Don’t we ask ourselves this when facing a dirty glass?
We are surrounded by glasses both inside and outside our homes. The windows, appliance surfaces like an oven door, car windshield, or even our memories in frames look good when shiny. But, a single blot on them nudges us the whole day.
Irrespective of our lifestyle, we want our mirrors to show a clear picture, the cooktops to be neat as a pin, and the insides of a microwave clean enough not to make us retch when we open the door.
But besides these, there are some more important reasons why our glass surfaces like the windows should be cleaned regularly. They need to be saved often from the damage that outside dirt, acid rain or oxidation can cause. Moreover, we want the natural light to fall unhindered in our homes. And let’s not begin to talk about the build-up in our microwave or ovens!
The truth is, no one likes dirty glasses. Clean windows make our homes stand out, polished mirrors add style to the home décor, and we need a spotless windshield to drive.
But cleaning them demands time and effort. From the aquarium to shower glass cleaner, we have many products available in the market, but these many options can make it difficult for us to choose.
Although the stuff we want to clean might differ, a few criteria remain the same. First, we want cleaners that make our lives easier and the mundane task of scrubbing less messy. Amongst the products available in the cleaner category, the most well-known brands are Windex, Stoner’s Invisible Glass, Glass Plus and Sprayway.
Let’s take a look at which one suits our needs the most.
SC Johnsons’ product has been a household name. It is the obvious choice, especially if you are a budget-conscious person.
Windex is a brilliant choice if we have adamant stains to fight. It contains ammonia, detergents and solvents besides fragrances. It can take care of the grease and grime that refuse to leave the surface quickly.
While the product is one of a kind with great reviews, we cannot use it everywhere due to its ammonia. Using it regularly on painted glass surfaces or tinted windows may ruin the texture. We cannot use it frequently on leather or vinyl either for the same reason.
In the range of products that Windex boasts of, most are ammonia-based, giving it a strong odor that many of us may not like. However, it offers an ammonia-free version of the glass cleaner as well that has got great feedback. The brand offers many products in the glass, multi-surface, outdoor and electronics cleaning agents categories.
Its flagship product, Windex’s Glass and Window Cleaner, has over ten thousand reviews on Amazon and a rating of 4.8 out of 5 and a five-star rating on eBay. People love it not only for its performance but also its price. It is the most affordable option as compared to Invisible Glass, Sprayway and Glass Plus. Most people end up loving the product, but few have experienced streaking.
The makers have gone the extra mile to ensure their product doesn’t hurt the environment either. Their bottles are made of 100% recycled plastic. In 2020, they also recycled more than 1400 metric tons of ocean-bound plastic to make their bottles.
Overall, a great product and probably the best for budget-conscious users
While Stoner’s product isn’t the cheapest in the segment, it surely has caught users’ attention for its performance. Its Clear Dry technology guarantees an excellent cleaning with no streaking and doesn’t require excessive rubbing either. Stoner’s product uses a unique water source that is free from additives. They have developed a blend of water-soluble cleaners that perform well and evaporate quickly. Isn’t that precisely what we want? Something that works speedily and then vanishes without dripping, running or leaving any residues.
The product does not contain any dye, artificial preservatives, surfactants or artificial preservatives. Sometimes the fragrances or ammonia present in glass cleaners can cause irritation or streaking. Invisible Glass is a premium aerosol product free of such substances and can be used on painted or tinted glass surfaces.
Invisible Glass is great at cleaning windows, windshields, food spills in the microwave, photo frames, oven doors, cooktops, or other screens. Plus, it is perfect for removing road grime, salt spray, bird droppings, smoke haze, or bug splats.
Invisible Glass cleaner has proven effective in tidying up microwave spills that cling on. As a result, the Spruce touted Invisible Glass as the best glass cleaner overall in 2021.
The makers opted for an easy grip bottle. In addition, they run a no-risk guarantee program, so we can return the unused portion for a full refund if we are not satisfied with the product. It received more than 2000 reviews on Amazon with a rating of 4.5.
Claiming to be the world’s best glass cleaner, Sprayway is an aerosol product containing denatured alcohol and no ammonia. It has a floral fragrance and leaves a pleasant, fresh aroma after cleaning.
Sprayway applies like a foam that breaks up soils and clings to them, even on upright surfaces. So it does not drip or run, thus forcing us to catch in time before it spills. It does not leave the film easily or streak but dries quickly. It contains alcohol too.
It is an excellent product for windows, mirrors, car windshields and other glass surfaces. It can fight all types of dirt, grease, grime, grit, fingerprints and lipstick marks.
Sprayway scores well on the environment yardstick too. Its creators use recyclable packaging for the cans, and the product is Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) compliant. It means the product abides by governmental directives regarding such compounds that harm the environment when sprayed.
The cleaner enjoys the trust of its consumers and a rating of 4.8 on Amazon with over 3600 reviews. In fact, some people use it to clean their touchscreens too.
The final verdict is that Sprayway is definitely worth your money.
Reckitt Benckiser’s product, Glass Plus, is ammonia and phosphorus-free, containing biodegradable cleaning agents called surfactants, fragrance, and water. It does not contain any alcohol, animal by-products or bleach either. Unlike Windex, it can also be used on vinyl.
It is widely used for windows and glass surfaces, objects made of clear plastic, computer screens, fiberglass and Plexiglas. Because of the absence of ammonia, we can also use it on most surfaces like aluminum, chrome, stainless steel, and granite surfaces. It is known to easily cut through grease and grime and all kinds of dirt. Some people have experienced it works well on ceramic tiles and floors too.
While Glass Plus promises a streak-free shine, it may leave some behind if applied under direct sunlight, causing it to evaporate quickly or be left to dry without being wiped off. In such cases, we may have to spray and clean again with a paper towel or lint-free cloth.
The product smells better than ammonia-based products like Windex. It enjoys a rating of 4.7 on Amazon with over 1100 reviews.
Reckitt Benckiser isn’t far behind when it comes to cleaning while taking care of the environment. Every Glass Plus bottle is made of 25% post-consumer recycled plastic.
Overall, Glass Plus is a great product that can clean a wider range of areas without an unpleasant smell.
Take a lint-free cloth, spray some of the cleaning agent on the affected area and wipe away.
But is it really that simple?
Cleaning is a mix of art and science. The products that we are talking about are easy to use; no rocket science there. But using them the wrong way can make this simple task difficult. Even if we use a premium product like Invisible Glass, cleaning the wrong way can increase our load.
The aim is to get the glossy surface sparkling clean without any streaks or smudges. Here are few things that can make a difference.
Clean on Cloudy Days: Many people suggest that cleaning windows or windshields should be done on sunny days when the humidity is low. Most glass cleaners contain isopropyl alcohol which tends to evaporate quickly. Cleaning in the sun will only make it vanish before you can wipe it away.
Room Temperature: Glass cleaners work best at room temperature and make your job easier. Extreme hot or cold temperatures can harm the product and its performance.
Dry First: It makes sense for us first to use a dry clean to remove the dirt. This rule applies especially to outside glass surfaces like windows and windshields. We don’t want to make a dirt paste by spraying liquid on the filthy surface first.
Lint-free Cloth: Using a lint-free microfiber cloth helps avoiding residues or streaks on the surface after cleaning. Many brands offer suitable fabric in their cleaning kit.
Use Old Clothes: Your old t-shirt will have almost negligible lint compared to the new wiping cloth and hence will clean better. It will also help you save money on the cleaning items needed.
Paper: Many people use a microfiber paper towel or a newspaper to clean glass surfaces. They do clean well but can get challenging to manage. In the case of a newspaper, it can become tough to hold when damp, and we can end up with its print on the surface or our hands. Microfiber paper towels are a better option here.
Top to Bottom: When cleaning windows, start at the top. Even if the cleaner drips or runs, you will be able to clean it while you work your way down. Hail gravity!
Use a Squeegee: This tool cleans windows, windshields, shower walls and glass doors like magic. It wipes off a large chunk of the cleaning agent in one go, saving time and effort for you.
Cotton Swabs: We spend our precious Sunday morning cleaning windows only to find dirt in the corners staring at us. But cotton swabs can save the day. They tend those nasty corners that accumulate all the stubborn filth.
Prevent the Drip: Liquid glass cleaners run and drip when sprayed. They can damage the area they spill to. Use spare cloths to prevent the glass cleaner from damaging other places around the glass surface.
Here is the step-by-step procedure:
For your everyday clean of the windows, you can’t go wrong with Windex. However, our tests showed – and thousands of reviews agreed – that when you really want a top quality, showroom finish, the best choice you can make for glass cleaner is Sprayway!
As homeowners, we want our dwellings to shine their best. With a good product in our closet and the correct technique, we can maintain clean homes.
The Cleaning King team is happy to recommend Sprayway as our top choice!
A. Yes! Most glass cleaners have three main ingredients. Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA), Monoethanolamine (MEA) and Butyl Glycol. Of these, IPA and MEA are highly flammable. Besides being flammable, MEA is also corrosive, and excessive exposure to Butyl Glycol is hazardous to humans.
The old tube TVs had screens made of glass and could be cleaned with a glass cleaner. If you own an LED or OLED, LCD, or plasma TV, you need to be more careful. Makers apply a sensitive anti-glare coating, which needs to be cleaned using a dry cloth.
Using ammonia, alcohol, or acetone-based cleaner can ruin the screen of your TV. Since most glass cleaners contain either of these substances, it is better to consult the manufacturer, or the TV salesperson, before wiping off.
A. No, it only removes dirt and stains. To kill germs, you need to spray the glass or the surface with a disinfectant. However, some products do both tasks for you. For instance, Windex Disinfectant Multi-Surface Cleaner both cleans and disinfects the area.
A. Because it evaporates quickly and hence doesn’t leave behind residue or streaks. By vanishing fast, it doesn’t attract any dust or dirt particles. Also, ammonia is an excellent cleaner. It can break down fats and some vegetable oils, leaving behind a neat, shining surface.