Post by FreedomClean on Jul 4, 2007 6:37:44 GMT -5
Oops! We decided to open up our services on Service Magic to Window Cleaning, thinking we would just do Residential and maybe ground floor Commercial with rags and spray bottles until we got really good and made some money to be able to purchase channels and t-bars and rubbers, etc. We've gotten a lead now where the homeowner wants her windows cleaned and she specified with squeegees. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to quickly procure some low cost equipment and become proficient in squeegee window washing in one easy lesson?
You can pick up a squeegie at lowes or other hardware stores along with a teebar and glove/cover to scrub windows with. Also a handle to fit squeegie and tee bar and a razor blade scraper. Get a bucket big enough to fit the scrubber into. Take it home and put a little water in bucket and just a couple drops of dishwashing liquid in it. Then practice on you home windows.
Dip scrubber; use hand to squeeze out excess water; go over window with scrubber; the use squeegie; start at top on edge and pull down at angle that works best to not leave any streaks or water; Then move squeegie over ; overlap a inch or two onto the dry that you have already done; when you start down pull the squeegie at a slight angle so that as it is coming down no water will run out onto the dry part of the window that you have already done; to do this just start the end of the squgeeie that is on the dry side about a inch faster than the wet side; after squeegie done then dry edges with a paper towel/ cloth towel; do sides and top first as the bottom edge will be the wettest; wipe up any excess drips and your done. IF you need to scrape anything it is better to scrap it wet and only going forward with scraper as to not scratch glass.
A couple of more tips: Squgeeie in one motion. Start at top and go all the way to bottom, or go side ways starting at top. Either way do it in one motion and no stopping. If you stop you will leave a small streak of water. Always go back to the edge and start over. Never go back to the middle of the glass to squeegie a spot or streak. Thats just my way of doing windows. There are alot of techniques and everyone is a little different. Play around and try different things and see what works best for you. Also get a couple of those squeegies and cut one to the channels in two pieces. This will give you different sizes to work with until you can order several different sizes to have with you. The rubber channel can also be turned over when one side starts leaving streaks. You can order channel rubber refills by the dozen. They seem not to last long but cost very little individually for the amount of windows you can do. Keep your blade in scraper changed often as well.