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School Smart: Finding Creative Cleaning Solutions

Hi. I’m Rosemary and I’m in charge of cleaning services for a large university. It really is a challenge. From graffiti on walls to chemical spills in science labs, I ensure that anything unsightly is cleaned up quickly and safely. In the course of my job, I’ve learnt that choosing the correct cleaning service for a task is the key to efficiency. I employ a general services company to do everyday cleaning, however, we regularly hire specialist carpet cleaners and definitely use qualified services for problems like chemical spills. Lots of my family members and friends call me when they have particular cleaning problems in their businesses. I figure that the knowledge I’ve collected over the years could be helpful, so I’ve started this blog. Do let me know if it’s useful and may your surfaces always be bright!

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DIY Office Window Cleaning Tips

by Phillip Clark

Cleanliness is paramount in an office set-up. A clean office environment will create a good first impression in the eyes of prospective clients.

The state of glass windows in an office can be used to judge how serious a commercial entity is about the cleanliness of their premises. This article discusses a few DIY cleaning tips that will come in handy when the office windows get dirty before it's time for routine cleaning by the commercial cleaning company. 

Razor Blades

A razor blade can come in handy when looking to scratch off dried stains on the surface of an office window. However, employees who choose to use a razor for window cleaning need to be extremely cautious because they could easily scratch the glass surface of the window.

For their own safety, employees should use single-edged razors to reduce chances of cutting themselves. Razor blades should be used on a wet glass window to reduce the likelihood of scratches on the window. Also, the razor should be moved along the glass window in a uniform direction. An employee may find it easier to scrape the razor back and forth across the glass window. Doing this increases the likelihood of scratching the glass window.

Employees are also not advised to use razor blades on tinted glass windows. The razor can easily cut through the tint film and expose the glass surface of the window.

Chipped and/ or rusty razor blades will likely scratch the glass window and they should not be used.

Ammonia-Based Cleaning Supplies

A large number of commercial cleaning solutions contain ammonia. In the event that these cleaning solutions have to be used, their application should be done sparingly due to the potentially dangerous effects of long-term exposure to ammonia.

It is also important to point out that ammonia can have a damaging effect on treated wood products. As such, employees are advised to cover timber window frames before an ammonia-based cleaning solution is used on the window.

If available, ammonia-free cleaning solutions should be used.

Sunlight

Many times, clean glass windows will have a streaks appearing on their glass surfaces. Often this is because the glass window was washed/ cleaned under direct sunlight.

Employees are advised to undertake DIY cleaning of office windows when there's no direct light from the sun. If this is not possible, using more of the window cleaning solution will help prevent a streaky appearance on glass windows.

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