The Ultimate Guide to Window Washing
Whether it’s winter, spring, summer, or fall there is never a bad time for window washing. However, it’s best to do so during a cloudy day as the sun can cause streaks and liken the chance for residue to stick to the surface. Here are some tips to make your cleaning job a little easier!
Step One: Buy or Make Your Cleaning Solution
When it comes to the spray solution you use, you can choose between buying already-made cleaning products or save a little money and a trip to the store and make it yourself. Below are listed some professional-grade formulas you might consider if you choose to purchase spray.
ZEP Streak-Free Glass Cleaner
This is a powerful, ammonia-based solution that eliminates dirt, grime, and fingerprints from your windows and other glass fixtures in your home. It’s for both interior and exterior use and will get your windows sparkling.
Unger Easy Glide Glass Cleaner
This Unger solution is another solid option. It’s gentle on the skin and contains non-toxic chemicals. However, it’s tough on dirt and smudges and leaves behind a streak-free window.
Windex Glass Cleaner Concentrate
America’s #1 Selling Glass Cleaning Brand leaves behind a streak-free, shiny look for a variety of surfaces in or outside your home. It’s good on windows, mirrors, and any glass furniture or fixture.
The Best Homemade Mix
If you’re into DIY projects and would prefer making your own solution, here is just one mix you might use. Take a spray bottle and mix one part vinegar with one part water and voila! You have a simple and gentle, yet effective spray! Say goodbye to dirt, fingerprints, and streaks.
Step Two: Wipe Away Contaminants
Before applying the spray solution, whichever one you choose, it’s best to first wipe away the dirt and dust on the surface and around the frame. This prevents grime from being spread all over the window once the cleaning product is sprayed on. This also helps avoid streaks and glare. Use a soft cloth or brush to remove the dust and contaminants and you’re ready to get cleaning!
Step Three: Microfiber Cloths Are Best
When choosing which cloth to use, look no further than microfiber cloths. They don’t scratch, they’re environmentally friendly, and they are a magnet to dust and dirt. They get the job done well. One brand you might consider is Kirkland Signature Ultra High Pile Premium Microfiber Towels. These are a solid option for both interior and exterior glass.
Step Four: Spray the Windows Thoroughly
Don’t be afraid to use a lot of spray! Let the solution break down the grime buildup by applying a good amount to the surfaces. This prevents streaks and leaves behind a nice clean window. If needed, give your windows a second round of spray to really get them sparkling.
Step Five: Wipe in the Correct Pattern
To avoid streaking, don’t wipe the windows in a circular pattern as that can liken the chances of dirt and grime sticking to the surface. Instead, use either a horizontal or vertical motion for the best results. You might find one pattern works better for you than the other.
These are just five practical tips for effective window cleaning. This doesn’t have to be a difficult task! With the right supplies and tools, you’ll have streak-free, sparkling windows in no time. Your home will immediately look and feel cleaner. If you’d rather hire a professional glass washer, however, Rose City Window Cleaning would be happy to handle the job for you. Our skilled and licensed contractors are ready with the materials and equipment needed. Call us today or fill out the contact form on our website!
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