5 Secret Ways to Clean Windows Like a Professional
Cleaning windows is harder than it looks, but professional window cleaners make it look so easy.
What are their secrets? Today, we’re sharing some of the industry’s top secret ways to clean windows like a professional.
Start with the Right Equipment
If you’re serious about window cleaning, then you need to invest in the right equipment. You can find this equipment at any hardware store:
- Lint-Free Rags (or Microfiber Cloths)
- Super-fine (000) Steel Wool
- Natural Sponge
- Strip Applicator
You rarely see professional cleaners using paper towels (or worse, old newspaper) to clean windows. Take a trip to the hardware store and buy the equipment above, and you’ll be able to enjoy clean windows for years.
Ultimately, the tools above should cost you between $20 and $40. That’s peanuts compared to what you would pay for a professional window cleaning. If you live in a home with lots of large windows, then investing $30 in window cleaning equipment today is a no-brainer.
Use Better Cleaning Solutions
Windex and other window cleaning products are adequate for dusty windows. However, if your windows have layers of grime caked over top, then you need something a little more intense. Fortunately, it’s easy to make your own cleaning solution at home. Start with the following items:
- Dishwashing Liquid
- Glass Surface Protectant with a Clear Polymer Coating (Like 3 Star Barrier)
- A Mild Abrasive Cleaner (Barkeeper’s Friend has been popular since, no joke, the 1880s)
You might think the next step involves mixing these formulas together in special quantities and dosages – like making a secret potion. However, the next step is surprisingly simple. Just add a squirt of dishwashing liquid to a bucket of warm water. The fewer suds, the better your solution will work.
Meanwhile, the surface protectant and abrasive cleaner are used to tackle hard-to-clean stains.
Practice Proper Cleaning Techniques
Now comes the fun part. Typically, most people clean their windows using a squirt of Windex and a quick wipe-down with some paper towel. However, professional window cleaning is a little more labor intensive. Here’s a quick step by step guide for your average home or business window:
Step 1) Wash with a Strip Applicator: Strip applicators have a long cloth head. This makes them ideal for larger windows. Dip your applicator into the dishwasher liquid/warm water combo. The applicator will soak up a large amount of soapy water, helping it knock dirt loose without scratching the glass.
Step 2) Wipe the Window Clean with your Squeegee: After step 1, your window should look like a soapy mess. The next step is to use your squeegee to wipe it clean. Start at the top left of your window and pull the squeegee over the pane in an S pattern (if you’re left-handed, start at the top right corner of the window). Once you’ve completed each “S” stroke, wipe the blade of the squeegee clean using your lint-free rag.
Step 3) Dry Remaining Drips: Use a damp rag to clean up any water remaining around the edges of your glass. Dry the windowsill with the rag as well. The dampness of the rag will prevent wet streaks.
Clean Multipane Windows Like a Pro
The steps above work best for standard, large windows. However, multipane windows can be a hassle. Up above, we told you to buy a natural sponge (although a synthetic sponge will work fine). This is where you’ll use your sponge.
Step 1) Dip the sponge in the same solution of liquid soap and water, rubbing each pane of the multipane window from left to right (or opposite, if you’re left-handed). Then, rub from top to bottom. Work the edges of the sponge into the corners of the window to loosen dirt.
Step 2) Use the squeegee to clean each pane. This is where you may need to get creative. Your panes may be too small for your squeegee. You could buy a smaller squeegee. Or, use a hacksaw to cut a smaller squeegee. Wipe the blade of the squeegee with a rag to prevent streaking.
How to Permanently Clean Those Pesky Stains
Windows can develop stains from moisture in the air, run-off from masonry, or other environmental hazards. Look for additional stains on your windows, then follow the steps below to tackle hard-to-remove stains:
Step 1) Wet the glass
Step 2) Clean it with fine (000) steel wool, or with a gentle abrasive like Barkeeper’s Friend (mix the powder into paste, then rub away the stains)
Step 3) Rinse and squeegee the glass twice to remove the residue
Step 4) If you want to protect against stains as long as possible, apply the glass surface protectant we mentioned above, which adds a clear polymer coating; if you reapply after each cleaning, you’ll never see those pesky stains again.
One last tip: if your squeegee is squeaking a lot while removing the cleaning solution, try adding more soap to your water.
By following the tips above, you can clean windows like a professional with a budget of $30 and a few hours of elbow grease.
If you don’t have the time or would just rather not clean your windows yourself, give use a call for window cleaning services in Long Island