If you have large picture windows that allow light to cascade into your home, then you likely want to keep these windows as clean as possible so they are easy to peer through. However, most people see window washing as a chore. If you feel this way, then you may be cleaning your windows the wrong way. If you want to learn about some window washing mistakes that should be avoided, keep reading.
Mistake – Scrubbing Windows Clean
Some people insist on washing windows with wadded up cloths, paper towels, or newspapers. When you apply a cleaner to your windows and scrub at the glass, you are simply moving all of that dirt around. Also, by rubbing the glass, you are creating friction. This causes electrically charged particles to cling to the surface of the window. When positively charged electrons cling to the glass, static electricity is created, and the glass becomes a magnet that attracts dirt and debris. This means the entire process of scrubbing the windows can lead to the accumulation of even more dust and dirt.
If you do not want to attract dirt, then simply stop scrubbing the windows. Purchase a thick and wide squeegee to help remove dirt and soap instead of buffing the surface of the glass. Press the squeegee head against the window with a small amount of pressure and sweep the head across the glass with long sweeping motions. Use a cloth to wipe debris from the squeegee head before making another pass.
Mistake – Using Strong Cleaning Products
Many window washing solutions contain ammonia, and ammonia is a good cleaning agent. However, the cleaner is quite strong and is only really needed if your windows contain a layer of grease. Ammonia can cause respiratory issues, and it can burn the skin if it is spilled. If your windows are only slightly dirty, then all you need is a cleaning agent that will pull up the dirt from the glass so it can be rinsed or scraped away with a squeegee.
Regular dish soap is a great window cleaner. The soap molecules will attach themselves to the dirt on the window surface so it can be removed. Place a squirt of dish soap in a bucket with warm water. Apply the soapy water with a long window washing strip applicator. This is a type of brush that is made to wash larger windows. Make several passes with the brush to clean the windows and then squeegee the dirt, soap, and water away. Complete a final rinse with water and squeegee the water away to leave clean windows behind.
For more information, contact Gainer Windows & Doors or a similar company.