What are the best way to get rid of finger prints on the windows? Like is there a pre-treat method that you use before you actually clean them? I’ve heard simple green in a spray bottle works? Any solutions and suggestions? Thanks in advance!
Sometimes, even a microfiber cloth works…they’re all a little different.
What have you tried?
TO BE HONEST JUST SCRUBBED REAL HARD AND WIPED THEM AWAY WITH MY MICRO-FIBER CLOTH. I FIND MYSELF GOING BACK OVER THE PRINTS MOSTLY BY THE DOOR HANDLE. WAS TRYING TO FIND A MORE EFFECTIVE WAY TO GET RID OF THEM. THANKS llaczko
I haven’t had trouble with fingerprints so far but I don’t have any restaurants or high traffic businesses on my “route”, but fingerprints are mostly grease residue and Simple Green as a pre-treatment will do the trick.
Simple Green is what I use also. It even works well on nicotine. If I’m doing a large area w/ alot of fingerprints or grease I put some in my regular solution. If it’s small areas I have a small spray bottle that will fit in my pouch.
regular solution has worked for me. I have a new scrubber that has these bristles like artificial grass/turf and they get everything off the window
and it does not have to be mowed!
YEAH!!! How cool is that!!!
I wonder if the Simple Green in a spray bottle would be OK to use on glass with post factory tint (film). If so it sure would be nice for one of the restaurants I do.
Thanks alot guys!
I’ve used it on tinted windows w/ no problems.
I keep a pad of magic eraser in my bucket. No fingerprint so tough that it can withstand that!
Thanks Tony! I’ll have to get some Simple Green.
Matt, I also carry Mr. Clean’s Magic Eraser but never even thought about using it for greasy fingerprints. I just use them (dry) for removing silicone mostly on residential. Maybe I’ll use them in conjunction with the Simple Green and see how it works. I may A-B the Simple Green vs. the Magic Eraser and see which works best.
Also which ever one is cheapest and most convenient (time saving) will come into play.
GG4 works for me with a porcupine scrubber from Ettore.
This one restaurant I mentioned earlier (with tinted glass) always has childrens fingerprints loaded with chicken grease. It’s a once a month gig so the grease really sets in.
I usually wet a white scrub pad then put a bit of Dawn directly on the pad then scrub each greasy fingerprint really well. I go about cleaning other windows in order to let the soap dwell and do it’s thing. I come back a little later and go over the greasy fingerprinted glass with my T-bar scrubber and GG4.
Usually this gets the grease but sometimes I have to go over it a second time.
Hopefully the Simple Green and/or the Magic Eraser will make this a much easier task. I use to try to get it with just GG-4 and T-bar scrubber. It wouldn’t touch it.
Dawn/white pad, T-bar & GG4 and a whole lot of elbo grease is just too much effort. I really need a stronger cleaning agent. Simple Green may be just what I’ve been needing on this particular gig.
Try using a scraper then?
Since watching Phil use the aerosol window cleaning spray stuff I’ve been playing around with it on some of my jobs. There’s doors with the handles going across the glass where a scrubber will not pass between, but fingers do, on several of my accounts. I’ll pretreat the area with the spray, clean the windows around the doors, then scrub the doors, and squeegee everything away. It works really well with very little scrubbing.
The spray breaks down the finger prints pretty well with no scrubbing at all… and the spray is safe for tinted windows since it’s ammonia free. Ya may want to give that a try…
Remember, this is post factory tinted (film) glass. I’m sure you know that a scraper will damage the tinted film covering the glass. And a white pad is about as abrasive as I can get for a scrubber or applicator.
Chicken greasy fingerprints are a b i t c h to get off of this particular tinted film. I’m certainly going to try the Simple Green in a spray bottle. May even try some of the canned spray cleaner that Micah just mentioned. I’ll see what happens when I do this account next week.
The local janitor supply has a spray glass cleaner by Aero that I’ve used on Frenchies in the past. It’s really good stuff. I’ll pick up a can of it and some Simple Green and see which one works the best on the tinted film. I’m looking forward to this particular gig becoming easier.