How to Clean Architectural Windows
October 11, 2010
Cleaning architectural windows properly is an exercise in continuity. They should be kept up all along to enjoy the greatest benefits. Here's a simple yet effective lesson in how to clean architectural windows.
How to Clean Architectural Windows in 4 Steps:
1. Determine the Architectural Window Style
First, determine whether the glass is clear, tinted or reflective. You will notice surface damage on reflective glass more quickly than that of other glass products. If the interior or exterior reflective surface is exposed, take special care when cleaning to prevent coating removal and a visible change in light transmittance. Avoid cleaning tinted and reflective glass surfaces in direct sunlight, as the surface temperature may be excessively hot.
2. Applying the Cleaning Solution
Cleaning should begin at the top and continue down to reduce the risk of leaving residue and cleaning solutions on the architectural windows. Ensure that the wind is not blowing cleaning solution and residue onto freshly cleaned glass. Soak the glass surfaces with clean water and a mild, non-abrasive commercial window washing solution to loosen dirt and debris. Apply the solution to the glass surfaces with a brush, strip washer or other non-abrasive applicator.
3. Rinse and Repeat
Use a squeegee to remove the cleaning solution from the architectural windows surface. Ensure that you don't touch the glass surface with metal parts and that no abrasive particles are trapped between the glass and the cleaning materials. All water and cleaning solution residue should be dried to avoid the potential for deterioration.
4. Work Small Areas at a Time
Clean a small area or one window, then stop and examine the surface for any damage to the glass or reflective coating. The ability to detect certain surface damage may vary greatly with the lighting conditions.