When washing windows, things tend to get slippery. It’s expected, given the wet nature of the process, and the soapy products being used. However, for quality squeegeeing results, one needs to glide the blade smoothly across the surface. The success of this will be determined different factors. Firstly, the blade needs to be in proper condition, and the squeegee assembly put together appropriately. When it comes to the handle you want to ensure that you control it well. This comes down to the grip, and the Ettore Master Brass Handle has got you covered with its optional rubber grips. This ensures that you have a firm hold over the tool, as you go about the task- thus enhancing the quality of the results.
Take this approach when working on your windows, for you to achieve professional quality results:
Get Your Squeegeeing Done Right
First, the basics. The squeegee is an assembly of different component parts: the rubber blade, which is the part coming into contact with the window; the channel, which is what holds the rubber, and the handle, which holds the channel and is the part that you grip while working on the window. These need to be properly assembled together. Ensure that the sizes of the units being used are compatible with each other.
When it comes to the actual cleaning process, start by giving the windows a thorough wash. Here, the focus is on the cleaning solution being used, and the window washer- which in itself is an assembly of the sleeve and T-Bar. Window washers with scrubber ends give you more cleaning power, especially when you encounter stubborn grime. There will be situations where you have caked-on gunk on the windows, in which scenario the preferred tool will be a scraper. Note that when the scraping is being carried out, the window should be wet, as the soapy solution provides the lubrication needed for the task. When the washing is done, next is the squeegeeing.
How you hold the Ettore Master Brass Handle matters. Relax your hand, from the wrist to the shoulder. Being tense will not be helpful, and neither will having a tight hold on the squeegee. Rest the squeegee on the glass- and this will be all the pressure that will be required for the task to be carried out successfully. Don’t believe it? Perform a quick test: Wet the glass and make a squeegee pass with gentle pressure. Make a second pass on the glass surface with half that pressure, then compare the results. Make an additional pass with even less pressure than the first two, and again compare the results. A squeegee that is in good condition requires minimal effort on your part.
Glide the squeegee from one side to the other. Wipe the blade after each stroke. To reduce the mess from the water dripping down the window, you can hold the washer directly under the squeegee- this is especially for those cases where you’re working on the interior sides of the window. It is usually recommended that you work with horizontal strokes. Cleaning across the glass panes holds several advantages. For starters, it enables you to maintain the base distance, and gives you more control over the squeegee. It also helps in getting the water to trickle evenly down the glass, where you can even cast it before it gets to the bottom frame if needed.
In case you’re working on high windows, you don’t have to bring out your ladder. Not only would that be tiresome, but it also brings about the risks of fall accidents. Instead, attach the Ettore Master Brass Handle to extension poles. There is a wide assortment of tools that you can use here from the same brand, coming with different sections and lengths based on your particular needs.
There are some precautions that you should take before you use a squeegee. These include:
Inspect its comportment parts, to ensure that they are in the right condition, and that they have been properly fixed to each other. For instance, when you run your finger on the edge of the rubber blade, it should be straight from one end to the other- not wavy, too tight or feel stretched. There shouldn’t be any nicks on the rubber, as these will result in streaks being formed on the window. In case you notice nicks, you can pull it out and flip it over to its other side, or use a new blade.
The rubber should be hanging out from both of the channel’s ends- by around 5mm. This is especially important to protect the surrounding structures- from the window frames to the painted surfaces, from damage.
Ensure that the squeegee channel is straight. When it’s bowed or bent, it will affect its functionality.
A walk back in time
The term "squeegee” dates back to the 1800s, where deck-cleaning tools were being used- which was basically a wooden device that had a wide blade, and scraped off debris from the boat decks. By the early 1900s, the window washers had begun using this concept in their jobs. These are the likes of the "Chicago squeegee", which was made with heavy steel, and featured two rubber blades, where changing them required one to loosen the 12 separate screws holding them together. This design was bulky and cumbersome, till Ettore Steccone came around. Tired of this squeegee, he innovated and patented the modern single-blade squeegee in 1936. Unlike its predecessor, this one was made of lightweight brass, and it had a rubber blade that was sharp and flexible. Ettore initially manufactured and sold the squeegee out of his garage, but over the decades the brand has grown to become an industrial heavyweight in matters window cleaning The Ettore Master Brass Handle under review here traces its roots to this original design, from the material itself, to featuring aspects such as the light nature of the product. Technological advancements other the course of time has enabled the company to build the Master™ Brass Squeegee to precision tolerances, for optimal results in balance and weight.