To clean windows like a professional, get a good quality rubber window squeegee and a scrubber applicator for applying the cleaning solution; you can often get these cleaning supplies in a package at your local hardware store; try to get a squeegee and applicator that allow you to extend the length of the pole so you can reach some higher areas without a ladder; when your ready to start cleaning windows, prepare in a mop bucket or plastic pail, your cleaning solution – 1 teaspoon of liquid dish washing detergent to 1 gallon of hot water (cold water will not clean as well and will take longer to dry so you can see your progress). If you need to use a ladder, make sure that it is firmly placed in position and safe to step on. For inside windows place matting or old towels along the bottom of the window to catch run off and drips. Overcast days can be better days to clean windows then sunny days because if the windows are hot from the sun, the cleaning solutions can dry too fast before you can squeegee them off. If the windows are hot from the sun, do smaller areas at a time.
Dip the scrubber in the bucket and wring off the excess water; wet the complete window and agitate with a rubbing back and forth motion, areas that have a build up of soil, grime, etc (paint spots can be removed with a small putty knife); run the scrubber applicator across the top of the window and then do a circular motion when you reach the end of the window, turning downwards past the area that you have got wet, and then heading the other way; wet the sides of the windows if necessary with vertical up and down strokes.
Once you have finished wetting down and scrubbing the window as necessary, use the squeegee to clean the window; the back and forth motion as you work down the window is the same as used with the scrubber; periodically wiping the squeegee dry with a clean cloth and towel can help reduce leaving water spots or trails. Use the cloth after you have cleaned the window to wipe window ledges clean.
For cleaning window frames and tracks, vac the area in between the windows first to remove loose debris and soil, then wipe down with a clean wet cloth; sliding windows can be removed by pushing up and taking out if that makes the job easier.
When cleaning your windows, ledges and frames, never use anything too abrasive that will cause scratches, remove paint, etc.; it you don’t feel confident about cleaning higher windows, or don’t have the proper ladders, etc. to do the job safely, call a professional to clean them.
For information on professional window cleaning, call 403-291-1051 and talk to one of our service representatives.
Ram Cleaning Services, Complete Cleaning and Maintenance Care in Calgary and area since 1967
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