Do you dread or devour spring cleaning? It’s a dirty little secret: winter does a number on our floors, but what about the “looking glass?” You know… windows! They’re our connection to the outside world when we’re stuck at our desks. In fact, a Daylight and Workplace Study found that employees surrounded by natural light had an 84 percent drop in symptoms of eyestrain and headaches. And, a 10 percent decrease in drowsiness.
Windows are, in fact, a boon for productivity and good health. But, following the big chill, they look more “wiped out,” warped, and dreary. Don’t let this obstruct your view or rattle your workflow.
Some experts say it’s best to clean your windows at least twice a year. Since this may seem more like a daunting task than an actual necessity for your business, we’ve put together a few pointers to help you with DIY window cleaning and avoid just moving the dirt around.
Making sure you’re cleaning with the best supplies is important. The ideal place to start is with a sturdy bucket that is wide enough to hold the other tools you’ll need. A squeegee might be the most crucial: it prevents streaking and removes more dirt than other methods. Plus, it’ll clean in less time. To prevent spills and control some of the excess water (trust us, there will be lots of that) be sure to keep some extra rags or towels on the side. If your main priority is cleaning large, picture windows, a strip applicator will come in handy and bring the best results.
To buy commercial, or not to buy commercial? When it comes to what you’re using to clean windows, it’s a personal preference. However, there are many homemade remedies worth researching. Many of the ingredients can be found at your local grocery store such as:
They will not only save you money, but they will protect the environment too. Some say that using regular dish detergent and water is one of the most effective ways to go.
When it comes to the actual process for how to clean, everyone has their own techniques. If you’re looking to clean more efficiently, start by making sure your cleaning solution is ready to go in a bucket that is wide enough to hold a squeegee. Placing a wet cover or cleaning cloth around your squeegee for this step allows for the most versatile cleaning. When the solution has been placed all over the window, take the cleaning cover off and use the squeegee.
There you have it! As daunting as window cleaning may seem, with these tips it doesn’t have to be.
As always, if you need an extra hand or don’t have the time to clean your windows, call your friends at Jidan Cleaning. We know the value of clean and that first impressions matter. Our services are sure to make an impact on your staff as well as your clients and customers.
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