9 window cleaning tips professional window cleaners can use to immediately qualify your business as the service to hire
this article is specifically written to give you tips, you can give to your potential customers, to help motivate them to hire you... and, more specifically qualify you as a real window cleaning professional; a person who understands glass maintenance.
these tips are available for you to use when you claim your copy of my "quick start guide to window cleaning profits" system. you can claim your copy by clicking on this link: how to start a window cleaning business
- just say "no" to abrasive nylon pads
nylon scrub pads... like the ones found on the back of many
household dishwashing sponges, will scratch window glass.
the fact is, window glass is much softer than glass manufactured
for beverage containers.
nylon, fine grade steel wool, and glass scrapers are the professional
window cleaner's choice to safely remove stickers, decals
and other hard to remove debris from window glass.
if you're thinking about using that sponge to clean your window...
say "no" to abrasive nylon pads!
- do not use razor blades on dry glass
common and costly mistake i see is window glass scratched
from improper razor blade use. to remove decals, tape and
glass must be lubricated before using a razor. typically,
most professional window cleaners use soap and water to lubricate
glass which helps minimize the occurrence of scratches. it's
also important to note that razor blades can not be used on
'treated glass surfaces', tinted or mirrored window glass,
and special care must be given when working on 'tempered glass', heat strengthened glass common in doors and other high-impact
a few more tips to consider:
use a professional grade glass scraper
each project with a new blade
blade when marred or dull from use
razor in an inconspicuous place on glass, before scraping
- painting?... cover windows in plastic
the subject of razor blade procedures... the best answer is
always prevention! you can easily prevent the need to remove
paint from windows by covering, or having your painting contractor,
cover your interior and exterior glass in plastic.
and stains are corrosive to glass... and, if left long enough
on window glass, can cause permanent staining.
'hard water stains' can occur immediately after your building's
exterior is painted or stained. hard water stains are cause
by rain water running over a prefabricated surface, leaching
hard minerals and acids from that surface, and depositing
them on windows below. in the case of new paint...
stains can occur immediately after the first rainfall.
need for a complete exterior window cleaning is a must to
prevent glass degradation. the use of proper window cleaning
techniques will neutralize the p.h. of the glass and effectively
stop the corrosive property of hard water stains caused by
- the importance of routine window cleaning
mentioned (above), window glass can become permanently stained
from hard water deposits caused by rain water and new paint.
did you know?...
of these factors can cause permanent damage to glass:
glass is porous. and, if you understand that its surface is
filled with 'peaks and valleys', then it's easy to recognize
these valleys easily capture and trap airborne debris that
will diminish glass integrity.
protect your glass investment...
recommend no-less-than 2 window cleanings per year.
glass also helps the 'r-value' of thermal paned windows. the
r-value is a measure of resistance to heat gain or loss. regardless
of your glass type, a clean window allows the glass to better
regulate the effects of exterior weather...
can produce greater efficiency and reduce your monthly heating
and cooling costs!
- rearrange sprinkler systems
your sprinkler systems so 'tap water' does not wet windows.
tap water contains calcium and other hard minerals and will,
over time, etch exterior window glass as seen in picture (left).
(right) is a close-up of the same degraded glass.
this might make a beautiful counter top finish for your kitchen;
it will surely steal the natural beauty of your favorite viewing
this glass be restored to it's original shine?
of the time the answer is "yes"!
salts from tap water can be remove through the proper use
of restoration chemicals, applicators and techniques. although,
once in a great while, i've found these techniques and chemicals
to be ineffective. in that case, the problem stain has actually
changed the molecular structure of the glass, and glass refinishing
or replacement may be needed.
if your sprinklers are wetting your windows... rearrange 'em!
- do not clean windows with a garden hose
this technique can remove some of the dirt and grime from
exterior windows, the fact is... this technique can cause
more damage to your glass than good.
you are allowing tap water to dry and remain on your glass.
remember, tap water contains hard minerals that, over time,
will degrade the transparent look of your glass.
using professional window cleaning techniques, tap water use
is o.k.. mixed with soap, the harmful minerals in tap water
are completely removed from glass with a squeegee and not
left to dry into glass surface.
you are planning to use a garden hose to clean your windows,
make sure to rinse glass completely with 'pure water'. you
can effectively create pure water by running it through a
reverse osmosis or di-ionizing resin filtration system. ro
and di systems are available but expensive. these systems
also require your household water pressure to fall within
a specific range to allow the system to work effectively.
best solution is to hire a professional window cleaner in
if your window cleaning needs require the use of tall ladders
or other high-access equipment.
- replace or remove metal window screens
you learned earlier, 'oxidization' can occur and damage your
glass investment. but, if you already have oxidized glass,
it will appear hazy and have a white etched look.
metal around exterior window has been exposed to rain or humid
conditions causing the metal to slowly deteriorate and become
most commonly seen on windows with metal frames or metal screens,
this condition penetrates exterior glass surfaces and renders
regular window cleaning techniques ineffective.
in most cases this glass can be restored. but, prevention
is the best solution! so, if you have exterior metal window
screens, replace them with new screens made of fiberglass. or, simply remove the screen permanently... it'll
improve your view!
- glass sealant!
you are planning on having your windows cleaned only once
this year, or have glass corrosion issues, i highly recommend
having a glass sealant applied to exterior surfaces.
sealants provide a layer of protection to exterior glass by
creating an invisible barrier between surface and airborne
pollutants, hard water, glass oxidization and more. basically,
glass sealants effectively keep window glass cleaner for longer
periods of time...
will help prevent problem stains from reappearing after glass
may already be familiar with 'auto glass sealants'?
auto glass sealants are - not recommended - for use on commercial
and residential window glass, professional window glass sealants
are available. and the best part is...
sealants are specifically designed to be squeegeed off. so,
they're an easy, fast and cost effective way to protect your
glass from degradation.
cleaning just once this year?... add a sealant and keep your
glass cleaner - longer!
- homemade window cleaning recipes can damage glass
recommend the use of a professional window cleaning soaps
over homemade recipes because, i want to help you diminish
the risk of permanently damaging glass surfaces.
the wrong mix of chemicals, when cleaning a specific type
of glass surface, homemade recipes can cloud glass, damage
treated glass and harm window surroundings i.e.. (window frames,
caulking and paint).
professional window cleaning soap is just that...
nonabrasive, environmentally friendly, contains no solvents,
ammonia, or alkali. many types are biodegradable and are designed
to clean and naturalize the p.h. of most window glass surfaces.
you've read or heard about a recipe to make your own window
cleaning solution... just say "no"! without confirming
the application of those chemicals with the window glass manufacturer,
it just isn't worth potentially damaging your favorite view
as a reminder, these tips are available for you to use when you claim your copy of my "quick start guide to window cleaning profits" system. you can claim your copy by clicking on this link: how to start a window cleaning business