Today we will talk about something old, but still in use – the magnetic window cleaner. People always strive to save money and time. Thus new inventions and methods pop up with the idea to ease your life. But the number of such gadgets grows rapidly and people don’t know what they can trust. The need of critique is high and here we are to help! We have collected all kinds of information from different reviews, different products etc. This is a full review of magnetic window cleaners, how to use them, pros and cons and other frequently asked questions.
What is a magnetic window cleaner?
This is a plastic tool with two magnetic parts that stick together from both sides of the window. The one from the inside is made with a handle to hold on so you can guide the cleaner. For safety reasons most of them come with a string. You attach it to your window to secure the outside magnet from falling, and you’re good to go!
Magnetic window cleaner – how does it work?
The only thing you need except from the tool is bucket, dish-washing liquid and elbow grease. Here is a step-by-step breakdown of the process:
- Put a little bit of the dish-washing liquid into a bucket of lukewarm water. You don’t need to use window washing detergents.
- Swish the water around to make bubbles. The soapiness is essential for this cleaning method, because it lets the gadget glide smoothly on the window service.
- Dip the two parts of the magnetic window cleaners into the water separately. Don’t stick them together just yet (You will get explanation about that below).
- Rub together the sponges to create froth. More bubbles means easier cleaning with the tool.
- Secure the outside half from falling by attaching it with a string to the window handle. This is optional, but better be safe than sorry.
- Clamp the two parts together and start cleaning! Slowly.
- Always clean with the sponge/cloth first, then with the squeegee blade. Some products even have an arrow to show you the right direction of movement.
- Clean horizontally from top to bottom (zigzag movement). Move slowly and with patience.
- Move the cleaner to the closest edge when you reach the bottom of your window. Then slowly separate the magnets.
- Wipe with a cloth any soapy residue from your window sills.
- Enjoy your clean windows!
Pros – In favour of the magnetic window cleaner:
Here are listed reasons why you could consider getting a magnetic window cleaner:
- One tool for window cleaning – it combines a sponge (or a cloth) and a squeegee.
- They are easy to store as they don’t use up much space.
- You clean simultaneously from both sides. So that cuts the work in half when done right.
- If you have hard to reach windows in your flat or house – this could be one of your solutions.
- If you live on a higher floor and you do not want to risk your life just to clean your that upper outside corner of your windows – this may help you.
- They are easy to find and on some of them are on the cheaper side.
- Most of the cleaners are made with replaceable sponges.
Cons – The unpleasant truth about the tool:
You can read on every advert why you should buy this tool, but what about the reviews that tell you a little more beyond that? So you ask yourself – are the magnetic window cleaners any good? Here is what we found on the not-so-good side of this tool:
- Remember when we said you shouldn’t put the two parts together in the bucket of water? Well, if you do that they will stick to each other and it will be very hard to take them apart. You have to use force and that will, in most cases, break them. Money invested in the tool – gone.
- Some strings are too short and might need replacing.
- If the water is not soapy enough they won’t glide on the windows as easily as expected causing frustration. Plus, if you force them to move they will most likely come apart.
- If you use the one for double glazed windows on a single one it can even break your glass! As the whole name explains – the tool has magnets. They are stronger on those for double glazed windows. There are varieties for this tool – for single and for double glazed windows. The one for single glazed windows is not as strong and won’t work as well (or at all) through two sets of glass.
- If the rubber is bent or damaged you won’t be able to clean properly with the tool. It will just leave some parts of your windows untouched, leaving dirt and soap behind. Nobody wants that.
- You have to work slowly so the magnets can catch up with each other. When you are turning sides you have to move even slower.
- It is very common for the products to break.
In conclusion of the magnetic window cleaner review
Overall – it can work, but it is tricky and you will have to take time and elbow grease to master cleaning with it. If you would like the tool not to break after the first use – don’t get a cheap one. Their cost depends on their quality and purpose – those for double glazed windows have stronger magnets and are more pricey. Be careful what you buy. But is it truly worth the money? That depends on how much your own time cost. Because, after all you will be doing the hard work.
So better yet – call a professional in. And why are regular window cleaners a better option you ask? Firstly – you will have more free time for yourself while somebody else is doing the job. In this hurried world free time is the most expensive thing we posses. Secondly – can you imagine how often a cleaner performs this task? Definitely more often than anyone at home. They know what they’re doing and how to do it fast and safe. With the equipment they already have will give your windows that extra-shine at the end. The window cleaners can wash not only the glass of your windows, but the ledges too. If you are not up to risking your windows (and health) and truly want to see results call up your local window cleaners!