Drop the DIY. Say good bye to ammonia. And meet your new BFF the Norwex Window Cloth. Don’t let its name fool you, this power packed purple (old school cloths are pink) cloth does a WHOLE lot more than just windows, its really more what I like to call the WOW cloth. But like any good celebrity it has its quirks. So since we already learned why your other cleaning products are wasting your time and money here and we learned about how the replacement for almost all those cleaning products works here , where we also talked about the window cloth’s buddy and basic package pal the enviro cloth (we also learned more about why every parent needs him here); I thought no time like the present to talk about the wonderful wow window cloth– how to use him and what he can do if you understand his few little quirks.
windows, mirrors, faucets, stainless steel (read more here), metal home decor, door knobs, granite, car windows, antique weaponry if your hubs like mine is a collector of many interesting things, brass, cooper, glass home decor, etc.
Where you can’t use it:
eyewear thats been coated with an antiglare coating and sensitive electronics that should not get wet- for these more sensitive surfaces you want the optic cloth or optic scarf that is a tighter, finer weave and won’t rub off the coatings and can be used dry.
One of those quirks I mentioned is that there are actually 3 methods for using the window cloth. Depending on who you talk to, you may know all of them or only one of them or if you stumbled upon my blog outside of being a Norwex fan you maybe be wondering what the heck I am talking about (its ok read this, be curious then go check out those “here” links- its worth it , I promise). So in order of my personal opinions on the best way here are the three methods:
- Enviro Cloth to Clean & Window Cloth to Shine- With this method you take a damp (not dripping) enviro cloth and wipe down the shiny surface first so that its clean then use the dry window cloth IMMEDIATELY afterwards to polish it to a shine. I personally prefer this method because I have mastiff (dog) drool that is its own state of matter somewhere between a liquid & solid best resembling glue plus finger prints of two small children and a grease monkey hubs to deal with. (PS the only thing to include windex, invisible glass and magic erasers, that has ever gotten the mastiff drool off my windows with out me having to use my finger nails to scrape it off is the enviro cloth– its basically magic). Anyway the point is I need a serious clean of my windows and I want my enviro cloth to do the dirty work because its better designed for grease & dirt AND then my window cloth stays clean for MONTHS. You can grab this dynamic duo, the power couple as the basic package for a little extra savings 😉
- Spray with Water & Dry/Shine with Window cloth– with this method you take a spray bottle of just water spray down your shiny surface then wipe it dry with a dry window cloth. A lot of folks who use essential oils love this method because they can dilute a little essential oil into that spray bottle with the water and bring back the “clean” smell our old bad cleaners taught us we needed. Essential oils are an amazing natural way to keep your home smelling lovely without destroying your endocrine system or introducing carcinogenic chemicals into your home. With Norwex you don’t need the essential oils to do any of the actual cleaning (just water) which is great because you can make them last longer and have them available for other purposes. Folks whose windows don’t get super dirty also like this method because they don’t need to involve the enviro cloth for this job, but it does mean your window cloth will do the cleaning and there for get dirtier faster.
- Damp Window Cloth– The last way to is to actually dampen your whole window cloth and use it wet to clean & shine your shiny surfaces. Now this method is loved by many because it is quick and efficient- 1 step. BUT as I will explain in a moment this method requires you to understand the window cloths quirks well and it also means a dirtier cloth that also needs a hang to dry spot.
As I mentioned oh 80,000 times, the window cloth is the wow factor cloth. Actually my sales leader called him Ernie. Burt (the enviro cloth) does all the dirty work and then Ernie (the window cloth) comes along and takes all the glory. But glory seekers are always a little quirky (its what makes them so interesting) and this cloth is no exception. To get the perfect streak free shine every time you have to know and mitigate the quirks.
Quirk #1- No crinkles. The window cloth has to make full flat contact with the shiny surface to do its job. BUT as a big cloth it can roll up on you easily creating folds or crinkles. Those folds or crinkles don’t make contact with the surface so that will create a streak. What you want to do is put the cloth over your hand and a make sure you put your palm to your surface to keep the cloth flat the whole time. Don’t hold the cloth scrunched up in your hand when you clean. The 3in1 car mitt is actually a great solution to this quirk if you plan to use method 2. But because I still prefer method 1 and method 3 would not work well with the mitt (hard to air dry) I would still recommend going with the basic package (or one of our more comprehensive packages if you are a Norwex Newbie) or just the regular window cloth for method 3.
Quirk #2- Just the right amount of water- This is one of the big reasons I prefer method 1 because its much easier to get the right amount of water (damp not dripping) on the enviro cloth. Too much water creates either drips or wet streaks. Also because the idea is to get a dry surface I find its easier to have a dry cloth that I can go over as many times as I need to get it fully dry if I sprayed to much water or had my enviro cloth too wet. But again thats a personal preference thing. Just know if you see wet streaks and you “palmed” your cloth the issue is the water or…
Quirk #3- This is actually a quirk all our mircofiber cloths have. You have to use a biodegradable laundry soap to care for them. In a future post I will tell you all about why this is important for all your clothing and linens BUT for now the quick scoop is mircofibers are split like tiny turbines (read more here) on the microscopic level (like 1/200th of a human hair level) just like how those tiny fibers can pick up bacteria and trap it inside of your cloth, they can also pick up the fillers, binders & optical brighteners that are in your laundry soap (yes even free & clear- that means free of fragrance & clear of dyes- not free & clear of all the junk) Those fillers, binders & optical brighteners are intended to stay in the fibers of your cloths to make them look and/or smell better, which means they will also stick like fuzz in the velcro like fibers of your microfiber cloths. Have you ever tried to get fuzz out of velcro? Have you ever tried to stick a velcro filled with fuzz to its other side? When its clogged the velcro doesn’t work and when the mircofiber cloths are clogged they also won’t work. So if you window cloth is giving you streaks even after you are palming it to the shiny surface and being careful not to use too much water- its probably clogged. You can boil the cloth for 10 minutes (just limit this to a few times a year to prevent the premature fiber deterioration) then launder the cloth properly in a biodegradable laundry soap. That word biodegradable is important. If it can break down in nature, it can rinse full from your cloth and not cause clogs. It doesn’t HAVE to be the Norwex brand BUT ours is only $0.12 per HE load (using the consultant recommended 1 tsp per load not the package directions) AND if you are a Newbie this laundry soap comes in the best place to start package the Safe Haven Package.