Window Cleaning Tools
The best way to get started is to purchase a window cleaning tool kit. At the bottom of the page is a link that will show you available window cleaning kits.
Window Cleaning Squeegee
The squeegee is the main tool used to remove the water/cleaning solution from the glass after it has been scrubbed. A squeegee consists of three parts: handle, metal channel, and rubber blade.
Tip: Don’t buy a cheap squeegee at a department or hardware store. They might be great for the shower, but will not deliver the proper performance needed for cleaning the windows on your house.
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The scrubbing wand, sometimes called the T-handle, is one of the window cleaning tools that does the actual scrubbing of the window. The wand is formed in the shape of a T and is made of lightweight durable plastic. A reusable lint-free wand cover sleeve slips over the top and is held in place with snaps or Velcro tabs. The wand is then dipped into a bucket filled with a professional window cleaning soap or your homemade window cleaner.
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Window Cleaning Tool Belt
A Window cleaning tool belt is very when properly set up. They will hold your squeegee, wiping cloths, scraper, extra blades, and wand bucket, along with other items you may want. Everything is conveniently within reach at hip level.
Having this type of system is the best. It will keep all your tools safe, clean and organized so you can stay focused on the task at hand.
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Window Cleaning Buckets
When it comes to choosing a bucket, decide for yourself which one might work best for you. You can choose one that hooks on your belt or one that sits on the floor. The advantage to one that hooks to your belt is that it is convenient when working on ladders.
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Tools such as the window scraper are very important to understand. When it comes to removing debris from glass, you want to use a professional grade window scraper. These scrapers are specially designed to be used on glass. Any other tool used to scrape windows, such as standard house hold razors, box cutters, or putty knives etc. will cause damage to the glass.
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Window Cleaning Towels
Believe it or not, the window cleaning towels that will be used are not actually used for cleaning the glass. The cleaning is done almost exclusively with the scrubbing wand itself. The cleaning cloths are used primarily for wiping edges or blotting small spots that were missed by the squeegee.
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You may want to add an extension pole to your window cleaning tools list. Extension poles are sometimes used when that little extra reach is needed. While it does take some extra practice and skill to use the pole, it can be a valuable and handy tool to know how to use.
Ladders & Accessories
If you've never used ladders before, you might want to stick with a simple step ladder that is no taller than six feet. Anything taller can be dangerous for beginners, especially when working on slippery surfaces or on uneven ground outside. You should only use larger extension ladders if you have experience. Even then, be sure to use great caution and safety measures.
There are also many different tools and accessories that will aid you with cleaning windows. These items include ladder safety aids that help you reach difficult windows in staircases, sloped hillsides, working on slippery surfaces, etc.
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Homemade Window Cleaner
The cleaning solution is also part of your window cleaning tools. You can purchase a professional window cleaning soap or make your very own. Most people think that the real secret to window cleaning is the solution. In fact, the real secret is all in the window cleaning techniques. When it comes to the cleaning solution, there is no need to put together strange concoctions that consist of vinegar, rubbing alcohol, ammonia or starch. In fact, some of these products can cause damage to wood frames and rubber seals around windows.
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