Member Insights by Continental Blinds
Consumers today are more discerning than ever when it comes to choosing good and services. With only one chance to impress, you always want to put your best face forward, but dirty office windows could be turning away more business than you know. A squeaky clean shine is easy to achieve with the right tools and techniques.
Glass cleaner and paper towels just won’t cut it for a truly bright, streak-free shine. You’ll want a window washing wand with a padded scrubbing side and a squeegee side. If you have particularly tall windows, look for one with an extendable handle to assist in reaching the top. Gather together a bucket wide enough to fit the wand head into, some newspaper, a microfiber cloth, painters tape, a brush (such as an old toothbrush), and the cleaning solution of your choice. There are plenty of options for store-bought and homemade cleaners; look for something with a little bubble to it. Vinegar solutions are popular, but the lack of sud can mean difficulty in seeing streaks and the smell can be pungent afterwards.
Once you’ve gathered all your materials, it’s time to prep your area. Knock all dust and dirt loose from the window frame, then grab a wet cloth and wipe everywhere; around the edges, above the window frame, the latches, etc. Grab your toothbrush and get into the tight corners. If your windows open, clean the upper track, then open the window and scrub the bottom track and sealing surface. Cover any sensitive woodwork or other items by taping newspaper down to protect sills or floors from drips. Now you’re ready to clean the window itself.
Choose an optimal time of day when the windows aren’t in direct sunlight. Create your sudsy mixture and scrub down your windows with the wand. Use a cloth to get into corners or small panes where the wand can’t fit. Turn over to the squeegee side and wipe horizontally, starting from the top and working your way down. Wipe the squeegee with a dry cloth between each pass. After all the soap is gone, buff out any remaining water spots with newspaper then polish with a microfiber cloth. Wipe in a single direction to ensure a streak free shine.
The outside is just as important as the inside. If possible, take down window screens and spray gently with a hose. Use a soft cloth to rub the screens free of dirt and grime then allow them to air dry. Use the same squeegee, cleaning solution, and other tools for the exterior glass. To give a long lasting finish, apply a rain shield that will protect your hard work from spotting and streaking. If you work in a high rise, we recommend leaving the outside cleaning to the professionals.
Now that you have spotless windows, dress them up a little. Opt for customized office blinds and shades so you can enjoy your hard work while still protecting the interior from direct sunlight.