Ultimate window cleaning guide

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Essential Window Cleaning Tips (Streak Free & Avoid Winter Frosting)

Well it’s almost that time of year again where families get together and celebrate. Feeling the warmth of one another and having a great time with their company. Many of us though spend more time preparing and cleaning for our guest then anything. So here are some practical cleaning tips that you can use to make sure your gathering will be successful.

Window Cleaning Tips

Nothing can be more difficult and cumbersome then cleaning windows. We all know that they’re dirty. Balancing ladders and opening screens aren’t fun. So what can we do that will reduce time and be effective?

There really are only a few options when it comes to cleaning windows around your home or office. But it really comes down to either getting a professional window cleaner or doing it yourself in your spare time.

If you’re going to clean your windows yourself you may want to consider the following:

Window Cleaning Solutions – they come in a vast array of sizes and shapes. It’s always best to find out what is recommended. You could contact a few professional window cleaners to find out they use. Try sampling a little on a section of windows to see the results before you invest too much on one product. Talk to people throughout online forums and blogs to find out what is popular and not so popular.

There are many window cleaning solutions that use ammonia, borax, alcohol, vinegar or even Epsom salts. If you decide you are cunning enough to make your own window cleaning solution then never mix acidic and alkaline solutions together. This will neutralize the effects of both solutions and render the ‘new’ solution useless.

When you clean your windows you should do it on a cloudy day. This is because the direct sunlight might dry the solution you are using too quickly. This will result in many spots and unwanted streaks. Before starting any window cleaning you should remove the dirt and grime from the surface area. You may also wish to use a wet cloth to wipe down the frame beside the window.

Squeegees are the way to go if you want to save time. Invest in something that’s little better then the dollar store and make sure the tip is a little flexible. A rubber tip is best. Check to make sure the tip is completely smooth. Keep the tip clean. You don’t want debris being streaked across your window as you squeegee so be careful where you place it down each time. Try placing it with the handle up side down so that the rubber end that touches the window is facing the sky. Always check the end before using to ensure it is indeed free from debris.

You can use either a soapy cloth with your solution or a special soft cloth brush for ‘soaping’ the windows down. Like the squeegee, with its similar shape, a soft cloth brush will save time. It’s always best to work from the top to the bottom. - literally from the top windows of the house to the bottom. and also from the top of an individual pane to the bottom. This is because when you slap that soap water gravity will take over. As quick as you might think you are some water may drip down and you don’t want it to drip on windows that you’ve already cleaned. Only do a couple of windows at a time with you soapy solution whether it is a soapy brush or cloth. From there you either go from side to side or top to bottom with the squeegee. Whichever you prefer and find easier. You should be able to apply enough pressure to the squeegee that you will see no ‘wet lines’ after pulling the squeegee down (or across) throughout any middle part of the newly cleaned window.

The key at this point is to have a second ‘dry cloth. Use this cloth to absorb the wet rubber end of the squeegee every time you ‘squeegee’ a section. Wipe down the end of the squeegee each time to make sure it is more dry then wet. This will prevent streaks and ‘wet lines’ for the next time you use it. Depending on the solution you are using and various other factors you may find a small wet line at the top part of the squeegee after you squeegee. You can remove this line efficiently with a fine absorbent cloth. Apply gentle pressure using your finger on the cloth and wipe across the wet line. If you have a good cloth the wet line will disappear in moments. Cheap cloths will smear and you may have to start the process again. Again, contact a professional or query online through forums to find out what works and what doesn’t or contact me and I’ll tell you what I’m using.

You may come across debris that is hardened on your window and no matter what you try with the cloth and window cleaning solution that it will not budge. The easiest way to remove objects like these, such as paint dots from painted walls and ceilings that have found their way on to your window, is to use a razor blade. Remember to always be careful with knives as they are sharp. Using the blade on a close angle to the window you can remove almost anything. Try using a little ‘scrape’ pressure before moving on to more pressure to remove the object. Never put so much pressure that you jeopardize breaking the window. You may also find that a little pressure several times will gradually remove the debris. If you still have problems then contact me and I’ll give you a couple of stories and suggestions.

After you have used your squeegee and removed any potential wet lines take your dry cloth and carefully trace the perimeter of the window that you’ve cleaned. This will capture any accumulated window cleaning solution. You can also use another cloth at this point to wipe down the frame if want (or if you didn’t before).

In a few moments your window should be clean. Quickly verify that you’ve done a good job by looking at the reflection of the sky on different. You might have to bend down or stand up however once you see the reflection of the sky on your window you will be able to quickly see every last detail of the windows surface. At this point you may be able to get away with using the dry cloth to correct errors but bigger spots that you missed may have to be done again from scratch. Once you become familiar and comfortable with looking at the window on angle to clearly see the surface then you speed up your window cleaning endeavor by checking for errors as you use your squeegee. Correcting them quickly with your dry cloth will be easier then allowing them dry which may result in spots, lines, streaks, etc.

Avoiding the winter frost on windows is actually quite simple. Simply mix up to 2 cups of antifreeze with 1 gallon of window cleaning solution. You windows will be sure to be clean and shiny throughout those winter months.

I should mention that if you do search online for either cloths or solutions you want to find real people with real opinions. Any commercial website will give you plenty of filler on why their product is superior. There’s a big difference between getting the opinions of several people like you and companies trying to sell you products. It doesn’t hurt to contact the professionals as most of the time they don’t mind giving you free advice. Just be open-minded of what may be bait for you to buy one of their products and what sincere, free honest advice is.

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Ashley, I tought it was good info for a homeowner. I would however change the statement about using antifreeze for winter to either Isopropyl alcohol or windshield washer fluid. They may use car antifreeze by mistake.


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