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Tips and Tricks for Cleaning High Windows

Windows look and function best when they are clean. You must pay extra attention to cleaning high windows because they tend to be neglected. Cleaning these windows often requires certain tools and using a ladder.

Here are tips for cleaning high residential windows.

Schedule It

It’s not a good idea to be spontaneous when cleaning windows. This chore should be done in ideal conditions if you don’t want to end up with streaky windows. Streaking occurs when you wash windows on a sunny day or when it’s too hot. The cleaner dries too fast on the glass if the sun is making the surface warm, faster than you can wipe it off, creating streaks. Because streaks came from the cleaner, you won’t be able to remove them with more wiping.

Forget trying to clean on a hot day. You want your windows to be crystal clear and not streaked. The ideal weather condition for window cleaning is under 70 degrees.

Safe Methods

There are two safe methods to clean your high double-hung windows. You can use a long-handled squeegee or a ladder. Depending on the height of your windows, you may need both a ladder and a long-handled squeegee. Never attempt to clean your windows by standing in the interior and hanging out of the exterior windows.

Vulnerable Roof Areas

You should also beware of areas of the roof that are unstable or prone to damage. Keep in mind that if you lean on a gutter, it may fall down under your weight. If you have copper gutters, you know it can be costly to replace.

Proper Ladder Angle

Keep your body within the ladder’s boundaries at all times if you’re using one. An extension ladder or a stepladder works for window cleaning. Test the safety of the ladder’s angle by standing with your toes touching the feet of the ladder, then stretch your arms out. The angle of the ladder is correct if you can touch the rungs with your fingertips.

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