Window Cleaner: Top tips for a professional streak-free finish
The traditional way of cleaning glass with newspaper and glass cleaner is something of the past, but we have some top expert advice that will keep your views as pristine as ever. Here is our top list of the most recommended window cleaning tips for homeowners:
- Less is more! You don’t need any glass cleaning spray or detergent to clean your windows, because it leaves a film that is waxy, streaky, and difficult to remove once it has dried. This film accumulates with each clean of your windows and spreads the dirt and dust around, making your view even more hazy and sticky.
- Avoid working with harsh chemicals like ammonia as these can be hazardous to your health. Instead, wipe your windows down with a mixture of warm water and a ph neutral detergent.
- Avoid using paper towels and once-off products and invest in a quality Window Cleaner that can be reused. Paper towels are inefficient, wasteful, and often leave behind streaks.
If your windows are really dirty, you want to make sure all the heavy dirt is removed first. The best Cleaning Glove to do so is the Green Screen Cleaning Glove. You can even clean all the runners and tracks with it. If you follow the step-by-step guide, you won’t have to deal with any streaks. Therefore it is important to remove any residue from your glass to get crystal-clear results. The Green Glove is also ideal to clean your Screens and has been recommended by many Security and Fly-Screen Companies. You only use water when you clean with the Screen Cleaning Glove, which allows the surface to dry without leaving any residue behind.
You would only use a small amount of the ph-neutral detergent in combination with the Green Glove if you are dealing with fat or grease, which may be the case if your screens are based around the kitchen vent or bbq area. In this case you could also use the Ultra Cleaning Glove and ph neutral detergent. If the screens just have dirt and grime build up the Green Glove is most suitable. The Rollfix will change the tension of the water allowing the dirt and sand to drop out of the fibres once washed.
Once you cleaned the heavy dust and dirt from your windows and frames, you would start using the Window Cleaner. This Window Squeegee is available in three different sizes to cover pool fences, windows and smaller mirrors or glass tables.
With the ph neutral detergent Rollfix you will be able to roll only a tiny amount of detergent onto your Window Cleaner. The detergent itself does not impact the cleaning task, as the fibres do the cleaning. The ph neutral detergent assists to hold the water in the fibre so you can glide easily over your glass areas.
Move the Window Cleaner in a circular motion starting in the middle of the window and moving outward in all directions to the side. This will ensure that the foam covers the entire window.
Now dry the lip of the rubber squeegee while turning the handle of the Window Cleaner across an angle of 180 degrees. Now, while holding the Window Cleaner at a small incline, draw the Window Cleaner down in a single fluid motion. Before you begin again, you should make sure that the lip of the rubber squeegee has been dried with the Star Polishing Cloth. This will ensure that any residue will be removed without leaving streaks. In the final step, you will take the Star Polishing Cloth and massage the edge of the glass all the way around to get the best possible shine.
There’s no hard and fast rule for when to wash windows. In the middle of summer, high humidity may make it difficult clean windows. Some experts suggest waiting for a cloudy day, as the sun’s heat can dry off the water on your glass quickly. You could simply use a bit more water on a sunny day. We would recommend to clean the inside of your windows first, before moving to the outside area, simply because the outside seems to be more dirty. Trained professionals can thoroughly clean a full house of windows within just a couple of hours! And with a few training sessions and the Ha-Ra Window Squeegee you will be able to do this even faster! Window cleaning is an important part of enjoying your windows and view to their fullest.
Long story short: You need the right equipment in order to be able to easily clean windows and mirrors without leaving streaks behind. The combination of the Ha-Ra Window Cleaner with a Star Polishing Cloth, Rollfix and Green Glove will deliver outstanding results. Many professional cleaners swear by this Window and Screen Cleaning Kit.
We suggest to strictly follow the step-by-step guide so you won’t get any streaks. Often this happens simply if people skip one step or use too much of the ph neutral detergent. This means that you will have to repeat one step, which is not necessary if you do it properly from the start. So don’t forget to clean up the window sill and surroundings of the window before you start using the Window Squeegee. Go easy on the ph neutral detergent (which is, by the way biodegradable). Only roll back and forth twice over the fibre to avoid over-usage.
It really can be that simple to clean the windows!
What makes the Ha-Ra Window Cleaner so popular?
The back of the Window Cleaner is made of stainless-steel, which will last a life-time if cared for correctly. The cleaning fibre and the rubber lip can be replaced. You are not required to get a new Window Cleaner and these spare parts are available to be replaced in all different sizes.
If the rubber lip appears to have white crumbs on it, this is because the talc used to make the rubber lip flexible leaves behind crumbs. This is a natural process, there is no need to purchase a new rubber lip at this time. If this white residue appears, simply wash it off. It won’t have any impact on the cleaning performance of your Window Cleaner.
Many professionals swear by this window cleaning system as it can be adapted to your individual needs. There are three different sizes available: 19cm, 32cm and 38cm. There is also a telescopic handle available that can be used in combination with the Window Cleaner. This handle allows you to reach up to windows without using a ladder which can be dangerous. You can remain on the ground while using the extension handle for the Window Cleaner.
This way you can easily increase the range when cleaning windows. The handles fit all versions of the Ha-Ra Window Cleaner. Simply Put the Ha-Ra window cleaning device on the cone, adjust the angle in the adjustment joint (usually only necessary for the 1st time), adjust the length appropriately and wash the surfaces as usual. For streak-free removal: turn the standard device on the cone by 180 degrees. The extension rod is inserted between the telescopic rod and the adjustment bracket without tools using a high-quality screw thread. Even when using several extension rods, the solid screw connections result in an extremely stable and solid rod.