Madison Window Cleaning Participates in International Window Cleaning Association (IWCA) 2014 Safety Training Seminar

Madison, WI – Madison Window Cleaning, a leading cleaning company based in Madison, WI that has been specializing in professional window cleaning services for three generations, is proud to announce their participation in the 2014 Oconomowoc Safety Training Seminar. As board members of the International Window Cleaning Association (IWCA), Madison Window Cleaning will also assist in IWCA’s Safety training on July 25th, 2014 in Oconomowoc, WI, in conjunction with the annual Window Cleaning Network (WCN) Picnic. The event is intended for experts who are committed to learning more about the safety aspect surrounding professional window cleaning; Madison’s extensive 80 year history makes them a logical choice for assisting with organization of this seminar.

Presented by Stefan Bright, the event will be hosted at the Olympia Resort & Conference Center. From 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., attendees will be educated on important information, including safety training and tips on how to succeed in professional window cleaning. If you are committed to growing your business this is event you don’t want to miss. Regional and Wisconsin window cleaning professionals are encouraged to attend and begin their day with a breakfast and brief review of the efforts of the IWCA toward the development of safety programs by the IWCA Safety Director, Stefan Bright. At 10:00 a.m., breakout sessions will cover High Rise RDS and Route/Residential that will last until lunch, followed by hands-on demonstrations from 1:45p.m., until 4:00 p.m., reviewing rope access rescue, ladder safety, and aerial lift safety. Additionally, from 1:45 p.m., until 3:00 p.m., an IWCA Certification final exam will be offered to anyone who is interested.

All window cleaners in the cities and states near Oconomowoc in Waukesha County, WI are welcome to attend, whether specializing in residential or commercial window cleaning. Madison Window Cleaning encourages window cleaners to come out because proper training will not only reduce liability and prevent accidents, but also improve worker performance and the quality of their workmanship. Registration fees are $129 for IWCA members and $189 for non-members; additional attendees and groups qualify for a discount. You can read more about the event at and register at http://www.iwca.org/.

About Madison Window Cleaning

Madison Window Cleaning is a cleaning company serving commercial businesses and residential homeowners in Madison, WI and the surrounding areas of Dane County. They specialize in residential window cleaning and office window cleaning including high rise buildings but provide speciality services as well. Madison Window Cleaning offers snow removal during the winter season, all year gutter cleaning, and of course a full range of commercial window cleaning.

The Secrets of Professional Window Cleaning – Madison Window Cleaning Offers Homeowners Advice on How to Expertly Clean their Windows

The best way to achieve pristine results on your home windows is to call in experts who have had years of practice in professional window cleaning. Madison Window Cleaning is a family-owned operation that has been offering window cleaning services throughout Madison, Middleton, Sun Prairie and the neighbouring Dane County area for over 80 years. As professionals, they guarantee spotless and long lasting results, but homeowners looking to clean their own windows can benefit from several pieces of advice.

Particularly, Madison Window Cleaning encourages homeowners who want to achieve the best results to purchase all the necessary tools from a local hardware store.

Necessary Tools for Residential Window Cleaning

A Bucket

Professional window cleaners often use a large bucket to quickly and simply wash multiple windows at once, but the truth of the matter is that homeowners do not require a large bucket. Any size of bucket will work when washing the glass on a single home, as long as it can fit a squeegee and a mop.

A Squeegee

The squeegee is the most important tool for washing glass surfaces, which is why it is crucial to purchase a high quality squeegee. Madison Window Cleaning recommends using brands such as Unger, Ettore, or Sorbo. If a squeegee has three unassembled pieces: a handle, a channel, and the rubber, it usually means that it is a well-made tool.

A Mop

Mops come comprise two separate parts: the sleeve (the mop part) and the t-bar (where your mops hooks on). The sleeves on a mop can often get very dirty, if this happens simply put it into the washing machine. A quality window cleaning mop can be reused multiple times.

A Sea Sponge

Prior to squeegeeing, a sea sponge can be a great tool for wiping up water from sills and frames. In addition, a sea sponge can be used to wash surfaces around the windows that are not made out of glass like dirty frames.

Detergent

Window cleaners often use their own secret concoctions for detergent like vinegar in warm water. The problem with mixtures like this is that they do not create enough suds. Suds lubricate the rubber on a squeegee which helps the squeegee turn. Moreover, suds make it easier to see where there are excess water marks that need to be wiped off. Just try a little DAWN dish soap it works very well to cut through the dirt and grime on windows.

The Proper Window Washing Technique

Homeowners who have all the proper tools can take the following steps to properly use them:

1. Fill the Bucket

Fill your bucket halfway with water. Make sure to use cold water as hot water will evaporate the water too rapidly. Next, add a few squirts of detergent to the water; make sure not to add too much or your windows may dry out too quickly.

2. Use the Wet Mop

Once your mop is wet and covered in detergent, rub it around the window until you are sure that all stubborn dirt has been completely removed. If there are any marks that cannot be removed by your mop, use a little triple fine bronze or steel wool, a little elbow grease and plenty of soapy water on the window.

3. Bring out the Squeegee

To properly hold the squeegee, place your thumb half way between the top and the side of the handle.  The proper squeegee technique requires maintaining a 45 degree angle while adding just the right amount of pressure to the glass. Not pressing down hard enough will not collect all of the water; however, pressing down too hard will make it too difficult to move the squeegee freely.

4. Clean the Water off

Use your squeegee to clean off all the excess water right to the edges of your window, at first you may notice some leftover watermarks in the middle of the window. With more and more practice, these watermarks will cease to appear but it is a good idea to purchase a micro-fiber cloth or chamois to get rid of any watermarks that may surface.

5. Wipe the Frames, Tracks & Sills

You’ll want a nice finished product so make sure to use a clean towel or the sea sponge wrung out to wipe the frames, tracks and sills as there will be dirty water from cleaning the windows that now rests on the sill and frame edges.  This will also help prevent runs and drips from occurring on the clean glass from the top sill.

6. Clean your screens

Screen cleaning is relatively easy.  Remove your screen from the window opening.  Take your t-bar that is still wet and soapy and gently rub it from top to bottom and side to side on both sides of the screen. Take your towel and gently wipe the screen mesh and frame until dry and reinstall the clean screen.  If you fail to clean your screen and you leave a dirty screen on a clean window it will contaminate the freshly cleaned window.

Sounds easy right? Well as you can probably guess residential window cleaning is more challenging than it sounds.  Proper window cleaning is a bit of science and knowledge and experience make a huge difference.  In order to achieve the best results it is a good idea to contact a company with years of experience in professional window cleaning. Madison Window Cleaners offer convenient and cost-effective services to homeowners  the most immaculate results.

Homeowners living in Madison, Middleton, Sun Prairie or elsewhere in Dane County who would like to learn more about the residential window services offered at Madison Window Cleaning can explore their website at http://madisonwindowcleaning.com/ to get an instant online bid. Alternatively, homeowners can contact them directly at:

210 S. Dickinson St.
Madison, WI 53703
PH (608)256-7632
Fax (608)256-0483