When you think of large office buildings, car dealerships or a plethora of other businesses, the first thing you might visualize are the windows of the building. Windows can make a dramatic visual impact as well as let sunlight in and help a space feel bigger and more open. The benefits of this visual impact can be greatly diminished when your windows are streaked with dirt, grime, and dust. Maintaining the appearance of your business can be made much easier with these helpful window cleaning tips.
Use the Right Products
The best products for cleaning your businesses windows are those that can get the job done without leaving any residue or particles behind. First and foremost, invest in microfiber cloths and avoid using paper towels or tissues. Paper towels can pick up dirt but then, they spread it around to other areas you are cleaning. Instead, use a partially damp microfiber cloth to wipe away smudges and dirt without leaving streaks. These cloths can also be used when dry to wipe away dust.
An effective cleaning solution is also critical to getting your windows to shine. Some glass cleaners use ammonia or alcohol which can leave a film on your windows that attracts dirt and dust. Instead, you can use one part warm water combined with one part white vinegar to get a gentler and equally effective cleaning solution. If you make your own cleaner, be sure to use filtered water. Tap water typically contains hard minerals that can cause streaks. When tap water is put through a filtration or purification system, many of these minerals are pulled out of the water, making it a gentler, less streaky product.
Another useful tool is a professional grade squeegee. These consist of a handle, channel and rubber. The channel holds the rubber in place and can come in varying sizes. The rubber is the part of the squeegee that actually removes the dirt or cleaning solution and will need to be replaced over time. Squeegees are helpful because they are able to evenly clean without damaging the surface of your windows.
If your business is located in a building with high windows or skylights, you will need the right tools to reach and clean every nook and cranny. A long squeegee extension pole or ladder may be necessary to get the job done. Make sure to have your supplies gathered ahead of time and able to be moved if necessary. If you need to use a ladder, take all safety precautions and never stretch beyond your comfort level or put yourself in a dangerous position.
Clean at the Right Time of Day
It may not sound like a big deal, but when you clean is almost as important as what you use to clean. Direct sunlight can prevent you from seeing streaks and imperfections in your work. In addition, the heat from the sun can cause your solution to dry quickly leaving stubborn water spots and stains. If you wait until earlier or later in the day, you will be able to more accurately assess any troublespots and leave your windows in tip top shape.
Window Frames and Tracks Need Additional Attention
While it might be tempting, it’s not advisable to clean your tracks and frames the same way you clean the window glass. To clean the tracks, sprinkle baking soda into the tracks without making large piles. Then, using the solution above in a spray bottle, dampen the track evenly. Wait 5 to 10 minutes as the baking soda and solution interact and foam. Spray a little more of the solution into the track and use an old toothbrush to loosen the dirt and debris. Then, take a folded paper towel and carefully pull it through the track to pick up all the dirt that’s been loosened. Use as many paper towels as needed. It is important that you do not leave the frames damp as this can cause warping and damage over time.
Don’t Forget to Clean Your Window Screens
To get the deepest clean, remove your window screens. Depending on how dirty your screens are there are several methods you can use. If the dirt is loose, you can gently run the soft brush attachment of a vacuum over the screen to remove the dirt. Don’t risk using any other attachments as they could damage your screens. However, if it has been a while since their last cleaning, you may need to be more aggressive. Take your screens outside to minimize your cleanup and take the mixture listed above of water and white vinegar (or gentle dish soap), and carefully scrub to remove any stubborn gunk. A toothbrush can be very helpful with this task. Rinse the screens thoroughly and allow them to dry; then reinstall.
Working to get your windows sparkling clean can take a lot of time and effort. Using the right tools, cleaners and time of day are all important factors in getting the job done. If you don’t have the time or tools, contact our office. Our cleaning experts have the experience and skillset to get the job done quickly and correctly. Give us a call and let us do the heavy lifting! Your windows will thank you.