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Newspaper Recommendation Sought

By troll-sniffer - 5 September 2013 9

I am planning a major window cleaning episode at chez troll and am seeking fellow rioters’ recommendations as to the best newspaper to get my glazing sparkling in this glorious spring sunshine.  The problem is, the newspapers I have tested this week are pretty woeful, and my limited testing has revealed the following traits:

All the Murdoch papers leave a series of brown streaks almost as though they were full of shite.  The Daily Telegraph is the worst by far, and even the supposedly pinnacle of Rupert’s empire, the Australian, leaves big brown streaks of bias.

The Canberra Times is OK but it takes a heap of work to get the best out of it.

The Chronicle is so lightweight I find I am using reams to accomplish anything.

The Sydney Morning Herald is possibly the best of the rags, and tends to clean streak-free with little fuss and doesn’t seem to matter which orientation it is held during the cleaning strokes.

Anyone out there recommend another source of newsprint to go with the Windex?

What’s Your opinion?


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Newspaper Recommendation Sought
Deref 4:13 pm 05 Sep 13

Madam Cholet said :

I have moved away from the SMH as my go to rag due to their paywall, and have embraced the australian version of The Guardian for quick hits of news.

Same here.

I used to use Murdoch papers in the dunny, but now they leave behind more than they take off.

JesterNoir 2:13 pm 05 Sep 13

I have nothing to add that hasn’t already been said, just that this whole thread has made my afternoon.

justin heywood 12:09 pm 05 Sep 13

I always use the weekend editions of both the SMH and the Australian. They both leave a slight brown smudge, but I don’t kid myself that one is any better than the other. If you use both, they seem to balance each other out.

As for the local offerings, I find the Chronicle more fit to purpose than the Canberra Times. The Crimes seems to be made up mostly of bits imported from elsewhere, fortified with cheap local filler. It just falls apart as soon as you look at it.

thebrownstreak69 11:17 am 05 Sep 13

Plain soda water works well, as does a weak mixture of clean water and dishwashing detergent (liquid type).

Get yourself one of those squeegee things from the supermarket, clean the window with a towelling cloth first, then ‘rinse’ using the squeegee sponge in clean water and squeegee it dry.

Rise the squeegee periodically.

dtc 10:41 am 05 Sep 13

Holden Caulfield said :

Use a terry toweling cloth and a mixture of metho and water. Save the trees and thank me later.

Should I mention it or will someone else?

Madam Cholet 10:38 am 05 Sep 13

I have moved away from the SMH as my go to rag due to their paywall, and have embraced the australian version of The Guardian for quick hits of news. I haven’t tried cleaning the windows with the iPad as yet, but I’ll let you know how I go.

Get a microfibre cloth. They do a fabulous job and you barely need any cleaning fluid or water. If your windows are really mucky you may need the bucket and paper mode you suggest, but for one off small cleans microfibre will definitely be your friend. It’s almost a pleasurable experience.

Holden Caulfield 9:41 am 05 Sep 13

Use a terry toweling cloth and a mixture of metho and water. Save the trees and thank me later.

beejay76 9:38 am 05 Sep 13

I always use the SMH when cleaning my windows. Not only does it have the benefits you mentioned, but I find it very robust to the ravages of Windex. My only problem used to be the broadsheet was a little large and tearing it in half was an arsepain because it was printed long grain. However the new ‘compact’ formula should be perfect for a little spring cleaning.

davo101 9:31 am 05 Sep 13

I find that items from the RiotACT when printed out work quite well.

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