January 9, 2011
In our business we see all kinds of windows in all different stages of disrepair or misuse. Having some information on good window care can help keep windows looking new. We care about this because if the window are in good repair and the glass is unscratched or pitted, windows will really sparkle after we’ve thoroughly cleaned them. We care about the job we do and helping home owners get the most satisfaction from the appearance of their house is what makes us feel good at the end of the day. If you want the best from professional window cleaning service providers, keep these tips in mind.
Tip #1 Don’t Use Razor Blades on Dry Glass
Use soap and water to lubricate a window before scraping with either a razor or paint scrapper will minimize the incidence of scratches. A razor used on dry glass will scratch and mar the window pane. This is also true of car windows where special care must be taken with tempered glass. Razors should not be used on tinted or mirrored glass. Here are some more tips to consider:
1. Make sure that you use a new blade for each project. Dull blades can scratch a window even with soap and water because the edge of the blade gets “nicked” in use. These uneven areas of the blade can cause the blade to scratch a window.
2. If you’re not sure if the window can be scraped, test the razor edge in a small inconspicuous area of the window pane, usually a corner, before scraping the whole window.
3. Replace the blade when it becomes dull – even if the project isn’t finished.
Tip #2 Don’t Use Abrasive Nylon Pads
Typical kitchen dishwashing pads have a sponge side and an abrasive nylon side. Windows, however, are much softer than standard beverage or cookware glass and abrasives will scratch the pane. As a professional window cleaner, my recommendation is to use either fine grade steel wool or professional quality glass scrapers to remove stickers, decals, paint or other window debris.