“ Brand: Windolene / Type: Cleaning Wipes / Category: Cleaning Products & Utensils > Wipes, Towels, Tissues „
Before I moved to my current home I lived in a large home which had a surfeit of mirrors. I had three large mirrored wardrobes and three bathrooms which each had large mirrors. Cleaning them was a bit of a never ending job and while I am a huge fan of Mister Muscle glass cleaner, sometimes it was easier just to keep a packet of glass cleaning wipes upstairs to do the job, and Windolene wipes became my brand of choice then.
You get 20 large wipes in a packet of wipes. Each wipe measures 30 cm x 18 cm and I find this can easily cope with large mirrors or glass surfaces. The wipes are made from a soft cotton style fibre and do stretch a little.
The wipes do have a slight scent of vinegar on them but generally the aroma you get from these is an almost clinical smell, and certainly it gives off the impression of being something of a no-nonsense product. The wipes have never irritated my skin and seem to be a gentle product to use.
You can use the wipes on most glass and shiny surfaces such as windows, glass doors, mirrors, car windows, formica, vinyl and plastic surfaces. The wipes are not suitable for plasma screens and the packaging also claims they are not suitable for laptop screens but I've used them without incident on my laptop.
When you have removed a wipe from the packet it is imperative that you ensure it is properly sealed otherwise the wipes will dry out. The seal is very effective I find but it does require a little pressure to ensure it's fully closed.
When I first started buying these they were available in Poundland but sadly those days are long gone and you can expect to pay between £1.49 and £1.99 for them now.
The Windolene wipes are easy to use and in my experience one wipe can clean a lot of glass. When I lived in my old home one wipe would easily clean three very large mirrors with some power left to deal with a TV screen.
The wipes do leave a little residue on glass when you clean with them but don't worry about this because they don't leave streaks. I currently have a glass TV stand which (like all glass furniture) is a dust trap. The Windolene wipes make light work of cleaning it however even though when I first apply them to the surfaces a white residue is clearly noticeable. Within a minute however it vanishes and the surface is gleaming.
I find they are an effective, if expensive, way to clean windows and I generally keep them just for the bathroom to deal with the mess my daughter makes by the bathroom window when cleaning her teeth. The wipes make light work of removing the toothpaste splashes she leaves behind!
One wipe will clean all the glass in my living room which includes my glass TV stand, TV screen, computer screen, some photo frames, two clocks and some glass vases, which I think is rather good going. The wipes are not particularly damp when you remove them from the packet but don't be fooled into thinking you will need more than one to clean several items - a little goes a long way! The wipes are also very effective at cleaning the plastic base my TV sits on and they work a treat on my UPVC doors too.
I wish I could say the wipes keep my glass cleaner than normal but I haven't noticed any difference between using them and using my Mister Muscle product with a cloth.
I really like how they don't have an overly powerful smell either with that clinical, slightly vinegar smell acting as a reminder you've cleaned your glass but not in an overpowering manner. The smell doesn't linger for very long either.
If you have a lot of glass to clean in your home it's probably more cost effective to use a spray glass cleaner and a cloth but these wipes are undeniably an effective and efficient product. I appreciate they are not as environmentally friendly as using a cloth and spray either but with judicious use they are worth the rather high price tag in my opinion.
My only caveat about these wipes is I do believe they work at their best if you have thoroughly dusted the surface you wish to clean before you use them. They work best at removing the dirt that is left behind the dust but are not so good at picking that top layer of grime off.
Overall I really like these wipes due to the streak free shine they give my glass and other shiny surfaces. When they cost a pound a packet I regularly used them for larger glass surfaces but due to the spike in price I can't really recommend them for jobs such as mirrored wardrobe doors, despite the effective job they do. For smaller jobs I think they are a handy standby - but shop around for the best price!
I recently bought myself a rather large glass topped desk, and soon realised that I was going to have to do more than just dust it. So I bought a pack of these to see if they would do the job. I bought them for £2 from Tesco online for a pack of 20, not exactly cheap.
I keep my desk reasonably clean, I use a coaster for drinks and I don't sit and munch crisps all over it. But smudges happen, and fingerprints, and my cat seems to like dancing all over the desk just after he's had a paddle in the kitchen sink. So after a few days of build up I decided to crack open the Windolene wipes.
The wipes come in a handy resealable pack, you peel off the label at the front and the wipes dispense like in a box of tissues. You then reseal the label keeping the remainder of the pack fresh.
The wipes are tissue sized, and quite moist. They have a strong cleaning product smell, which although not entirely pleasant on your hands is quite reassuring.
To use, you unfold the wipe and wipe it over the surface that you want to clean. I haven't used it on more heavy duty marks than smudges and pawprints, but I'm not sure it would be strong enough to remove spillages and the like, I think that would need some spray and a sponge.
However, the wipes are excellent for just removing smudges and making your glass surface nice and sparkly again. I wiped it over my desk, and it left a damp covering. I went to check the pack to see if I should dry it, but by the time I read that I shouldn't and looked back at the desk, it had dried off, leaving a nice sparkly finish. Which the damn cat promptly jumped on and added pawprints to, ARGH!!!
I'm really pleased with the results I got from these. I've been using them about twice a week to clean my desk, and haven't yet needed to use any spray on it. They certainly work for the purpose I bought them, which was to wipe off smudges. £2 for 20 is a little pricey, but they are very good. I think I might cut down to once a week, or when I'm expecting guests, so that I don't run through the pack too quickly.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have a cat to remove from my clean desk...
This isn't the cheapest product by any means for doing the most boring ( in my opinion!) of household jobs - the windows.
We are lucky enough to have a lot of windows in our house but some of them are a devil to clean because they are panelled & cleaning them is always a chore.
I usually buy the bottles of Windolene which are around 99p from Qualitysave but decided to buy these wipes for a change to see if they made the job any easier.
They come in a re-sealable packet for £1.40 but there were only 20 wipes which didn't go very far.
They are good though because they are quite thick & don't dry up.
They seemed to just lift the dirt & left the windows looking very clean & (almost) streak-free as promised on the pack.
The smell was OK - a bit on the chemical side but then this let the rest of the family know that they'd been done. It's not an unpleasant odour & it disappeared quite quickly.
- vinegar & newspaper definately give the best results but I do have a busy life!
- These wipes are worth a try as they do the job but I think they're expensive to use if you have a lot to clean.
- It's cheaper to buy the bottle but obviously these wipes are much more convenient to use.
Let's be honest, cleaning windows isn't the most exciting of activities, and (depending on their size, and how many you have) it can also be rather time consuming.
There are those who argue that the traditional cleaning methods are the best - e.g newspaper and vinegar - and in fairness, that is a good way of getting glass sparkling - but it sometimes isn't the most practical procedure. And that's where Windolene 'Glass and Shiny Surface Wipes' come into their own.
Available in a pack of 20 large wipes which cost £1.78 from Tesco, this product promises to;
1. Dissolve Grease
2. Lift off Dirt
3. Leave a streak free shine
The wipes are contained in a blue sealed 'sachet' where you peel back the label to remove each wipe. The sticker can be then stuck back down to close the opening and stop the product from drying out. It's the same system we have come to expect from nearly all household products which come in 'wipe' form.
When used on windows, Windolene is extremely effective. I've found that if you clean in a circular motion, then you won't leave streaks, and the finish will be better. The smell is hard to describe and is rather chemically - it's not the most pleasant aroma, but at least it smells clean.
I highly recommend this product, as it makes cleaning windows an easy process. It's not too expensive, and i've found it to be more effective than the cheaper supermarket brands which can streak.
A quick and easy smear free window cleaner.