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Robert Keith

Seven Types of Winter Window Cleaning Equipment You Need

Cleaning your windows in the summertime is a no-brainer because all you have to do is squirt some window cleaner on your window and dry the glass with a rag. You might need a little elbow grease, but the process of getting your window clean is trivial. If you have a power washer, it is even easier as the high-powered stream of water removes caked-on bugs and dirt.


In the winter, however, cleaning the windows to your business is not a trivial matter. Additionally, you might be required by your building's bylaws to keep the windows clean. As such, you need specific pieces of equipment to remove the ice without scraping or cracking the glass.


1. De-icer


You can purchase de-icer and spray it on your windows. Additionally, you can mix water, rubbing alcohol, and a little detergent to accomplish the same thing. In either case, de-icing your windows is the only way to easily remove the ice and snow that can accumulate on your windows. A scraper will work for thin layers of ice and snow, but de-icer makes your job easier.


However, if you experience freezing rain, de-icer is the only way to penetrate the ice. A scraper cannot break the ice properly, and any impact on the ice can crack the underlying window. De-icer can gradually dissolve the ice until you can remove large chunks with a scraper.


2. Scraper


When it comes to ice, the scraper is your absolute best friend. Ensure you get one made of thick plastic as thin ones will chip or break. One that is fitted with a sleeve will also help keep your hand from getting cold. If you wear a glove, which you should, the sleeve will help prevent ice from getting under your glove and shirt sleeve.


In terms of size, the best scraper is roughly three to four inches wide. Anything wider will catch on the ice. Anything shorter will increase how long it takes you to complete the job.


3. Squeegee


Removing ice is one thing. Returning the window to its glistening summer self is quite another. For this, you will need a squeegee capable of removing excess water and ice. Of course, using a wide window squeegee is one-half science and one-half art, and the novice window cleaner might find it challenging to clean a window and not leave streaks.


Because using a squeegee is deceptively difficult, it might be best to contract with winter-time window-cleaning professionals. Experts from a company like Thistle Solar Panel Cleaning are able to save you a lot of time and frustration by quickly cleaning your windows. Additionally, a contractor can come out during extreme weather and clean your windows, leaving you ready to serve customers or clients.


4. Newspaper


If you use a rag to dry your window, you will find that it leaves behind tiny bits of lint. Consequently, it is best to simply use a newspaper. When wet, newspaper is able to cling to a window and absorb even the smallest bit of moisture without shredding.

If you cannot find a newspaper, you can purchase a micro-fiber rag, which will do the same thing.


However, a newspaper still beats a micro-fiber rag because it is cheap and comes with up to 20 or 30 pages, the equivalent of 20 or 30 rags. Once a micro-fiber rag gets wet, it will not be very effective. Comparatively, when your newspaper page gets wet, you can simply grab a dry page and continue.


5. Telescopic pole


A telescopic pole will allow you to fit the squeegee to the tip. You can then extend the pole until you are able to reach the uppermost corners of your window. Similarly, the telescopic pole will collapse into itself and allow you to clean the window at lower heights. Without a telescopic pole, you will need a ladder, which introduces an unpleasant element of danger as you will have to reach out toward the window and potentially fall.


6. Safety equipment


In the winter, when you are cleaning the windows, it is best to place orange cones around your work area as people walking past your business might slip and fall as they attempt to avoid bumping into you. Additionally, you will need salt to spread on the ground, so that when they veer away from you, they do not end up slipping on ice. Additional safety equipment includes goggles that will help ensure no ice can get into your eyes.


7. Toolbelt


When you are cleaning a window in icy weather, it is best to not have to trek back and forth to get your tools. If the weather is cold and dry, walking back and forth to a toolbox might not be much of a hassle. However, if the weather is wet and icy, it is best to have your tools hanging on a tool belt. A tool belt can hold a squeegee, a scraper, and rags. By having all your tools within reaching distance, you do not have to walk on the ice to retrieve them and potentially fall.