When cleaning windows, I find that most of the time there is a lot of dirt around the windows and even around stucco areas on residential houses.
Sometimes when cleaning, I find that the windows can be so bad that pressure washing even needs be used to clean the surface first. Another good cleaning tip is that there are other services which can be offered along with cleaning the windows and stucco surfaces. Rain gutter cleaning is another very common type of cleaning that window cleaners do.
There are a lot of different methods to clean rain gutters. One very common method is by using a very strong vacuum. A lot of times a generator is also needed as well to run this type of equipment. One of the most common methods to clean the rain gutters can be to use a pressure washer.
Different types of tips for the pressure washer can be used to increase or decrease pressure for easier cleaning. By decreasing pressure by using a special tip for your pressure washer, it can make the pressure washer wand easier to handle when cleaning hard to reach high areas. Reducing the pressure with this special tip is especially helpful when using an extension pole for high areas. It makes the extension pole much easier to handle. The reason for this method is so you don’t loose control of the extension pole when cleaning.
When doing window cleaning, you learn all kinds of tips and new tools to use. Extension poles are another important tool to use and they eliminate some of our climbing. There are also the water fed extension poles that make it easy to clean at heights as high as 50 feet or more from the ground.
The number of tips and tools we learn from day to day is amazing and I am happy and excited to share this information with you in my articles. For more tips and tools check us out at.
In my last article, Window Cleaning Tips and Tools from a Window Cleaner #11 Part #1, I shared information about window cleaning in multimillion dollar homes or large square footage homes. I ended talking about tinting and being very careful in the cleaning of the tinting.
The inside cleaning is different from cleaning the outside because the outside can be cleaned with a water fed pole and de-ionized water can be used. This method will save you hours of hard work and time.
The cleaning inside is different and cleaning pads, micro fiber cloths, and t-bars are used for cleaning along with top of the line squeegee equipment and of course special buckets that the 18 inch cleaning pads will fit into for dipping and cleaning so water does not spill. Special furniture coverings and coverings for the floors are also are needed. Although extension poles are used, many different ladders are needed to complete the job as well.
After being removed, the screens need to be labeled using a sticker, cleaned, and put back in the proper room. Not marking or having order with the screens can cost you a lot of time and frustration if you do not know where they belong.
After cleaning the windows or while cleaning the windows, you may find hard water damage. Windows with hard water damage require a special type of cleaning and this needs to be discussed with the client at this time.
After completing the job, the windows are fully inspected and any flaws in the cleaning are re-worked. I have found that to do a perfect job takes time and I and my crew allow at least an hour for touch up. This is how I have built my reputation at being very detailed.
When doing a big residential window cleaning job, there is a certain order of operations that I follow. When I say a big job, I mean just that, a 5,000 to 20,000 square foot home. We sometimes call these homes multimillion dollar homes.
The point is they are big and everything in the home is usually worth a lot of money. Take it from me- You don’t want to have to replace items because of someone breaking something. Usually the bigger jobs do need to be well supervised. You need to be ready to be able to take your time and allow your crew plenty of time. Otherwise, something could get damaged of broken.
Using de-ionized water fed poles will help eliminate some time and work for the outside of the home. The only down side to water fed poles is they cannot be used in the inside of the home. Screens can sometimes be taken off from the inside of the home, but in some cases they come off from the outside and this means they will have to be accessed by ladders.
If the home has tinting on the windows, the tinting must be inspected for bubbles. You have to inspect for bubbles in the tinting because these areas are damaged and the tinting can be pulled away from the window during the process of cleaning, causing further damage to the tinting. These types of windows have to be cleaned by hand with a micro fiber cloth. For more information on window cleaning of large square footage homes, read Window Cleaning Tips and Tools from a Window Cleaner#11 Part #2.
Cleaning tips and tools will surely get rid of all kinds of dirt to the point of permanence. Dirt is the most unwanted thing in the house that must be eliminated to prevent its growth. The best time to clean the house would be during your free time or during the early morning and late evening. Through this, cleaning will be out of everybody’s way. House cleaning is done before the transfer to a new house to facilitate sorting of things that will be brought. Things that will be left behind are considered to be junk. There is a separate cleaning process for junk and scraps especially if there is a great advocacy of reuse, reduce and recycle.
Seasonal changes will also dictate the cleaning process of the home. When spring comes into the picture, the dirt of winter will be banished from the corner. Therefore, cleaning tools will be out and the work will start. There are various cleaning tools designed for specific purposes. The broom and brush are indispensable in every household. Almost all cleaning surfaces need the touch and scrape of those tools. If a house is carpeted, the need for a carpet beater and carpet duster is surely a must.
The feather duster is an all-time favorite. This tool in dusting is a victim of innovation. In the past, poultry feathers were utilized and bound together to form a duster. Nowadays, technology has a say and has developed a high-end version. The newer forms can really sweep all the dust and other particles as well. Similar kinds are also available with similar purpose such as the Hataki and Professor Fluff ‘n Dust.
The floor is another wide surface to be cleaned. The tools involve in keeping the floor neat and clean depend on the floor make, be it wooden, tiled, metal, and many more. The following tools involved are: floor buffer, floor furnisher, floor scrubber and floor cloth. Cleaners are familiar with these four in keeping the floor squeaky clean and free of unnecessary dirt. Squeegees are also popular tools in scraping surfaces. A tool called sponja is a squeegee-like tool that is popular in Israel. This tool will keep the water off for easy drying. Another tool is the mop that is also indispensable in everyday cleaning. This tool is commonly used in wiping off liquid spillage and even dry dusting. Noticeable transformations of the yarn mop to Velcro mops are very evident.
Other tools in cleaning the bathroom and the comfort room are used almost every day to preserve the comfort of living. All kinds of brushes are considered as handy tools in cleaning hard to reach areas. Those brushes might be soft or hard depending on the spot that is cleaned. Sponges are used because of its excellent absorbent property as well as scrubbing party. However, one must take good care of artificial sponges by eliminating bacteria. This is done by cleaning it or immersing it in a salt solution. You have to remember that every house clean up is not necessarily a chore but rather a convenient recreation.
Window cleaners today use so many different types of tools and also do so many different types of cleaning that it really gets to be quite amazing. A good tip tip to make your window cleaning eazy is to also use a pressure washer for all the dirty areas that normal window cleaning won’t clean. A good tool to use is a pressure washer.
Not only does the window cleaning profession seem to be getting more versatile, but along with that a lot more tools are needed to do the job easily and efficiently. The exact definition of efficient is what window cleaners need to be in order to be successful today.
The definition is the performing or functioning in the best possible manner with the least waste of time and effort.
A good tip to achieve this goal is to have your tools organized. Also being aware of what tools to have ready for each specific type of job and to be ready with replacement parts is very important to work efficiently.
I have given examples in the many articles I have written on cleaning tips and tools. One of the reasons for this is there is so much to share in depth on this subject.
Window cleaners today are doing pressure washing, rain gutter cleaning and even some are doing roof cleaning. All of these types of work take different kinds of tools. After you get some of the equipment, you need to learn about what type of maintenance to do to keep your equipment running properly and efficiently so you can be successful.
A good tool for example is a pressure washer and it is a very important tool for window cleaners. Once you get this tool, then you start to learn how to maintain it, like changing the oil.
There are different types of hoses to use for hot water cold water. There are different types of tips for your wands and extension poles also.
One of the most important tips is to know how to maintain your tools on the job and also to be prepared to be able to do this if necessary while out in the field.
Another example is, if you have an o-ring that goes out on your pressure washer hose or wands, be sure to have the replacement on hand. Some little problems like this could shut you down for hours trying to get to a store that has the right o-ring. This is one of the many window cleaning nightmares we that window cleaners have to deal with from day to day.
A good tip to learn for window cleaners is always stay efficient and strive for that goal to be performing or functioning in the best possible manner with the least waste of time and effort.