Sometimes, something seems incredibly simple to do yet proves to be much more difficult in practice. Cleaning windows is one of those tasks. A lot of people try buying cheap cleaning products and using paper towels or cloths to wash and wipe down their windows only to find them filled with streaks and grime the next day. There is an entire industry of home-cleaning products aimed strictly at windows, yet, most of them wind up costing far more than they are worth while not cleaning nearly as well as they should. Part of the reason is the ingredients while another simply is most people don’t use the best tools for window cleaning.
Using the Right Window-Cleaning Tools
Windows help make homes warm during the winter, cool during the summer and comfortable in spring and fall. They frame people’s outlook on the world as they start each new day. But many renters and homeowners lack the proper window-cleaning tools to get the job done well and quickly. A good window-cleaning kit includes a bucket, at least one damp cloth and two dry cloths. A window mop helps, which is similar to a squeegee but instead holds a rag-like scrubbing sleeve for wiping down windows and scrubbing on dirty, grimy windows. A spray bottle and a large and small squeegee round out the basics of a window-cleaning kit with the addition of a good, sharp window scraper for getting rid of particularly thick and stubborn substances.
Proper Techniques Eliminate Streaks
Watching a professional window washer at work can be interesting, particularly for people who have difficulty with leaving streaks behind. A professional window washer will clean windows fast and leave no streaks, using mostly just a scraper, window mop and squeegee. Some utilize an “S” pattern when wiping down a window, but many still rely on the traditional scrub with mop, scrape with scraper, scrub again if necessary and use squeegee to remove the cleansing agent. And instead of buying costly window-cleaning products that contain ammonia and other potentially harmful substances, most window washers simply add a couple drops of dish detergent to a couple gallons of tap water. The results are spotless windows that look great, which is why professionals are a great value for getting windows clean. How long does it take you to clean all of your home’s windows inside and out?
Originally posted 2014-04-10 01:05:59.