to our local dollar store and they had mitts that look the same as yours for one dollar. They only had two left so I bought both. Tried an old microfiber cloth yesterday on a sliding glass door…Marvelous!!!! And I dusted my car…..can’t believe it!!! Looks like I just had it detailed! Just need a little extra elbow power on some spots….I didn’t even dampen the cloth.

    • Mary Hunt

      The dollar store …? Love that find.

  • Anne

    I just tried this out and it works as advertised!! I got mine at Lowe’s for $6.49 including tax. It’s not an “Unger” but it works just as well. I don’t know why I waited so long to use this!! (Of course I didn’t KNOW about it until now!!) I know that from now on there’s no more water for me!!! Thanks Mary. . . .

  • jtd

    Works well on dust but not on water spots- needed moisture to remove yesterdays rain drops- dry cleaning inside windows is more successful than outside windows.
    I imagine I will use the mitt for all kinds of dusting/cleaning.

    • Mary Hunt

      Scrub harder, jtd! Unless your raindrops are harder than mine … they will come off.

  • LadyBlueSky

    Your garden looks beautiful, Mary. I’m a gardenholic.

    • Mary Hunt

      Thanks! It’s in full bloom as I write which is a few weeks since that picture was taken.

  • Jackie Kemper

    I just got back from Home Depot. They do not carry that brand. Was it at one of the other big box stores?

    • Mary Hunt

      I see this at my Home Depot all the time … so maybe they’re out of it? Or look for a nearly identical model under the brand, Quickie. You can also find it online using the link in the post.

  • Cindy

    Wish I could share your enthusiam, but my Unger just did not work on my windows (and I did scrub hard.) BUT, it worked great on dusting picture frames,