20 Helpful Tools for Cleaning Windows

20 Helpful Tools for Cleaning Windows

My oldest son was four years old when I took him to the dentist. The professional window cleaner was cleaning the windows from three to four stories high using a pole brush attached with a hose. My son was fascinated. We arrived in time to see this man wash the windows high above the ground.

I digress.

This is a huge job for you if you are reading this. It’s a huge job to clean all windows in a house, especially if it is two stories high. It’s not something I enjoy doing, but it has happened to me a few times. But, it must get done.

Does it make sense to you?

It depends. Costhelper.com estimates that it costs between $2 and $7 per window pane. It costs $60 to $210 for 30 windows panes. This seems very affordable, I must admit. Professionals can do it very quickly. It takes me forever so I support hiring professionals. You can opt to do it yourself if you are a DIY person, love saving money, or have more time.

You should invest in some tools if you plan to clean windows. We have listed a wide range of tools that can be used to clean windows.

1. Soft-Bristled Brush

You will use your brush to clean your windows. It is important to choose a high-quality one that will not only last a long time but also one that you can hold tightly. It can be tempting to pick a brush with very hard bristles. However, you have other options to clean any stuck-on material. A soft-bristled brush is best for gently and evenly cleaning any residue on your windows.

There are many styles of these brushes. It is important that your hand remains in a natural position when you use it. This will ensure that your wrist doesn’t get injured or damaged. Make sure the bristles are securely attached to the brush to prevent them from slipping or falling out as you clean your windows.

2. Strip Applicator

A strip applicator with a cloth head is very similar to a standard squeegee. It allows you to spray water onto the windows and then wipe the areas clean. You will have trouble using this tool if the head is not right-sized for your windows. These tools are great for adding water to windows when you can’t reach the top with a sponge, rag, or for removing water from your windows.

You should also ensure that the strip applicator you purchase is strong enough to clean your windows without it falling apart or being damaged. Although you can’t use the strip applicator for removing any dried material from your windows, it is a great tool to moisten any stuck materials. You can use the optional nylon scrubbing pads that come with your strip applicator to remove tougher substances.

3. Squeegees of High Quality

If you want to clean your windows, choosing the right squeegee will be important. You don’t want any water left behind and you don’t want it to take too much time. When looking for a squeegee, you should consider the following four factors: the weight, handle, size, and rubber blade. You should ensure that the rubber blade is very durable or your squeegee will crack and fall soon after it’s purchased. A sharper squeegee will remove more water from your windows than a dull one. You should consider purchasing a squeegee with a reversible knife to flip it over when necessary.

You will want a rubber handle for your squeegee. Rubber handles allow for a firm grip so the squeegee won’t slip from your hands even when wet. Although you might be able save money by purchasing a plastic squeegee handle, they can become slippery and break if dropped from high up in the air.

Large squeegees work well on large windows. However, if the squeegee is too big for your space, it will cause frustration. For the best results, make sure you get one that is right sized.

4. Nylon Scrubbing Pad

You won’t be capable of removing any sun-burned debris from your windows without a good scrubbing pad. It can be difficult to get rid of bits of dried tree sap and bug droppings from your windows using soft bristles. This is why it is important to have the right tools. Multipacks of nylon scrubbing brush can be purchased easily so that you have enough scrubbing tools for small jobs around your home and for cleaning windows.

You can use these scrubbing pad to remove any dried-on material from your windows. It is best to let a small amount of soapy water penetrate the bugs or tree sap before using the scrubbing pads to clean them.

5. Fine Steel Wool

It may be tempting for you to grab your fine steel wool whenever you see bits of tree sap or dried bugs on your glass. However, a nylon scrubbing pads is a better choice. Fine steel wool is better at removing mineral stains from your glass. These can be difficult to remove any other way. This is why it is important to have the right tools to do so. It is easy to clean your steel wool by soaking it in soapy water. Then, gently rub the wool onto the mineral stains.

To ensure that all stains are removed, rinse the glass with your steel wool. This will prevent streaking when the window dries.

7. Ladder

Although choosing a ladder to clean your windows might seem easy, there are some things you should consider. You should choose a ladder high enough to reach the windows without stretching too far. This will ensure that you don’t tip over. It is important to choose a ladder that you can easily lift to clean another window.

A ladder with a platform at the top of it is a good choice. You will have a safe place to put your soapy water bucket without it falling from the ladder. You will need to place the bucket of soapy water on the ground if you don’t have a stable platform for your ladder.

8. Sponge

A large sponge is ideal for washing windows gently. It can also be used to reach corners and remove dirt. A scrubbing sponge is not necessary as there are other tools that can do the job. Instead, you need a sponge large enough to hold water and allow you to clean your windows. Sponges are very inexpensive. It is possible to squeeze the sponge and possibly tear it. If this happens, you can simply throw it away and get a new one.

9. Bucket

The size of the squeegee/cloth you use will determine the right bucket. It is important that the head of your squeegee fits into the bucket. This will allow you rinse your cloth or squeegee, and then add more water to your windows. While you want the bucket to be big enough to use easily, it should still be small enough to be able to move from one location to another without any difficulty.

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When you fill your bucket with water, it will be heavy so make sure to take this into account when choosing a bucket. Also, ensure that the handle is easy to hold and grip. There are many buckets with ergonomic handles. These are great options if you have concerns about causing pain while lifting or moving water buckets.

10. Rubber gloves

Rubber cleaning gloves are a must since you’ll be washing your hands with soapy water. They don’t have to be fancy or expensive. You can use some of the best gloves to do this job and throw them away. It’s also possible to have a lot of them.

11. Lint-Free Rags

It is a smart idea to purchase a large number of lint-free towels. You will need them to dry your windows. You won’t accidentally leave streaks behind. To save money on washing your rags, you should not use fabric softener while drying or washing them. Any type of fabric softener could transfer to your windows, making them streaky or caked with a residue.

These rags can be used to dry any spots that you cannot clean with a squeegee. You can wrap the fabric around your finger to get into tight corners. They also make it easier than large squeegees to maneuver.

12. Window Track Cleaning Brushes

You must make sure you get the windows tracks cleaned if you want to do a thorough job. Although it is easy to overlook cleaning this area, it will make a big difference in how your windows look. A small track window cleaning brush is necessary to reach the narrow track of your windows. These brushes have stiff bristles and can remove any gunk from the track.

These brushes are also much easier to use and maneuver than other brushes you might use to clean windows. These brushes are easy to use and you won’t need to worry about pushing the bristles in place.

13. Window Cleaning Kit

Window washing kits are the fastest and most efficient way to clean your windows. These kits might not contain the best equipment or supplies, but they include everything you need to start washing your windows. This is great if you’re in a hurry and don’t have the time to do extensive research on available tools.

You should look for a kit with a pole, squeeze, bucket, and even a scrubber. A window washing kit has the added benefit of allowing you to rest assured that both the scrubber as well as the bucket will work together. You won’t need to worry about the bucket not being big enough to rinse your scrubber. You will be able to store everything inside the bucket after you’ve finished washing your windows.

14. Telescoping pole

Even if you only plan to wash windows on the first floor of your home, you should make sure you purchase a telescoping stick to make it as simple as possible. Although a ladder can be a great way to reach higher windows, many people are uncomfortable standing on ladders for extended periods of time. A telescoping pole will make this task much easier. You want a pole that locks tight when you adjust its height so you don’t have worry about it sliding back down when you raise it above your head.

You should also consider the material the pole is made from. It should be strong and durable to prevent it from getting damaged easily, but it must also be light enough to lift. You could end up with your arms tired and unable to lift the pole above your head.

15. Robot Cleaner

Robot cleaners are one of the most recent tools for cleaning your windows. They are equipped with advanced technology that allows them to clean your windows quickly and efficiently without you even having to move a finger. These cleaners eliminate the need for you to use a telescoping pole, or climb up on ladders to reach higher places. You can choose from a variety of automatic cleaning routes to optimize your cleaning. They also have a powerful suction that keeps the cleaner close to the glass.

These tools cannot be used on windows with slopes as they won’t be able grip the glass or climb up it. They can be controlled remotely, so you don’t have to go up to the window. These tools work well for large panes of glass. You don’t have to move the robot around much. If you have smaller windows with glazed windows, you may prefer to wash them by hand. You should use the correct cleaner to clean these tools.

16. Magnetic

Even if you have a ladder or a telescoping pole, cleaning windows from higher floors can be difficult. Instead of putting yourself in danger by trying to clean your windows from the outside, you can use a magnetic tool to clean them from your home. If you have to reach every area of a large window, such as one that is longer than your arm, these tools will be perfect.

You can clean your windows from both the inside and outside by using a microfiber cloth. This will reduce the time it takes to do the job. The cleaners are held together by powerful magnets. This ensures that the cleaner doesn’t fall to the ground. Spray water onto the window, then use a blade/squeegee or a squeegee for water to move the water around the window. You can then clean the outside of your window with the magnetic tool by connecting the magnets from the two halves of the glass. To ensure that the safety string doesn’t get lost, you should keep it close to your body.

17. Ergonomic aids

You will be using your hands to clean your windows so you should invest in ergonomic tools. These tools won’t make cleaning windows faster or easier. However, they will reduce the pain in your hands and wrists while you work. If you have arthritis in your hands, this is particularly important as long-term holding onto a bucket handle or a squeegee handle can cause severe pain.

Although not all tools you will need to clean your windows are available in an ergonomic design, it is worth spending some extra time searching for ergonomic tools so that you can work longer and without suffering from pain.

18. Long-Handled Brush With Hose Attachment

The best is saved for last. This is the best tool for washing exterior windows. Simply attach the hose to your soapy hands and you are good to go.

19. Electric vacuum squeegee

This elevates window cleaning and squeegeeing to a new level. This reduces streaks. It’s an interesting idea. However, I doubt I would go to that much effort to clean the windows.

20. Chamois

As a child, I can still remember the first time I used chamois. These things were so soft and soaked up everything.

Although they are not as effective as a squeegee for cleaning inside windows, these are still a good option.