Cleaning Small Diamond Shaped Windows?

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  1. buzzing

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    See image-
    http://www.bigstockphoto.com/image-6779688/stock-photo-old-english-window-with-diamond-shaped-panes-and-lead-joints


    Is it best to run an applicator over all the diamond shapes then dry it off with a scrim? If so, is there any technique required when using the scrim in these small shapes?

    And is this the same for small leaded rectangular shaped windows?

    Can you get lead poisoning if you clean these with a scrim for years?

    Also, on another note, I was canvassing just now and then I got in my car. A police car pulled into the street parked and stayed there for 5 minutes the drove off. Am I being paranoid, or could someone call the cops if you go knocking on every door up and down a street? Can you be prosecuted for canvassing?
     
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  2. Newbie123

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    Probably the least qualified to comment on the leaded windows used to clean some like that many moons ago on farmhouses set in mullion stone allow extra time to clean try. Not to apply too much pressure as are not the sturdiest window due to individual panes of glass set in soft lead the canvassing question I can't answer
     
  3. Tmo

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    There is a rule with people who have the no unwated tradesmen to knock then its against the law otherwise crack on,
     
  4. Tmo

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    Also I have a very large domestic house with these kind of old windows on a converted barn, I always use wet cloth 3 windows and then buff them up starting from the beggining and make them spanking new quickest way I found
     
  5. vito61

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    You've yet to discover the delights of using pure water out of a brush on the end of a pole!!

    Having said that, I used to use Mr Muscle window cleaning spray. It's green and i found it did a better job than the Windolene equivalent. Spray it on and polish off, you'd soon get the hang of it.

    You can buy it for about £1.50 ish a bottle.

    Using mops and squeegees on leaded windows is a bit of a nuisance. I did try that but you'll soon soak a few scrims.

    Take note of previous comment about being careful of delicate windows. The old way of making a leaded window was, indeed, separate pieces of glass. this can be a bit dodgy if you're a bit heavy handed. The modern way is a regular window/sheet of glass with the strips of lead just stuck to the glass. It's a bit more resilient but can catch a cloth and start to peel away, especially if it's been a diy job. Again, you'll soon get the hang of it.
     
  6. OoO

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    Nah ok then spray bottle with cleaning solution and just buff dry. Less is more lol, try not to soak windows.
     
  7. mark m

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  8. adyspurs

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    I hate door knockers,just post leaflets,I put thousands of leaflets out 4 years ago and now got 400 odd houses and a bit of commercial including school although I had cleaned windows all my life for big firms before goin alone.all my customers hate door knockers and I think it makes you look desperate.
    Old bill may pull you up if they think your looking dodgy mate.
     
  9. adyspurs

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    Any way back to question,applicator and clean scrim for diamond windows mate,wet up leaded window not to much and buff up with dry clean scrim if you ain't got reach and wash.
    As for penny stamp windows,little blade,NO RAGGING!
     
  10. adyspurs

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    Any way back to question,applicator and clean scrim for diamond windows mate,wet up leaded window not to much and buff up with dry clean scrim if you ain't got reach and wash.
    As for penny stamp windows,little blade,NO RAGGING!
     
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