There’s a right way to do things… and a wrong way. Not following a baking recipe when you have little experience is an example of the latter. Following a recipe (or better yet, hiring a professional baker) is a much better route to take.
The same thing applies to cleaning commercial building windows. We’ve seen both over the years, so whether you clean your windows yourself or want to ensure the window cleaning company you hire is doing it the right way, here are some best practices to consider.
You don’t want to start cleaning with water right away, as there is often a buildup of dirt, grime and dust on your windows. Even cobwebs and other materials can attach to your window surfaces, which impedes the cleaning process.
Put away the hose and back away slowly. In all seriousness, it’s much better to use a spray bottle (for first-story windows) or a water-fed pole system or sprayer (for second-story windows). You want to gently wet the windows so moisture adheres for wiping away grime, plus those higher windows can be difficult to reach.
Use Long Strokes
When wiping (usually with a squeegee), strokes that are long and overlapping will typically give you the best results. Edges and corners of windows can be tricky in particular, but they can be managed if you take your time and don’t rush through the cleaning process.
Every time you wipe away moisture on your windows, wipe your blade, squeegee or whatever you’re using with a natural sponge. This is because each time you do a stroke, you’re transferring dirt/grime/debris from the window to your tool. If you keep using it without wiping, it’s going to be inefficient and often won’t give you the cleanliness you’re seeking.
Use a Chamois
The best professional window cleaning companies use a chamois or similar fabric to finish the job. If you’re not familiar, real chamois is a soft leather made from sheepskin, but there are also fabrics available today that mimic the look and function of chamois. It’s difficult to replicate the cleaning power you’ll get from a chamois, as it’s especially good for preventing streaking due to its absorbent nature.
Say No to Streaks
Oftentimes, water will get caught in a window’s rubber gaskets, edges or corners. This can lead to water escaping and leaving streaks on your freshly cleaned window. If you are thorough and address these areas, however, you’ll be pleased with the final results.
If you’re currently cleaning your commercial building windows yourself, why not hire a professional instead? Contact Fernic at 817-640-4183 for an estimate today.