Window Washing Made Easy
How to Wash Windows Like a Pro
By Steve Hanson
Have you ever watched a professional window washer do his or her
job, and wonder how s/he does such a perfect job so quickly,
and only with the simplest of tools? When it comes to window
washing, there are some important tricks of the trade that you
need to learn, before you can be confident in the fact that you
wash windows like a pro. Believe it or not, when you know what
you're doing, you may actually find that you enjoy window
The first trick is to arm yourself with the right window washing
tools. This includes a good quality squeegee. applicator,
scraper, window bucket, and microfiber cloths. The squeegee
should be a 10" to 16" professional quality brass or stainless
steel squeegee, depending on the size of window you'll be
cleaning. To compliment the work your squeegee will do, you'll
also want a quality window scrubber and possibly an extension
pole if you'll be working on high windows. You don't want to
leave lint on the window from your cloths, so we suggest using
microfiber cloths, which are lint-free. You might also consider
purchasing a tool belt especially designed to hold your window
washing tools. This will allow you to complete the job faster -
you'll need to do less bending by setting one tool down and
picking another up.
Though window washing can be done at any time, the best
conditions for washing windows are when it is a cool, cloudy (but
not rainy) day. You never want to wash windows in direct sunlight
because they'll dry out too fast and leave streaks.
Your technique should be as follows: fill your window washing
bucket with cool or lukewarm water (never hot) and add a small
amount of dishwashing soap. Wipe away any cobwebs or debris on
or around the window. Dip the applicator into the bucket and run
your hand across the applicator to get rid of excess liquid. Wet
the window with the applicator and scrub. The window will begin
to feel clean when it is done, as it will no longer have any
rough patches. If you need to use a scraper to get rid of
stubborn spots, be sure that the window is wet - never scrape
a dry window.
Now for the streak-free window. When window washing, you can
ensure that you won't leave any streaks by using a dry rubber
blade. Place this blade against the top of the window, and pull
down smoothly, using a rag to dry your blade between each stroke.
Repeat this process until the window is complete, being sure to
overlap the dry edge of the squeegee with the dry portion of the
window in order to prevent drips and streaks. To complete the
window, you need to do one final stroke from left to right at the
very bottom of the window. Use a dry microfiber cloth and run it
around the edges of the window to soak up any remaining drips.
As you improve your basic window washing technique, you may want
to learn other techniques such as the swirl, which can make the
job go even quicker. When using the more advanced techniques
you'll be able to wash a window in one step without having to
stop and wipe your squeegee between strokes.
Congratulations, you now have a sparkling clean window!
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