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Old 01/04/2008, 10:04 AM   #1
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Tips on cleaning saltwater that had dripped onto glass

Whenever I introduce new livestock, do water changes, etc., I inevitably spill some water from my tank onto the front of my glass. I get my windex and paper towels out and start to clean it, but it seems like the salt gets smeared all over the tank, and I have to clean the glass about 10 times before I can get all the streaks out. Does anyone have a better tip on how to clean saltwater off the glass?


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Old 01/04/2008, 10:10 AM   #2
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I use white vinegar mixed with water. Less smears then when I use Windex. I have used apple cider vinegar a couple times when I ran out of white. It worked to.


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Old 01/04/2008, 10:14 AM   #3
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i just use a t shirt and wipe till its all gone with no solvents just t shirt


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Old 01/04/2008, 10:17 AM   #4
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windex?

Just use hot water on a paper towel follwed by a quick wipe down with a dry paper towel - no chemicals involved and no smears on the glass.


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Old 01/04/2008, 10:23 AM   #5
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I use a hot wash cloth that is very wet, as wet as can be w/o dripping on the way to the tank. I wipe the whole tank down and then dry with a dry soft bath towel.


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Old 01/04/2008, 10:50 AM   #6
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paper towel with ro/di water is what I been using then a clean paper towel


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Old 01/04/2008, 11:27 AM   #7
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agreed with an411.


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Old 01/04/2008, 12:35 PM   #8
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thanks all....I'll give it a shot


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Old 01/04/2008, 12:36 PM   #9
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paper towel with ro/di water is what I been using then a clean paper towel
x2. This is the best method I have found. Regular water will leave deposits on the glass. I know some people who will put the ro/di water in a spray bottle and use that.


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Old 01/04/2008, 12:37 PM   #10
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Vinegar in a spray bottle!! No saltwater tank should be without! Even if the vinegar gets directly in your water it will not hurt anything at all... even if you accidentally pour a little in. The vinegar also cuts through the saltwater better than anything else I've found.

So pour the windex out and fill it up with vinegar..... you may never buy another bottle of windex after you try it ;D Plus the vinegar is about the cheapest thing you will ever buy for your tank @ $1/gal +/-


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Old 01/04/2008, 01:14 PM   #11
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GEE I have an idea how about a wet paper towel and a squeege. If you have to use vinegar toget the salt water off the front of your tank then maybe you need to do it more often.


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Old 01/04/2008, 01:21 PM   #12
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GEE I have an idea, you play with your squeege and wet paper towel and spend 20 mins a day cleaning your glass and still have streaks.... I'll mist mine with vinegar and wipe it of with a paper towel and have a clean, clear viewing panel with very little work.

btw... never said you 'had' to use vinegar.... I don't 'have' to drive my car to work... I could walk... but to be honest I'd rather drive... it's alot easier...


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Old 01/04/2008, 01:26 PM   #13
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I usually use my slightly wet cotton towel to get major dried drip lines and polish it off with a fresh clean dry cotton towell. I have never needed any vinegar solution, (other than cleaning out inside tank) and would NEVER use any chemical cleaners of any kind.

Works for me.


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Old 01/04/2008, 01:38 PM   #14
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I thought that windex had ammonia in it. Back in the day a bottle of windex could level a tank


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Old 01/04/2008, 01:54 PM   #15
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I thought that windex had ammonia in it. Back in the day a bottle of windex could level a tank
It is very dangerous.... you wouldn't find a bottle of it near my tanks.


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Old 01/04/2008, 02:03 PM   #16
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true, windex near a tank is a bad idea. I use a cleaner from the lfs that works well, but Im gonna switch to vinegar since its cheaper, and I already use it to clean my black kitchen appliances.


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Old 01/04/2008, 03:25 PM   #17
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I use RO in a spray bottle, and a microfiber towel to dry it.


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Old 01/04/2008, 03:38 PM   #18
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I've never used anything other than a big dry sponge. I wait for the water to dry, then all that is left is some of the salt streaks. They come off very easily every time. I would use vinegar if I needed more cleaning power.


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Old 01/04/2008, 11:28 PM   #19
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Guys I spend 10 seconds cleaning my glass with a squeege. 12" blade, 2 passes and boom 100% clean and dry. It does not get any easier than that.


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Old 01/05/2008, 03:25 AM   #20
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RO in a small spray bottle is the safest, economical, and most efficient way. It works great....


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Old 01/05/2008, 05:12 AM   #21
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Wet towel, then dry towel. That's what I've been doing, and it works fine.


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Old 01/05/2008, 06:56 AM   #22
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I make sure to have two towels. I use vinegar water and clean what i can with the first towel. Then with the second I just pick up the leftovers so that I am not smearing salt that I picked up with the first towel.


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