Bringing Back the Shine: Power Washing for Window Cleaning
Clean windows are one of the quickest ways to give your home’s exterior a fresh new look. While cleaning your own windows with a hose or soap solution and a soft cloth may get the job done, using a pressure washer to wash your windows can make it much easier, and will result in cleaner, streak-free windows. However, if you don’t know how to use a pressure washer properly, it can be dangerous and damage your windows or even cause cracks in the frame of your window. Fortunately, we have some tips for using a power washer to safely clean your windows.
A pressure washer is a machine that pumps water at high rates of speed (up to 500mph) through a nozzle or lance. The tremendous force of the water can remove dirt, mold, mildew, and a variety of other debris from surfaces like driveways, patios, and outdoor furniture, as well as your windows. It is recommended to use a professional Arlington power washing company with a specialized window cleaning nozzle or extension.
Before you start washing your windows, make sure to close all of the doors and shutters on your house and cover any plants or flowers that could be damaged by the overspray of the pressure washer. It is also a good idea to move any items that are located within a few feet of the windows. Once you have prepared your equipment, wet down the surface of the windows with the white, 40° nozzle on the pressure washer to loosen any dirt or grime that may be stuck. Be careful to avoid spraying the window putty, as this can cause it to loosen. If you do accidentally get the window putty wet, be sure to rinse it immediately with clear water to prevent the detergent from drying and leaving behind unsightly streaks.
Once you have washed the surface of the windows, you can then use your hose to rinse them with clean water. Be sure to rinse all of the window glass and frames, as well as any sills or trim around the windows. After the windows have been rinsed, you can then dry them with a microfiber cloth to prevent the formation of unsightly water spots. We also recommend using a specialized window scraper to remove any sticker residue or bird poop from the windows as soon as possible.
Finally, we recommend using a soft brush or squeegee to wipe away any remaining water and solution from the windows. Be sure to use a small circular motion, rather than long strokes, when wiping the windows. Once the windows have dried, we suggest applying a coat of wax to them. This will help to repel future dirt, dust and debris and give your windows a lustrous shine that will last for the year.