2 area's to assess when seeking Streak Free Window Cleaning :-
- How to clean your windows
- How to polish your windows
There are 3 parts to cleaning dirt from windows :-
- Dilution -The dirt is dissolved using a liquid, such as
- Solution -The dirt is broken down using a chemical, such as a
- Agitation -The dirt is loosened by some abrasive action.
Window cleaning tip.
Cleaning windows without scratching the glass is a good reason for developing a professional
window washing technique.
The scratching of glass only takes place when a substance that is harder than the glass is
dragged across the surface.
Interestingly, metal is not harder than glass, so even when using a razor sharp window
scraper it is not the blade that will cause scratching, it is sand or grit that is caught behind
the blade that will actually scratch the glass.
So sand and grit have to be removed from the glass without being dragged across the
surface, this is where water can rinse away the offending particles.
Deciding on how to clean windows,begins with inspecting the window for any potential
scratch hazards and choosing the correct technique how to clean windows safely.
If there is any risk of scratching then you will need to use plenty of water to loosen,
dilute and then transport the scratch hazard away from the glass.
There are 4 main ways of Streak Free Window Cleaning :-
1. Traditional Window cleaning.-
Windows were washed using a chamois leather (commonly called a shammy
leather, or window cleaner's shammy) followed by a scrim cloth to polish up the
Even large shop windows were cleaned using this method and took a long
time to get right.
Commercial window cleaning companies had to employ many men to complete
large projects all working on mainly wooden ladders that would be extremely heavy
and difficult to move safely.
Irish scrim cloth was available which when slightly damp removed dirt and
polished window glass extremely well, todays scrim cloth does not work any where
near as well.
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2.Cleaning windows using a squeege.
This 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
achieve excellent results.
Much less time and effort is needed to achieve excellent results.
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3.Water fed pole window cleaning
This method for cleaning windows is not as well known as the other methods.
It has been used for over 30 years, but only in the last 10 years has it become
popular for residential window cleaning.
Previously it was only commercial window cleaners that could afford the
costs involved in producing purified water.
Much safer method of cleaning and produces better results when used by
someone that knows what they are doing.
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4. How to polish windows.
Polishing the external windows includes the removal of the dirty water in such a
way that the windows are streak-free.
This normally involves using a squeege to remove the water with it's rubber
blade, and probably some detailing work of removing any excess water from the tops
and sides of the windows.
The final part is to remove any squeege marks with a dry polishing cloth such as
Nowadays micro-fibre cloths are replacing scrim cloth and do an excellent job
but do irritate your skin.
You do need a good size cloth so that you have enough to roll up and grip well
so that you can get some purchase in your polishing movements.
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