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WINDOW CLEANING TIPS AND TOOLS FROM A WINDOW CLEANER #17

A good window cleaning tip is to use protective shoe coverings when cleaning windows. Using safety in window cleaning is very important. It is very important to take safety precautions and use tools safely.

A good tip is to use shoe coverings. There are several types and colors. I personally like the white soft shoe coverings. If you are on hard wood floors or marble, you want to be sure your shoe covering is not abrasive. On the other hand, you also want to make sure your shoe covering will not cause you to slip. Sometimes finding the right shoe covering can be a little tricky. I made sure I read product descriptions thoroughly when making my selections. Safety is a big factor for a window cleaner.

A good tool is a small two or three foot step ladder, which is used for easy access to low windows. The step ladder helps when you are cleaning the top edges of windows and when you need to pull off the screens. A small step ladder will help you get to windows easily and quickly.

If the window cleaner is not careful, the customer could charge you for breaking something on the job. This could end up costing a lot of money and in most cases will make your insurance rate go up. So, safety is always number one.

When cleaning inside, you must always think about the safety factor. You should always take precautions like using furniture coverings for protection.

Also, covering must go over the carpets and some hard floors. Another tip is to be very careful with your tools inside while cleaning. One wrong move and something could get scratched or damaged, again costing you money and making your insurance rate to go up.

Another big tip is to use hard water remover for hard water damage on windows. There are a lot of different types of cleaners out there, but again window cleaners have to be careful not to damage the windows by using the wrong cleaner on the wrong types of windows. The more heavy duty cleaners must be tested first before using.

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WINDOW CLEANING TIPS AND TOOLS FROM A WINDOW CLEANER #20

A good tip for window cleaning is to use a strip washer and squeegee. A good tool to use is also a water fed pole and De-ionized water system of tank.When cleaning dirty windows, sometimes after you are finished or you have removed the surface dirt, you can still see water spots. This often happens when professional window cleaners are using a water fed pole, which is a very good cleaning tool used with a de-ionized water tank for spot free cleaning. There can be several reasons for this. Sometimes, when the glass is real dirty because it has not been maintained well, the glass will need to be cleaned twice. The second time, most likely you will need to clean the windows with a strip washer and squeegee instead of the water fed pole.

A good tip is to learn if the windows you are cleaning have water spots by doing a little cleaning test. This will help you know how to clean the window. For example, if the window is real dirty, the answer could be to clean the surface twice and by testing a little area, you will quickly see if that will be your remedy. If after cleaning, doing the cleaning test, and cleaning the window a second time, it still has water spots, then the window likely has hard water spots. These spots are considered to be hard water damage or hard water stain.

If the window is damaged by hard water, then you can do another test to see if the hard water damage or hard water spots are 1st or 2nd stage corrosion. If the glass is not heavily pitted or in 2nd stage corrosion, it can be cleaned by several different biodegradable cleaners and also an acid cleaner. The acid cleaner would have to be tested on each different window to see if it tests clear.

For example, if a little of this cleaner is applied to the window surface and it comes back cloudy, then this cleaner cannot be used properly without damaging the window. When the cleaner test cleans clear, then it can be used, but still needs to be tested on each individual window.

Here is another tip. Do not think that when you test a window with the cleaning test that you will get the same results since you are testing the same type of window. The window can be turned a different way when manufactured and it will not test or clean the same way as the others in the same home. So, if you are cleaning with any kind of acid cleaner, the windows all must be tested first or you can damage the windows.

Another good tip if you are professional window cleaner or window washer and you are using de-ionized water or a water cart, is if you have the wrong jets on you brush even though the brush is a excellent tool, water can come out too fast or spray out to much. …

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WINDOW CLEANING TIPS AND TOOLS FROM A WINDOW CLEANER #21

A good cleaning tip is to use a micro fiber cloth for Window cleaning. This micro fiber cloth can be a good cleaning tool especially when the windows have tinting on them. It is very important to know what type of glass you are cleaning. Getting to know the glass before the cleaning process and finding out if it is tinted is very important so you do not damage it while cleaning.If the glass has any kind of bubbles from the tinting getting old the only sure way to clean with out damage is the micro fiber cloth. That is why this is a very good cleaning tool.

In some cases for safety, the glass can even be tempered. Tempered glass is heated and cooled a certain way when it is made to make it crumble instead of breaking like normal glass and this is for safety.

There are a lot of different types of windows that are tinted and cleaning tinted windows has to be done very carefully so you do not damage them.

A good tip is to know if the tinting is on the inside or outside. The tinting should be inspected very carefully for any kind of bubbles. For example, if the window tinting is showing air bubbles, it can be easily damaged when cleaning. This means that the window would need to be cleaned by hand in that area and no scraper or squeegee can be use on it or it can be damaged and the tinting would need to be replaced.

A good cleaning tool is a window cleaning scraper. This tool is used for scraping paint, stucco, concrete and much more. It also makes it easy to clean bugs and much more off the windows.

It is also very important to know if tinting on the windows is on the outside or inside.

For example, if the windows are tinted on the inside and there are no air bubbles, the window can be cleaned from the inside and out with a cleaning pad and squeegee using caution.

Also, if the window has tinting on the inside, a scraper should not be used in the inside, but would be alright for the outside cleaning.

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Window cleaning tips and tools from a window cleaner #19

Professional window cleaners often find that along with window cleaning, they end up being requested to do a variety of different types of work. All of this additional work requires using many different types of tools. A good tool we often use is the pressure washer.

The cold water pressure washer unit is used more often for surface dirt and is also good for cleaning stucco. A lot of times, by cleaning stucco or texture coat with a pressure washer, it will make the surface look like it was just freshly painted. Cold water pressure washing is good for cleaning tile roofs also. Cold water power washing can also clean aluminum or metal and different types of wood as well.

It is very important to have some experience or to test an area before attempting to clean it. This method will help prevent damage to the surface.

Heat pressure washing or diesel hot water units are a little different than cold water units. A dual core hose is always needed for protection in case a hose would blow up. You would not want to take the risk of getting burned. Gloves are always needed when using a heat pressure washer to protect your hands.

A surface cleaning machine also helps to achieve an even look when used with a heat pressure washer. For example, when using only a regular spray wand without a surface cleaner attachment, you can leave marks. The surface cleaner will help you get an even cleaning without leaving cleaning lines.

A good tip also, is if there is gum on the surface, the wand can be used for the cleaning to pop off the gum. That is what it is called popping the gum. The surface cleaner would then be used to complete the cleaning. Using this method is the best way to get the cleanest surface possible.

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WINDOW CLEANING TIPS FROM A WINDOW CLEANER #18

Professional window cleaners often find that along with window cleaning, they end up being requested to do a variety of different types of work. All of this additional work requires using many different types of tools. A good tool we often use is the pressure washer.

The cold water pressure washer unit is used more often for surface dirt and is also good for cleaning stucco. A lot of times, by cleaning stucco or texture coat with a pressure washer, it will make the surface look like it was just freshly painted. Cold water pressure washing is good for cleaning tile roofs also. Cold water power washing can also clean aluminum or metal and different types of wood as well.

It is very important to have some experience or to test an area before attempting to clean it. This method will help prevent damage to the surface.

Heat pressure washing or diesel hot water units are a little different than cold water units. A dual core hose is always needed for protection in case a hose would blow up. You would not want to take the risk of getting burned. Gloves are always needed when using a heat pressure washer to protect your hands.

A surface cleaning machine also helps to achieve an even look when used with a heat pressure washer. For example, when using only a regular spray wand without a surface cleaner attachment, you can leave marks. The surface cleaner will help you get an even cleaning without leaving cleaning lines.

A good tip also, is if there is gum on the surface, the wand can be used for the cleaning to pop off the gum. That is what it is called popping the gum. The surface cleaner would then be used to complete the cleaning. Using this method is the best way to get the cleanest surface possible

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WINDOW CLEANING TIPS FROM A WINDOW CLEANER #16 PART 2

One of the most important things about using a shop vac for cleaning rain gutters is to find about a 16 gallon or larger so that it will be able to handle a lot of debris.

It is also very important to change the filter or to have a extra filter for back up because the cleaning will be very hard on the filters and they also seem to get very dirty fast. One of the down sides of using the vacuum is when it gets dirty, the filter will need to be cleaned or the vacuum will lose power making it very hard to clean fast. So the filter will need to be cleaned during the process several times.

Also, an additional ground will need to be set up if you are using generators for power to eliminate getting shocked.

The benefits of having a generator and using your own power eliminate the problems of knocking out the power which can take a lot of time especially when you are not familiar with how to reset your customer’s circuits. Also if you are working around other workers on big jobs, the power could be limited causing you to need to wait for power. If you don’t have access to power, then of course you will be good to go with your generator.

Cleaning rain gutters can be very dangerous because of the climbing and extension poles can be used, but in most cases they need to be cleaned manually and a good tip to help in this case is to use a small garden shovel. Another good tool and if you’re a window washer cleaning alot of windows and running into the rain gutter cleaning as well, is to use fall protection. Fall protection is a must for someone on roofs or for cleaning rain gutters on roof edges.

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WINDOW CLEANING TIPS FROM A WINDOW CLEANER #16 PART 1

In my last article I spoke about rain gutter cleaning. I also spoke a lot about the debris in the rain gutters, how the debris can also get on top of the roofs and in the rain gutters, and also about the dangers of fire hazards from the debris.

So by cleaning your gutters and if they are done completely and the debris is removed, this will eliminate fire hazard problems in those areas. It is a major safety concern.

Another good tip is to use pressure washers to help you clean your rain gutters. Another good tool to use is a pressure washer extension pole.This tool will help you get to high areas if you are unable to get to the rain gutter by a ladder.

In some cases, a pressure washing extension pole can be extended to well over 40 feet to get to areas almost impossible to climb to.

There are many different ways to get to your rain gutters and the way to clean can be different in each case. The reason for this is if the rain gutters are still wet inside or there is dirt, mud, or leaves. For example, you can use a very strong vacuum for dry leaves and even dry dirt. When the rain gutter is still wet, the cleaning can be a little different. When using a strong shop vacuum to clean, a very long hose will be needed depending on how high the roof edge is.You might try to bring the shop vac on the roof but this is not recommended.

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WINDOW CLEANING TIPS FROM A WINDOW CLEANER #15

have done a lot of window cleaning this year and when we are doing the windows it always seems like we are cleaning more and more rain gutters as well. We are cleaning a lot of roofs too.

There has been more and more fires every year and a lot of debris collects on the roofs and in the rain gutters. In the rainy season this debris will clog your rain gutters and they will not drain properly, but in the summer or spring this debris is a major fire hazard. This debris is always a fire hazard, but in the summer it becomes even worse.
A good tip for cleaning rain gutters is to use a small hand shovel.

Another good tool is a very strong shop vac- maybe even 18 gallon or so. When using a shop vac for cleaning roofs or gutters you will also need at least 20 or 30 feet of vac hose. If you are cleaning a two story roof or rain gutter, you might need even more hose to prevent you from having to bring the vac on the roof.

Another good tool is a generator in case you have power problems or to use to prevent from having problems with the power. There are so many different tools that can used for cleaning roofs and rain gutters.

Trash bags are very important to have. I have found that it really pays to use the contractor type trash bags for durability. Another good tip and tool is to use a leaf blower, although a broom will also always be needed.

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WINDOW CLEANING TIPS FROM A WINDOW CLEANER #14

I have found that window cleaning always includes a wide number of different types of cleaning like after doing the windows, you always need to wipe the window frames down.

If you are cleaning a large square footage home or business or even smaller types of homes and businesses, it is very common to have to also clean light fixtures that might also have glass around them. A good tip and tool to use for this type of cleaning is the micro fiber cloth. This cloth, because of the fiber will allow you to clean the surface without leaving streaks.

Another good tip and tool is the water fed pole and the de-Ionized water system which cleans your windows spot free. There are so many different types of de-Ionized water systems. There are even water cart systems that come with even more than just a de-Ionized tank, but also a reverse Osmosis system along with the De-Ionized tank all in one unit. These systems are referred to as a water carts.

The water fed pole helps save a lot of time, but if you are doing a detailed job and the windows have not been cleaned on a regular basis, the windows might need to be done several times to be brought back to life or cleaned with a strip washer and squeegee. Learning how to clean thoroughly is a tip all in itself.

A lot of learning how to clean thoroughly is that you must go over and check your work and learn how to look for mistakes. A lot of the time you need to go over the cleaning the second time to get it to look the way you want.

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WINDOW CLEANING TIPS AND TOOLS FROM A WINDOW CLEANER #13

A good tip is to use microfiber cloths. It seems window cleaners can never get away from using the regular cloths either. I use a lot of the regular white cotton cloths as well. That way I don’t have to use my microfiber cloths for everything and they seem to last longer.

Another good thing about microfiber cloths is that they come in so many different colors. A good advantage is everybody on the window cleaning crew gets their own color microfiber cloths. That way we know which ones belong to each person on the crew.

The same coding method is used with our tools. We color code them so we know which tools belong to each person.

It is also amazing that there are so many different types of tools we use today for cleaning. Along with window cleaning, our company becomes involved in many other types of cleaning such as rain gutter cleaning, roof cleaning, concrete cleaning, and oil removal.

We use pressure washers all the time. Just think! With the new extension poles, we can clean heights 40 or 50 feet high and even higher! What about the water fed poles and de-ionized water? With some of the new poles, you can reach heights you only dreamed of attaining.

The pressure washing equipment is continually being improved as well.
Using the new heat or diesel pressure washers and surface cleaners, it is now easy to clean even oil, tar, and gum.

Well, I guess I am excited to say I am learning more everyday. Oh well, that’s enough for now.

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