G1 Window Cleaner Glasgow
G1 Window Cleaner Glasgow
What We Love to Do!
Tenement Window Cleaning. One-Off Window Cleans. Regular Window Cleans. High Reach Window Cleaning. Traditional Window Cleaning. Cleaning Windows Inside & Outside. Domestic Window Cleans. Commercial Window Cleans.
Clean windows, Clean home with G1 Window Cleaners Glasgow. LET THE LIGHT IN Clean windows are a lifestyle advantage. Clean windows mean a clean home which in turn means a clear mind. Regular window cleaning has many benefits. Not only will you enjoy looking out of your windows much more thanks to them being permanently spotless but they will last longer as the build-up of degrading bacteria that cause frame deterioration will be prevented.
Window cleaners in Glasgow for many years used ladders and traditional tools to clean windows. Of course, some still use these squeegee and blade systems. Many, though have moved on to a pure water high-reach system to clean windows here. Usually, this negates the dangers of high reach risks. Many a window cleaner has been injured or even killed falling from a height.
In Glasgow and many parts of Scotland, tenement buildings form a large part of the city. These solid and old buildings are much higher than modern flats and are often 10 to 12 feet per storey. A 4 storey tenement building can easily reach up to 60 feet to the top of the windows in Glasgow. We will ensure your windows are cleaned properly and safely without any danger to our operatives or local traffic.
If you are a home or business owner, you can appreciate the need of protecting your glazing investment. Glass left un-maintained over any period of time may result in permanent damage. Then corrosion occurs to the point where the glass structure has been altered and damaged.
The routine cleaning of your windows can protect and prolong the life of your windows. Over time, your windows will gather grime, dust, oxidation, and other corrosive materials. Regularly cleaning your windows will help remove contaminants, such as acid rain, destructive minerals, and moss. The key factor is to REMOVE these contaminants before they cause long term damage like the effects of oxidization. Your windows don’t only allow you to look out at the world beyond your home – they also allow sunshine to pour in, which can provide warmth and light.
This is why keeping your windows crystal clear and sparkling clean is so important. Over time, dirt and grime on your windows can become smudged when in contact with moisture and condensation. Not only can this make it difficult to see the view outside your home but it can also negatively affect the look and feel of your home’s ambience. Nobody wants dirty, dark windows. Professional Window Cleaners use tools to make sure that your windows are cleaned without leaving smudges or streaks behind. There is a good chance that when you clean you always leave streaks, which can be difficult to remove. When you hire us, you’ll get that streak-free shine and your windows will look gleaming. Reliable & Efficient Window Cleaning Protect your windows. Dirt and grime on windows can actually cause unrecoverable damage.
Over time, the dirt actually etches into the glass and cause scratches. Eventually, this can cause distortion. This is why you want to hire a professional window washing company like Glasgow Window Cleaners. A professional technician will usually use special tools and specially formulated cleaners to wash windows. In order to protect your windows, it is important to get them professionally washed every month especially if you have tall or large windows. The most important reason for glass maintenance is to avoid glass degradation. Commercial cleaners are adept at cleaning the windows, particularly in a high rise building.
They have the necessary equipment and experience to do the cleaning in a fast and safe manner. They know what safety measures to take to be able to prevent accidents or breaking the glass. Usually, a general cleaner would not have the knowledge to clean windows safely. The maintenance window cleaning provides will not turn into a liability. It is hard for any business to get customers through their entrance if their front windows are dirty. Anything less than a perfectly clean window not only makes a business look like a negative place to enter, it also discourages clients from entering a business. This is especially true of high-end stores that show off their best and expensive merchandise in their front windows. A business that attracts clients is less likely to do so if dirty windows are the first thing people see. Window Cleaning removes hard mineral deposits: If a window goes without cleaning for a long period of time, a hard mineral will form that is very difficult to get off. When these minerals form, cleaning your windows with basic cleaners and cloths will no longer work, then costing you extra money to get the windows replaced.
Cleaning keeps your windows strong… When windows are cleaned regularly, they are able to protect you and your home from air pollutants. The effects of hard rain and decay are reduced when your windows are cleaned, meaning you don’t need to replace them as often, which saves you money in the long term. G1 Window Cleaners gives you a clear view through a shining glass:
Of course, the main reason you want to consider getting your windows cleaned is that you want the view from your windows to be clear! Having clean and clear windows to look out from will give you a positive feeling when you observe the world outside.
Our Window Cleaning System
We use modern pure ionized water systems to clean your windows. Coupled with super up to date carbon fibre poles, we can clean windows up to 4 storeys high!
We offer the best window cleaning services for residential homes, office blocks, shopfront windows, and other small-medium rise commercial buildings in Glasgow. We are often asked for tips on getting sparkling results – “What’s the secret to getting the windows looking so clean?” my clients commonly ask. So, this page aims to answer these questions.
Our Equipment for Traditional Window Cleaning Methods
To get off to a good start with cleaning your windows, it’s important to have good quality equipment. Some of this may be a little more specialized, but you should be able to find it a specialist window cleaning supplies shop is even better. Here is a list of what you would find in my window cleaning bucket.
Preferably wide enough to fit the squeegee and mop in. The pro blue one is great for professionals, but a little over the top for householders.
There are huge differences in quality available, and this is probably the most crucial tool of all. So I suggest purchasing a good one, not like the ones you find at petrol stations. Ettore is recommended.
Good quality squeegees will usually come assembled from three pieces. The handle, the channel, and the piece of rubber supported by the channel. The rubber can be turned over when it gets old, and then replaced when both sides have worn out. (Window cleaners usually have their favourite brand of rubber, but I don’t think it makes a big difference.)
Typical squeegee – fixed handle
I have various sizes of the squeegee, from 4 inches to 24 inches, but I use the 14 inches about 90% of the time.
Mop (Also called ‘Washer’ and ‘Wand’)
This comes in two pieces: the plastic t-bar and sleeve. When the sleeve gets dirty, you can detach it from the t-bar and put it in the washing machine. It’s usually attached by Velcro or buttons. 14 or 18 inches is a good length.
The sleeves come in different versions: Porcupine – with little plastic bits throughout it to help scrub off tough marks, Regular, Scourer – with a scouring strip on one side. But my favourite is definitely the Water Retention one. It’s handy not to have to return to the bucket so much to dab more water on it.
This comes with replaceable metal blades and is useful to get tough marks off, such as paint, varnish, or stubborn insect marks. A small one inch, pocket scrapper is usually enough for most maintenance jobs, but larger 3 and 6-inch ones that fit onto the end of the pole are good for scraping larger areas.
Small safety scraper
Take care when using scrapers on glass! If you don’t know the correct methods, you could cause permanent damage!
I hate to be the one that lets the cat out of the bag since there are a lot of window cleaners who jealously guard their secret formula, but I don’t see any point in not telling. Fairy Liquid is our favourite. At the cleaning supplies shop, you can spend a lot of money on all kinds of window cleaning detergents.
Some people recommend vinegar in warm water. The biggest problem with this is that it doesn’t sud up. The suds are important to lubricate the rubber as it passes over the glass, making it a lot easier to turn the squeegee. They help hold the water on the glass longer, and also make it easier to see any watermarks that need wiping off.
In fact, suds help to show up dirtier areas that need more scrubbing because the pattern of the bubbles separates more around greasy marks and other dirt.
This could just be an old towel (old is best as the lint and fluff would have worn away). I usually carry a towel and a microfibre cloth.
I carry a short one that extends. It is 1.5m closed, 2.3m opened. This can be very handy for certain windows – but you need to know how to use it.
This supports a side bucket and is a good place to easily access your scraper and rags.
This is really just for the professionals. It is a small bucket that hangs down one leg off a belt around the waist. It is a great place to easily stash your mop and squeegee, saving them from dripping all over the place, and also giving you two free hands while walking up the ladder, on the roof, etc.
How to do it
1. Fill the bucket to about half or a bit less with cold water. Hot water will make the water evaporate too quickly. Put a few squirts of detergent into the water, or as I prefer, apply the detergent directly onto the wet mop.
2. Rub the wet mop (that has detergent on it) onto the window. Give it a good rub to make sure all the dirt is lifted. This is the time to scrape any stubborn marks off with the scrapper. If you need to use the scrapper, make sure to only pass the blade in the forward direction, i.e. don’t scrape backwards – this could drag the dirt, cement, etc across the glass causing scratches.
1. Now get the squeegee ready. Let’s assume you’re right-handed. Hold the handle of the squeegee in your right hand with your thumb halfway between the top and side. When you place it on the glass, you want to have it at the correct angle.
To work this out, say the angle when the handle is touching the glass is 0 degrees, and the angle when lifting it off the glass is 90 degrees (with the rubber still on the glass). You want the angle in between those two – about 45 degrees. Try to maintain that angle for the next step.
We also need to have the right amount of pressure on the glass. You can really only work this out with experience. Too light and you won’t collect all the water, too hard and it will be difficult to move it around. Try to keep constant pressure the whole time.
2. Now you are ready to clean the water off the glass with the squeegee. Start at the top left corner and snake your way down the window. Make sure to go right to the edges. With a little practice, you will be able to manage this with no watermarks left in the middle of the window.
3. It is nearly impossible to do a window without having to wipe the edges. Even the pros normally have to do this! That’s where the micro-fibre cloth comes in. This is great for getting rid of those watermarks anywhere on the glass. Use it dry. You can just put it in the washing machine when it’s too wet or dirty. I go through one or two per house, but beginners will normally need a few more.
4. Use the towel to wipe up any water spilt onto the window sill and the floor.
5. Hint – I generally don’t use micro-fibre cloths to wipe along the bottom of the window frame because this is going to dirty it very quickly. Use the towel for that area.
6. If there are any other marks, such as little insect marks or grubby finger marks that didn’t quite come off, give it a rub with a clean part of the micro-fibre cloth, or start again with the mop.
7. That’s it! Your windows will look fantastic!
8. Now do the same on both sides to all the windows you want clean.
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