High Windows In Your House? Here's How To Clean Them2nd November 2021
It is pretty easy to clean a window in one's house or office, but when two or three storeys are involved, it is often tempting to postpone the task as it requires more effort and equipment to reach higher windows.
Should I Clean My High Windows?
Clean windows not only look good, but they also let in more natural light and ensure a better view of your outdoor environment.
Homeowners often neglect to clean their high windows because of the difficulty of reaching them. Some people also think it is too expensive to buy special window cleaning tools and equipment to make it easier to do the job.
Benefits of clean windows
There are many benefits to cleaning your windows. Clean windows:
- improve your house or office building's appearance,
- extend the life of your windows,
- eliminate unhealthy mould from your home,
- decrease allergens in the building,
- prevent insects and pests from settling into your home, and
- help you discover window problems early when you clean them regularly.
Is It Dangerous To Clean High Windows?
Cleaning the higher, hard-to-reach windows of your house or office building can be somewhat more complicated than cleaning the inside windows, and it is riskier.
Before you start, think about what you should do to be safe, as you could sustain injuries should you fall from any height. Injuries can be much more severe depending on the height of the windows you are attempting to clean.
What safety precautions can one take before cleaning high windows?
Like most busy people, you may want to complete the job as soon as possible. However, it is essential to take a breather and plan your approach.
Things to think about before you start:
Things to think about before you start the cleaning process:
- What windows do you intend to clean
- Whether you could remove windows to clean them safely on the ground
- The height of the windows
- What equipment you will need
- What the weather forecast looks like:
- If it is too wet, a slippery ladder spells disaster
- If it is too hot, your cleaning product will dry quickly, leaving stains
Things to do before you start:
- To avoid damage and tripping hazards, move any obstacles away from the area below the window, such as toys, garden furniture, and plant pots.
- Remove anything restricting access to the window, such as bars or screens.
Some safety tips to keep in mind:
- Avoid the need for a high ladder and invest in an extendable water-fed pole system to reach high windows. Many homeowners now prefer these.
- If you do need a ladder:
- choose the right ladder for the task
- place it on level ground
- avoid slippery, sandy, or rocky surfaces
- never climb backward; always face it
- a good rule of thumb is to ensure that the distance between the foot of the ladder and the wall is never more than 1/4 to 1/3 of the wall's height
- move the ladder to either side as needed; if your navel crosses either side of the ladder, you are over-reaching
- never attempt to stand on the highest step.
What Tools Should I Use To Clean High Up Windows?
Some of the tools that all home owners should have in their window cleaning kit include:
- Cloths, pads, and abrasives
- Blades and scrapers
- Detergents, chemicals, and treatments
- Anti-slip ladder stoppers
- An extension pole
- A water-fed pole
- Angle adaptors
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