Cleaning your office windows takes a little more than wax on, wax off.
Get your tools in place first. We’ll show you how to clean windows using the following cleaning equipment and products:
1-2 buckets (get creative and use ice cream pails)
paper towels or old newspaper
rags (old worn soft cotton t-shirts or PJ’s work great)
glass cleaner with ammonia
vinegar or cornstarch
vacuum cleaner with hose attachment (preferably a shop-vacuum)
step stool or ladder
First, vacuum out the window sill. Windows tend to get leaves, dust, bugs and dirt accumulated within the sills. Vacuum this out and wipe out with a wet rag or paper towels. Sometimes window sills and frames can have mildew spots, it’s best to clean them with a mixture of water, laundry detergent and bleach. **Be advised that cleaning windows in direct sunlight is tricky as the sun dries the windows too quickly and the cleaner leaves streaks on the glass**
The first solution is to mix a cup of vinegar with a quart of water and pour into a spray bottle. The second method that you may use is a mixture of 1/2 cup cornstarch and 2 cups warm water, and then wipe this mixture onto the window panes with a sponge. Using paper towels or lint free towels buff the paste from the window panes or use a squeegee if you have one. If using a squeegee after every stroke tap off the excess water. Another method of cleaning is to use a commercial glass cleaner. Then thoroughly clean them with paper towels, changing the towels as they get dirty or wet. Still many people use balled up newspaper print for that gorgeous shine.
Tips for Different Window Types
There are different challenges with different windows from: crank out, single sash, double sash, patio door and more. Some jobs may result in having to climb a ladder choose you’re comfortable with ladders. Tilt windows make washing both sides a real cinch. Mist the inside of the panes and wipe horizontally until dry. Use the same process on the outer panes except wipe the panes vertically this time. Change directions because cleaning in the opposite directions makes streaks easier to find, and you can see which side of the glass they are on. Double pane windows that do not fold in are more difficult ones. For proper cleaning slide the bottom pane up about eight inches so you can reach out and up. Clean as much as you can then slide the top panel down to reach it from the top.