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gma2rjc 08-01-2009 11:19 PM

Barn window glass cleaner
I have three windows from a barn that was built in 1889. Each window is divided into 6 panes of glass. They're not leaded glass.

I've cleaned each pane with Windex 2 times and hydrogen peroxide 2 times. That helped a lot, but there was still a haze. Tonight I tried rubbing alcohol and that made it much better. But they're still not completely clear.

Any suggestions as to what I could use to get the glass looking shiney?

gregzoll 08-02-2009 08:04 AM

Scrub with Bon ami cleanser, then wipe clean with clean paper towels, changing out while wiping. From there, it should be clean enough to shine.

Thurman 08-02-2009 08:08 AM

First, are you sure there are six panes of glass, and not just one large pane with the wooden (memory fart here--what are they called) built onto them? Look at the glass from one side to see if it seems to have "waves" in the pane(s). A lot of glass back then was not made with fancy machinery as we have today, it was poured onto a granite slab. This method gave the glass panes the wavy look. Some of this type glass is just impossible to get that stubborn glaze off of. I have repaired windows in old homes where the homeowner and I agreed that the glass was not to be damaged at all. They like the old wavy glass. But, most of these I've seen were the one large pane per sash. Thanks, David

gma2rjc 08-02-2009 11:14 AM

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That's interesting. Is that the glass that has the air bubbles in it? The house I grew up in had windows like that.

These windows have separate panes. The glass is the same as what you would buy in a hardware store today. I'm assuming that between 1889 and the time the barn was torn down, each pane has been replaced. But maybe not.

In one of the pics, you can see the haze. The glass was built into these windows on a slant.

iMisspell 08-02-2009 05:41 PM

Not sure how it will work on glass, but Simple Green works pretty good in the kitchen, bathroom, work shop and for cleaning the oil/sludge/and-whos-knows-what-else off the machines at work.


Thurman 08-02-2009 06:08 PM

gma2jrc-Thanks for the pictures, I learn from this forum every day and now I've learned something for today. I've worked on a lot of different windows but have never seen those type. Man guesses as to why they were designed that way. Good Luck on the cleaning process, David

gma2rjc 08-02-2009 06:23 PM

This morning I soaked a cloth in vinegar and let it sit on the glass for a while. It seems like that would have worked. It didn't.

I'll try the Simple Green. Thanks.

gma2rjc 08-02-2009 07:07 PM

Thanks Thurman.

This is the first time I've ever seen windows like that as well.

I wondered if the glass was angled that way to direct the rain away.

gma2rjc 08-02-2009 09:50 PM

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This window has this little star hanging in it. I didn't notice it until I started cleaning the cobwebs, dirt and straw away.

Blondesense 08-03-2009 10:35 AM

If normal glass cleaning products don't work you may have "sick glass"

I collect old oil lamps and have seen this many times in antique glass items.

This may help explain, or google "sick glass repair":

gma2rjc 08-03-2009 10:57 AM

Very interesting. That's the first I've heard of that, thanks for the link.

4just1don 08-04-2009 10:53 AM

Best glass cleaner I have used is the Napa window cleaner. Dont know why but it foams ad cleans better than other product AND it stays cleaner longer for some reason

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