Ways How DIY Window Cleaning Goes Wrong
Window cleaning is one of those chores that seem simple at the onset, yet ends up going wrong quite often. Getting rid of the dirt and grime that is on your windows is not just a matter of dousing it with cleaning solutions, and wiping it off. More goes into the task, and it requires skill and the right equipment to get it done right. Persons taking the DIY route with the window cleaning often find themselves in a pickle, with anything from winding up with streaks and smears on the windows, to outright damage to the installation. Here are the common mistakes that are usually made:
- Selecting the timing
It’s understandable to want to work on those sunny days. The idea behind it is that it will be easy for the windows to dry up quickly, and you’ll get through the task much faster. When it comes down to the actual practice however, the quick drying turns out to be a disadvantage to the DIY window cleaner. Why? It makes your work more difficult especially with the soapy solutions drying up on the windows before you have enough time to rinse them out. Streaks and smears end up forming on the glass panes- then, of course, there is the effort expended as you sweat out through the chore under the blazing sun. Without efficient systems that will enable you to carry out the scrubbing and rinsing quickly, the process ends up being more messy, increasing your workload since it will all need to be redone. Why can the professionals work on those sunny days? Well, they have the equipment for it. Take the Reach & Wash window cleaning system for instance. Here, the setup relies on the cleaning power of ultra-purified water, that attracts dirt from the surfaces of the windows, and the soft-bristled brushes that are on the poles aid is scrubbing away the soiling. In fact, with this method, the windows won’t need to be wiped after they have been cleaned, and they will naturally air-dry to streak-free results.
- Following the wrong approach
This includes oversights such as cleaning the window sills and sashes before proceeding to work on the windows. The dust and dirt that is on these areas will accumulate, and the liquids that will come into contact with them during the window cleaning process will create a muddy mess. This simply ends up exasperating you.
- Relying on conventional cleaning tools
Popular DIY hacks result in one using tools that are around the house- like that brush that was effective in scrubbing away the stains on the countertop, or the rags that were used on wiping the walls and hallways. They are not automatically suitable for use on glass surfaces. Working with a brush whose bristles are too hard will lead to scratches being formed, which ruin the windows. Rags that leave behind lint and fibres on the glass panes make a mockery of your window efforts, since more work will be needed to remove them.
- Using harsh chemicals
Those moments when you come across stubborn grime on the glass- such as those hard water spots or heavy build-ups of dirt, and you reach for the powerful cleaning agents that came in handy in removing the stains that were on other surfaces in the household- you may end up damaging the glass. Issues like etching, corrosion of the window seals and frames are common due to harsh chemicals being used for the cleaning process. The different types of glass, including the tinted and tempered glass, each have their cleaning requirements. Applying the wrong products or tools can wreak havoc on your unit, forcing you to incur heavy repairs.
Risks of Injury
The DIYer may also be putting themselves at risk of harm. This is in different ways. For instance, the wrong chemical selection may lead to one working with reagents that produce toxic fumes, directly affecting you as you go about the window cleaning. Prolonged exposure will lead to adverse health risks. There are also cases when one decides to use power washers with hot water. Here, in case of any contact with the skin, issues like scalding will result.
The most common risk of injury comes when working with ladders. Using them to access those windows on the upper floors causes frequent fall accidents. After all, it’s a tough balancing act. As you move up and down the rungs, you will be carrying the assortment of cleaning equipment- from the squeegees and window washers, to the scrapers, cloths, and even bucket- or whichever container is being used to hold the cleaning liquid. This already puts you in a precarious position. It worsens when you reach out to clean the window. That sole action can tip over the ladder. All it takes is a slight imbalance for an accident to occur, and depending on the hight of the fall you can either wind up with a mess on your landscaping and slight embarrassment, or you’ll be dealing with issues like sprains, fractures and concussions in the emergency room.
Hiring a service that specialises in window care takes away the burden. You get to sit back and relax, and wind up with sparkling windows at the end of the process. We are licensed and insured, and come with a track record spanning years of proficient service delivery. Our crew have been taken through thorough training and vetting, and actually take great pride in what they do. What’s more, we have equipped them with the latest in window cleaning technology, to enable them to work on the different types of situations in both residential and commercial establishments. The cleaning methods used are tailored to suit your needs- which also goes for the costs themselves. We will take you through an analysis of the various options that are available, enabling you to make a well-informed decision on the process that you will be comfortable with. You will also receive a detailed quotation before the task is commenced, and there won’t be extra hidden costs showing up down the road.