Product Type: Windolene Household Cleaning
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Keeping it clean with Windolene
Member Name: dawnmarywhite
Advantages: Thick, doesn't run
I spring cleaned my bathroom today, and since it is tiled from floor to ceiling I used the remainder of an old bottle of Windolene (from my overflowing cleaning supplies cupboard!) to clean and polish all those blasted tiles and do the mirrors and shower screen.
The bottle I have just finished was a 50% extra free one, so was 750ml for the price of 500ml - at the time of buying it was less than £1, but I can't remember for sure as it was a really long time ago! It comes in a transparent plastic trigger spray bottle (with lockable nozzle), and the liquid itself is clear too. It's quite a thick, viscous liquid which comes out in a fine spray, giving excellent coverage. Since it is quite thick it doesn't start running down a vertical surface before you've started buffing it. I think this is brilliant, and is the one thing that sets this aside from any other glass cleaner I personally have encountered.
Now, the bottle I have claims to have a "3 action system", while I see it now has 4 actions. The one missing from my older bottle is the added vinegar. The other 3 promises it makes are standard for glass cleaning sprays - dissolve grease, lift dirt, leave a streak free sparkling finish. With or without vinegar, it does these things and it does them well. The other info on the label includes the usual directions, safety and product information. Within this, suitable surfaces for use are mentioned, including windows, mirrors, fridges, taps and worktops; it also states TV screens but I think it's safe to assume it does not mean the now standard LCD TVs. It also doesn't state tiles, but works fabulously on mine!
To use it, all you do is spray sparingly from around 25cm away and wipe with a soft dry cloth or paper towels to polish. I use a non fluffy type tea towel as I find that paper towel can often leave little fluffy bits (industrial blue roll is amazing for glass cleaning though). I tend to be a bit heavy handed with almost everything, so I didn't exactly use 'sparingly'! I gave a generous spray over my tiles, one area at a time, then buffed them to a brilliant shine. The dirt and dust that gathers on tiles is surprising, and the colour of my tea towel when I was finished was a bit shameful. The difference in my tiles was great though, they look so beautiful now with their mirror shine.
This worked equally well on the bathroom mirrors and the shower screen, lifting slight water marks and leaving them wonderfully clean and sparkly. The only thing I've ever found that lifts old water marks relatively easily though is Cillit Bang, so don't expect this to lift those. It doesn't have much of a smell, just a slight chemical smell to my nose. Nothing offensive, and it hasn't lingered in my bathroom even though I used it floor to ceiling all round the room this morning (window has been open all day though).
For the price I paid, this has been fabulous value. Even though I'm a bit over zealous with cleaning, you genuinely don't need much and it works wonders. I am not loyal to any particular brand of glass cleaner, and will buy whatever is on special offer or a value brand if nothing else offers good value at the time. And to be honest I do find with glass cleaners in particular, it's largely all much of a muchness - the ones I've had all clean well and leave steak free finishes, so long as you buff them properly with a suitable fabric or the old favourite, newspaper.
Windolene certainly does fulfill all its promises, being just as good as any other cleaner and as I mentioned it's thickness is a big advantage (giving it an extra star over the Mr Muscle I reviewed recently). I see it's currently selling in Tesco for £1, this is definitely worth buying at this price if you are needing some glass cleaner. Even just to leave in the car for clearing your windscreen if you don't need it in the house. I can testify it keeps brilliantly and doesn't go off, I really couldn't say with certainty how old the bottle I used today was! Definitely recommendable in my book.
Summary: Old faithful!