The washing of the windows of your home, office, business or other, is essential both to ensure a good image to your business and to ensure a comfortable working for your employees. Minneapolis Window Cleaning professionals adapt their methods to the types of windows in your establishment (height, size, etc.) and offer different services to choose according to your needs.
Choose the weather before you start cleaning the windows
Window cleaning is not done in rainy weather or in sunny weather. Indeed the sun would heat the glass cleaner, which would dry too quickly at the risk of leaving traces. It is therefore advisable to favor a dry but not too sunny weather.
Find the weather in your area to the right of this guide.
Choose the best products to clean windows
The glass cleaners have the effect of solubilizing dirt to take off. They degrease and shine, without traces.
Most of the products we use dry quickly, are ultra degreasing or are still anti-run-off. Depending on the job, the window cleaning products we use come in cans, spray, aerosols or wipes. An economical range, as well as an ecological range, will also assure an impeccable result.
Use the best tools for window cleaning
Whether it’s a house cleaning service or a window cleaning service, good materials are essential to ensure a perfect cleaning.
Here is a list of recommended equipment for effectively cleaning your windows:
- Dusting windows (essential for preparation)
- Lint-free cloths
- Wolf’s head
- Wetting windows (with a special product glass)
- Moisteners, microfiber dampers
- Scraping and recovery of dirty water
- Soft squeegees (adapted to low temperatures, and irregular surfaces)
- Rigid squeegees (suitable for higher temperatures, and large smooth surfaces)
- Absorbent cloths (to recover excess dirty water)
- Finishes (wiping)
- Microfibres (can also be used alone without product for episodic cleanings)
- Chamois leather (makes your windows shine)
- Telescopic poles (1.25 m to 9 m for windows located in height)
- Scrapers (for difficult stains)
Ways to Clean Windows Without Streaking
After carefully choosing the tool and window cleaning products here is detailed step by step techniques for washing windows.
Before cleaning the glass, carefully clean off the contours of windows, paneling and PVC with a rag or a wolf’s head, starting from the inside of the room.
An absorbent cloth A will be placed in the lower right part of the glass to be cleaned. This cloth will be used during the last step to retain and absorb excess dirty water.
Another absorbent cloth B must be handy to rub the squeegee with each pass. It is usually placed on the shoulder or in the back pocket of a work trouser.
The sponge or moistener must be immersed in the special glass product and applied to the glass from the top to the bottom. The 4 edges (top, right, bottom and left) of the glass must be rubbed on 3 or 4 centimeters with the cloth B
The squeegee should be positioned horizontally at the top right of the window against the top edge of the tile, the rubber blade pressed against the glass and softly down the tile.
Be careful, avoid touching the lower part (woodwork or PVC) of the window so that there is no flow of dirty water. Note that there will remain a little product in the lower part of the glass which is normal, this part of the tile will be scraped at the end.
The squeegee must be dried using cloth B. The squeegee is repositioned at the top of the glass to scrape a new band. It must be straddling a few inches of the first strip scraped (dry and clean part of our glass). The rubber blade is pressed again against the glass and a soft gesture descended along the tile.
There should be no more product on the glass between these first two bands. If there is any left, the raclette should be positioned even more astride between the new area to be scraped and that which has just been.
The squeegee must be dried using cloth B. These gestures must be repeated until you have scraped the entire glass.
The last movement of the window cleaning will be to scrape the bottom of the tile horizontally from left to right until the absorbent cloth that will recover the last run of dirty water.
If necessary, in case of dripping or splashing, wipe the area around the window with a cloth or a dishcloth.
The Best Ways to Clean Windows Without Streaking
The so-called “American” glass cleaning technique involves scraping the whole glass in one go, without lifting the squeegee. This technique is faster but is for experienced cleaners.
Once the glass is wet with the glass washer, the squeegee should be positioned vertically at the top left of the glass against the left edge of the tile.
The rubber blade is pressed against the glass. In a supple gesture it is brought to the right along the tile and then, without raising the rubber, by pivoting the wrist, the squeegee rotates 180 ° downwards then is brought to the left, scraping a new band of produced straddling a few centimeters of the first strip scraped (dry and clean part of our glass).
There should be no more product on the glass between these first two bands. If there is any left, the raclette should be positioned even more astride between the new area to be scraped and that which has just been. Still without raising the rubber band, the squeegee is brought to the right.
So on until reaching the absorbent cloth that will recover the last run of dirty water.
If necessary, in case of dripping or splashing, wipe the edge of the window with a cloth or a dishcloth. Window cleaning using these types of methods reduces along with other window maintenance will extend the life of your windows so they won’t need window replacement for many years to come.
The services offered by window cleaning professionals
In some areas, window washing is not a big deal and just takes normal methods that don’t require unordinary measures regarding safety. On the contrary, in other areas, window washing can prove to be dangerous!
Whether you need spring cleaning, preparing for the holidays, or just tired of looking through dirty windows, Minneapolis Window Cleaning are here to help!