The Ultimate Guide To Cleaning Your Outside Windows
You’ve been avoiding them for long enough; it is now time to give your outside windows a clean.
I can’t blame you for putting it off; cleaning windows can be quite the troublesome chore.
However, we are often at fault for making it such a troublesome chore.
We buy rolls upon rolls of tissue paper, or worse we use old newspapers and we overdose on window spray and give ourselves a headache.
In this post, I am going to fill you in on how our Maid Service in Austin cleans windows correctly.
This easy to follow guide will be so helpful to you that you will look forward (yes you read that right!) to cleaning your outside windows in the future.
The wrong thing to do
When it comes to cleaning your outside windows, here is what you don’t do:
Where to start? : Start with the windows located on the top floor working your way down.
If you start at the bottom and then move to the top, the drips from your squeegee will ruin the work you previously completed at the bottom.
Rubbing: When you clean your windows rubbing is one of the worst methods you can use.
A lot of people think grabbing a wad of tissue, soaping it up and rubbing off dirt is a full-proof method, well it’s not.
Rubbing moves dirt from one area to another, it also causes static on the glass, making it easier for dirt to attach itself to your window again.
Sunlight: When you come around to cleaning your outside windows, try to avoid direct sunlight.
Direct sunlight will speed up the drying process a little too much and will cause streaking.
Direction: To figure out where the streaking occurs wash the outside of your windows from side to side and the inside of your window up and down.
Change it up: Windows can be quite a delicate surface when it comes to cleaning so change the rinse and wash water you use at regular intervals.
Vacuum: Before you start to apply the water vacuum the window screen to remove dust.
What you will need to get the job done
Please throw away your tissue paper and spray bottle, it takes twice the time and twice the effort to clean your windows.
Here’s what you need:
A strip applicator: To get your windows looking clean and shiny wash it with a strip applicator, preferably a micro-fibre strip applicator for best results.
A squeegee: Using a squeegee will get rid of those annoying streaks. Whenever you clean your windows make sure the squeegee has a new sharp rubber blade.
Lint free cloths: You will need a clean micro fiber rag to dry off any remaining drips and to dry the woodwork, so you don’t damage it. The rag will also come in handy when you need to wipe off your squeegee.
A natural sponge: A sponge comes in handy if you have multi-pane windows, but don’t be afraid to customize your squeegee to fit a smaller surface.
Now, let’s get to the juicy bit…
Step 1: Wash your window with the strip applicator
Helpful tip: Remember to vacuum your window screen before you start to apply your cleaning solution. Make sure you have the right vacuum cleaner for the job.
Using a strip applicator works very well for picture windows as mentioned above, use a natural sponge and small squeegee for small window panes.
Mix up your cleaning solution; the fewer soap suds, the better, so put only a drop of detergent into a bucket (2 gallons or so) of warm water.
Dip your strip applicator into your solution and then wring out excess water and begin washing your windows.
Spread the water evenly and try not to over soak the window to protect your woodwork and remember to use your rag if you need it.
Step 2: It’s squeegee time
Helpful tip: Remember to wipe the squeegee with a lint free cloth after every stroke.
Now it’s time to wipe clean your window with a squeegee.
A great technique is to start at the top left of your window and wipe away the soap in a reverse S pattern.
Using the S pattern will speed up the amount of time you take cleaning your windows.
If you have large windows the best method to use is to do horizontal strokes.
Step 3: Remove excess water from the edges
Helpful tip: Use a damp cloth.
After using your squeegee to wipe away the soap suds, you will notice a build-up of water at the edges of your window; don’t panic.
Simply grab a damp lint-free cloth (make sure you sufficiently wring it out) and wipe away any remaining water on the edges of your windows.
The dampness in the cloth will make sure you leave no streaks behind.
When the excess water has gone check your window for streaks and if you see a few, repeat the steps above.
If your windows are streak free, dry your window sill with a cloth and stand back and rejoice at your supremely clean windows.
If you follow and put into practice this helpful guide, you will immediately notice two things.
1: Your windows have never been as clean as they are now.
2: You cleaned your windows in half your usual time and used half your usual effort.
The steps I listed above are easy to follow and will change your window cleaning life.
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