Commercial window cleaning
Commercial window cleaning
Window cleaning squeegees

Window Cleaning Squeegees

These ubiquitous window cleaning squeegees are a key component in any window cleaner's tool kit, and have been around for a surprisingly long time. One of the first window cleaning squeegees made its appearance in the 1800. This was called the Chicago squeegee and was, by all accounts, a bulky piece of kit whose rubber blades replacement system could not be called convenient. The true father of modern window cleaning squeegees was an Italian named Ettore Steccone.

This Italian emigrant to the United States tried his hand a window cleaning and , because of his dislike of the existing window cleaning squeegees, having worked as a window cleaner by day, spent his evenings developing and refining a much more lightweight and convenient solution.

For his design, Steccone streamlined the bulky existing Chicago squeegee by having only one rubber blade instead of the previous two and crafted a brass holder which utilised a pair of clips to secure the blade, this meant there were no screws to remove and a switch could be performed with ease, even at height. With a patent secured, some innovative promotional ploys established their popularity and his new range of window cleaning squeegees was born.

The job of window cleaning squeegees is to leave a smear free finish on the glass and they perform this work quite simply. Since smears are caused by residue drying on the surface of the window pane, the key is to remove the water, detergent and grime before it gets the opportunity to dry.

The single most important factor in achieving this is ensuring the blades on your window cleaning squeegees are sharp. Blunt, worn or damaged blades will skate over the water, leaving a thin film of water and waste behind. With a sharp blade attached, the edge of the squeegee is in direct contact with the glass. This leaves no water or residue behind as it is drawn across the surface.

Starting at the top of the pane, the technique is this: Drawing the window cleaning squeegees across the glass in a side to side manner, keeping quite parallel to the top of the window. Wipe the residue from the blade using a cloth. Repeat the cleaning manoeuvre, overlapping your previous stroke slightly to ensure no gaps. Clean the blade after each stroke while continuing down the glass.

There are a multitude of window cleaning squeegees available and in many materials like, brass, stainless steel, aluminium alloy and plastic. The plastic versions will be the least efficient, having a tendency to bend, warp or even snap and are unlikely to be chosen by a professional.

The other three window cleaning squeegees mentioned each perform well, do not corrode and come in a range of prices to suit most budgets. Remember that it is the blade that is the vital component in attaining smear free glass, so replace these when they become worn or cracked. With a well maintained squeegee in hand, the next step is practice, because it is with practice you will be proficient in its use.

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