Exterior Window Cleaning
Welcome to our blog post about Exterior Window Cleaning. In our last post we discussed cleaning the inside of a homes’ windows and today we will discuss how to safely clean the exterior windows of your home safely.
Like the interior of your home you can clean your interior glass with traditional methods using a mop and a squeegee but how do you get the best results and what challenges will you face.
So, let’s look at some of the items you will need to do a professional job on the exterior glass.
· Ladder with stand off
· Mop and squeegee
· Right mix of detergent
· Hard water remover
· Steel wool 0000
· White scrubbing pad
· Tool belt
· Track brush
· Screen removal tool
· Microfiber Towels
Starting off with the ladders, as you noticed I also put a standoff in there. A standoff, attaches to the top of the ladder giving you room to push away from the glass so you are not right up against it tight. The problem with just laying your ladder against a wall is you have a very tight angle to try to get to the glass once you reach the top. This can make it unsafe and can leave you feeling a little vulnerable up there as you try to reach your equipment. The stand off really is a huge help and gives you room to work. Make sure though you purchase the right standoff for the ladder, after all it is holding you against the wall. The standoff is essential for the home owner to reach high windows safely. You would also want to have a leg leveler built into or included in the ladders for uneven ground as you make your way around the home.
Next a tool belt kitted out with your mop and squeegee, additional water, hard water remover, steel wool and track brush. When climbing your ladder, you will need to have everything on hand but put away within easy access, so you can leave your hands free for safety as you go up and down the ladder.
When you reach the level of the glass, you will need to remove the screen this can be done from either inside (safer way to do this) or the outside. You will first want to assess if you need hard water remover to take of the mineral build up left on the glass from rain. Hard water remover comes in different forms, the most popular being either a liquid that you can spray on or in a paste which you use a white scrubbing pad to polish in. You can tell you have hard water deposits as it leaves a white milky film on the glass which cannot be washed off with soap and water alone. Apply the product to the glass and use your scrubbing pad in a circular motion to remove the stains. You will then need to wash down the glass using your mop and squeegee off the water, once you have done this check to make sure you have gotten all the hard water stains off and then wash again as the hard water remover can leave a residue which will show up in sunlight.
You then need to wipe down the frame and clean out the track using your track brush and then you can exit down the ladder.
Often cleaning first floor homes you will need to have an extension pole handy to reach over plants and bushes. Washing the glass with a pole is simple enough but you must take care not to force the water and soap up in the frame. This is a common mistake, you will squeegee the glass walk away and then you will get runs on the glass. We call these tears. Now you have done the easy part washing down the glass the next part is not so easy especially when using a pole to reach over obstacles. Squeegeeing off the glass is really an art form, doing it with a squeegee, by hand is tough enough but doing it on a pole can be very difficult and will require a lot of practice to make sure you get into all the corners. Next you can close out with the squeegee either at the side of or at the bottom of the glass. Remember to go around the frame with a dry piece of microfiber cloth when you are done to pick up any excess water. You must use a clean dry piece each time you wipe, or you will leave lines.
A+ Window Cleaning uses a variety of techniques to get your glass gleaming and looking like new again. We use a combination of traditional mop and squeegee and a water fed pole. The water fed pole uses filtered water shooting through a small diameter hose up to a brush head to clean the glass and rinse leaving a spot free finish. This is a much safer way to clean glass at high levels from the ground as no ladders are needed. The operator uses a telescopic carbon fiber pole to get to the exact height and washes across the top of the glass cleaning the frames as we go. We use a special solution which leaves the glass streak free with traditional window cleaning methods and remove all the hard water from the glass.
Stay tuned to this channel for more tips and hints for keeping up with the ‘Joneses’, as we talk about shower door cleaning, broken seals, soft-washing and more.
9/30/2018 11:14:18 pm
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1/14/2019 07:43:36 pm
So just using a window cleaning product from the store has the advantage that you can do it yourself in a relatively short amount of time. The downside to this is you are not really removing the dirt off the windows, more moving it around and taking some of the dirt away on the cloth. This tends to leave a haze and wipe marks on the glass often leaving the glass looking worse than it did before.
2/4/2019 12:37:24 pm
Brilliant as I say! Window cleaning is the most hard working job, because it takes more time, to satisfy the client.
2/4/2019 01:46:56 pm
Totally agreed! it's hard to satisfy the client!
8/28/2020 05:35:06 am
Thanks for sharing your Pressure Work ideas with us. It is useful information for pressure cleaning services and pressure washing services.
1/20/2021 09:18:19 pm
I do agree that when considering commercial cleaning services, it is important for us to ensure that we are hiring professionals as they are equipped with the necessary tools and skill sets. The other day I overheard my boss mentioning that he would like to outsource a Commercial Window Pressure Cleaning service as our windows need to be seriously cleaned. I will look into our options so that I can share with him later.
7/23/2021 05:38:14 am
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7/23/2021 05:47:29 am
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1/3/2022 12:35:10 pm
It was really helpful when you said that you will need a pole. My husband was telling me last night about how he is wanting to look into cleaning the exterior of our windows in a couple of weeks, and he wants to make sure that he can choose the right equipment for it. I'll make sure to pass these tips along to him as he searches for window cleaning supplies.
1/17/2022 01:24:11 am
You've made some great points, congrats on the post.
4/8/2022 10:19:56 pm
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4/21/2022 10:45:59 pm
In window cleaning both the indoor and outdoor windows are hard to clean. But with the help of cleaning services it will be easier.
5/18/2022 03:29:15 pm
That makes sense that you would need to use ladders. I have some super high windows that need to be cleaned. I'll have to hire a crew that has squeegees and ladders.
5/24/2022 04:26:16 am
To remove the polish from the window glass, clean it in a vertical motion. Vertical strokes are excellent because they let you to see any lingering streaks on the glass, whereas horizontal strokes might disguise these streaks. The streaks can then be erased with the chamois leather cloth during the polishing stage.
5/31/2022 01:10:00 pm
The first step in the exterior window cleaning process is to scrub the glass, working at all angles to clean the edges. Make sure to cover every square inch of the glass.
6/9/2022 07:08:27 pm
I found it interesting when you said that you should ensure that all the debris should be removed. Last night, a friend told me that he was looking for a cleaning service that could provide deep cleaning on the window of their store because of dirt and debris, and he asked if I had any idea what would be the best option to consider. Thanks to this helpful article, I'll be sure to tell him that consulting a well-known commercial window cleaning service can help them with their cleaning needs.
6/12/2022 10:18:26 pm
Thank you for explaining that a scrubbing pad must be used in a circular motion to remove the glass stains. My friend wants to ensure that their office windows are clean at all times. I think hiring a commercial window cleaning service will ensure the cleanliness of their windows.
9/7/2022 03:36:10 pm
I think you are right about not soaping up the frames. I need someone to clean all of our building windows. I just don't have the tools to do it myself.
9/28/2022 11:32:21 pm
Hello, all this information was very helpful. Thank you very much! Keep posting such kind of info on your blog. I'm really impressed by it.
10/10/2022 06:31:00 am
I want to make sure that I get my windows correctly cleaned. It makes sense that I would want to get a professional to help me out with this. That seems like a good way to ensure that I have a professional to help me out with this.
12/13/2022 05:22:03 pm
Thank you for pointing out that the risk of simply leaning your ladder against a wall is that after you reach the top, you have a dangerously tight angle to try to reach the glass. My sister said she planned to wash the outside of her office building's window. To keep her safe, I'll advise her to hire a professional window cleaning service.
12/15/2022 10:34:24 pm
You've written it so nicely, and you've come up with some great ideas. This is a fantastic post!
1/26/2023 07:54:04 pm
Really an informative article, keep up the good work. Thank you so much for sharing.
1/27/2023 01:51:05 am
Thank you for explaining that a scrubbing pad must be used in a circular motion to remove the glass stains. In order to keep their office windows clean at all times, my friend wants to hire a window cleaning company.
1/31/2023 10:32:50 pm
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