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Clean Windows Using Squeege

 

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 :-
  • 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 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 .

Strip washer
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.

Squeege
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 stores.
  • 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 a lubricant.


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 difficult.

  • 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 off.

 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

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 glass.

 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.

    • Once you are able to do this working from left to right, practice doing it from right to left.

       It does take a while for your wrist muscles to get used to doing this, and you can find that they will ache, certainly at the begining.


    •  Once you are able to do this,you are ready for the main squeege technique.  

     angled sqhueege
     
       
        The fan

        • On large windows, after soaping up the glass with the strip washer / applicator.


        • Start at the top left corner, doing a straight pull across to the right, twisting the blade to 45 degrees, once reaching the other side, do a straight pull down the glass for a short distance.


        • Whilst doing the straight pull down, twist the blade from 45 degrees to 90 degrees so the face of the blade is pointing back to the other side and complete another straight pull, back across the window.


        • Repeat this process as you travel forwards and backwards across the window.


        • On really large windows, you will have to do them in sections.


        • The central sections where you do not meet window sides will be where you can work at the greatest speed. This is where this technique gets its name as the squeege fans across the glass.

        Small squeeges

        • Some window cleaners cut down there squeege channels so they will fit exactly into window sizes they come up against on a regular basis.


        • I always have a small 4 inch squeege on my hip, in a holster and I use this for the small opening light windows and for georgian windows.


        • I also use it at times for running down the sides of windows instead of detailing them with a scrim cloth.



        Detailing

        This is when we deal with any excess water and detergent that has been left on the glass or frame after we clean windows using squeege.

        Detailing
        This involves the use of a window cleaning cloth or towel and wiping the edge of the glass and frame to absorb the remaining liquid. As we run the cloth down the glass we then turn the cloth to use another part to run along the next section of the window. If we do not do this then the cloth will be too damp and it will not absorb the remaining liquid and will rather smear it down the glass.


        • On wet days it can be difficult to keep your cloths or towels sufficiently dry to be able to detail correctly.
        • One way is to keep a fresh supply of cloths or towels in your vehicle and to spread any damp cloths out inside the vehicle to help them to dry out.
        • Another way, I used, was to make use of gas central heating vents on the sides of the houses I was cleaning. I would drape the damp cloth over the vent for a short while and it would be dry fairly soon.
        Large squeeges

        • The largest squeege I have seen is a 36 inch one but I know that some manufacturers do sell them up to 60 inch.


        • Whilst the basic techniques are the same, you are unlikely to be able to fan or swirl with a 60 inch squeege.


        • These large squeeges are designed for the straight pull across very large windows, that are found on buildings such as car salesrooms. There are large numbers of large windows so the use of a large squeege is sensible.

         

         

         

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