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Top 5 Common Window cleaning mistakes

Posted on 08/12/2018 12:15
Our list of top reasons which yeild unsatisfactory results when you clean windows and glass panes yourself. Following these tips & tricks will lead you to your expectations of a sparkling clean glass surface, both indoors and outdoors.

Despite rigorous rubbing and scrapping of the windows, sometimes it just doesn’t work and the stains do not leave your precious glass pane. We know you have tried a lot of things already, but the job doesn’t get done properly, right? If you do not want to compromise with the cleaning and want streak free, spotless windows at any cost, we have a solution for you. What could you be doing the wrong way? Always consult a professional window cleaner near you when you are attempting to do it for high rise buildings or costly glass objects.

Not using the right cleaning tool

Using the wrong object for cleaning could make it worse than it is, or you would end up rubbing for continuously without any visible effect. In an attempt to eliminate the obstinate stains from the window, people end up using sharp-edged tools like knives and blades or newspaper but in fact, that could leave permanent stains on the glass surface. Instead, these are the items you should gather before you set out to make your glass window looks as clean as new.

  • Bucket
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Scraper
  • Squeegee
  • Bucket

Thoroughly mix the solution in a container, it could be a bucket. Soak the sponge into the solution and let it gather lather that could be applied on your window that needs cleaning. Use a squeegee to wipe out the water after rinsing the window properly with the sponge. Let it dry, or use a microfiber cloth to dry it completely. You can use the scraper once, in case the marks are really stubborn.  Newspaper should be avoided because it contains harsh printing chemicals and ink that could damage some glass layers of a window.

Using right cleaning solutions

Often people grab any cleaning agent like soaps, detergents, stain removers available in their office or household to start cleaning the window. However, when glass and rubber are considered these certain harsh cleaning agents may damage these materials permanently. So, always use safe cleaning agents approved by professionals. Pay attention to the water you use too, as higher mineral or salt content in water also leads to white patches and deprives your windows of the sparkle that you expect. Read more about eco-friendly cleaning chemicals and dangerous cleaning substances to avoid here on EarthEasy.com.

Avoid Excessive use of Detergent

It is a misconception that higher amount of detergent will be more effective in cleaning the window, contrary to that; it can cause streaks on the glass window. Using the optimum amount of detergent can give you the best results while cleaning. If you are using too much detergent you will notice that it leaves behind white dusty patches, especially in the corner areas, when it dries up.

Too much pressure on scrubbing is not helpful

It feels intuitive to rub harder while using a squeegee, however, all you need to do is to place the cloth on the glass pane and move it all over the surface. Do not press it, expecting to get better results. The lighter the better, have faith in the squeegee, it is meant to do the work by itself. Pushing any harder is not required. Instead allow the cleaning solution to soak the stain for a few minutes before you scrub.

Cleaning your window on a sunny day

Yes, we get it; sunny days are when you are not feeling as lazy as you generally do. So, it might be convenient to start cleaning the window on a hot sunny day, but remember that sunshine is not always your ally. Hot sun dries the solution instantly and gives you more streaks across the window as you would like to see after working so hard to get the work done. Cleaning the window on a cloudy day might best serve your purpose. 

These are some simple measures to make your task of achieving spotlessly clean windows with minimum efforts. So the next time you see your windows dirty, do not get discouraged. These tips will make your tasks a lot easier.





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