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Why Professionals Use Deionized Water for Window Cleaning

Why Professionals Use Deionized Water for Window Cleaning

Pane Bros window cleaning equipment in ChicagoFor years, the industry standard for commercial window washing has been to use a chemical solution, mixed with tap water, and a squeegee to ensure a streak-free shine. While this method of both commercial and residential window washing will get the job done—there is a more efficient and environmentally friendly alternative—deionized water.

If you are in the market for a residential or commercial window washing company in Chicago or the Chicagoland area, and are unsure what the difference is between a company that uses traditional window washing methods and a company like Pane Bros. that uses deionized water systems, here’s what you need to know:

How Is Deionized Water Different?

The tap water that is traditionally used for window washing contains trace amounts of minerals. While this is ideal for drinking, it is these same minerals that lead to streaks and residue when cleaning your windows—or even your car.

When water is deionized, these same minerals are removed, ensuring a streak-free shine. However, what really makes the deionization process unique, is that deionization essentially turns your water it into a magnet for the dirt and grime—which is ideal for commercial and residential window washing. The deionized water’s ability to attract dirt, eliminates the need for a chemical cleansers.

washing skylight window on roof in Chicago Other Benefits Of Deionized Water For Commercial And Residential Window Cleaning

Since deionized water is able to achieve a streak-free shine without the use of a squeegee, many residential and commercial window washing services in the Chicagoland area can eliminate the need for ladders and scaffolding when washing windows.

Instead windows can be cleaned in a safer and more efficient manner, with only deionized water, and an irrigated pole with a built-in brush designed for window washing. While elevation may still be required for multi-story commercial and residential homes and buildings—window washers no longer have to stand directly in front of the windows they are washing.

What This Means For You?

clean window by Pane Bros in Chicago, ILIf you are in the market for a commercial window washing system, or residential window washing system, making the switch to deionized water provides the benefits below:

  • Is a chemical-free and eco-friendly alternative.
  • Will take less time from start-to-finish.
  • Is easier to maneuver, and requires less supplies.
  • Increases safety by eliminating the need for height.
  • Deionized water is more cost effective because it requires no chemicals.

If you have been looking for a faster, better, and more environmentally friendly company to clean your home or storefront windows in Chicago and the Chicagoland area at contact Pane Bros. at 855.726.3927 for a free quote today!

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Window Cleaning Guide

Window Cleaning Guide

Pane Bros window cleaning equipment in Chicago While Pane Bros. uses some advanced window washing and water treatment equipment, Do-It-Your-Selfers can achieve a good quality window cleaning if they just follow this simple Window Washing Guide. However, we’d like to stress the importance of safety while cleaning your windows. Window cleaning, especially when done on higher floors, is inherently dangerous and we recommend hiring a professional, even if it isn’t use. Safety is our #1 concern.


Window Cleaning Tools: 

Washer or Scrubber Head
A textured cloth or bristled brush head used to remove dirt and larger debris from windows.

Squeegee Head
Typically, a rubber scraping implement with a rubber-edged blade set on a handle.

Needed to break down dirt, debris and water spot build up.

An extendable rod that is threaded at the top in order to attach scrubber and squeegee works best.

Should be wide enough to fit your scrubber head or squeegee.

Window Cleaning Techniques

  1. Attach the scrubber head to the end of your pole.
  2. Place soap and clean warm water in your bucket.
  3. Thoroughly drench your scrubber head.
  4. Wet along the top of the window and work your way down, wetting entire window. Make sure to remove any larger debris during this process.
  5. Remove the scrubber head and attach squeegee head.
  6. Starting at the top right hand corner, tilt the squeegee down and pull down, removing the water from the top 1/2 of the window.
  7. Moving towards your left, repeat step 6 while slightly overlapping your previous stroke. While moving left, slightly angle your squeegee to the right. This will prevent dripping on the area you’ve already cleaned.
  8. For the bottom 1/2 of the window, place your squeegee on the left hand, vertical window sill. As you pull to the right, slightly angle your squeegee downwards and across the window.
  9. Continue until you’ve reached the bottom of the window.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this Window Cleaning Guide. If you’d like more information on Window Cleaning, please contact us at 855.726.3927.