Mixing Cleaning Solution for Windows

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Watch as a window-cleaning professional demonstrates how to mix cleaning solution in this free online video about cleaning exterior windows.

Part of the Video Series: How to Clean Exterior Windows
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DAVE BARKER: Hello, I'm David on behalf of Expert Village, and I'm going to show you how to mix some solution. Now, this is a trade secret and there might be some people that might get upset by giving some of this away. But what I'm going to do is show you what I use for water. First of all, if I have old water I don't want to get everything dirty coming inside of the house, or I want to make sure the water is clean so that I'm not--so the debris doesn't build up on the squeegees so I can have a lot cleaner finish. So what I'm going to do here is I'm going to show you--I'm going to put some water in the bucket. If you're working outside, cold water is just fine especially on a nice, hot day. We're going to try [INDISCERNIBLE] I'll be putting one of those around. I like to use some warm water. It is nice to use a sink that's high enough then you could fill it and you can use your little spray nozzle in your sink, or you can use a hose on the outside if you're outside. And wipe the bottom of the bucket so it's not dripping everywhere and wipe off the mess around the outside, so we're not creating--leaving a mess there. Now, with this solution, I'm using Joy here. A lot of professionals use Joy or Dawn, and this is one of the secrets that I'm giving away, but the actual--the real secret is in the mixture. You don't want to put too much in there, just maybe a teaspoon to a tablespoon, a couple of squirts. If you saw how it went in, I didn't--I'll just--I'm going to close this but I don't want to put more in; but until that squeeze, release, that's enough. You want to do it so when you mix it and you smell it, you can smell that lemon scent fading in, not strong, because if you have it too strong, you want to dilute that and put less water in--or more water in there. Dump some of the solution out if you have to. If it's get too soapy, it will streak the window. But you want it soapy enough that it emulsifies the window so the squeegee will glide across the window. If it doesn't glide, then take it off then you're going to be leaving with streaks on your windows. That's the purpose of using the mop and the squeegee method so you can have cleaner, less streak-free windows. And we'll go to the next segment after I've showed you how to do a [INDISCERNIBLE] and go into the next segment about--a little bit more about squeegees and some of the other equipment before we can start cleaning windows.

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