Window cleaning happens to be one of the most neglected of household chores. Most people dread having to do it, mostly because window cleaning tends to be time intensive. There are short cuts and great tips that can be employed to make this not-so-fun-task at least a little more bearable. Surprisingly, certain popular tools and tactics are not necessarily the best approaches to window cleaning.
Tools & Cleaning Solutions
Gone are the days when a wad of paper towels and a spray bottle of Windex were the main tools for cleaning windows. Some of the best results seem to come from the use of a squeegee and any window cleaner of your choice. The better results are more dependent on the tools used rather than the cleaning fluid. There’s no denying that streak free windows are much easier to attain with the use of a squeegee. Professional window cleaners suggest buying a squeegee and a few replacement rubber blades. Over time the blades tend to become rounded and dull leading to streaks and drips.
A sponge or scrubber, towels or lint free rags and a bucket are the only tools you really need. Dish washing liquid will do if you don’t want the extra expense of cleaning fluids. For those that are inclined to make their own cleaning solution, a simple mixture of water, alcohol and cornstarch is very effective. The addition of a fragrant essential oil of your choice can help you create a signature cleaning solution. If needed, you can add razor blades and ammonia as effective tools for removing built up oil, dirt and bug residues. These basic tools are suggested, regardless of the type of windows you have.
It turns out that all that extra elbow grease expended by spraying and wiping is totally unnecessary. Not only does the spray and wipe method fall short of delivering optimal, crystal clear windows, it takes a lot longer. According to Home Exterior Systems, a leader among window companies in Houston, the best method to use to get those clean completely clear windows is the scrub and wipe method. Keep a towel handy in your pocket to wipe the squeegee blade after each pass. It’s not necessary to keep the sponge or scrubber in your soapy bucket while you are cleaning windows. Adequately soap your scrubber or sponge with just enough of your soapy solution to do a series of windows or panes before you have to rinse again.
If you are cleaning windows when temperatures are below freezing, just be sure to add windshield washer fluid to the cleaning solution so that it doesn’t freeze. On the other hand, if you’re cleaning windows during hot temperatures, the use of cold water helps prevent the soapy solution from drying before the window has been cleaned.
A Personal Approach
Of course, as with anything, consider your set up and tailor your tools to your specific window design. If you have windows with small multiple panes you can always buy a smaller squeegee or cut one to fit within the dimensions of the pane. You can be as specific as you want to be in order to maximize your results and minimize your time and effort. Natural sponges hold more water than synthetic, so perhaps a natural sponge would decrease the amount of time needed for re-wetting and applying your soapy solution.
According to Home Exterior Systems (www.homeexteriorsystems.com), regardless of how you approach the task of window cleaning a few simple tools and time sensitive techniques will help create beautifully clean windows with minimal effort.