It’s probably my German genes driving me in the relentless pursuit of perfection again, but here’s my gripe with abrasives:
Steel wool - very good at removing stuff, but breaks down fast, the dust is annoying, and so is the rust (which can scratch glass).
Bronze wool - good but not great at removing stuff, breaks down fast (it turns into a tiny clump just as quickly as steel wool), the dust is annoying but slightly less than steel wool, but no rust.
Synthetic steel wool, i.e. white scrub pad - so-so at removing stuff, lasts long, no dust, no rust.
Razor - superb at removing stuff (is it just me or do windows look more like new when you scrape them?), but risk of scratching glass, cutting seals.
I guess, like with soap, it’s all about compromises, and yet i want the perfect solution. Has anyone found it?
Right now i wet the window, scrub with white pad, squeegee, remove anything that remained with bronze wool (or scrim if it’s minor). Since I’m already scrubbing once, i don’t want there to be specs left after, except occasionally. And i hate how much time and elbow grease the bronze wool requires since it’s not as abrasive as steel wool.
What are you guys’ thoughts on all this?
(Oh and i don’t want this to turn into an argument about scratching glass with razors as in other threads. I’ve made the executive decision to only razor when absolutely necessary, but not every window.)