How To Clean Glass15th October 2020
The beauty of glass is that it allows natural light to flood into the room - when said glass is clean that is! Watermarks, stains and debris can all build up on both internal and external glass surfaces.
The trouble is, cleaning glass isn’t as easy as it looks. If you use the wrong cleaning tools, products or methods you will soon make a bigger mess than before you started.
If you are interested in getting the lowdown on how to clean glass, here is a snapshot of the essential tools you can use for the job.
If the windows are on the ground floor or if you are cleaning class inside of a building (such as glass panelling) then traditional tools are ideal. Even when working at height, you’ll still require the basics which are as follows:
A squeegee is one of the tools that’s most associated with the window cleaning industry as a whole. A squeegee that has a flexible mechanism is designed to be more ergonomic. It allows for an easy change in angle so that you can reach all corners of the glass.
Over time, the rubber edge will wear out and start leaving streaks on the glass and catching or gripping on the glass, very much the same as how the rubber that wears out on a car windscreen wiper. For the best results, we recommend using a new rubber or a rubber with a new sharp edge together with a detergent with good ‘slip on the glass’.
When using traditional tools, you’ll need a way to remove any additional moisture or droplets that get left behind. Otherwise, the glass will not be sparkling clean once you’ve finished.
That’s why we recommend a microfiber cloth for light touch-ups. Or, if a tougher approach is needed, bronze wool pads offer an abrasive surface for polishing the likes of shredding, rust or corrosion. While it’s unlikely you’ll find such problems working with glass, you may see it within the window frames or require it as part of larger job scopes.
The detergent you use on glass windows has just as much of an impact as the tools do. The wrong detergent and you’re left with a foamy mess that would be difficult to rinse off properly.
However, detergent is required to act as a buffer to lift any debris off the glass. We sell a wide array of detergents to clean glass with. From Sorbo Hard Water Stain Remover to EnduroSheild Glass Treatment, which speeds up cleaning the likes of glass shower screens.
By choosing the right detergent for the job, it will make the process much quicker and easier. Plus, it will give you professional results!
Water Fed Systems
In recent years, water-fed systems (WFS) have become a very popular method of cleaning window glass. The reason for this is because you can work at height with them (while remaining on the ground) plus the water jets offer a powerful solution to removing marks from your windows too. The systems will even air dry without streaks, making very light work of even industrial window cleaning jobs.
Our water-fed systems start at just $745 and include everything you need to clean windows professionally. WFS is light, ergonomic and flexible with regards to the tools that are included. Compared with a traditional sponge and bucket, they are far more efficient for cleaning glass especially if there are a lot of windows to clean.