Window cleaning sounds like a time consuming, monotonous task but it’s actually a lot easier than you may think. With the right tools and methods, window cleaning can be both time efficient and effective. In this article I will provide you with a number of tips that will help to keep your office windows sparkling clean.
Never clean windows in direct sunlight
You should never wash, clean, or polish windows on a sunny day; the reason for this is that direct sunlight causes a quick drying effect which will result in unsightly water marks that can be tough to remove. These marks will also make your windows appear dirtier than they were before you started cleaning them.
Avoid using sponges
While it’s important that you use the correct tools, it’s just as important that you avoid using the wrong ones. A sponge isn’t the best tool to use for cleaning windows; this is because they are prone to catching dirt and debris which will then get scraped across the glass. While the results of using a sponge may not appear instantly, over time the scratches may result in the damage of the glass.
Clean and polish your windows on a regular basis
Regularly cleaning and polishing your windows will help them to stay cleaner for longer. Clean and shiny office windows will also make your business more appealing. Make sure you use a clean duster to polish your windows; otherwise you will defeat the object of cleaning them.
Use a telescopic pole to clean high commercial windows
When cleaning high commercial windows, make use of a telescopic cleaning pole, this will allow you to safely reach areas you never thought were possible. If you are cleaning a two storey building, a six meter cleaning pole is ideal.
Use your squeegee sideways
When using a squeegee, rotating it sideways can make a significant difference to the end results. This will force water to flow downwards rather than spilling out of the edges. Before using your squeegee, make sure it’s free of any dust, dirt or debris.
Don’t forget to clean the edges
This is one area that people tend to neglect when cleaning windows. As you use your squeegee you will notice water gathering around the edges, if this area is left untreated, this can cause unsightly water marks and problem areas.
Make your own solution
If you are struggling to find a cleaning solution, you can get great results using the following: 1 cup of vinegar mixed with 6 litres of water. Alternatively you could try combining 1 cup of ammonia with 3 cups of rubbing alcohol.
Clean one area of the window horizontally and the other area vertically
Cleaning one area of a window using horizontal strokes and the other area using vertical strokes will allow you to identify any areas of the window that are streaking.
Consider hiring a commercial window cleaner
If you are too busy to dedicate time to cleaning your windows, commercial window cleaners can complete the job efficiently using all the right tools. Before choosing a commercial window cleaner, ask other businesses for recommendations, if they are willing to risk their own reputation by recommending someone then they must be good.
Make sure all equipment is clean
Before you start cleaning your windows, it’s important to make sure that whatever equipment you choose to use is clean, otherwise you will just spread more dirt and debris onto the windows, making them even worse than before you started.