Tips on cleaning glass post-construction

Most builders are obliged to take measures to keep glass and windows as clean as possible during construction. But one does not tell Artist and Sculptor Damien Hirstto pick up after himself while he is in the throes of relentless creativity, or Chef Jamie Oliver that he should go easy on the number of ingredients and utensils used due to the anticipated mess. Kitchens get sticky before a meal is complete and construction sites get dusty before a building is inhabitable.


But there are simple ways to remove debris such as paint, plaster, tape, stickers and concrete from windows when the time comes to present your masterpiece to the excited client. The methods apply to aluminium folding doors too, so don’t hesitate to give multiple features of the building their finishing touches.


Using a few tools, you can make clients’ windows shine:


1.      Vacuum cleaner


A preliminary task that will ease the rest of the cleaning process is to quickly vacuum the tracks and sills of the windowsas drywall dust and other rubbish tends to fill up these crevices.


2.      Microfibre cloth


Using a slightly damp microfibre cloth to wipe down the windows, especially the frames, should be sufficient to rid the surface of grease; theremay besignificant grease build-up that would have accumulated at the factory or during the manufacturing phase already. This is a safe, easy and cost-effective way to ensure a streak-free finish if there are not a lot of other particularly pesky marks that require a more abrasive scrub and some additional elbow grease to dissolve. Aluminium windows manufacturers even recommend a microfibre cloth for window-cleaning to clients, for future use.


3.      Squeegee and a razor blade


Various sources indicate that great caution should be taken if one decides to use a razor blade to scrape the windows. If you do decide to go this route, be sure to lubricate the glass beforehand to minimise the risk of scratches. Of course razor blades should not be used on treated glass surfaces if they cannot withstand the scraping. Push the blade in one direction at a time so that the glass remains smooth and fully intact and use a new razor if possible.All the specks of paint should come off relatively easily.


Lubricating the panel can be done using a sponge and some soapy water. Dishwashing soap issuitable for regular paint removal. More water in your bucket means it will stay cleaner for longer so be sure to fill up prior to commencing the wash. While the windows are still wet, the razor can be used to rid the glass of sticker residue and the like. Use single upward motions and deposit excess debris into a different bucket. Finally, rinse and squeegee the windows thoroughly.


4.      Steel wool


The steel wool that you use must be ultrafine otherwise you will damage your windows. What is handy to note is that if the windows are tempered and therefore ill-suited to razor blade cleaning, steel wool is an effective alternative. While the glass is wet, use the steel wool to remove marks or spots you may have missed during a prior wash, which can be done on a dry window. Use it tentatively on frames.

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