To really get those windows clean and sparkling here is what you need.
Supplies for window cleaning
- Soft- bristled brush for removing dirt and cob webs from window.
- High quality squeegee with a metal frame, so it will last for years to come and also with a replaceable rubber blade.
- Strip applicator with cloth head to scrub the window.
- Fine steel wool to remove mineral stains.
- Nylon scrubbing pad which is handy for removing bug droppings or tree pitch from the window.
- A small bucket which is easy to transport from window to window and carry up and down a ladder.
- A sturdy ladder with a platform so you can set your bucket on it.
- Either dishwashing liquid or white vinegar; both work to get the job done.
- Lint-free rags that are new or have not been dried with fabric softener. This prevents residue build-up on the window.
- You will need rubber gloves to keep your hands from getting dried out due to the effects of the cleaning solutions.
Window cleaning solutions
Once you’ve gathered all your supplies; it’s time to clean the windows. Mix the cleaning solution by adding one teaspoon of dishwasher liquid to two gallons of water. Mix ¼ of a cup of white vinegar with two cups of water if you decide to use this solution.
Remove any loose dirt or cobwebs from the window first with the soft-bristled brush. Scrub the glass after dipping the strip applicator in the cleaning solution; if necessary switch to the nylon scrubbing pad to remove all the dirt and debris.
There are several different ways you can squeegee a window. Starting at the top and pulling the squeegee down is the preferred way, but some people like to work horizontally. Others choose the reverse- S pattern to clear the window of the solution.
Experiment with each method to see which one works best for you. Remember to use a wet squeegee to prevent blade skipping, overlap passes and use a lint free cloth to wipe the squeegee clean and also to dry the frames and panes.
It will take 5 to 10 minutes to clean each side of the window. If you have numerous windows or several stories in your house or business, you might want to think about hiring a professional to do the job. This will free up your precious time and may also be safer for you in the long run.