|All you need is an inch of water, a squeeze|
of washing up liquid and a squeegee
with a mop cloth. You can do your whole
house with this set up.
I was discussing window cleaning with friends the other morning and as I finished typing it up, I thought to myself "Self...you should share this on Mr Home Maker". So here it is.
You can clean all your windows with just one big squirt of dish washing liquid and a little water. It will only cost you cents in disposables and save you 80% physical effort compared to all the mad polishing, buffing, drying, spritzing nonsense that you see most folk doing when they try and clean windows - here is how.
FRUGAL WINDOW CLEANING METHOD
When I used to work 3 jobs, one of them was cleaning a bowling alley and it had 90 feet of wall to ceiling glass windows in the cafe. They used to get covered in grubby finger marks on the inside and grime from passing car park traffic on the outside - I had to clean them every single morning, seven days a week(!). I quickly learned window cleaner's technique.
Tools: 1 x wide window squeegee with material cleaning pad on the back edge. 1 x square bucket to fit the squeegee. 1 x bottle of dish washing detergent (make sure it has thick consistency, not watery) A little water (about an inch maximum in the bottom of the bucket) 1 x cotton rag
Method: 1. Squeeze a generous line of neat (yes neat) dish washing liquid directly onto the cleaning pad of the squeegee and work it into the material, thus charging the squeegee pad with detergent. You should only need to do this once for a normal sized house of windows is my best guess. 2. Place squeegee pad down into the inch of water in your bucket and press the pad down into the water to infuse with water. No swishing. 3. Lift up squeegee out of water and run the pad along the inside edge of the bucket to release excess water. (you do not want too much wetness) 4. No need to wet windows first - starting at the very top of your dry dirty window and apply the cleaning pad side of your squeegee to the window and working in vertical saw-tooth pattern strokes across the window top to bottom until window is totally soapy 5. Flip squeegee over to blade side 6. Start at the top of the window and without lifting your squeegee at all (this is critical) work from left to right and top to bottom in arch style overlapping sweeps. The aim is to always have the soapy excess running off the bottom of the blade through the whole process - never lift the blade off the window. 7. Wipe the accumulated moisture of the bottom window sill with your rag 8. Progress to next window and start from point 2 - repeat.
|One line of dish washing liquid neat on the pad.|
|One inch of water in the 'bucket'. Dip and press, don't swish.|
This method will mean no polishing, no spraying, no rubbing, no drying, no window cleaning products, no buffing..... just a single smooth arched action from top to bottom of your windows and a simple wipe with a rag at the bottom. The arch-movement squeegee method takes a little practice but once you have it mastered it will take 80% less physical energy than all the spritzing and rubbing that I see most folk doing.
|Produces nice fine bubbles that are|
easy squeegeed off in one pass
taking all the dirt with it.
I hope this revolutionises you window cleaning.
Take care folks and stay nice.
P.S. Do spend the money on a squeegee that is rubber or soft plastic based not hard plastic otherwise your squeegeeing will take 4 x the effort.