Clean your windows like a professional
So what's the most effective way to clean windows?
Hi, my name is Neil, I'm a professional window cleaner.
Firstly I want to cover the best method for cleaning windows. Search the internet as I have done and on many cleaning sites and you will find many so-called "home experts" recommending newspaper and vinegar and such combinations of various solutions or brand name window sprays. Well think about it, how many professional window cleaners have you ever seen using newspaper, vinegar or sprays? Probably none! The reason being, it's labour intensive, slow and doesn't really yield good results often with smears and smudges. I see it nearly every day, homes where their owners have tried to clean their windows this way and have had dismal results. Watch any professional window cleaner and you will see some key items again and again. They basically are:
1. A Squeegee (start with a 12 - 14inch) for standard sized windows.
2 A Scrubbing bar.
3. A rectangular bucket.
4. Water and cleaning fluid.
5. Microfiber Cloth.
6. Standard Cloth.
7. Pole (if cleaning double storey or tall windows).
Items 1 to 6 are listed and show in the photo below.
About the tools
Don't feel intimidated by the list. These tools are not really that expensive or complicated and the money you could save yourself will more than cover the cost of these basic tools.
Time to go shopping at your local DIY store
Like anything in this world you get what you pay for. When I started out in window cleaning I initially bought the very cheapest squeegee's on the market. On my jobs I found I was spending so much time detailing (cleaning up messy edges) and mediocre reults largely because of the poor quality tools I had bought. I then decided to buy the best on the market and after doing that I literally cut my working time in half because there was far less detailing required and the work became a joy rather than a chore. Do not skimp on a cheap squeegee! If looked after it will last you well. My personal favourite brand is Ettore.
Lets get started!
OK, so you've been to your local store and bought the tools outlined above. Lets get started.
Step 1: Fill your rectangular bucket with about one inch (2.5 cm) deep of water.
Step 2: Add a few drops of dishwashing liquid to the water. (its important to add the dishwashing liquid to the water and not the other way round as we don't want it foaming).
Step 3: Rock the mixture back and forth a little so the liquid is dissolved and mixed into the water.
Step 4: Dip your scrubbing bar into the bucket, soak the mop and then rinse off the excess (you don't want loads of soapy water running down the window) This can be done by making a circle with your thumb and first finger and applying gentle pressure down the shaft of the scrubber. Apply to the window, it should look something like the image below, note that its not dripping wet or running down the glass.
Now that the window is soaped up, pick up your squeegee and starting at the top, work your way down the window. I will release another page soon detailing squeegee techniques in far more detail.
With the window wiped clean with the squeegee, its time to detail (clean up the edges). Use the Microfiber cloth to remove any smudges or smears left on the glass. Then use the standard cloth to wipe the frame edges and remove the soap build up.
With a little practice you can achieve amazing results like this and save yourself both time and money and have the satisfaction of knowing you have done it yourself.