Professional window cleaning is an excellent way to get spotless windows. However, some homeowners still try to do it on their own. They tend to make the same mistakes over and over again. We asked our experts to share the most common DIY window cleaning errors to help you avoid them. If you want to touch-up your windows in-between professional window washing sessions, consider doing it the right way.
- Wrong Tools
To get great results, you need a bucket, soapy water (glass cleaning solution), a scraper, a squeegee, and a microfiber cloth.
- Dip the sponge in soapy water
- Lather your window
- Dip the sponge in clean water
- Remove soapy residue
- Scrape tough spots if necessary
- Use a squeegee to remove excess water
- Polish windows with a microfiber cloth
Amateur window cleaners tend to use newspapers or paper towels to wash and dry their windows. While newspapers leave chemicals and ink on the glass, paper towels produce fibers that are hard to remove.
- Too Much Scraping
A scraper is a must-have tool for proper cleaning. However, using it should better be left up to professionals. Scraping too hard is the most common mistake made by homeowners. They often damage the glass. It’s always better to apply the cleaning solution to the tough spot and soak it for a few minutes instead of scraping.
- Forgetting About Sections
You can achieve the best results by washing windows in sections. Homeowners often apply soap to all windows and then start rinsing. As a result, the soap stays on the glass for too long, leaving deposits, which are hard to remove. It’s better to soap, rinse, and dry one section and then go on to another.
- Overreaching and Stretching
Window cleaning is a dangerous process. When you have to stretch and overreach to clean a window, you could be risking your life. If you don’t have proper height-access equipment, it’s better to call for professional help rather than suffer the consequences.
- Ignoring the Sunshine
Many homeowners choose warm and sunny days to wash their windows since it’s much more comfortable to work outdoors. However, when the sun is shining directly at your glass, it dries the soap before you can rinse it. The soap leaves streaks, which you often can’t notice until the sun stops shining. Clean your windows on a cloudy day or when there is no direct sunshine.