Window Cleaning Tips from the Professionals
Window Cleaning Equipment
First things first – you need the appropriate equipment, starting with a bucket. Your bucket should be large enough to fit 1) a squeegee and 2) a mop-like cleaning tool. Other tools and materials you will need: a small scraper (perfect size for residential windows) to remove stubborn grime such as splattered paint, detergent, rags and a tool belt (for easy access to scraper and rags).
Your squeegee is a magical tool, as it gets your glass clear and streak free in a fraction of the time it takes with paper towels. Invest in a good one with swivel capabilities if you are looking for streak-free sunshine all season long!
Your mop-like cleaning tool should hold water allowing you to apply adequate solution to the windows. It’s also helpful if it has a scourer to help scrub away dirt and grime. Lastly, the handle should allow you to easily maneuver the tool over the entire window.
Window Cleaning Technique
Fill your bucket with cold water. Either add detergent to the water or apply directly to your cleaning tool. Use adequate water to clean the window starting at the top. If there are any stubborn spots, grab your scraper. Make sure you do not scrape any stubborn debris over the glass leaving scratches. Always use a forward motion, pushing the debris then clean it off with a rag.
If you need a step stool or ladder to reach second-story windows, remember to use them safely. Make sure the ladder’s feet work properly and have slip-resistant pads. Also look for a safe location with firm, level footing and rigid support for the top of the ladder. When using the ladder, use three points of contact – two feet and one hand or one foot and two hands
Inside & Out: Window Cleaning Tips
It is that time of year again: time to ready the house for winter. Over the weekend I set out to get one of the winter ready chores checked off my To-Do list. I spent Saturday cleaning my windows inside and out so that all winter long I will be able to see clearly out each and every one of them. I don’t spend too much time in the spring cleaning the windows since they get covered with screens, but in the fall they get a serious cleaning.
I could not live without the screens in the summer to let in the fresh air, but I get giddy – truly I do… when I take them off because not only does more light come into the house, but the house looks so much better sans screens.
In the fall, I remove the screens to store them for the winter. It always amazes me how much nicer not only the windows, but the exterior of the house looks when the screens come off. The white trim looks bolder and the glass shines which adds contrast to the texture of the brick facade on the front of the house
The first floor windows were pretty easy to clean when the shrubs around the house were small, but once they grew, I could no longer get a ladder up to them to clean the outside of each one. I ended up having to lower the top sash and hang out upside down to clean the outside of each. A few years ago I found a much better way to do the hard-to-reach exterior side of the windows.
For the second floor windows: I use Windex Outdoor that I got at my local True Value hardware. You simply attach the bottle to your garden hose, move the nozzle to rinse, clean, and then rinse again to get the windows sparkly clean – no ladder or hanging upside down out the window needed.
How To Clean Windows
Tools and materials
Glitz cleaning vinegar
Glitz glass cleaner
Karcher Window Vac 2
Spray bottle x 3
The vinegar method
One the easiest – and most environmentally sound – ways to clean your windows is by using good old white vinegar and water. It’s non-toxic and naturally sourced. Make your own cleaning solution by simply mixing 50 per cent vinegar and 50 per cent water in a spray bottle. Spray your window, let it sit, then grab a microfibre cloth and give everything a good wipe. If there are still streaks, flip your cloth to the other side and give it a second going-over. How easy was THAT?
Glass cleaner and a squeegee
This method is particularly good if your windows are extra streaky. Simply spray your chosen window cleaning solution onto your glass – we’re using Glitz Glass Cleaner, one of the best brands out there – and leave for a few moments. Grab a squeegee and drag across your window from top to bottom. Leave to dry for a bit and it should be streak free and sparkling clean.
Using a window vac
This method is for all of you who love a gadget – in this case, the Karcher Window Vac! Spray on your window cleaner, use the squeegee attachment and give it a good scrub. After you’ve done this, you’re ready to vacuum the extra water off – voila!
Newspaper and water
From the super high tech, to the super LOW tech – the good old newspaper and water method! Simply spray on some clean water or window cleaner, and then use a scrunched-up piece of newspaper to wipe away the dirt. It might sound basic, but it works a treat! And it’s a great way to make your windows sparkling clean and streak-free
Top Window Cleaning related questions
What does a professional window cleaner do?
Professional window cleaners clean the interior and exterior surfaces of glass windows, as well as other glass fixtures. They’ll use a detergent with water to loosen and remove any dirt, then rinse and dry the window to remove streaks and marks.
What are the benefits of hiring a professional window cleaning service over DIY?
A professional window cleaner will save you time and effort. And because they have the equipment (like ladders, harnesses, and poles) and supplies to safely and efficiently clean your windows, you’ll get a much better result than if you tried to do it yourself.
What equipment will a window cleaner bring to my home?
Depending on the height of your windows and how easy they are to access, window cleaners will bring ladders, water blasters, cleaning tools (squeegee, brushes, sponges, and cloths), as well as their preferred detergents, sprays, and specially formulated cleaners.
How long does a window cleaning services take?
It normally takes a professional cleaner around 3 hours to wash all the inside and outside windows for a standard 3-bedroom home. If there are second-storey windows requiring ladder access, it’ll likely take longer.
How do you find the best window cleaning service provider near you?
Airtasker is the easiest way to find top-rated window and glass cleaners in your local area. Just post your task and you’ll start to get quotes from professional window cleaners near you within minutes.
How to clean windows
Learning how to clean windows is all about learning how to get the best possible, streak-free results with a minimum of effort. Ever spent half an hour cleaning a window only to discover that it’s still grimy/covered in unsightly streaks? It is an essential job that makes your home look more presentable and can noticeably increase how much light is coming into your rooms – all the better when it is done with ease.
Don’t start cleaning windows until you’ve checked these quick tips:
Is it a sunny day? If it is, hold off washing windows until a cloudy day – it might be easier to see smears on a sunny day, but the sun drying the windows too quickly is usually the cause of any streaks in the first place.
Have you brushed, swept or vacuumed the window? It’s sooo much easier to wash windows that are free of dust, so vacuum the sash, frames and sills first. Plus, doing so will ensure there’s no muddy, soupy mess on the floor afterwards.
Have you removed window dressings? This isn’t a must, but if you’re doing an annual, thorough window clean, it makes sense, especially if your window dressings are a) in the way and b) likely to be dirtied easily by drips and splashes. Plus, you can use this as a good opportunity to have curtains and blinds cleaned or freshened.
Have you got some newspaper handy? If you’ve only got a couple of microfibre clothes, buffing your clean, dry glass with crumpled newspaper will give your windows a sparkling, streak-free finish.
THE BEST WAYS TO CLEAN WINDOWS
There are so many routes to go down when cleaning windows, depending on how dirty your windows are, how big they are and how much time you have. We’ve split the various best ways to clean windows to reflect what you might be tackling.
GET A STREAK-FREE FINISH ON FAIRLY CLEAN WINDOWS WITH MICROFIBRE CLOTHS AND WATER
If your windows are given a regular wipe over and aren’t hideously dirty, you can simply use a damp microfibre cloth to wet them, and a dry cloth (or a series of dry ones) to dry them off and achieve a streak-free finish.
The upside to these cloths is that they can be simply popped in the washing machine, ready for use next time, making them a fairly eco-friendly way of cleaning windows. Plus, you can use a squeegee before you dry off the windows with your microfibre cloth to cut down on the cloths you use and get the job done even faster.