Cleaning Windows? Do This, Don’t Do That!
Have you got some windows that need to be cleaned? It should be no big deal – right? Whoa…although it’s not high tech, there is more to doing this job right than you may think.
As in most things we do in life, there is a wrong way and a right way, especially if you want a good job done. That’s why I have compiled this window cleaning list of things you should do and things you shouldn’t do.
The Do’s and Don’ts of Window Cleaning:
- Keep in mind, you’re not Spiderman, and you can’t just go swinging from 2nd story window to window…don’t be careless. Do exercise caution, especially when you need to use a ladder…
- Make sure you’re using a sturdy ladder
- Make sure it is carefully and securely placed on solid, even ground
- Another type of safety is the type of cleaner you use…don’t use cleaners containing toxic and damaging chemicals such as alcohol or ammonia, which can cause streaking. Ammonia may cause damage to the surrounding areas of your windows, it can damage tinted windows, and it can irritate your lungs and skin. Do use non toxic solutions, some of which you can make yourself, solutions such as those that contain dish soap or white vinegar.
- Contrary to what may feel right, don’t clean your windows on a bright sunny day. You will find that on a sunny day you will probably increase your odds of leaving water spots or streaking, due to the fact that your windows will dry too quickly. Do take advantage of a cloudy or overcast day…with less direct sunlight you have more time to apply your cleaner and remove it before it dries or streaks.
- Don’t use tools that will give you more grief than clean windows…using newspaper or paper towels to clean your windows will often just push the dirt and dust around and not remove it…paper towels leave lint behind and newspaper leaves smudges. Do use tools that will do the job right, such a a micro fiber cloth, which leaves no lint, and a squeegee, which all the professionals use to get the job done right. Just a reminder, make sure your squeegee has a rubber end, and make sure you keep it clean and in good condition.
- Don’t forget to clean your window screens, they collect and account for a lot of the dirt that makes its way to your windows. Do remember to remove them and clean them every time – you might as well clean them, you’re going to have to remove them anyway if you want to clean the outside of your windows.
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.