This is the method that most people think of when considering how to clean windows using squeege
and strip washer is probably the method that has been the most popular for the last 60 years.
There are 3 parts to clean windows using squeege :-
This window cleaning method makes use of the 3 ways of removing dirt, by applying water with
detergent to the window by an abrasive pad. This is the method that has been used for over 30 years
by professionals to clean both residential and commercial windows, and can be used by householder's
to clean windows using squeege and achieve excellent results .
- Dilution -The dirt is dissolved using a liquid, such as water.
- Solution -The dirt is broken down using a chemical, such as a detergent.
- Agitation -The dirt is loosened by some abrasive action.
This is a "T" bar shaped piece of equipment covered by an abrasive sleeve.There are different sizes
and varying levels of abrasiveness.It is used for applying the water to the glass and for agitating
any dirt free from the glass and is also called an applicator or a window scrubber. There are many
types of covers for these strip washers with different purposes. Some are more abrasive and others
hold more water.
This can be made from metal or plastic,it consists of a rubber blade contained in a channel and
held in a handle and is used to clean windows using squeege.
- Learning how to clean windows using squeege and strip washer will be the quickest and most
affordable way for householders who want to clean their own windows on a regular basis.This
type of equipment is not expensive and is readily available from most home improvement
- It can take a while to judge how much detergent to have in the water, as too much creates a
lot of suds and these need to be removed from the window sills afterwards. Too little and the
water does not act much like a lubricant and you can find in more difficult to move the squeege
about on the glass.
- If you really want to save money, you can clean windows using squeege with just plain
water.When cleaning this way you have to use straight pulls down the window or across.To be
able to manouvre a squeege on the glass you need some soap or detergent in the water to act as
Important window cleaning tip - Cleaning windows without drips.
When applying the water try not to wet the top edge of the window frame, aim to miss the top edge
by about a quarter of an inch, this will minimise drips and save you from having to re-clean that
window.It will also help to keep your detailing cloths dry, which on damp days can be
- If the sun is out or if it is windy you will need to apply plenty of water and work
quickly, otherwise the glass will dry out.The best weather for external cleaning is actually a
cloudy, dull day with a slight wind, this helps to keep you cool and gives you enough time to
clean the windows before the water dries off.
- If you intend to clean windows using squeege on large windows or patio doors,and the glass
is drying out quickly, then you can clean the top section of the glass first and then wet the
bottom section afterwards.
- How to clean upper windows without using a ladder?
It is possible to clean upper windows using strip washers and squeeges with extendable poles,
you will need to have developed your window cleaning technique on the ground floor. As you will
not be able to see well what you are doing, you will be dependant on good technique.
Clean windows using squeege to remove snail trails I don't know whether the snail
population has exploded over the last few years, because I can't remember having problems with
snail trails when I first started window cleaning. But nowadays, windows that have plants close to
them can be covered by the slimy silvery snail trails.
These snail trails can be quite difficult to remove completely from the windows, but I found
that using a wet micro-fibre cloth was the quickest and most effective way of cleaning these trails
from the windows.Some of the strip washers are now made of micro fibre and others have a micro
fibre pad on the back that can be used for removing these more difficult marks.Then just squeege
When the windows are wet, there are some of the trails that don't appear to have been
completely removed, yet when the windows dry there is no obvious sign of the previous snail trail.
These trails probably need a solvent cleaner to remove every trace, so that when the windows are
wet you will not see any trace.
Techniques to clean windows using squeege :-
Straight pull -
This can be a straight pull from the top of the window pane to the bottom, or a straight
pull from one side to the other. If you are using plain water without any detergent then this is
the method you will have to use.
Straight pull with final twist -
To be able to start to develop the more complicated squeege techniques it is important to
have some window cleaning detergent in the water that you are using.
This acts as a lubricant and helps the sqeege blade to slip more easily over the
As you are pulling the blade over the glass from the side begin to twist the blade until
it is at 45 degrees.
When you reach the other side draw the blade down the window for a short pull.