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A Boring Photo

I love the name that Amy Boring chose to name her photography business.  One day I saw this amazing photograph of a child and her water mark caught my eye.  A Boring Photo and this picture I was looking at was anything but boring.  I loved the irony. As the mother of 2 girls, I wanted her to capture my children that way and to photograph our family so I could update our website.  We had a great experience working with her and I loved the results.

 

Window Towels

towels

If you are trying for a perfectly clean window, a stack of lint free, cotton towels are a necessity.  These are NOT like your common bath or hand towels.  You are looking for a “flat” towel, not one with “loop” or “pile” weaves.  Some thin dish towels have a flat weave that will work for windows.

The reason to be specific about your towel weave is that if you use a “bumpy” cotton towel, it will leave streaks of lint on your windows when you wipe the edges.  We use blue surgical towels in our day-to-day work.  They provide excellent absorbency while being nearly lint free.  Also becoming more common with professional window cleaning companies are synthetic, microfiber towels because they last through a lot of cleanings and are virtually lint free.

Scrubber

scrubberAs with squeegees, window scrubbers come in a variety of sizes and materials.  Start with the standard 16 inch cotton scrubber and if there is a chance of having to clean small, French windows, pick up a smaller 6-8 inch cotton scrubber too.

It is possible to clean small windows using the end of a large scrubber, but without a doubt those that plan to clean more than a house-full of windows will be glad they also bought the smaller size.  On very dirty windows and especially those with a lot of bug/bird mess, a scrubber that has an extra abrasive on one side may be helpful.

Finding the right squeegee

 

squeegee

There are many different sizes of squeegee, not to mention a multitude of brands, materials, etc.

While the vast majority of window tools work together with tools from other manufacturers, there are companies that produce tools that only mate with their own brand (for example, replacement squeegee rubber that only fits their squeegees).  While some of these systems are great, if you start with these brands, be prepared to stick with them alone for the rest of your window cleaning days.

Regardless of the brand of squeegee you purchase and whether you plan to use it a couple of times per year on your home or every day for years to come, purchase replacement rubber blades right up front.  These are simple and necessary to replace often.  It takes only one tiny nick in the rubber to render the whole tool useless as it will leave streaks no matter how good your technique.

Choose a moderately sized tool and go larger or smaller in the future to meet your needs.

Window Cleaning 101 An Overview

window-cleaning-101

There are a few basic tools that are required to clean just about any window. This section is devoted to getting you away from the “blue juice” and paper towel.  Often customers ask just how clean their windows will be after we are done washing them.  Using a good quality tools and proper technique, windows can be cleaned to the quality of the window.  Of course, no amount of soap or squeegeeing will remove scratches from glass or fix blown seals, but with the techniques in this section, your windows will be left as clean as the day they rolled out of the factory.

1.  Use professional tools.  A decent grade squeegee and scrubber (mop/applicator/strip-washer) can be purchased at Home Depot, Walmart, or similar.

Tend towards a smaller squeegee because although it will take more passes to clean a window, it can be used on more window sizes.  *A 24 inch squeegee won’t clean a 10 inch window no matter how much you want it to.
The same goes for the scrubber.  For the beginning window cleaner a small, cotton or synthetic scrubber is the best bet.

2.  Make a simple solution of water and soap.  Put a couple gallons of water into a bucket and to it, add a small amount of liquid dish soap (Dawn, Joy, etc.).  A one-half to one second squeeze is all you need.  Stir!

3.  On the outside of the windows, don’t be afraid to use plenty of your soapy solution.  Scrub back and forth, up and down or in circles until all the dirt and grime are removed.  Inside your home, squeeze the majority of the water out of the scrubber before wetting the glass.

4.  Squeegee from side to side starting at the top of the window.  This is NOT the best squeegee method and will require the most towel work, but is the easiest to master.

5.  Use a lint-free cotton towel on the edges of the glass.  Using the side-to-side squeegee method will remove the majority of the soapy solution from the window, but will likely leave a wet perimeter around the edge of the glass.  The key to a professional-looking clean is… the towel!  Put one finger in a dry spot in the towel and wipe one edge of the window.  Choose another dry spot and wipe another side.  *If you try wiping with a wet or damp piece of the towel, you will only serve to smear up your clean window.  Switch to another towel once the first runs low on dry spots.

That’s a start!  It takes practice to wash windows quickly and leave them sparkling, but with some trial and error, you will get it.  Use a large, old towel on the floor inside your home to protect carpet, etc. and wipe up the sills after you are done.