Outside Window Cleaning
Outside window cleaning is something that a lot of people do not pay too much attention to, but they probably should. You can clean your inside windows as much as you want, but if the outside windows are not clean it will make no difference. If you are prepared to take on your outside Windows yourself, here are a few tips that you should be aware of.
Ideally, you want to choose a fair weather day that has mild temperatures and no chance of precipitation. Mild temperatures will allow you to clean the windows without having to worry about your solution evaporating too quickly. If you must clean your Windows on a day that is supposed to be hot, try to do so early in the morning. If you are expecting rain, you might consider washing your Windows another day. Rain does not have to prevent you from washing them though, because rainwater is free of minerals so it will not leave deposits under Windows. Rainwater will typically evaporate cleanly.
If you will be cleaning windows on a second floor and require a ladder, you should pay attention to safe ladder use. Make sure that you are familiar with the operation of the ladder that you will be using. It might seem like common sense, but some letters can be tricky. This is especially true with ladders that also act as scaffolding or can be bent in multiple directions. When using a ladder make sure that the base is securely planted and that the hinges are completely locked and secure.
Window Cleaning Supplies
You do not need many supplies to clean a window successfully. All that you really need is a bucket full of soapy water, a sponge, a squeegee and a clean soft cotton towel.. Choose a bucket with a good handle so that it is easy to carry around with you. If you will be cleaning windows on the second floor, a well functioning and secure handle is extremely important. As for the sponge, it should be fairly large and absorbent. Lastly, the squeegee needs to be a decent brand. There is nothing worse than a cheap squeegee that leaves streaks.
Cleaning The Windows
Cleaning your Windows is fairly straightforward. Dip your sponge into the bucket of soapy water and wipe your window clean. Be careful not to miss any spots and to thoroughly wet the window. Now take your squeegee and wipe the window dry, starting at the top and working your way down. Finally, wipe the window completely dry with your clean cloth.