Very simple process I used for cleaning… First, it’s important to note that I have a one-story ranch style home with a pitched roof… Stuff can roll off the roof, but for the most part, I am able to balance myself, and balance my stuff on the roof pretty well…
- Six-Foot Telescopic Pole
- Window Washing “Scrubber”
- Window Squeegee
- Professional Easy Glide Glass Cleaner
- Two Buckets
I leverage the same equipment and supplies that I use to wash the exterior windows of my home, but I put a twist on my window washing process by using a “two-bucket” washing technique used by car detailers and enthusiasts when washing/detailing cars.
I fill one bucket with warm wash water and the prescribed 4 capfuls of glass cleaner per gallon of water. The other bucket is for clear rinse water. I really like the window cleaner fluid that I use because it doesn’t create a lot of heavy suds, and it is designed specifically for cleaning glass windows.
I bring all of the equipment up to the roof, in addition to my water hose and perform the following process:
- Rinse the section of panels that I am working on with the garden hose. First with a light raindrop setting, and then with a more forceful spray (but not too forceful that the panels will be damaged). The goal here is to get as much of the surface dirt off the panels as possible.
- Clean panels methodically working in columns first (up/down) and I work my way from left to right.
- For each panel, I use a “two-bucket” process. I first dip my wash scrubber in the warm soapy water and wash the panel up/down and left-to-right, flipping the scrubber midway through. After washing each panel, I dunk & agitate the scrubber into the rinse bucket to remove as much of the major filth, dirt and debris as possible and wring as much excess water as possible before dunking the scrubber back in the soapy bucket… And as the old saying goes… “Lather, Rinse, Repeat”…
The rinse bucket will start to get filthy…but don’t worry about it… The main reason for the rinse bucket is to reduce the amount of filth that gets into the soapy bucket so you have a nice effective soapy bucket for as long as possible.
- Rinse panels
- Squeegee each panel dry. Again, working from top/bottom and left-to-right. If you have hard water like I do, you’ll want to get as much of the moisture off your panels as quickly as possible before the water air dries. I washed my panels in the early morning, so the panels stay wet long enough for me to squeegee them dry…
Here is a photo of the equipment/supplies that I use…