Ocean breezes are one of the many reasons homeowners choose to buy houses in coastal regions. Unfortunately, with the refreshing breeze comes salt spray. Winds off the ocean pick up tiny water droplets; the wind carries minute amounts of salt toward the house, which lands on windows. As the water evaporates, it leaves a white crust of salt, eventually leading to windows too white and scaly to see out of clearly. Salt is damaging to acrylic-windows, windows with a protective film and window-frames, making removal necessary.Ocean spray and beach front living aren't the only places windows can become salted over. During cold, snowy months when homeowners and city workers, spread ice melting salts on roadways, sidewalks, driveways and steps, salty water can be sloshed and sprayed onto them by passing cars and trucks.
You Will Need
Non-sudsing household ammonia
Rinse your windows with water from a garden hose to dissolve and loosen salt buildup. Do not spray pressurized water streams directly at your windows; the steady stream of water can crack the glass or dislodge the glass from the frame. Or, you can fill a large spray bottle with water from the tap. Point the spray at your window and squeeze the trigger repeatedly to rinse your windows.
Dip a nylon scrubbing-pad or nylon scrubbing sponge into full-strength white vinegar. Scrub the windows to remove it buildup. Rinse the scrubbing pad frequently to remove it from the pad or sponge and avoid smearing a salty coating over the windows. Hose off the windows liberally with plain water or spray them generously with the water from the spray bottle. If it buildup remains, move to the next step.
Add 1 cup of water, 2 teaspoons non-sudsing household ammonia and 2 tsp white vinegar to a spray bottle. Shake the spray bottle gently to mix the ingredients.
Spray the windows with the cleaning mixture generously. Let the cleaner sit on the window surface for three to five minutes to soak into ity surface and loosen the buildup.
Crumble a sheet of newspaper and wipe the window to remove the cleaner and salt. Repeat if necessary to remove a heavy salt accumulation. If it buildup is excessive, repeat the process even if it is no longer visible.
Wet a rag with plain water and wipe the window-frames to remove vinegar residue, which can harm window-frames, especially aluminum frames.
Apply a protective coating of glass wax to prevent it from sticking to the glass in the future. Apply a coat of car wax to metal window-frames so it does not come in direct contact with the metal.
Clean the windows regularly to prevent excessive salt formation.
Avoid allowing salt to remain on frames as it may rot the window-frame.
Do not allow white vinegar to remain on the window-frames; the white vinegar will pit metal.
Keep window-frames painted to prevent it from degrading the frame.
Rewax the metal window-frames every three to four months or sooner to keep a layer of protection on the frames.
Apply new wax to the window glass when you rewax the window-frames.