Professional Window Washing at Home
Start with a professional grade 12-inch squeegee with metal frame and replaceable rubber blades from any Hardware store.(Don’t buy cheap ones, top of the line squeegees will last a lifetime and work the best. You will have to replace the blades. If doing an entire house, it’s best to replace the blades before each washing.) You will also need a T-scrubber or for smaller areas a good-quality 2 sided sponge, a large bucket , hand dishwashing liquid and some lint-free rags or better yet a few microfiber clothes.
Making the Solution
Mix about one teaspoon of liquid dishwashing soap into 2 gallons of water. In Texas, use cool to luke-warm water. Never use hot water.
The Squeegee Method is Easy to Master
Move the squeegee horizontally across the glass beginning at the top of the glass (see Photos), although vertical strokes will work just as well. If you work vertically, angle the squeegee to direct excess water toward the uncleaned area.
Wash small pane windows with a sponge and use a small squeegee. If you can’t find a small enough squeegee, cut a larger one to fit your glass size. (Remember, you’ll be able to use these tools for years to come so it’s OK to customize them for your particular house) Scrub the glass with a wrung-out sponge to avoid excess drippage. Then use the tip of the squeegee to clear a narrow strip at the top (see Photos). Pull the squeegee down and wipe the perimeter.
You Can Use a Squeegee Inside the House Too
Here the key is to wring most of the soapy water out of the scrubber, again, so there’s no dripping or running. Keep a microfiber handy to dry off the squeegee and to quickly clean up soapy water drippage. Use a separate clean rag to wipe the perimeter of the glass. New “microfiber” rags (Photos) work great for window cleaning. Again, you can buy these almost anywhere. (Important hint! WHEN WASHING MICROFIBERS, DO NOT USE ANY KIND OF FABRIC SOFTENER. THIS WILL BREAK THE FIBER DOWN AND MAKE THEM INEFFECTIVE)
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