There are a great many benefits of having clean windows from enhancing your property’s appearance to actually extending your window’s lifespan. Regular cleaning will remove contaminants and debris that can cause damage. A build-up of dust particles can also prevent sunlight from warming your home and lower your home’s heating efficiency!
The tools you’ll need
Basic window washing equipment includes:
- Large bucket
- Squeegee and extra blades
- Washing up liquid
- Lint-free rags
- Microfibre cloths
Methods and techniques
Mix a couple of gallons of water with a teaspoon of washing up liquid. Use the sponge to clean the entire exterior area of the glass before moving the squeegee across the glass, starting at the top corner and working down in narrow strips. Once you’ve completed all the downwards strokes you can then pull the squeegee across the window.
Continually wipe the squeegee blade on a clean cloth to remove all excess dirty water. Repeat the process until the windows are clean. To finish off you’ll need to use a cloth to wipe up any water running along the edge of the window and the sill. Remove any remaining suds with a lint-free rag and follow up with a streak-removing wipe.
If you’re struggling to reach your upper windows then a window pole may be the answer. A telescopic window cleaner will come with a detachable 24-foot pole and an angle rotate and lock mechanism that helps you easily reach awkward places. The streak-free squeegee blades are also provided.
Tips for removing stubborn marks
You can carefully use a razor blade to get rid of specks of paint or labels without scratching the glass. Wet the window initially and then push the blade across before rinsing and repeating. Bear in mind you can’t use a razor blade on tempered glass.
If you have bird or bug droppings on your panes a fine nylon scrub pad can be used to gently rub away the stains on wet glass.
Sticky residues can be removed with appropriate over the counter speciality products. Simply follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the label.
Greasy stains can be removed by adding 1/2 cup of ammonia to a gallon of water and washing as before.
Window cleaning – when is the best time to do it?
The temperature and the weather can both affect window cleaning. Very hot temperatures can cause the cleaning solution to quickly evaporate and potentially cause spots and streaking. A day that’s not too hot, or an early morning start is your best choice.
Also, take into account the wind speed! You don’t want to be up a ladder when there are heavy winds. You will be able to clean your windows when it’s cold but you’ll want to protect your hands by wearing gloves. Even at lower temperatures, you can achieve a sparkling finish.
Need window cleaning in Abingdon?
When you want residential window cleaning or commercial window cleaning there are window cleaning companies near you! BeClean will provide window washing services that are affordable, convenient, and carried out by highly trained and fully insured window cleaners.
You’ll be able to get a free quote without any obligation before you book your service that’s suitable for all types of properties. Residential window cleaning services are offered as a single one-off appointment or regularly ongoing. All you need to provide is easy access from your street and your experienced window cleaners will ensure spotless, streak-free windows whilst you sit and relax!