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Sunday / January 25th / 2004
Squeaky clean windows...

The Dutch are unbelievably squeaky clean when it comes to washing their windows. Everywhere you look, you see shining perfectly transparent windows with not a single smudge or particle of dust. I spent a large part of the afternoon attempting to achieve this mysterious art of perfection, but I failed terribly. Streaks all over the place and dried up leftovers of spotted droplets. I do not know how they do it. Rubbing and re-rubbing does not help either. Oh well, while my windows may not be perfectly transparent and pristine, they can honestly be referred to as clean, at least in the technical sense.

~ Posted at 06:38 PM | Life in Holland
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Go to the store, buy a "Zeem" (a cloth) and "Een Fles Spiritus" (a blue bottle containing highly flamable blue fluid). Wash your window like your always do then take the Zeem an put a bit of Spiritus on it and Rub like you never rubbed before.

- Posted by Sjef van Leeuwen at January 27, 2004 06:21 PM

Can you equate those products to something similar/same sold in the US? Thank you, so much.

- Posted by Lisa at May 23, 2004 12:46 AM

Here's an attempt to translate the Dutch: "zeem" means chamois-leather, shammy, wash-leather; and "spiritus" means methylated spirit, meths, spirits (but not the kind you can drink). Hope this helps.

- Posted by Kiffin at May 23, 2004 12:55 PM

Do these suggestions work for tinted windows as well?

- Posted by irene strange at November 6, 2004 02:38 PM

As far as I know, it should not make any difference. You are merely cleaning the surface of the window, so the tinted inner color should hopefully not be affected.

- Posted by Kiffin at November 6, 2004 07:39 PM

As a professional window tinter I have to say be very careful here! - You can clean "body tinted" windows the same way you clean glass, however "film tinted" windows are quite different and I would only use a mild mix of diswashing liquid and warm water mixer. Do Not use meths or amonia products! - You will ruin you film tint and be faced with a sizable bill or hassle removing your spoiled film

- Posted by lance Janes at December 3, 2004 08:56 PM

Folks, here's an alternative: Use denatured alcohol (rubbing alcohol) and after wiping off the excess, try rubbing the window with a bit of crumpled up newspaper! Works for me! (Something about the ink in the newsprint, if I remember what my dear old deceased mother told me correctly). It's safer than using the highly flammable mixtures others have recommended (although, I still wouldn't smoke or carry a lit match in my hand whilst using denatured alcohol - that stuff burns clear!)

Good luck and keep them shining!
(Merry Christmas to all!)

- Posted by Lewis C. Emanuel at December 19, 2004 05:30 AM

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