Windows can be difficult and dangerous to clean correctly yourself! Don’t take the risk of seriously injuring yourself! Breathe Fresh is here to help we have the professional tools and training to be safe and get the job done rite with crystal clear results! We remove and hand clean all screens if needed, We will pre-spray the Exterior windows with water hoses to remove any heavy caked on dirt from the windows, then use a professional solution and mop to scrub and remove dirt, bird feces, tree sap, paint or over spray. Afterwards we squeegee and dry the window thoroughly and wipe the frames making sure not to leave drips in or on your home. We will walk through at the end with you to make sure we have gotten all the windows cleaned and have not left any streaks or drips.
Window cleaning basics
Unless you’ve installed replacement windows that tilt inwards, cleaning your windows is a difficult, time-consuming and potentially dangerous job. Thousands of people are injured each year from ladder falls, and adding in buckets of soapy water and the need to stretch to reach corners increases the chances of an accident.
- Most homes should get a thorough window cleaning twice a year.
- The type of cleaning solution and equipment you need varies according to the type of windows you have.
- Most glass can be cleaned with soap and water. However, some situations will call for specialized cleaning solutions.
- Large panes are best cleaned with a squeegee and a window cleaning detergent solution and finished with detailing cloth to eliminate streaks. Small panes and leaded or stained glass are best cleaned with plain water and specialized window cleaning cloths.
- Minimize the need for extra cleaning by not taping or sticking anything to your windows you don’t want to leave there permanently. If you’re painting, protect your windows from drips or splatters.
- Window cleaners have the right equipment to take off glue, paint and other debris that can settle on glass. If you have tinted windows, it takes extra care to clean them. The cleaning of windows also includes the screens and wiping clean the sills.
- If you hire a pro, make sure the company is insured because a lot of window washing involves ladders, safety harnesses and scaffolding. Precautions are essential to ensure everyone’s protection.
Fixing window scratches
A scratched window pane, while functional, is still marred. But many scratches, if not too deep, can be repaired at home with some effort. A scratch that’s penetrated deep enough to catch the tip of a fingernail is likely too deep to be repaired.
A glass repair company may be able to remove or minimize the scratch using specialized equipment or techniques, or they may recommend replacing the pane altogether.
If you’ve noticed a superficial scratch and you’re willing to try to repair it yourself, try employing one of the following methods:
Metal polish: Clean and dry the area around the scratch with clean, soft cloths — even rough fabric or paper towels can add additional scratches to the glass to scratch. After the area is thoroughly cleaned, dab a bit of metal polish onto another soft and dry cloth and gently rub it into the scratch.
Avoid excessive application of the polish, as this may add more scratches to the window in new areas. If the metal polish is applied correctly and the scratch isn’t too deep, the scratch should disappear or become significantly less visible.
Clear nail polish: Clean the scratch and the area around it with window cleaner. Again, a soft cloth should be used to wipe off the window cleaner. Make sure the scratched area is sufficiently dry before moving to the next step.
Using the bottle’s brush, carefully apply a layer of clear nail polish over the scratch. The nail polish should be enough to thoroughly cover the scratch, but not heavily applied. Afterward, carefully remove any excess nail polish with nail polish remover lightly dabbed from a clean cloth.
Homemade scratch remover: Applying a paste made from a mixture of water, white toothpaste and baking soda is another DIY scratch-removal method. The paste should be rubbed into the scratch with a clean cloth that’s slightly damp.
Rub the paste in a tiny circular motion and try to avoid applying the paste outside the scratched area. Once finished, use a clean soft cloth to wash the window. This process may take several repeated attempts before the scratch is removed or becomes minimally visible.