Get Clearer Windows With These Window Cleaning Tips

Posted on June 18, 2009 @ 9:45 pm

On the surface, window cleaning seems like a pretty easy job.Ask any teen to do your window cleaning, for pay, and they will gladly jump at the chance to make some money. But the big problem you’ll find, is once they do it, they will probably tell you they won’t ever do that again. The problem with window washing is not the work you have to do, it’s how you are going to do it, when you are going to do it, and what tools you will use.  Take it from my years as a San Diego Window cleaning company, if you want someone to enjoy cleaning your windows, or if you want to do it yourself, keep some of these tips below in mind.

If you are cleaning your windows directly in the sun, you will see that this causes a bunch of streaks that will seemingly not go away no matter how much you clean them! It’s frustrating, but knowing a simple tip like washing them when the sun passes away from the windows, or is not so hot, can save you from failure and frustration as well.

Some San Diego window washing tips that take the frustration and hassle out of window cleaning are:

The method you hold you’re squeegee counts!

Now when you are holding the squeegee, be sure that the angle is correct and it is in the directino of the water flow. If the water is flowing down towards your feet, pull the squeegee either sideways allowing the water being squeegeed to flow down to the part you haven’t hit yet. If you find yourself on a rooftop for example and you find the down angle above your head, make sure to squeegee forward so you cause the water to flow to the part untouched. If you find yourself working against the flow of water, this will cause the water to build up and it will flow out of the sides and that will make streaks.

Wiping the squeegee blade is very important!

Some people try to squeegee the whole window one stroke at a time without wiping the blade until the end. This won’t work very well and can make ugly streaks just from the water left on the blade. Every time you go to get that (which is twice in the same spot essentially) you cause another streak.Wiping after each stroke the blade will avoid this problem completelyand get the window cleaned much faster without retracing steps.

Make the streaks overlap

After each stroke you should overlap the top of the next stroke (about an inch into the dry area) and make your next stroke. If you’re pointing the squeegee so the water buildup falls downward towards the wet part of the window and you’re drying off the blade after each stroke, you will not create
an additional streak that you have to go back over. Never try to squeegee right on the line, this could cause splash up into the dry area and is counter productive.

Use plenty of water

If you don’t use plenty of water, you will cause yourself a hard time by making the strokes more dificult rather than smooth strokes with the squeegee. don’t be afraid to use a lot of water and when possible be sure to use sideway strokes where the water is flowing down towards the part of the glass that is wet.

So there you have it.  Some easy to apply San Diego window cleaning tips for all you do it your selfers.Follow the steps outlined here and you will be very pleased with how your windows look.

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