Getting the best advice early on helps you achieve the desired results every time. Window Cleaning is no different. With our advice the untrained person can achieve great results in basic window cleaning.
Think safety first
Before you begin, window cleaning can be a very dangerous activity due to the location of and access to windows. Unstable or uneven surfaces can be a hazard when cleaning windows outside. For more information about safety visit our ‘Window cleaning safety tips’ page.
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1. Use the right tools
Results can vary dramatically if you don’t use decent equipment. Poor equipment will ultimately lead to poor results no matter how hard you try. You need:-
· A bucket of cool water
· Squeegee with a new 12- 14 inch blade
· A extendable mop to apply water to the entire window surface
· A small amount of detergent. If you are going to use a detergent it needs to be soft on the hands and one that creates minimal soap suds.
· A lint and fluff free clean rag
· A pole attachment for squeegee and mop
· A new or well maintained Ladder without defect.
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2. Horizontal Strokes- Our favourite method of window cleaning
The horizontal stroke begins in one of the top corners of the window and crosses the width of the window. Wipe dry the squeegee blade with a dry cloth/microfiber towel after every stroke. Then begin the next stoke with a slight overlap. Professional window washers do this so that their strokes overlap to ensure that no part of the window is missed.
When using a Squeegee the user must maintain a small angle that forces the water down the window. This uses gravity and minimises water slipping over the top of the squeegee causing water mark lines.
Vertical strokes- Preferred method on narrow windows
Vertical strokes are more difficult to get consistent results. This is due to the fact it is harder to control the blade for the length of the window and the blade often leaves vertical water marks but this is acceptable trade off where window space is limited. Each stoke should begin at the top of the window and overlap.
3. Clean cloth used to wipe window edges
To complete each window, wipe around the edges with a dry clean cloth/microfiber towel. This maybe the most important of all the tips to follow and will make a huge difference to the final presentation. Make sure the frame of the window is cleaned and dried because dirty runoff water from the window above may slowly drip down onto the windows below and quickly spoil your hard work.
We hope with these tips you can improve your results!