Archive for October, 2018

How to Clean Exterior Windows Without a Ladder

Depending on the height of your home or office, cleaning your exterior windows can be a serious hassle. The exterior windows, especially the ones that face the direction of the wind are susceptible to a wide range of different problems that you’ll have to face. They get dirty very quickly and, if they’re high off the ground, they’re very difficult to clean. Most people climb up a ladder with some window cleaner and some towels to try to clean it. Falls from ladders are a serious source of injuries every year. Not only is cleaning high windows from a ladder dangerous, it’s also ineffective. Instead of a ladder, try one of these techniques.

Pressure Washer

If you have a pressure washer or a car wash attachment for a garden hose, you can clean your exterior windows. When professionals clean windows, they use soapy water and then they squeegee it off. Depending on how clean you need your windows, a squeegee might be unnecessary. You should invest in the liquid that professionals use to clean windows; it’s a concentrated liquid designed to be diluted. You can then use the garden hose or the pressure washer to spray the cleaning liquid at your windows. If you’re using a pressure washer make sure the pressure is turned down or you’re far enough away to not break the window.

After you’ve soaped the window, rinse it with clear water. You want to do this at or near the warmest part of the day so the window will dry quickly. The longer the window takes to dry, the more likely it is to develop water spots or streaks.

Long Handle Brush

Many professional window washers use a special brush that attaches to the end of a long handle. Many of them even have a hollow handle so that you can attach a hose and feed soapy water through the brush. Typically, you can reach to at least the second floor with that. Soap up the windows with your long brush. You can then remove the soap with a squeegee or by spraying it with a hose. If you use a squeegee, you’ll be able to get the window the cleanest.

Clean From the Inside

You could also clean your high windows from the inside. You should be extra careful if you are going to do this. Falling out of a window is just as dangerous as falling off a ladder.

How to Choose The Best Window Cleaning Solution

Cleaning glass is something that everyone has to do eventually. It can be serious pain or it can be fairly simple. The way to make it quick and painless is to find the right cleaning solution. The right cleaning solution does three things well. It cleans whatever is on the window, it leaves the window shiny, and it protects against future dirt. There are a few elements that you should look for in a cleaning solution to make it worth your while.

Cleans the Window

The first task of a cleaning solution is to clean the window. To do this, the solution needs to have a chemical that can cut through most dirt and grease. Ammonia is a good choice for a cleaner that can cut through dirt and grease. Oils from hair or fingers can get on the window leaving smudges; just any cleaner won’t get through it. You should be aware though that the FDA does not consider ammonia to be a disinfectant. So, if you want the cleaner to actually disinfect the window, you need one that has an actual disinfectant in it. Vinegar actually works pretty well as a disinfectant, though many people dislike the smell.

Protects Against Future Dirt

The window cleaner needs to also protect against future dirt. To do that, it will need to be made with something that will stay on the window without leaving behind a residue. A window cleaner with isopropyl alcohol is a good choice. While alcohol evaporates, it does fill in the microscopic crevices in the glass. Those crevices are where water and dirt collect; if you have a cleaner that fills them in, you’ll know that because water will bead up on the surface instead of streaking.

Streak-Free Shine

Finally, the window cleaner needs to leave behind a shine without streaks. Alcohol is crucial in this as well. Since it dries clean, it doesn’t leave behind residue. The streaks are either the residue of the cleaner or dirt that didn’t get removed. If the cleaner does not clean effectively and dry quickly, it will leave behind streaks.

When you are using a cleaner that meets all of these criteria, you need to also make sure you’re using the right paper. Paper towels leave behind tiny fibers that will mar the window’s finish. Many people use newspaper but it has very little absorption. So, you’ll go through lots of it. Your best bet is to invest in some microfiber towels.