Cleaning windows with a squeegee – a seemingly easy task that many people get wrong. It’s certainly not the hardest job in the world, but using your squeegee properly does require a little bit of technique.
So, if you’re looking to become a master of the squeegee, you’ve come to the right place! To get started you will need to have the following pieces of equipment:
- A bucket
- A squeegee.
Ground-breaking, we know. But wait, there’s more!
You’ll also need:
- Spare rubber blades
- A mop
- A scraper
- Microfibre cloth
- Old rags
Most of these are available at your local supermarket like Coles or Woolworths, while some of the more specialised equipment can be found at your local hardware store.
Your squeegee is of course the most important piece of equipment, so it’s a good idea to invest in one of high-quality. Oates and Sabco are popular brands that many like to use in and around the home. For those of you that are a little more ambitious, Wagtail is also a fantastic piece of Australian-made equipment – although the swivel design can be hard to get used to for beginners. The size and scale of your windows will influence how big your squeegee needs to be, but for the vast majority of jobs a standard 14” blade will do just fine.
It’s also important to think ahead before you start the job and get a wide-rimmed bucket – one large enough to fit your entire squeegee inside. Trust us, this will save you a lot of time and frustration down the track!
Got all of your equipment? Great! Now it’s time roll up your sleeves and get dirty (or, uh… clean).
- Half-fill your bucket with cold water (not hot).
Hot water will evaporate too quickly and could result in water marks being left all over your window.
- Wet your mop with cold water
Apply detergent directly to the surface, scrubbing the window to remove the initial dust and dirt.
- Check for stubborn pieces of grime and build-up.
If found, take out your scraper and start removing the dirt from the surface. Ensure your blade stays at an acute angle (15° – 30°) and travels in a forward motion throughout each stroke. Travelling backwards over dirt and grime is likely to result in marks or scratches being left on the windows surface.
- Prepare your squeegee
Much like you would hold a tennis racket, firmly hold the squeegee handle in your dominant hand and place the blade at a 45° to the glass. Maintain this angle throughout each stroke, making sure to keep a consistent amount of pressure as the rubber glides across the surface. Too much pressure and it will be difficult to move the squeegee in a fluid motion. Too light and you won’t collect all of the water. Try to find the sweet spot in between the two.
- Begin removing the water
To ensure a clean finish, first wet the blade of your squeegee and then start wiping, beginning with the top left-hand corner. Work from top to bottom, stopping between each stroke to wipe the blade clean with a rag.
- Add the finishing touches
Check your work and make sure you haven’t missed any bits of dust or grubby fingerprints. Take out your microfibre cloth and run it along the edges of the window to remove any residual bits of moisture from the initial clean. Once done, use one of your rags to wipe down the window sill.
- Start again
You’ve done one side, now it’s time to do the reverse! If you want extra-clean, perfectly translucent windows it’s best to do both sides of the window at the same time.
Does all this sound like too much effort? Don’t have enough time in the day? We would love to get the job done for you! If you’re in the market for a professional window cleaning service, then phone Matt and the team today on 1300 301 540 for an obligation-free quote.