One of the top reasons why Miracle Truss® metal building kits are so popular is because of the array of building options available. Your DIY building doesn’t have to look like a square or rectangular metal shed. It can be customized and personalized.
It’s possible to go with designs featuring large door openings. You can even put in oversized windows, or even skylights. There’s no reason your new building has to be dark inside. And to keep all that natural light streaming in, here are some exterior window cleaning tips.
Most experts agree: the fastest and easiest way to get crystal clear outside windows is to ditch the spray bottle and paper towels and go with a squeegee.
The same high-quality window washing tools used by the pros are available to you at your neighborhood home improvement store. Here’s what you need to get:
- A squeegee – go for a 10- or 12-inch version
- A scrubber with nylon bristles
- A 5-gallon bucket
- Liquid dishwashing detergent
- Lint-free rags – choose microfiber if you can
Minutes Away from Clean Windows
It’s a simple and straightforward procedure. Start by adding about two gallons of water and a generous teaspoon of the dishwashing liquid to your bucket. Don’t go crazy with the dishwashing liquid. Too much of it will cause more problems than it solves.
Dip your scrubber in the bucket of soap and water. Squeeze the excess liquid, and then start scrubbing the glass. Give the soap and water combination a few minutes to soak in and loosen things up if the surface of the glass has caked on dirt or debris.
Be sure to cover all of the glass. It shouldn’t be necessary to apply too much force. Once you’re satisfied that you’ve loosened the outside dirt and grime on the window, it’s time for some squeegee magic.
Your first move with the squeegee is to create a starting strip. Tip it so only the corner touches the glass, and then clean a narrow strip of the glass from top to bottom on one side. This is one of the secrets to getting good results, as it now makes things easier to start your horizontal strokes.
Now, press the squeegee blade against the glass in the upper corner and pull across, horizontally. Wipe the blade on a clean towel. Use your scrubber if it’s necessary to remove excess dirt from the squeegee blade.
It doesn’t have to be much, but overlap a bit and start your next horizontal pull across the glass. Repeat until the window is finished. Then use a fresh rag to wipe up any excess water along the bottom edge of the window. This is where microfiber comes in handy because will let you make a streak-free wipe.
One last tip about your squeegee. Professional window washers say they change the rubber blades daily. You may not have to bump up to that frequency, but change it often enough to get a clean and streak-free wipe.
A bucket of water and some dishwashing liquid is basically all you need to wash the rest of your building if you decide to go with steel siding and trim. Head here to check out the 17 colors we offer.