Cleaning commercial windows can be a complex and time consuming task, especially when you consider how large some of them are. In this article I will provide you with a number of commercial window cleaning tips that will make the process more efficient and effective.
Avoid using excessive amounts of detergent
When cleaning your office windows it’s important that you do not use excess detergent, this can leave unsightly streaks and residue on the windows.
Use a waterfed pole to clean high commercial windows
This method has been used to clean windows for over 30 years and provides commercial window cleaners with purified water. Using water fed poles will allow you to clean windows heights of up to 80 feet. This is a refreshing change from rope access and hydraulic platforms.
Never clean windows in direct sunlight
You should never clean windows in direct sunlight; the reason being is that the sunlight will cause a quick drying effect which will result in unattractive water marks. Watermarks can be problematic to remove so it’s recommended that you wash windows on a cloudy day, this will delay the drying time and reduce the chances of streaks.
Always use a professional scraper
When scraping dirt and debris from a window, always make sure that you use a professional scraper. Wet the window using a cleaning detergent and then scrape forward until all debris has been removed. Before scraping you should check the blade for any sharp pieces of debris.
Ensure all equipment is clean
Prior to cleaning your windows, it’s paramount that any equipment you decide to use is clean; otherwise you will spread more dirt across the windows and defeat the whole object of the cleaning process.
Wipe the squeegee blade after every stroke
This may sound like overkill, but it genuinely works! After each squeegee stroke, make sure you wipe the rubber blade with a clean towel or cloth. This will eliminate any blade marks caused by wet squeegees.
Don’t neglect the edges
You will always find small water marks located on the edges of your windows. It’s important that you clean the edges of your windows with a cloth to eliminate any marks. Forgetting to clean this area can result in problematic water marks.
- Squeegee – When it comes to squeegees, you definitely get what you pay for. With this being the most important tool that you will use, it’s recommended that you buy a good one, or risk buying twice.
- Bucket – A regular sized bucket is ideal, preferably one that’s wide enough to fit the mop and sponge in.
- Mop – A mop will usually come in two pieces, the plastic t bar up the top, the sleeve, and then the long handle. If the sleeve gets dirty you can remove it from the t-bar and place it in the washing machine.
- Micro-fibre cloth – These are ideal for cleaning windows and will leave them looking spotless, they are also environmentally friendly.
- Cleaning detergent – With so many different cleaning products in the supermarkets it can be hard to choose the right one. A lot of the products available on the market are highly priced yet don’t get the results they promise on the bottle. Mix vinegar, Palmolive and warm water in a bucket; this will do the trick at half the price.
- Ladder or telescopic pole – If your planning on cleaning high office windows, then you will either need a ladder (ask someone to hold it for your safety) or a telescopic pole, these are designed specifically for cleaning high elevated windows.
This article was contributed by David at JV Price Commercial Window Cleaners, David has written cleaning articles for numerous blogs and magazines.