If you are seriously considering cleaning windows to make a living or just want to clean some windows in your own house, you will want to use a scraper. If you have used a bottle of window cleaner and fabric before, you may want to know what a professional window cleaner is using. Prompt, this is not a small blue spray bottle.
In fact, professional window cleaners rarely use spray bottles unless they are only in one area. They used a bucket of warm water, a few drops of concentrated solution, a water-absorbent scrubbing set, and of course a scraper.
"But what's in that bucket?", you might ask. Well, it depends on the window cleaner. For most of them, it's just water and a drop of dishwashing liquid [Dawn, Joy and Palmolive are the most popular]. Many people add 1/2 cup to a cup of ammonia to help cut the grease and prevent streaks.
However, I like to use the old school secrets… T.S.P. "What is TSP?", you may ask. Well, it stands for sodium triphosphate, which is one of the biggest windows cleaning tips. You see, the use of TSP on that day is considered the industry standard for window cleaners. It's surprisingly clean, it has enough slip and it doesn't foam like many dishwashing agents.
So why no one uses it again? This is a good question. It is related to environmental issues related to phosphates. You saw a few years ago that they put phosphate in various cleaners. This is great for cleaning but has an unexpected impact on the ecosystem. You see, phosphate is an excellent fertilizer. So good, it caused an explosion of phosphate algae, which destroyed the ecological balance.
When scientists and governments realize all the problems of releasing large amounts of phosphate, they limit the use of phosphate in detergents – which is a good thing. However, people have mistakenly started thinking that phosphate cleaners such as TSP are dangerous and toxic, which is not true. In fact, TSP is non-toxic. I personally think that using a few teaspoons to clean some windows is not dangerous for the environment, it is used to clean up everything.
Have you always used only detergent to clean the windows, and you are frustrated by dragging the scraper over the glass and exclaiming "I only need more glide!"? But when you add enough dish soap to get a fantastic slip, you end up with a bunch of irregular bubbles. This is enough to get your hair pulled out.
Try this next time. Fill the 5 gallon bucket with 4 gallons of water. Then add 4 teaspoons of TSP and 3 teaspoons of your favorite dish soap. You will have a few days of skiing without all the bubbles you hate.
Some precautions, do not mix TSP with ammonia. Please note that it may dry your hands greatly. Be careful when climbing the ladder, and the TSP can make your hands very slippery. You may be very good at cleaning windows that all of your friends are not happy with.