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should you wipe window's edge after squeegeeing?

generally, i don't bother to wipe around the edges of the glass after squeegeeing. now, don't get me wrong; i do care about quality window cleaning. it's just that using a micro fiber towel to wipe the watery window cleaning solution around edges takes too much extra time. added time which either translates into higher costs for my customers or, less hourly wages for me!

neither of which is desirable. also, it...

...doesn't add significant value to the overall window cleaning.

it takes almost as much time to do a good job wiping glass edges as it does strip washing and squeegeeing the window. and, the extra work produces a result that is hardly noticeable.

if it's not going to produce a noticeable benefit... why do it? by eliminating time consuming "extras" you can increase your bottom dollar while still giving your customers the quality window washing they want.

side note: i only use the term "window washing" to trigger search engine results because anyone can wash a window but, can you get it clean?

if you do like to wipe dry around glass edges with a towel make sure you leave the glass completely dry! another disadvantage to towel drying edges is you are more likely to smear dirt into glass than you are to remove the 1/4" of water left by your squeegee. which, actually creates a poorer quality job. if you are going to dry edges, use the...

partial squeegee technique

use the partial squeegee technique to quickly zip down the window sides to clear excess water. this technique is done by tipping the squeegee until only 1/2" or so of the rubber is in contact with the glass. create more contact with a rubber to surface ratio if needed. also, try...

... cutting your rubber length so rubber barely extends beyond squeegee's channel. this will help reduce the amount of water left on glass edge by enabling you to cut closer to framework.

for instance, when i'm about to put on a brand new 14" rubber for a 14" channel, i cut about 1/4" off the end to get the length i desire. in general, squeegee rubber is sold a little longer than necessary in order to allow you the choice of how much rubber you'd like to extend from channel ends. it come down to personal preference; you may need the additional length to squeegee close to wood frames, etc...

getting back to edge drying, the only time i wipe window edge is when i suspect the water will run down and flow back into inner glass. such is the case when you have a window with a poor chalking job that looks rough or bubbly.

i this case, i'll touch towel to my lip to feel for a dry spot, then i'll create a pinky nail sized ball from towel, and press it firmly into glass edge to absorb excess water. run the length of the glass and repeat if necessary. this is a good technique for edges on the side and top of window; forget about drying the bottom unless you have nothing better to do.

clarification: window edge doesn't mean window framework.

in several different situations i recommend cleaning window frame, especially windows framed in white vinyl. use a sea sponge to clean framework either before or after stripwashing glass but, not after squeegeeing.

remember, squeegeeing is the final rinse. once you've finished squeegeeing a window it's time to move to the next window.

i hear a lot of people commenting on how they buff glass with a chamois or micro fiber towel after squeegeeing and frankly, i don't get it. why ruin a picture perfect window by adding dirt to it and smearing it around? the answer lies in squeegee technique. if you'd like to vastly improve your squeegeeing technique, the super swirl is easy and fun to learn.

i'll see you on the streets cleaning windows,

- andy

andy engstromabout the author: andy engstrom specializes in teaching real people how to start profitable window cleaning businesses that make $40,000 to $100,000 (or more) per year. to get instant access to all his most profitable window cleaning business strategies, tools, and resources,

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