I have this thing for clean windows. I love them, which means I have an opposite and equal dislike for dirty windows. And when I say clean windows, 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 with lots of windows 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 my kitchen, I grabbed this car wash mitt, made of microfiber chenille that I’d purchased some time previously, in an attempt to control all the dust being generated by a home remodeling project going on at the time. (It worked great for that!)
It’s stringy, floppy, and fun to use. It is super soft and feels slightly “prickly.” Used dry, it acts like a giant dust magnet. I was in no mood to start washing windows, so the idea popped into my head to give the windows a quick dusting. I didn’t see how I could make them look any worse.
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I put on that dry mitt and went over the outside of the window to see if I could remove any of the dirt, dust, and watermarks that were obscuring my view.
Amazingly, that loosened all of the dust and scrubbed away most of the watermarks, too. I shook out the mitt to get rid of the dirt and dust it picked up, then went over the window a second time, as if 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 several other nearby windows a good dry-cleaning as well.
By the way, I did experiment with other “dusting” devices like a cotton towel, feather duster, paper towels, and even my favorite handheld vac (which I use every day of my life and cannot imagine life without) on yet another dirty window—all with pathetic results. All those things did was to push the dust and dirt around. None of these options even fazed the watermarks.
While any kind of microfiber cloth or mitt will remove dust from any dry surface, there’s something about this particular type of chenille microfiber washing mitt that has the ability to dry-clean windows. The brand is Chemical Guys, a company that makes premium microfiber products for the automotive industry.
One last thing: Dry cleaning windows is not the same as full-on window washing, which I do recommend at least once a year. Dry cleaning is a maintenance method, a stop-gap effort to keep windows looking sharp between those big washings!d
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