While cleaning your first-floor windows is a relatively easy job, if you have a second story, you might be concerned about how to get up there to clean. Not all windows are located in an area that is readily accessible, and if you aren’t a professional window cleaner, figuring out how to safely and effectively wash those windows can be difficult. In this article, we lay out a few different ways to clean those hard-to-reach windows. 

Safety Concerns  

The number one thing you may be thinking about when trying to clean hard-to-reach windows is safety. There is nothing more important than keeping you and your family safe when working on your home, so making this a priority is essential.   When you take on the task of cleaning tough to reach windows there is going to be some risk involved, hence the term “tough to reach”. However, you can reduce the risk of injuries by taking some precautions before you start, and by making sure you follow safety steps during the cleaning process.   First, make sure you have all the necessary equipment and supplies before you start the job. Towels, brushes, sponges, buckets, squeegees, cleaning supplies, and anything else you might need to do the job should be gathered and staged in the area where you will be working. This should help minimize the number of times you have to go back and forth for supplies.  Next, if a ladder is needed make sure it extends beyond the area you need to reach so you’re not working from the top few rungs. Make sure the ladder is secure against the exterior of the house so it doesn’t shake or wobble when you’re on it. A best practice is to have someone at the base of the ladder to steady it while you are working. If this isn’t possible, make sure the ladder is secure, so it doesn’t move or fall. It’s also a good idea to wear protective gloves when cleaning the glass in case the glass breaks unexpectedly.  

Get a Telescope  

If you are trying to clean windows that are higher up and harder to reach, consider using a telescoping rod that has a mop attachment on the end. This cleaning method is one of the safest ways to clean through tough-to-reach windows because you don’t have to leave the ground. Just make sure you are aware of your surrounding and keep the cleaning rod clear of any low-hanging wires.  

 Remove the Windows  

Removing the windows is another effective way to clean glass that is hard to reach. If possible, taking the windows down from the inside and cleaning them in another location will allow you to get a better angle on cleaning without putting yourself in an awkward position. This is one of the best ways to get a complete, thorough window cleaning done.  

Roof Access  

If your roof is easily accessible, and you don’t mind heights, you may be able to access some of those hard-to-reach windows from your roof. Provided your roof does not have a steep slope, it may be safer to lay on your stomach and clean the windows from above rather than trying to reach them from below. However, you still need to be extremely careful whenever you are walking on the roof.  

Forget the Ladder  

No matter how convenient it might seem, using a ladder to access tough-to-reach is a risky endeavor. Not only is it hard to get the right angle to clean the glass while on a ladder, but it can also be very difficult to maintain proper balance while cleaning. Falling off a ladder can cause serious injuries. Therefore, it’s best to leave cleaning those high, hard-to-reach windows to professionals, like Window Genie. 

Avoid Magnetic Window Cleaners  

Magnetic window cleaners are one of those contraptions that seem like a good idea in theory but don’t always work as well in practice. These devices use a magnet to attach two sponges together on either side of the glass. But the magnets don’t take the thickness of the glass into account which results in the cleaning device either separating or being too strong that it scratches the window glass. Either way, your windows don’t get any cleaner.   The safest and most effective way to clean your hard-to-reach windows is to call the window cleaning professionals at your local Window Genie. We have the knowledge, experience, and tools to do the job thoroughly and safely. So if you’re tired of looking at those dirty, hard-to-reach windows, don’t risk doing it yourself, call Window Genie.  

Nothing is as tough on your windows as hard water. Hard water is a term that is often associated with large cities or a very industrialized area. The nasty truth about hard water is that it can rear its ugly head at any time. Hard water is simply water that has a high mineral content. It is formed when water percolates through deposits of limestone and chalk. The main minerals that make up hard water are calcium and magnesium carbonates.

Almost any water that hasn’t gone through a softening process will have trace amounts of these minerals. A lot of homes in areas where hard water is prevalent are equipped with softeners that use sodium to filter the water. This method is enough to make your water taste fine, but it may not be enough to prevent deposits on your windows. Continue reading "The Hard Truth About Hard Water Stains"

Painting the trim around your windows can freshen any room, making them pop! But it's a hassle when you end up spending the majority of your time and effort putting painters tape on the glass to avoid getting paint all over your windows. If you have divided light windows... forget about it. You'd better hope you have a kid on punishment to pawn it off to! What if we were to tell you that it's okay to color outside the lines, and that removing paint from your glass is much easier than preventing it? With a few simple tools and techniques, flawless windows can be achieved. Continue reading "How To Remove Paint From Windows"
Window Genie is excited to be featured in Redfin’s latest article, “House Cleaning Tips: 6 Cleaning Mistakes You’re Making and How to Fix Them.” We were chosen along with a select group of experts from across the country, from those living in Washington, DC all the way to those living in Austin, Texas. Check out our contribution: Forgetting to clean window screens. There is a common misconception that rain causes dirty windows, but that’s not the case! Rain passing through a dirty screen will carry dirt and debris which causes those splotches after it rains. It’s important to brush and rinse window screens each time you clean your windows to ensure they stay cleaner, longer. Read the full article to learn what other cleaning mistakes you’re making and how to fix them.

Solar panel popularity is on the rise, especially in the Southwest where solar energy is becoming more accessible and inexpensive. Also, the go-green attitude many are adopting seems to motivate a lot of homeowners to seek out cleaner energy options. Advancements in technology have made it possible for homeowners to not only power their homes with solar energy, but make it profitable while being gentle on Mother Earth. Solar panels are no longer a poor man’s dream, but what about maintenance? As long as we’ve had solar panels, we’ve had the argument over whether or not they should be cleaned. To clean, or not to clean… that seems like an odd question, huh? We are a cleaning company, so spoiler alert: we think you should have your panels cleaned if you want them to work at peak efficiency at all times. Much to our surprise, a lot of manufacturers have claimed that their solar panels are “self-cleaning” and therefore save you money, time and effort because they’re so “low-maintenance.” What they really mean is that it should rain enough for your panels to stay clean and efficient… enough. With that logic we could argue that your windows, roof, siding, deck, sidewalk and driveway are all “self-cleaning,” too. They’re outside, so if it rains once in a while… they must be clean, right?

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  [caption id="attachment_3435" align="aligncenter" width="900"] A clean ship is a well-run ship. Passengers on ships are naturally drawn to the windows, especially cruise ships where guests are guided along scenic points. As well, passengers will be uneasy of what is on the ship if it is dirty, and this includes the ship’s windows. Ships need to clean all their windows to keep the salt from causing damage, maintain impressions, health and ease of viewing.[/caption] Continue reading "How do they do it? Cleaning Windows on a Ship"

Windows get dirty year round. For a large part of the country this makes it very difficult to clean them three months out of the year. The most frustrating thing about this is that winter is generally the time of year when windows can get the dirtiest. Melting snow dragging dirt and debris onto windows and the helpful yet annoying salt that seems to cover everything.

What makes cleaning windows in the winter so difficult is obviously sub-freezing temperatures. Water freezing before it can be squeegeed off is infuriating. Warm water is huge no-no because it can cause your glass to crack. So what can you do? We have a simple formula that will make cleaning your windows in freezing temperatures just as easy as cleaning them on a spring day.

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