to prevent water damage when cleaning interior commercial and residential
recently i received
the following question from a new window cleaner who's involved in my 6 month window cleaning
business mentoring program. if you've never cleaned residential or
commercial interior windows, you may wonder, as my student did...
your august 2007 picture of the month you are shown cleaning an interior
office windows. how can i help prevent water / cleaner from spilling
all over the sill / floor?
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a: when cleaning
home or office interior windows, make sure to wring-out strip washer of
excess water before applying to glass. because, "what" you put
on glass is "what" will come off glass. the fact is... yes,
your solution will puddle on sill after squeegeeing. what you want to
avoid is the solution running over sill and down the wall. and, that requires
using less water on glass. so use less solution on glass by sufficiently
wringing out strip washer.
water will puddle on sill after squeegeeing... no problem. mopping sills
is one of the many things your sea sponge can do, (also known as a
natural sponge). once you've mopped the sill, wring-out sea sponge
into your bucket.
some moisture may
still be present on window sill. here's where it's handy to have a dry
towel on your window
cleaning tool belt.
your dry towel to completely remove any trace of moisture. this will be
especially important when working on fine wood sills that can be damaged
if water is left behind.
if you choose to not
use a sea sponge and use towels for all sill drying purposes, you'll end
up needing to have stacks of towels handy to complete large interior window
cleaning jobs. this can use up time and resources as well as appear "low
pro" by onlookers, i.e.. (your customers or office workers). so,
i'd highly recommend, if you haven't a sea sponge yet, get one at your
local hardware store in the painting department.
when cleaning interior
windows, protecting furniture and other valuables may be a concern. if
you are cleaning over furniture, computers etc... you might want to drape
a cotton sheet over valuables to protect from drippings.
you can also minimize
the chance of drippings when moving over valuables by sea sponging or
dry toweling your squeegee before and after each use. squeegee can be
held horizontally after each pass and carried over furniture with minimal
dripping. or, you can hold your squeegee after pass in the vertical position
while pressing sea sponge to bottom of squeegee to catch run-off.
walls, funiture and other valuables is always an important consideration
when window cleaning interior commercial and residential properties. along
with your standard window cleaning tools,
i'd recommend bringing to interior window cleaning jobs a sea sponge,
dry towel, extension pole and a cotton 'bed spread sized' sheet to protect
valuables from potential water damage.
of course, you should
always be aware of where you place your bucket in a room and make sure
it's not in a high traffic area where others can accidentally knock it
and lastly, if owners
personal belongings are on window sill, kindly ask them to remove their
treasures before you clean the window. these items can get damaged or
even broken... and, don't assume it's your responsibilty to move these
items. in some cases, just moving items from sills can cause breakage.
so, when possible, have owner remove and replace items for you.