Avoid These Common Window Cleaning Mistakes
It seems that everyone has that special “right” way to clean their windows that they swear by…and certainly it’s ok to try them to see if they do the job better. But there are some common window cleaning mistakes that many of these same “experts” make that you want to avoid if you want a quality job, if you don’t want to damage your windows (yes, they can be damaged!), and if you don’t want to turn around and have to do them over again.
Do’s and Don’t’s of Good Window Cleaning
- When to clean and when not to clean: Oftentimes the sun will come out, making it very obvious that your windows are dirty, so you are inspired to get out the squeegee and get to work. But wait! When it’s sunny and hot, it’s not the right time to get ambitious with your windows. The sun and heat will cause the cleaning solutions to dry too quickly which will leave streaks and stains on your windows. It’s better to put off this task until temperatures are cooler (70° is an optimum temperature) and there are a few clouds in the sky.
- Use the right tools for the job: One of the special “right” ways we’ve heard to clean your windows is to use newspaper for cleaning…this is not right, it’s wrong. Newspapers not only contain harsh chemicals in them, but they are full of ink, which makes your hands dirtier than your windows were. Also on the list of don’t use tools are abrasive surfaces or razor blades…if used incorrectly they will scratch and damage your windows permanently. Use the nice, soft microfiber cloths, or a squeegee, they do a great job! By the way, paper towels won’t damage your windows, but they leave particles behind, making them appear less clean.
- Use the right cleaning solution: Many window cleaning professionals will tell you that using chemical window cleaner solutions may make your windows look clean in the beginning, but they won’t stay that way long, because the chemicals actually attract dust. The best thing to do is to use a non-toxic solution, or make your own.
- Keep your eyes open: Most of us, as we’re cleaning windows watch what we’re doing, but the mistake is that we only look straight forward, from that viewpoint they are going to look sparkling clean. But take a moment and look from a couple of different angles, this may reveal drips and stains.
- Use the right water: Most people don’t think much about the water they use to clean their windows, but ordinary tap water is full of minerals that leave behind streaky deposits. Consider using distilled water, which is mineral free.
- Finally, be safe: If you need to pull out the ladder to do 2nd story windows, use all the safety precautions, and make sure your ladder is stable.
Some people consider it a mistake when they don’t hire a professional to do the job right…
I have been cleaning windows in the Seattle area for nearly 30 years, and quite frankly, I enjoy it! I will be happy to answer all of your questions, and I know the mistakes to avoid. I clean private homes or apartment complexes.