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Window Washers: How to Get the Job Done Right

Window washing is a process that includes the cleaning and shining of windows. There are different types of window washing; inside and out, commercial and residential. Windows can be washed by hand or with a window washers.

If you’ve ever had a window that was too high to reach, your first thought probably wasn’t, “I should get taller.” But maybe it should have been. Window washing is one of those jobs where a step stool or ladder can make the difference between getting it done and not getting it done at all. 

The best thing about these tools? They don’t cost much, and they’re pretty easy to find even if you live in an apartment building that doesn’t give out freebies! It’s worth checking with your landlord to see what’s available before buying anything because some buildings provide them for free as part of their maintenance service. 


For those jobs where a step stool just isn’t going to cut it, a ladder is probably your best bet. For window washing purposes, two types of ladders are generally preferred: an extension step ladder and an A-frame ladder. Extension step ladders can reach up to 20 feet high and feature collapsible steps that make moving them easier. This type of ladder is good for small spaces with high windows since you can store it closer to ground level when it’s not in use. A-frame ladders provide a larger work surface than stepladders because there aren’t any steps to get in the way and they’re more stable than extension ladders. 

Window Washers

Window Washers


For those jobs where you just can’t use a ladder (even one as cool as an extension step ladder), there’s always a telescoping pole. Telescoping poles work like any other type of telescope-you push or pull on various sections to make it longer or shorter. The more sections there are, however, the more places there are for it to jam up and fail. There is also a limit to how far out it will extend and whether you’ll be able to control its motion once it does. 

Wiping Cloths 

Every window cleaning kit should at least include a squeegee and some rags or paper towels to go along with it. For the ultimate cleaning power, you want to use both wet cloths and dry cloths. The wet ones are used before using the squeegee so they have just enough water to work into any dirt that may be on the window, but not so much that it drips off before you’re done wiping. You then follow up with a dry cloth so you don’t leave behind streaks after your clean windows have dried completely. Using this method will give windows an extra shine! There are also specialty wipes that are designed for glass surfaces to clean them more gently than paper towels. Look for ones that say they’re safe to use near the edges so you don’t accidentally ruin your windows by getting them wet or dirty where they aren’t supposed to be.


Not only are squeegees essential for window washing, but they’re also pretty handy around the house in general. When you first start out with a new squeegee, it should have an angled rubber blade designed to make the curved parts of glass easier to reach. As time goes on, though, you may find it harder and harder to push the squeegee across your windows without spending more energy than you need to. This is because the blade has lost its edge from all that scrubbing away at the dirt! It’s easy enough to replace-just pop off the old one and attach a new one.

Maintaining The Cleaning Tools

It’s important to clean your tools between each use so you don’t spread dirt from window to window. Wash out all the rags and squeegees with regular laundry detergent, making sure that any microfiber cloths are dry before putting them away. You can also pour some water into a spray bottle and spritz it on the cloths as you go so they’re not quite as wet when you’re done wiping down all the windows. As for ladders, give their outer surfaces a thorough scrubbing if they’ve been exposed to dust or debris. If your at-home ladder has touched plants, make sure you hose that off too because the leaves’ oils will damage the wood over time.

All-in-all, window washing isn’t as scary as it seems! Follow the advice here to make your windows sparkle and you might even enjoy yourself as you go.

Tips to make your job easier: 

Window washing can be a daunting task, but with these tips, it can be a little easier!

  1. Make sure you have all the necessary equipment before you start. This will help avoid any unnecessary trips back and forth to the hardware store.
  2. Use both wet and dry clothes to clean the windows. This will give them an extra shine!
  3. Use a tool with an edge to get in between the frames and wipe away all the smudges.
  4. Keep your cleaning tools clean by washing them between each use.
  5. Pour some water into a spray bottle and spritz it on the cloths as you go so they’re not quite as wet when you’re done wiping down all the windows.
Window Washers

Window Washers

Window washing is a job that doesn’t have to be difficult if you plan ahead, use the proper tools and materials, and practice some useful hacks. – Avoid cleaning in direct sunlight or windy conditions. – Use cold water instead of hot to save energy costs.  – The best surfaces are clean windows with just soap scum versus dirtier ones. The less dirt, the easier they are to clean! 

It’s not always easy to find the time for a deep clean, especially when you have other things on your plate. But with a little planning and some clever tricks-like these window washing tips -you can get it done without too much hassle!  

The Window Cleaning Specialists
7940 Silverton Ave, San Diego, CA 92126
(858) 586-0870