Whether it is a simple spring cleaning or a larger project, many people choose to clean their windows themselves. It is not as easy a task as it may seem, though, and there are many mistakes that one might make along the way. Here are 5 common pitfalls to avoid in order to have a successful window cleaning session.
1. Using The Wrong Products
It may be tempting to just use whatever cleaning products that you already have in your home to clean your windows. This might be fine for simple smudge removal, but if you are planning on deep cleaning your windows, you run the risk of not cleaning them properly.
Avoid improvising with whatever is stored in your cleaning supplies. It is better to research what products are best for the specific windows you have. In addition to getting the job done right, you will avoid doing unintentional damage to your windows.
2. Using Improper Or Dirty Equipment
This goes hand in hand with the first mistake. If you have old window cleaning equipment lying around, it may seem like you already have everything you need to clean your windows. However, if your equipment is old or broken, it may slow down your cleaning.
Additionally, if the equipment is dirty or hasn’t been properly stored, your windows may end up grimier than before you started cleaning them. It may also be extremely difficult or even impossible to achieve a thoroughly clean, disinfected window.
3. Cleaning In The Wrong Weather
This may sound obvious, but you definitely should not clean windows in bad weather. Rain or a lot of wind can be treacherous and actively work against your cleaning, sending you back to square one.
However, it is also important to not clean on a bright and sunny day. If you clean when it is too hot, your cleaning products may dry down before you are able to wipe them away, leaving streaks and stains on your windows. Thus, the ideal weather for cleaning your windows would be on a slightly cloudy but not rainy day.
4. Unsafe Window Cleaning Practices
This is especially applicable to cleaning windows that are above ground level. If you have to get on a ladder, you should not be working alone. It can be tempting and may feel like no big deal, but even a seemingly minor fall can have severe consequences on your health.
You may also be working with harsh chemicals that can hurt you. Fumes from cleaning supplies, allergic reactions to products you are unfamiliar with, and accidents with large or heavy equipment can severely hurt you while in the process of cleaning. As such, read the manufacturer’s instructions before using any products or equipment and always exercise caution when cleaning.
5. Not Asking For Help
Things can go wrong sometimes, and the biggest mistake you can make in such situations is trying to handle it all by yourself. There are certain tasks that commercial window cleaners can handle better than the layman.
Often, it may be better to step back and ask home and/ or office cleaning companies to take over. Doing so will not only ensure that your windows are properly cleaned and your safety and health isn’t compromised.
If you should find yourself in such a situation, don’t hesitate to reach out to Acorn Window Cleaning in Melbourne. Our team of professional window cleaners is always more than happy to assist you with keeping your windows spick and span.