Oh boy, it’s time to clean the outside windows. Maybe you haven’t had to clean them before, and you don’t know the best way of going about doing this. Here’s a few hints and thoughts to consider.
One of the first things to do when trying to clean the upstairs windows is, think about safety. When cleaning from the outside, you want to make sure your ladder is sound and secure. Make sure it is on solid ground and you have someone below holding it steady. Falling off ladders is quite common and leads to broken bones and other injuries. Now give thought to the products you might want to use. Regardless of the materials used to clean with, read the labels and instructions and use accordingly.
There are different ways to clean windows. Some resort to high power pressure cleaning. Different products are out on the market specifically made which contain cleansers suited for this form of washing. Your water hose and pressure cleaner is essentially all that is required to perform the cleaning of your upstairs windows. Again, if you are going to do this, it’s good to wear safety goggles so that you can avoid any damage to the eyes in case of a mishap.
If you choose to manually wash your windows, you can use ammonia and rags. The ammonia cuts through all the grime which builds up from outside elements. It’s important that you wear a mask and eye goggles if you are going to do this, as it’s a very harsh chemical.
If you don’t want to use harsh chemicals, white vinegar is another good cleaner for cutting grime and it isn’t going to hurt you. Dawn dish soap, which cuts grease on our dishes, is a great cleaner for windows as well. You need to make sure you rinse your windows well and dry them well so they don’t leave any streaks behind.
The best drying method I have personally found is using newspapers. They absorb all the oils, dirt and residue. The good thing is newspapers don’t leave behind any of the ink from the newspaper itself on the glass. It might blacken your hands, but not the windows. It’s a cost you don’t have to worry about either, because you might subscribe to the paper or you know someone who does.
Cleaning outside windows, especially those on the second floor, is a task we’d rather not do, but if you have to, being armed with knowledge on how to do it is key. Knowing what tools and materials you want to use will ensure you do the best job possible.