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10 Commercial Window Cleaning Tips

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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.



5 effective kitchen cleaning tips

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Cleaning Kitchen Tiles

The most important part of cleaning your kitchen floor tiles is making sure spillages and dirt do not have the time to get comfortable. Unfortunately, spillages and dirt are common in kitchens, but you can eliminate any bad stuff by cleaning spills and dirt as soon as possible.  This is a simple enough task with a cloth or mop, hot water, and a special cleaning detergent. It is recommended that you do a spot test with any detergent before using it.  Regular maintenance is especially important. The quickest and most effective cleaning steps you can take are to sweep and vacuum your tiles on a weekly basis.  By sweeping and vacuuming the tiles you will remove any dirt before it embeds itself in the tile or grout.

Cleaning Kitchen Sinks

Regardless of the material your kitchen sink was made of, you must clean it with an all purpose spray on a daily basis. You can make your own spray by combining warm water and mild dishwashing soap. Use a clean cloth to wipe inside the sink and then wipe the sink using a dry cloth, this will prevent soap scum. You should clean your on a daily basis, deep cleaning should be done every one to two weeks. If you would like to give your sink a more thorough clean, try using a non abrasive cleaning product or an-purpose cleaning spray.

Cleaning Kitchen Countertops

Countertops see a lot of food and grime and as this is an area where your food is prepared, it is critically important that it is kept clean. It’s definitely worth cleaning your countertops immediately after they are used, this will catch dirt before it gets a chance to build up. The most effective way to clean a kitchen countertop is to use a mixture of warm water and a mild liquid detergent. In order to prevent bacteria from embedding itself in this area, you must wipe the countertops down with a dry cloth immediately after preparing food.

Cleaning Ovens

When it comes to keeping your oven clean, prevention is the best policy. Prior to cooking, line your oven with aluminum foil. Wipe up any spills immediately after they occur, if you allow the spills to dry they will become harder to clean. To eliminate minor dirt and grime, use a damp cloth and any standard cleaner that has been designed for kitchen appliances. While it may not be practical to clean your oven every day, it’s important that you don’t let months pass without it seeing a cloth. The amount you will need to clean your oven depends on how often you use your oven and the types of food that you cook.  If you are fine with a bit of elbow grease, sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda on the dirty surfaces and add vinegar. Leave it for 45 minutes and then scrub away!

Cleaning the dishwasher

Unfortunately a lot of food and grime comes off your dishes when they get placed in the dishwasher. It can be tricky to get rid of the grime once it has started to build up. The first step is to remove racks and anything else that may block your access to the stains. Using vinegar, water and a sponge, scrub away the stains inside the dishwasher. Be sure to clean the drain thoroughly as debris often gets caught here. You may need to use a sharp tool such as a toothpick to remove the food from the small holes. Using the solution mentioned in step 2, clean the racks and accessories thoroughly. Clean the rubber seal of your dishwasher using a mixture of hot water and half a cup of bleach. It’s important that you do this as the seal can get moldy. When you have followed these steps, run your dishwasher on the highest cycle possible with baking soda, lemon juice, or a specially designed dishwasher cleanser.