Even after the rain is gone, you may still not be able to see clearly—if your windows haven’t been washed lately, that is. Even if you have the greatest views in the entire complex and your windows are dirty, your views might as well be a brick wall.
Though the air quality in different areas of the country varies widely depending on climate, traffic congestion, weather, and other variables, grit, grime, and dirt are always a reality—a reality that winds up onto windowpanes, making co-op, condo and HOA buildings look unmaintained.
There are various means and methods for cleaning windows on multifamily buildings, regardless of height. It’s essential that boards and managers become familiar with the techniques and fundamentals of window washing in order to take care of their buildings properly.
The DNA of Dirt
The first step to getting grime off of windows—particularly in an urban high-rise building—is to know what exactly that grime consists of.
Anything that hits the side of a building will roll down and stick to the windows, says Bruce Lapham, general manager of Valcourt Building Services in Elizabeth, New Jersey which offers waterproofing, window cleaning and restoration services throughout the region. “On a microscopic level, glass is porous,” he says. “Things do stick on there, and when they dry, it builds up over time.”