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Clean Impact Windows Very Carefully

Posted by Jason Evers On February 11th

Is it time for your impact windows to be cleaned? Time to get rid of hard-water stains, footprints left by the tree frogs, or over-sprayed paint?

an Impact Windows Carefully

Many people are frustrated when window cleaners permanently scratch the surface of their impact windows. Some window cleaners don’t know how to clean impact windows or understand how easy they are to scratch.

Many window cleaners will try using razor blades to remove paint and other debris from windows. Impact windows can’t be cleaned using a razor blade because of something called “fabrication debris”.

Fabrication debris is created during the manufacturing of the windows. There is actually microscopic debris left over when they glaze the glass. When a razor blade is used to clean an impact window the fabrication debris can create scratches.

How do you prevent the scratching of your window?

  1. Take the razor blades out of the hands of the window cleaner!
  2. Work with a professional window cleaning company that cleans with a water-fed pole system and hog-hair brushes. Hog-hair brushes contain abrasive bristles that are able to remove almost anything without scratching the glass!

Unfortunately, hog-hair brushes are not able to get off all of the paint, and the paint does need to be removed. However, there are two options to consider to finish the job:

  • Option 1: Use a scraper to remove the paint, first testing lightly in an inconspicuous area. If there is no fabrication debris, the window won’t be scratched, and using the scraper will work.
  • Option 2: If you have decided that scraping isn’t going to work, then use a solvent such as Goof-Off® from Home Depot, or a similar product. Remove the paint from the glass by using the product with steel wool.

I know what you are thinking – steel wool? Why would I ever want to use that to clean glass?

Steel wool is available in grades from 0 to 0000. 0000 is actually made for polishing glass. It will remove light stains and really leave the glass looking polished. You will want to stay away from grade 1, 2, 3 as those are used for surfaces other than glass.

When you need help cleaning or have questions about your impact windows, contact the experts, Coastline Window Cleaning or call 239-481-0083. We service homes all around Southwest Florida: Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Naples, Sanibel Island and Captiva Island, Florida.

Coastline Window Cleaning is a Certified Pro with Quality Service Pros. Check out our services and learn more about window cleaning. When you are ready to get started – we’ll be happy to give you a quote!

-Jason

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