We’d like first to introduce you to the squeegee. If you’d like, you can skip ahead and learn how to clean your windows with a squeegee.
Window cleaning is a great way to give your home an instant makeover. Cleansing indoor and outdoor windows will brighten your home and make it more inviting.
You should clean the windows if you often host family parties or have guests.
What to Avoid
Paper Towels? No Thanks. Paper towels can be expensive and wasteful. They also leave behind a messy mess.
Rags are messy and leave streaks. Then you need to wash the rags after you’re done. You might find some with coarse fibers, which can scratch or pit the glass.
Newspaper? Newspaper can sometimes work well. Newspapers are rare nowadays. Newspapers can also leave ink stains on windows that are hard to clean.
What you should use
Use a squeegee to clean your windows.
A squeegee is an efficient and fast way to clean indoor windows. This handy tool makes it simple to reach the top of the windows and allows you to clean the entire window in one go. These tools are also less messy than other methods.
A squeegee is the best tool to get a streak-free clean window. If you want to avoid streaks, make sure to use the correct technique.
The Squeegee is the Professional’s Window Cleaning Tool
The squeegee has been used to clean windows for over 100 years. The squeegee was originally designed for professional window cleaners. This was when tall apartment buildings and skyscrapers were built.
Window cleaners in such buildings require a fast way to clean their windows. Smart inventor, a smart investor, adapted his squeegee design from the machine used to clean streets and floors in large cities. This is how the squeegee was born.
It was easy to reach high windows with the long handle. The rubber blade was very effective in removing dirt and grime. Finally, efficient window cleaning was achieved!
Let’s now talk about how to use it.
How do you use a squeegee?
You will first need some supplies.
Window cleaning supplies:
- Spray bottle or bucket of soapy water. A good solution for window cleaning is to use a few drops of dishwashing detergent mixed with water.
- Lint-free microfiber cloth
- Window mop or scrubber (sometimes on the other side of the squeegee and sometimes separately)
- Extension pole (for windows that are difficult to reach)
- Most hardware stores sell glass scraper (razor-blade scrapers)
These are the steps to follow:
- You can use your scrubber to thoroughly wet the surface. Dip it in the bucket, brush off excess water, or spray the scrubber on the surface.
- Scrape any grime or stickers with your scraper. After you’re done scraping, apply more solutions to your window.
- To remove water from the surface, use your squeegee. This can be done in two ways:
- Basic. Start at the top and work your way down. You can start from the top again, but you should move the squeegee slightly over so that the next path overlaps the one slightly before. Continue until all the water is gone from your glass.
- Advanced method. To remove water, use the fanning method described below.
- Use your scrubber/mop to collect any water at the bottom of the glass.
- You can use your microfiber cloth for water removal around the corners, window sills, and sides of the window.
- That’s it; you’re done!
Fanning, Professional Squeegee Technique
Fanning is the most popular method of window cleaning used by professionals.
Fanning is a process that involves the use of the squeegee to make a series of short strokes in many different directions. This helps move the cleaning solution and prevents it from getting under your squeegee’s blade. You can spray water or cleaning solutions onto the windows if it gets under the blade. This can cause streaks.
Professional window cleaners have used fanning for many decades. This method is great for cleaning windows with dirt, dust, and debris layers. This method cleans windows quickly using a professional cleaning solution and a professional squeegee.
You can also use this technique with your regular glass cleaner squeegee. This will ensure that your interior windows sparkle clean. You will still be able to achieve sparkling clean interior windows if you use the squeegee fast and evenly without moving the blade.
Interior windows are much easier to clean because they aren’t covered in dirt, dust, or other grime. Streaks often plague interior windows.
This video shows you how to fanning.
Is Windex a good glass cleaner?
Windex may be the best choice for some situations. For professionals, however, they prefer a simpler solution for window cleaning. Instead of using Windex, we recommend using a combination of dishwashing liquid with water. Most windows can be cleaned with a few drops of dishwashing detergent mixed with warm water.
How do you use a glass scraper?
A glass scraper can be a very handy tool. It can remove paint, stickers, and other stuck-on grime. This can be combined with the professional cleaning solution we have mentioned to get you almost everything you need for windows cleaning.
A scraper should be aligned at a 45-degree angle to the glass. The blade should be placed on the glass. Next, press the forward button. If you use the blade in a forward motion, it will not scratch your glass.
This video is a great example. This technique can also be used with smaller glass scrapers.
Are You Looking for Extra Squeegee Blades
Extra squeegee knives are unlikely to be necessary for the average DIY homeowner. Are you using a high-quality, durable squeegee blade? If you have a high-quality squeegee, and your blades aren’t performing as well as they used to, you may be able to buy replacements. This can be purchased at your local hardware or window cleaning retailer. This video explains how to swap them.
Don’t Feel Like DIY? Get a Pro
Professional window cleaners still use squeegees. This tool makes cleaning indoor windows simple. They are also great for cleaning outdoor windows.
It’s a smart idea to hire professional window cleaners if you want your outside windows to sparkle.
Professional window technicians use high-quality equipment and window cleaning solutions. They also use unique double-bladed squeegees to quickly remove layers of dirt and dust.
If homeowners don’t have the proper equipment to clean outside windows, it can also be dangerous. Homeowners who aren’t comfortable working on ladders for long periods. Even with window cleaning squeegee can take some physical effort.
Professional window cleaners familiar with working at heights can clean your windows. This will allow you to be safe while still achieving sparkling clean windows that will enhance the beauty of your home.