It’s a happy moment when you have double or triple glazing fitted to a property. As you stand there admiring your new windows one thought will run through your mind, how are going to keep them clean?
Washing windows to professional standards isn’t as difficult as you might imagine, we’re going to run through the equipment you need here.
Tools You Need to Clean Windows
- Rag or Chamois
Without water your window cleaning exploits are over before they begin. The ideal item to carry water in is a bucket. Don’t use a round container though. Buy an oblong bucket and this makes it easier for you to dip different types of tools into the water.
You need a good head for heights if you are going to clean upper level windows at home. The easiest way to access upstairs glazing is via a ladder and something lightweight made from aluminium is best. Two or three way ladders are sturdy and durable, add a stopper to the base to improve stability.
Don’t confuse a window cleaning mop with a floor mop. They look nothing like one another. Window mops are t-bar shaped tools, they are fitted with a fabric sleeve and you dip them directly into water then run them up and down glazing to remove dirt and grime. Attach an extending pole to the t-bar section and you can use the mop from the ground level.
Squeegees look a little like handheld windscreen wipers. Basically they are t-bars equipped with handles, come equipped with a rubber edge, and they are used for wiping soap and water from windows.
Every once in a while you get a stubborn stain on a window and no matter how hard you try, it simply will not budge. This is where a scraper can be useful. They are often used to remove baked-on bird droppings or the remains of splattered bugs. Care should be taken if using a scraper to prevent scratching or permanent damage to the glazing
Keep a clean rag handy if you are washing windows. This can be used to remove soap and excess water from window frames and more often than not, this dries and looks untidy when left as it is. Old strips of towelling are good for this purpose. You could also use a chamois if you prefer.
This pretty much covers the basics of window cleaning tools. Simply add a little detergent to a bucket of water, use these tools, and double glazing will be super sparkly afterwards.