Magnetic window cleaners are a unique and innovative tool that have increased in popularity in recent years. However, you might be wondering whether or not they actually work. The truth is, magnetic window cleaners are not nearly as efficient as they are made out to be.
There are a number of drawbacks to using magnetic window cleaners. They are not a one-size-fits-all solution for cleaning all types of windows. In many situations, they can also potentially damage windows with scratches or other marks.
We have produced an in-depth guide explaining why these expensive tools aren’t all they are advertised to be. By understanding some of the limitations you can make an informed decision about using a magnetic window cleaner to clean your windows.
Magnetic window cleaners are not the best solution for cleaning windows that don’t open or windows that are on the upper floors of your home. If your window won’t open, there is no way to get the exterior side of the tool onto the windowpane without using a ladder. Ladders can be incredibly dangerous and using one to set a magnetic window cleaner in place negates its purpose.
If the window you want to clean is on the second or third floor of your home, it can present a real safety hazard. Leaning out the window to get to the exterior side of the tool in place is never a good idea. In this case, it is best to avoid using a magnetic window cleaner.
Magnets Too Strong
Many times, in order to avoid the tool becoming unstuck, manufacturers will make the magnets incredibly strong. While this will ensure the tool stays in place, it can make it difficult to move the tool around the windowpane and get the entire pane clean. Struggling with the tool does not produce a thorough cleaning job.
In some cases, these strong magnets can even damage the glass. Since the magnets are sliding along the pane and putting pressure on it, they can leave deep scratches if they are too powerful. Should this happen, you will have a bigger problem on your hands than just a dirty window.
Takes a Long Time
At a certain point, you have to ask yourself whether or not it is even worth it to try and use this new-fangled tool. If you are spending too much time trying to line the magnets up and get the cleaning surfaces just right, you may as well just clean the panes one side at a time.
Since the magnets are also incredibly strong, it usually takes much longer to clean the surface area of the window, which makes the whole cleaning process much more complicated and time consuming. Time you could be spending doing other chores or enjoying yourself.
In addition to the time factor, the results produced by magnetic window cleaners are just not up to par. While they are an interesting concept, minimal control over the outer side of the tool usually results in missed spots and/or window streaks.
Magnetic window cleaners just don’t live up to their claims. Without having complete control of the cleaning surface, there is no way the windows will come out as clean as you want them to. This is especially true for windows that do not open – where you can’t reach the exterior glass surface.
If you are spending time and money on a tool that can’t even get the job done properly, you will be much better off hiring a service to clean your hard-to-reach windows. The professionals at Window Genie have the right tools and safety equipment to clean your windows efficiently and easily. Request a free consultation today to get the streak-free quality window cleaning you are looking for!