You might never achieve the lofty heights as some window washers do. Nevertheless, you can excel at window washing by just implementing a few tips that make it easier.
Ideal weather conditions for cleaning the outside of your windows is a dull, overcast day with no breeze. It if is sunny, however, wait until the windows you want to clean are shaded.
You don’t want the solution to dry on the surface before you get a chance to scrub and wipe it dry yourself.
Gather your supplies, including the squeegee, household sponge, plastic scrubby, soft, white and absorbent cotton rags, a bucket with cleaning solution made of:
1/2 Cup Ammonia (the non sudsy kind)
1 C Rubbing Alcohol
2 TBL. Cornstarch
3/4 Gal. of Warm Water
Stir the above ingredients gently making sure that the cornstarch is thoroughly dissolved.
Cleaning Exterior Windows
Dip the sponge into the solution, beginning at the top and work your way down. Be generous with the solution and apply with a rotating motion making sure you get right up against the window casings, top to bottom and side to side.
When the window has been thoroughly covered, you can use the scrubby and go over it again while it is still wet to dislodge any dried on dirt. Work fast. Then you can go over the surface again with the sponge.
Take one of the soft clean cotton rags and run it along the top edge of the glass, drying about 3-4 inches down from the top. Then take the squeegee and begin wiping the solution from the window, using strong, smooth strokes. Start at the top and work down.
At the end of each stroke, wipe the blade of the squeegee with your soft clean rag. Continue until the whole window has been dried with the squeegee. You may have to use your soft absorbent rag to go around the edges and mop up solution that dripped.
Cleaning Interior Windows
Get your bucket, the scrubby, squeegee, clean, absorbent rags, and household sponge and get to work. You probably won’t have to apply a lot of elbow grease along with the sponge, and you will want to avoid drips that might get on your wall paint or carpeting. Just exercise a little restraint and caution, and you shouldn’t have a big mess.
Start at the top with the sponge and work down. Then dry a two or three inch strip at the top of the window as a starting place for the squeegee. Draw the squeegee down, with smooth, strong strokes. Wipe the blade of the squeegee often to avoid drips and so that you don’t spread the dirt around.
As each window is finished, use a soft absorbent rag to go around each edge and mop up all the remaining moisture.
When all is clear, it’s full steam ahead – you’re on your way to enjoying a bright new day with sparkling clean windows.
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