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After years of cleaning windows, I have learned about streaks, water spots, or water damage like hard water stains. Some hard water stains can be removed when using the right cleaners if the window or glass is not in 2nd stage corrosion.
2nd stage corrosion is where the molecular structure is broken down or the glass is damaged beyond repair. It is very common to not to be able to see damaged glass before it is cleaned. After cleaning the glass is when you will see all the imperfections. Even when doing a good job of cleaning, it is very common to still see water spots on the windows. A very good tip is to inspect the windows after cleaning.
A commonly used tool for water spots it the microfiber cleaning cloth. I think microfiber cloths provide the best washing and drying properties. These lint free towels will not let you down. They are perfect for cleaning of glass.
The most common water spots are the ones that get around the edge of the window after you clean them. If these spots are not removed they will make the window look dirty. After cleaning and inspecting your windows, if you still see these spots, don’t get aggravated. With just a quick wipe using one of these microfiber cloths, the spots will be gone.
Microfiber is a fiber with less than 1 denier per filament. Denier is a measure of linear density and is often used to describe the size of a fiber or filament. Nine thousand meters of a one-denier fiber weighs one gram. Fibers are combined to form yarns. Yarns are knitted or woven in a variety of constructions.
While many microfibers are made of polyester, they can also be composed of polyamide (nylon) or other polymers.
Microfiber products used for consumer cleaning are generally constructed from split conjugated fibers of polyester. Polyamide microfiber is used for commercial cleaning products. Commercial cleaning products also include many products constructed of 100% polyester microfiber. Fabrics made with microfibers are exceptionally soft and hold their shape well. When high-quality microfiber is combined with the right knitting process, it creates an extremely effective cleaning material.
There are many types of different squeegee rubbers, along with many types of t-bars and cleaning pads or cleaning pads made out of micro fiber. The micro fiber cloths are certainly a breakthrough for all of us window cleaners. There are also different types of scrapers and many types of extension poles.
There are hundreds and even thousands of different types of window cleaning tools. We can start with all the different types of ladders we use. There are fiberglass, aluminum, lightweight, short and tall and ladders made for all weight classes and even ladders with steps on both sides.
Now, let’s talk about extension poles and not just any type of extension poles, let’s talk about water fed extension poles that are used with de-ionized water systems and reverse osmosis which are attached to water carts. Another tip for someone using de-ionized water and burning through tanks or using a lot of tanks is the de-ionized water cart.
Window washers used to use just the de-ionized water tanks but now we have more long lasting water systems like the de-ionized water carts. These carts have the unique ability to last months even when they are used everyday, all day long.
The ultra pure de-ionization reverse osmosis water carts have the unique ability to produce a high volume of pure water using normal tap water pressure. The reverse osmosis de-ionization water cart often uses a 3 or 4 stage filtration system which includes reverse osmosis and de-ionization process to produce mineral free water providing for incredible cleaning action and spot free window cleaning.
The method works by using the reverse osmosis technology to purify the water, then pumping the purified water up an extending pole and onto a brush mounted at the end and then onto the window.
Some of the most common window cleaning tools for commercial window cleaning and window washing are extension poles and deionized water fed poles.
The deionized water cleaning system has made window cleaner’s jobs easier around the world.
There are also reverse osmosis systems that work together with deionized water systems that make the supply of water last longer. If you are burning through tanks, then it is probably time to look into reverse osmosis. There are also small deionized tanks for car detailing and home owners trying to just do little home improvement jobs.
The water fed poles are not just for commercial use. They work wonders for residential window cleaning as well. It makes it alot easier to clean the outside. The windows are still done the same way on the inside. The screens still have to be removed and there is still a little ladder work to be done, but this does make the job a lot easier. This method can save the window cleaner hours of hard work and time.
If you are a new window cleaner or homeowner, or even a window cleaner who never really tried deionized water or water fed poles, take it from one window washer to another- you have got to try to save yourself some time and money.
If you’re a window washer or window cleaner and you don’t think you can afford a deionized tank or water fed pole, you can look into the option of renting the tank. The pole might be costly for you at first, but I am sure you will get your investment back by all the time and money you will save.
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One of the most common tools that a window cleaner uses is a bucket. While you can get a bucket at a local hardware store, the type of bucket I am talking about is not a regular bucket. It is a special window cleaning bucket used for t-bar washers and strip washers.
Did you know that you can get a special bucket just for window cleaning? You might be asking yourself, “Why do I need special bucket for window cleaning?” That’s a good question. When cleaning windows, a good tool to use would be a T-bar and the cleaning pads that go on the t-bar. These window cleaning buckets are made specifically to accommodate these.
Cleaning pads come in all different types and sizes and are also called strip washers. A very common size is the 18 inch. When using a 18 inch pad, it is hard to get it into a regular bucket and water can spill or drip from the pad. Using a special window cleaning bucket which is over 18 inches wide and specially made for strip washers helps to prevent water from spilling. This makes it very easy to clean inside and makes it easy to move around the work area without spilling water.
Drop cloths are also very important to use to protect flooring from water damage. There are other types of cloths used for window cleaning and this is a very good tool and tip. The other type of cloth is the microfiber cloth, which is extremely absorbent. This cloth is a very important tool for a window cleaner and makes window washing a lot easier. With one wipe from one of these cloths around the edge of the window, water spots are gone. If you are a window cleaner and don’t use one of these I suggest to try one. For more free tips and tools check us out at
When cleaning windows, I find that most of the time there is a lot of dirt around the windows and even around stucco areas on residential houses.
Sometimes when cleaning, I find that the windows can be so bad that pressure washing even needs be used to clean the surface first. Another good cleaning tip is that there are other services which can be offered along with cleaning the windows and stucco surfaces. Rain gutter cleaning is another very common type of cleaning that window cleaners do.
There are a lot of different methods to clean rain gutters. One very common method is by using a very strong vacuum. A lot of times a generator is also needed as well to run this type of equipment. One of the most common methods to clean the rain gutters can be to use a pressure washer.
Different types of tips for the pressure washer can be used to increase or decrease pressure for easier cleaning. By decreasing pressure by using a special tip for your pressure washer, it can make the pressure washer wand easier to handle when cleaning hard to reach high areas. Reducing the pressure with this special tip is especially helpful when using an extension pole for high areas. It makes the extension pole much easier to handle. The reason for this method is so you don’t loose control of the extension pole when cleaning.
When doing window cleaning, you learn all kinds of tips and new tools to use. Extension poles are another important tool to use and they eliminate some of our climbing. There are also the water fed extension poles that make it easy to clean at heights as high as 50 feet or more from the ground.
The number of tips and tools we learn from day to day is amazing and I am happy and excited to share this information with you in my articles. For more tips and tools check us out at.
When doing window cleaning, pressure washing or rain gutter cleaning, it always helps to have the right tools. For example if you’re a home owner trying to get some cleaning done around the home and you’re trying to clean your driveway because your car has made a oil spill, you need to be aware that you will need special tools to do the job properly. If you were to go to the local hard ware store to get a special on a pressure washer to clean the driveway, you might have a problem. You need to use a heat pressure washer to do this job correctly. These units usually run on diesel fuel and are not the cheaper units you can get at a local hard ware store.
If you did not have the proper tools you would have a problem getting the job done right. So, again it’s always good to know about the right tools for the job.
Another good tip for rain gutter cleaning is to use a very strong vacuum. Again, you do not want to get a low end type model.
One of the most common and needed tools in window cleaning are the ladders, but another common and also needed tool are extension poles. There are many different types of extension poles like telescopic window cleaning poles, which are often used for window cleaning and are also known as deionized water fed poles. There are the extension poles for cleaning pads and squeegees too. There are also telescopic extension poles for pressure washing. These poles can go up to 50 feet in height for cleaning. Over the years being a professional window cleaner, we learn so many tips and learn more about tools ever day. So see ya next time and check us out at….
I am a window cleaner and sometimes I also do the chore of window cleaning at my own home. Even when using professional t-bars, washers, and squeegees I still can get water spots. I use a good window cleaning soap, so this does not happen very often. Even when using the right tools, it is very common to see water spots around the edge of the window. The best tool to use for this problem is the micro fiber cloth. With just a quick wipe with one of these cloths, your spots will be gone.
When using water fed poles and a deionized water system, even the professionals can have bad water spotting problems. One of the down sides to this is that the professional will not find out until they are finished with the job or the client calls them back complaining.
This can happen even if you’re using a water fed pole and the deionized water seems to be working and testing good. I suggest checking the jet on your brush. Now if you’re a professional and you’re saying to yourself how do I do that; Don’t worry, be happy. I am going to tell you. If the water on your brush is shooting out too hard, it will not run down the window correctly and rinse the window properly. This is how the window gets cleaned by rinsing it. The water should be coming out like it was being almost pored out, not spayed out. If it shoots out of the brush too hard, then the jet is too small. You can solve this problem by getting a bigger jet from you supply house. I hope this will help some of you and we will see you next week.
Let’s start out with some simple tips and tools for just the average person doing some home-improvement window washing. Now, the first thing you’re going to need is some proper tools to do the job. The best tools to use can be purchased at a window cleaning supply house. Usually these types of stores are not open as late as local hardware stores, so if you’re working on home-improvements on a weekend, a hardware store might be your best bet to purchase your tools. Getting a window cleaning soap is very important to mix with water or you might settle for something already mixed. Then, you’re going to need a cleaning pad and squeegee along with a bucket for water. Also a drop cloth is recommended to protect hard wood floors or carpet from dirty water run off.
When cleaning a two story home, apartment or condo ladders will be needed and/or extension poles. A small extension pole- three to six feet can eliminate some ladder climbing and can also be used to clean the windows on the outside from the inside if they are sliding windows. Most of the time a sliding window can be popped out from the inside for cleaning. This method can be used to clean the windows from the inside.
To pop a sliding window out, you push the window into one side of the track and it will give you more space on the other side of the window to pop it out for cleaning. If you don’t have common knowledge of how to pop your windows out, you might have to have a professional show you first how to do this. When the window can be popped out, it can be cleaned on your drop cloth area and the other windows can be reached with a small extension pole for easy cleaning from the inside of the house.
If you are new at window cleaning and are starting a new business, some of this information will still be helpful for you as well. If you don’t have a water fed pole or deionized water tank yet this would be something to work towards because it will cut your time in half.This article is focusing on residential window cleaning. For more residential window cleaning or commercial window cleaning, check me out.