It was suggested that I clean my skungy windows with a diluted solution of
this. Just some in some warm water. The guy swears by it. Is this what
they have at HD? Any difference between non-detergent and the other types?
I'd be reluctant to wipe kerosene on my windows. [I don't know what
'non-detergent' kero is- maybe it overcomes the smell,
dust-attractant, non-emulsifying, and flammability problems of the
kero I'm familiar with]
My weapon of choice for the worst of windows is 1/4 cup of ammonia in
a bucket of water- and the print section of a newspaper wadded up into
a ball for wipes.
Once they are clean I maintain them with a squeegee & windex.
We have ag water here, which is crick water run through pipes and pressure
added. It gets the windows skuygy. We tried everything to clean them down
to razor scrapers. No go. Down to desperate mode. Will try ammonia trick.
I don't know about the detergent, but some of the kerosene has dye in it.
This is so the highway department can tell if it is being used on the
highway. Diesel fuel is the same way. Dyed for home use and undyed for use
on the road (road tax paid) if I remember correctly.
If a truck gets caught with the wrong kind of fuel (read as no road tax
payed) on the road they get a big fine.
My son, the farmer, says that government agents regularly visit farm sales
around here and dip a probe into diesel truck fuel tanks in the parking area
looking for dyed fuel. He agrees..hefty fine if caught. If you use the
same bulk tank for both your road truck and tractors, there is a place on
your tax return to claim the road tax credit for un-dyed fuel used in
tractors for off road use.
on 12/3/2009 10:25 AM (ET) Steve B wrote the following:
My father said they used a diluted kerosene mixture to wash their cars
back in the 20s and 30s and then wiped off the haze with a cloth towel.
I tried it once and it worked pretty well. I thought the oil might help
prevent rust, especially around the small holes in the body that held
the chrome trim on, but apparently not many people washed their cars
with kerosene since they all rusted away. ;-)
I swear by sudsy ammonia from the 99 cent store (half gallon), hot
water and micro-fiber cloth. One time I walked right into my patio
door when the house was vacant <G>.
Kero, last year at HD was $35.00 (?) for five gallon can. If the
window is vinyl clad I would avoid the kerosene.
For really nasty windows I use Parson's ammonia mixed per the bottle
directions to several time that if needed. Never heard of using
kerosene to clean windows.
Full stength this stuff will degrease an engine block.
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