We all know how important regular window cleaning is. Every property owner likes the look of sparking windows without any streaks. But perfectly cleaned windows require special attention and care.
Cleaning windows can be both challenging and risky , especially when it comes to those windows that are located at large heights. There is no doubt that perfectly cleaned windows bring many benefits.
So, how should we clean the windows of high rise buildings? We need to do it in such a way that is effective, convenient and it’s not too risky for our safety and health.
Those of you who have tried to clean their high rise windows on their own have probably asked themselves how professional window cleaners actually manage to clean such windows properly.
The cleaning methods, cleaning solutions and tools used for cleaning the windows of high rise are different from those used for cleaning those of low or mid rise buildings.
It’s true that professional window cleaning companies use high grade window cleaning equipment during their window cleaning projects. But they also use cleaning solutions made of simple ingredients.
It may sound surprising but some of the cleaning supplies used by window cleaning experts are the same as those most homeowners have in their homes. They are free of toxins and completely safe for use by those property owners who have kids and pets.
We present you several window cleaning ingredients that are part of the cleaning solutions professional window cleaning companies apply. They are available at most hardware stores and provide you with great results.
What are the top window cleaning products professional cleaners use?
Liquid dish soap does a great job when it comes to window cleaning. It breaks up effectively different types of grease and it doesn’t leave any streaks on window glass.
Put a small amount of dish soap in a spray bottle and fill it with tap water. There you have it- a simple and effective window cleaning solution
Isopropyl alcohol (also called rubbing alcohol) offers a great germ-free result in window cleaning. If you want to achieve proper disinfection of your windows and also get a streak-less result, you should definitely use this ingredient.
One of the greatest advantages of this ingredient is that it doesn’t leave any toxic residue when used for cleaning and it doesn’t damage the window glass surface.
It’s recommended to pick up 70% isopropyl alcohol. Use it with a microfiber cloth or a paper towel for best results. You can also choose to mix rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle for an easy application.
Vinegar is one of those all-purpose cleaning solutions that are effective against different types of dirt. If your windows are dirty and you are searching for an effective and natural cleaning solution which is approved by the pros, vinegar is your best choice.
White vinegar for example has a sanitizing effect on different surfaces and also works well on window glass without leaving streaks. It removes effectively mineral deposits and water spots.
One efficient way to clean with white vinegar is to get a microfiber cloth or paper towel, soak it in white vinegar and let it stay somewhere between 5 and 15 min. Then wipe the dirty window surface with the soaked microfiber cloth/paper towel.
Lemon juice is another effective ingredient that can be added to a window cleaning solution. Its effect is similar to that of vinegar.
As it’s highly acidic lemon can deal effectively with greasy debris. That is why it’s good to incorporate it in your window cleaning solution. A lemon-based cleaning solution is really effective in window cleaning.
By using lemon juice you can also polish the glass surface of your windows. Just mix 1 tablespoon lemon juice with 1 quart warm water and pour the solution into a glass spray bottle. Spray the area you want to clean with the solution and then wipe it until it’s dry with a soft dry cloth.
If you don’t want to spend the time mixing different ingredients and creating your own window cleaning solution, using a commercial window cleaner is the best time-saving option for you.
Windex is a commercial cleaning detergent for different glass surfaces that is approved by professionals from around the world.
It’s probably the most popular store-bought window cleaning product that is time-tested. It’s not expensive and it offers excellent results.
This window cleaning product has both an original version and a new no-drip version which offers streak-free results.
Corn starch is another ingredient you should give a try when trying to clean your windows.
Corn starch is effective against different types of dirt and grime stuck on a variety of glass surfaces
Despite the fact that its texture is abrasive, corn starch isn’t too harsh and can be used on glass surfaces without causing damage.
Ammonia is another affordable ingredient that can be used successfully for cleaning different types of window dirt, hard water spots and fingerprints.
If your windows are covered with stubborn dirt, there is an effective cleaning solution that will help you deal with it.
Mix the following things :
- ½ cup of ammonia
- 1 tablespoon liquid dish soap
- ½ gallon of water
- one pint 70% rubbing alcohol
If you don’t have all of these products, you can choose to mix two tablespoons of ammonia with two quarts of warm water.
This homemade cleaning solution is effective for cleaning both outdoor and indoor windows.
Additional tips about how to get perfectly cleaned windows
When applying a window solution with a spray bottle, spray directly the window glass surface, leave the solution to work for several minutes and then wipe it off with a clean cloth.
Use distilled water as it’s more pure than tap water. Always choose lint-free cloths for cleaning your windows. Avoid newspapers, paper towels or rags as they create streaks and leave lint on the window glass.
Wash windows by working in one direction (for example left to right or top to bottom)