When it comes to window cleaning, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Different techniques may work better for different types of windows, and the type of dirt or streaks you’re trying to remove may also require a different approach. A good window cleaner will have a wide variety of tools. It is important to have the correct tools for the job. If you do not have the correct tools, you will not be able to clean your windows correctly. One of the best, most convenient and most efficient ways is by using a squeegee, a mop, microfiber cloths and a bucket of soap and water that are specifically designed for this purpose.
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The most commonly used tool in a window cleaner’s kit is a squeegee. It isn’t a modern tool though, it’s been around since the early 20th century. The most modern window cleaning tool at a window cleaner’s disposal is the water-fed pole. These poles limit risk by allowing the workers to clean windows from the ground! They use no chemicals, so no toxins will make their way into the ground either. Option 1: The most common method of cleaning windows Most tools that professional window cleaners use are readily available at most hardware stores. For the purpose of this guide, you will require;
● A squeegee
● 2 microfiber cloths
● A mop/towel used to scrub the window
● A bucket or bowl of water
● A few pumps of dishwashing liquid.
It is important to remember – if at any point you are feeling frustrated attempting to clean a window streak free like a professional, it’s okay! Window cleaning professionals have a ton of experience, and just like everything else – practice makes perfect!
Prepare your cleaning solution and gather all of the materials you need. The best homemade window cleaning solution is to just mix a bucket/bowl of water with a few pumps of soap.
The first step in cleaning your windows streak free is to wipe the frame of the window. This will remove any dirt or dust that may be on the frame and will help to ensure that your window is clean when you are finished. You can use a soft cloth or a microfiber cloth to wipe down the frame. Be sure to get into all the nooks and crannies.
Get your mop/towel and thoroughly wet it with the cleaning solution. Ring out the mop/towel to where it is not dripping. Firmly use the mop/towel to scrub the window, making sure to get all four corners of the window as well.
Once you are satisfied with the window being thoroughly scrubbed, grab your first microfiber cloth. For the purpose of this guide, we will identify this as the “wet cloth”. Take the cloth and wipe the top of the window just below the frame. This will be used as a starting point for the squeegee.
Get your squeegee! Never start with a dry squeegee. Always wet your squeegee and then wipe it on your wet cloth to remove any excess water. Place the squeegee against the part of the glass you wiped with the wet cloth. Pull down on the squeegee towards the bottom of the glass – pressing firmly but not too hard. Once you have reached the bottom of the glass be sure to wipe away any excess water and soap from the squeegee with your wet cloth. Repeat this process until the entire window has been cleaned with the squeegee.
Take your wet cloth and wipe all four edges of the window of any excess cleaning solution. Be sure to wipe the bottom frame and track of the window.. You may need to use a putty knife or old toothbrush to remove any stubborn dirt or debris.
Take your second microfiber cloth and wipe all four edges again. This cloth will be identified as the “dry cloth”. Once you have wiped all four edges, check the window for any water, soap and streaks that were left behind. Use the dry cloth to buff out those spots and there you have it! A clean window.
Option 2: Using vinegar and water in a spray bottle
Another method homeowners can use to clean their windows is by using vinegar and water. This method is a bit more complicated but it can be done in a similar way. The reason for the complications is that it is not as effective to use a cloth over a squeegee and it has to be done fairly quickly.
Take a spray bottle and fill it with 1 part vinegar to every 10 parts water. Be sure to wipe down the window and the window frame before spraying the solution. The vinegar may damage the frame colour if used regularly or if left on to dry. Spray the cleaning solution onto the window using the spray bottle.
Use the microfiber cloth to scrub the window with the cleaning solution. Be sure to get all of the corners of the window.
Once you are satisfied with the window being clean with the one microfiber cloth, use the dry cloth to buff out any other stuck-on dirt and debris. Be sure to do this fairly quickly as the vinegar and water will start to dry on the glass, leaving a streak.
It is significant to note that a mop and a squeegee may not be sufficient to remove any stubborn residue. Call in the experts if you don’t have the time or just don’t want to handle the tiresome labour of cleaning your entire house’s windows.
If your windows are looking dull and weathered, it’s time to get them cleaned. Leave the ladders and squeegees to the professionals. Contact Bucket Brigade Exterior Cleaning for the best and one of the highest-rated window cleaning services in Burlington.