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Mark75

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Hi I am just wondering what you Guys use to get Really Dirty Windows Clean , Also what you would not use would be helpful as well , I am using Ubik 2000 and Adding Washing up Liquid with Water Mix  , I add the Washing up liquid so it holds to the Glass better when applied , Any new ideas will be greatly appreciated .

 

Martyn

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I think most of us use Virosol/Ubik/Screwfix De-Greaser with good success, Sodium Hypoclorite would be the next step up for plastics but needs more precaution in use.

 

Davy G

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Mostly, our ordinary, fairly dirty first washes just get extra water and a good scrub.

Really bad ones might get a squirt of our mix from a hand sprayer (Chemex Superplus and Fairy Liquid) as might the doors.

Really bad upstairs windows might be dealt with by having some of the mix sprayed onto the brush and spread between them before scrubbing in, followed by a thorough wash and rinse. This can make a huge difference, especially on the frames, sills and doors.

 

Mark75

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I think most of us use Virosol/Ubik/Screwfix De-Greaser with good success, Sodium Hypoclorite would be the next step up for plastics but needs more precaution in use.
Hi Martyn thanks for the reply , I thought the Hypoclorite was for use on Driveways and patios , I take it when Used on Conservatories or other Parts of the Home that have heavy Moss or Grime you have to be extra Careful with the Glass .

 

Mark75

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Plenty of water, would have to be very bad to use hot water. Never used, or needed to use, chemicals to clean glass.

Only use chemicals on fascia, UPVC.
Thanks Part Timer , I am a newbie still as you know ,  bloody hell I was using Hot water in the Summer , its so Much Easier I find , and you tell me you hardly use it .

 

Martyn

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Hi Martyn thanks for the reply , I thought the Hypoclorite was for use on Driveways and patios , I take it when Used on Conservatories or other Parts of the Home that have heavy Moss or Grime you have to be extra Careful with the Glass .
It can't harm ordinary glass, probably can't harm self cleaning glass but if it dries on the glass it will be a B to remove. The problem is it can harm plants and other vulnerable surfaces and has a nasty habit of turning your clothes pink.

On the other hand if you have really bad plastics it is the best, it can be applied by dipping your brush in a bucket rather than spraying, thereby avoiding getting it where you don't want it.

 

Mark75

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Location
Caterham
Mostly, our ordinary, fairly dirty first washes just get extra water and a good scrub.

Really bad ones might get a squirt of our mix from a hand sprayer (Chemex Superplus and Fairy Liquid) as might the doors.

Really bad upstairs windows might be dealt with by having some of the mix sprayed onto the brush and spread between them before scrubbing in, followed by a thorough wash and rinse. This can make a huge difference, especially on the frames, sills and doors.
Hi Davy thanks yeah thats what I do with my Mix , on the upstairs I spray mine directly on the brush for the upper windows to get the tough dirt from the sills especially,  I try the Chemex and Fairy mix as someone i know Uses that and he swears by it . Thanks 

 

Part Timer

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Thanks Part Timer , I am a newbie still as you know ,  bloody hell I was using Hot water in the Summer , its so Much Easier I find , and you tell me you hardly use it .
Very rarely as it's not required on 99% of my work. Even the 6 monthly Balham job is done with cold water.

Getting a new contract that will all be cleaned first time with warm water. Probably about 3 weeks worth of 1st cleans spread over 3 months.

 

Mark75

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It can't harm ordinary glass, probably can't harm self cleaning glass but if it dries on the glass it will be a B to remove. The problem is it can harm plants and other vulnerable surfaces and has a nasty habit of turning your clothes pink.

On the other hand if you have really bad plastics it is the best, it can be applied by dipping your brush in a bucket rather than spraying, thereby avoiding getting it where you don't want it.
OK I try that I have a conny I have to do next week and its Green , I give it a go thanks 

 

Mark75

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Very rarely as it's not required on 99% of my work. Even the 6 monthly Balham job is done with cold water.

Getting a new contract that will all be cleaned first time with warm water. Probably about 3 weeks worth of 1st cleans spread over 3 months.
Fair enough I need to use less Gas Probably , I just think people are more impressed when you tell them you wash with Pure Hot Water , But Maybe you right if you Don't even use it on the 6 Monthly why am I on a 4 weekly job .

 

Part Timer

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Fair enough I need to use less Gas Probably , I just think people are more impressed when you tell them you wash with Pure Hot Water , But Maybe you right if you Don't even use it on the 6 Monthly why am I on a 4 weekly job .
We have hot water on the side of the van, doesn't state we use it every time. You being in, fairly, central London your maintenance washes won't be any quicker using hot water. Give it a go to see for yourself.

 

Pjj

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First cleans is bad we use 10-1 mix of Virosol and hot water that will remove most things , sometimes use a soft wash mix if loads of algae to kill it off in all the joints and recesses 

 

Mark75

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First cleans is bad we use 10-1 mix of Virosol and hot water that will remove most things , sometimes use a soft wash mix if loads of algae to kill it off in all the joints and recesses 
Thanks Pjj yeah the mix i do is about 10-1 I only add the washing up liquid as it holds to surfaces better . The Virosol is citrus based thats probably a lot safer around the gardens 

 

Pjj

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Thanks Pjj yeah the mix i do is about 10-1 I only add the washing up liquid as it holds to surfaces better . The Virosol is citrus based thats probably a lot safer around the gardens 
I found trying to remove washing up liquid with pure made it foam up and difficult to get rid of was like a foam party ???????

 

swc1

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USA
Hi I am just wondering what you Guys use to get Really Dirty Windows Clean , Also what you would not use would be helpful as well , I am using Ubik 2000 and Adding Washing up Liquid with Water Mix  , I add the Washing up liquid so it holds to the Glass better when applied , Any new ideas will be greatly appreciated .
Just thought I would throw this out there, maybe it will answer some question for you. Check out this thread/post topic. 

https://windowcleaningforums.co.uk/topic/33818-how-much-do-you-agitate-the-glass/?do=getNewComment

Hope it helps.

 
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