Try washing windows with a squeegee and you'll never go back to a
spray bottle and paper towels. Squeegees get your glass clear and
streak free in a fraction of the time it takes with paper towels.
Check out the basic equipment you need and the simple steps to follow for fast,
The same high-quality window washing tools the pros use are readily available at home centers and full-service hardware stores.
The whole setup is inexpensive and will last many years. In addition to a 10-12 inch squeegee, you'll need a scrubber, a bucket,
hand dishwashing liquid and a few lint-free rags or small towels.
Keep your squeegee fitted with a sharp, new rubber blade and purchase two or three extra to have on hand. The pros we talked
to change their squeegee blades as often as once a day when cleaning many windows. That's because you just can't do a good job
if the edge of the blade becomes nicked, sliced or rounded over with use. If your squeegee leaves streaks or just isn't performing
like new, don't hesitate to replace the blade. You can get a little more mileage out of blades that aren't nicked or sliced by
simply reversing them to expose a fresh edge. When you store the squeegee, make sure nothing touches the blade.
Step 1: Add a couple of gallons of water and about a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid in your bucket and you're ready to go. In warm weather,
you'll get a little more working time by using cool water. If you've procrastinated so long that you're washing windows in below-freezing
temps, add windshield washing solution until the water doesn't freeze on the glass. Scrubber or sponge? It's up to you. A scrubber works
great and is worth buying if you have a lot of medium to large panes of glass. But a good-quality sponge is all you really need,
especially if most of your windowpanes are small.
Step 2: Dip the scrubber in the bucket and squeeze excess water from the scrubber. Scrub the glass, working at all angles to clean
the edges. Make sure to cover every square inch of the glass. This technique allows you to get great results immediately. We typically
move the squeegee horizontally across the glass, but vertical strokes will work too. If you work vertically, angle the squeegee to
direct excess water toward the uncleaned area.
Step 3: Clean a starting strip. Tip the squeegee so that only the corner contacts the glass. Then, starting at the top corner of the
glass, clean a narrow strip of glass from top to bottom on one side. This clean strip makes it easier to start the horizontal stokes.
Press the squeegee blade against the glass in the upper corner and pull it steadily across the window. Concentrate on keeping the top
of the squeegee in contact with the top edge of the window. Wipe the squeegee clean often by wiping the blade on the clean towel in
your front pocket or wipe it across the scrubber to remove dirt and excess water. Begin again with the top of the squeegee overlapping
the previous stroke about 2 in. Pull the squeegee across the window at an angle to direct excess water down. Wipe and repeat to finish all areas.
Step 4: Use the rag in your pocket to wipe up excess water along the bottom edge of the window. Then poke your finger into a dry
spot on a separate lint-free rag and run it around the perimeter of the window to remove any remaining suds. Wipe off any streaks
using a clean area of the lint-free rag. Change rags when you can't find any fresh, clean areas.
You can use a squeegee inside the house too. The pros do this all the time, even in houses with stained and varnished woodwork. The
key is to squeeze most of the soapy water out of the scrubber to eliminate excessive dripping and running. Then rest the scrubber
on the edge of the bucket rather than dropping it in the water after each window. Depending on how dirty your windows are, you may
be able to wash five or ten windows before rinsing the scrubber. Keep a rag in your pocket to wipe the squeegee and quickly clean up
soapy water that runs onto the woodwork. Use a separate clean rag to wipe the perimeter of the glass. Microfiber rags work great for
window cleaning. For divided-style or French windows, use a sponge and a small squeegee. If you can't find a small enough squeegee, you can cut
off a larger one to fit your glass size. Scrub the glass with a wrung out sponge. Then use the tip of the squeegee to clear a narrow
strip at the top. Pull the squeegee down and wipe the perimeter.