Whether you want to start your own little business, or you just want to keep your own shop’s windows clean, knowing the best way to get commercial windows clean is key. Many business owners ask staff to keep windows clean as part of the daily routine, however, they could be losing business or wasting time if it’s not done correctly.
Here is an easy 5 step process to get you started.
1. Get the right equipment.
Depending on the size, shape, height, and age of your windows, you will need tools to get them sparkling. Basics include: squeegees, applicators, poles, cloths and detergent.
A surprising number of window cleaners swear by Sunlight dish soap as the best detergent for window cleaning. Try to avoid buying the kind of squeegees and applicators (or mops) sold in hardware and home improvement stores, as they are not quite as functional as you will need.
A small investment in squeegee handles that pivot, and lint-free cloths will make a huge difference in the long run.
2. Watch some YouTube.
It is amazing how many people are ready and willing to share their expertise and technical tips in short videos to teach you how to do anything. A quick search will give you hundreds of choices to see how professionals approach windows, as well as how they quote their prices.
Most windows need a soapy water scrub, then work your squeegee magic. Some techniques are easier for the arm to learn than others.
Experiment with the squared off, top to bottom method first, wiping your edges afterward. The “butterfly” or “fanning method” requires a little more muscle action, and will need practice before you get as quick and graceful as the fellows you see on the internet!
Do your house windows, or clean your business windows a few times, and then examine the windows closely to see what you missed. Key areas to look at are the top of the window where you start your squeegee run, and the corners where grime can often get pulled out, but not totally disposed of.
4. Be aware of safety and liability issues.
Even if you are only cleaning your own business, spilled water, stray poles or other equipment, and even your own reach can cause accidents or trip-and-fall exposure. Keep some of those cloths handy to take care of spills right away.
Have a couple of pylons or hazard markers available to mark out the area you will be in. And look around before you go swinging a pole at a window!
5. Understand the regulations where you live.
If you are starting a business, some of those YouTube videos will tell you all you need is $50 and a dream. The reality however, is that many urban areas have laws about business licensing that you should be aware of.
Even blocking off a sidewalk or walk through area can bring a fine from a by-law officer if you don’t know the proper way to do it.