Window Cleaners – Tools of the Trade

Window Cleaners – Tools of the Trade

Want to wash your windows like professional window cleaners? Knowing about the tools of the trade, including the right equipment and know-how, will make window cleaning a bit less of an undertaking. Following are things to consider when it comes to making your windows shine.

Tools of the Trade

For the best results (and to make the job easier), arm yourself with the appropriate window cleaning tools including the following.

Squeegees

Professional window cleaners recommend using high quality squeegees, in varying sizes. 12 and 15 inch squeegees would be good choices in most cases. If you have divided windows, you’ll want to invest in a smaller squeegee.

T-Bar Style (Swivel) Window Scrubber

This “must have” window cleaning device is easy to use and versatile and can clean windows at multiple angles. It comes with removable, washable sleeves.

A Good Sized Bucked

Invest in a bucket that’s large enough to fit your biggest scrubber and squeegee.

Now for Tips from Professional Window Cleaners

Start your window cleaning efforts indoors before you head outside, where you can bet the windows will be the dirtiest. You can use a DIY solution of a squirt of dish detergent to a half a bucket of cool to warm water (lightly mixed together but not enough to form bubbles). Dip a scrubber or microfiber cloth into the bucket and squeegee out the excess (don’t use it sopping wet). Next scrub the window, moving up and down over the surface. Use a small sponge or a microfiber cloth to clean corners you couldn’t reach with the scrubber.

Time to Squeegee

Starting in an upper corner, evenly pull the squeegee across the window, in a side to side movement. At the end of every swipe, clean the squeegee’s blade with a clean rag. Wipe away any remaining water along the window’s edges with a damp cloth.

Now for the “Tricks of the Trade”.

  1.  Microfiber cloths do a great job cleaning just about everything, including windows. It’s important to note that you should avoid using fabric softener when washing microfiber and if you put them in the dryer, use the delicate setting (not hot water and no dryer sheets).
  2.  It’s best to clean windows on dry but cloudy days. If you attempt to wash windows on a sunny day, the direct sunlight can end up drying up the cleaning solution before you manage to polish the glass.
  3.  If you need to clean decorative or film covered glass you should follow the glass manufacturer’s specific cleaning instructions. Never use scrapers or razor blades on these types of glass.
  4.  For stubborn mineral stains that can’t be removed with a regular washing, wet the glass and add a small amount of a non-abrasive cleaner, an acetone solvent, or mineral spirits to a soft cloth. Then, rub the spots until they disappear, avoiding getting solvent on the window frames (could discolor them). Next, rinse the window and squeegee the glass twice to remove any residue left behind.

There are all sorts of challenges professional window cleaners have to deal with on the job every day – it would be impossible to list them all. Have you ever watched them do their job – and wondered how the heck they did such a great job and so quickly? That my friends comes down to experience and skill which is why it’s a good idea to leave window cleaning to the professionals.

 

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