What Can Go Wrong With DIY Window Cleaning?
Plenty. We live in a time when DIY jobs are all the craze. From individuals looking to save money, to those who are excited by the challenge- coupled with a wide range of videos and blog posts giving tips and DIY hacks- it’s in every niche. Handling tech tools, setting up your own site, crafts to make artefacts that spruce up the home, nifty tricks to deal with the occasional breakage of tools and appliances- there are lots that are being done. However, when it comes to the window cleaning, this is not the standard job. Sure, watching the professionals do it, it seems easy, right? Well, that’s because they have high-powered equipment for the job, have been through intensive training, and have had years of experience providing the commercial and residential window cleaning services. There are numerous tales of DIY jobs going awry. In fact, they often end up calling the professionals to take over, and there have been reports cases of injuries to the DIYer and damage to the property. What exactly happens? Here are some of the common mistakes and risks that come with the DIY process:
- Selecting the wrong cleaning agent
This can result in anything from wasted time and resources because of using an ineffective cleaner, to those cases where there is actual damage to the window structure- from the glass panes getting etched, to the seals and frames getting corroded when harsh chemicals are used. In order to get rid of the build-up grime on the windows, the DIYer may opt to use conventional products around the house. Those detergents that were effective in removing the grime from countertops, floors and furnishings. They are likely to be incompatible with the window construction, leading to the ensuing damage. The expensive repairs will add the costs that are incurred, which is not how you had planned on things going.
- Wrong timing
What time of the day do you pick to work on the windows? When the sun is high up in the sky, the drying time is sped up. This usually puts the DIYer at a disadvantage. The detergents and solutions that were being used on the windows end up drying before they are rinsed off, resulting in streaks and dried-on residue that becomes a bother to get rid of. The resultant mess ends up increasing your workload- something you won’t be looking forward to since you will already be sweaty and fatigued from the process. Why does the professional cleaning crew work at any time of the day? Well, they have the equipment and personnel needed to cover a wide expanse of windows within a shorter time, enabling them to carry out the entire cleaning- from the washing and scrubbing out the gunk, to the rinsing process, before the products used can dry. In fact, there are cases where there are no detergents involved in the process, such as with the Reach & Wash window cleaning system, where pure water is used. In this case, the pure water itself is an asset to the cleaning process, as it attracts the dirt and grime from the glass panes. Soft-bristled brushes are used to agitate the soiling. The purity of the water, plus the pressure with which it is pumped onto the windows, coupled with the scrubbing action of the brushes, gets rid of the gunk. What’s more, there won’t be streaks that are left behind on the windows. In fact, after using the Reach & Wash window cleaning system there won’t be a need for wiping the windows. They can be left to air dry naturally, and won’t leave behind any residue.
- Too much pressure
It seems straightforward- “Take your garden hose, and blast away the dirt that is on the windows. Get that power washer that is used on the walls, and direct the power to the built-up residue that is covering the glass panes. It’s just water, and the pressure will get rid of the grime. What’s the harm, right?” The reality is different. The high-pressure water will shatter the windows. Glass is fragile, and you don’t want to be pointing that jet of water that blasts dirt off the driveway to it. Here, it’s not just the windows that are at risk. The surrounding structures can also be affected. Tales of dented aluminium siding, chipped exterior bricks, and paint on the shutters that gets peeled away are common when high-pressure water is used. Outside bulbs getting broken, the flower pots that are in the way bring ruined- it ends up being a whole mess. There are even those who use pressurized hot water. Here, there is an increased risk to the induvial. Just a quick splash of this and you end up with issues ranging from skin abrasions and burns, to even injuries to organs that are accidentally hit by the hot water jet.
- Fall accidents
These come in when ladders are being used. The DIYer may end up requiring a ladder to access those upper floor windows. Working on a ladder already comes with high chances of accidents. Moving up and down those rungs carrying the squeegees, window washers, the bucket holding the cleaning solution- all while still looking to maintain your balance is risky. Things get worse when you reach out to the window to do the actual cleaning. All it takes is a slight tilt of the ladder to send you hurtling down, together with the equipment that you had carried up with you. Injuries can result in issues like bruises and sprains, while the more serious ones lead to fractures and concussions, depending on how one hit the ground. You don’t want the window cleaning process to land you in the emergency room. Most likely, the landscaping at the scene of the accident will be also be ruined. You don’t want to watch all that work that had been put into tending to the flower bushes around the building getting ruined because of these accidents. With methods like the Reach & Wash window cleaning system used by the professionals, they are able to access those high-rise windows from the ground. The poles are extensible, and water is pumped up to the windows, delivered onto the glass panes in jets. This takes away the need for ladders to be used, while also speeding up the process as they get to move from one window to the next much faster.