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Window Cleaning DIY: how to clean windows                               

So you’ve decided you want to give it a crack yourself. If you only have a select few, and easily accessible windows then I totally understand! But be mindful of the fact you will need a quality squeegee and applicator, bucket, clean detailing clothes etc which for a start may set you back more than having us take care of it for you. I am often asked what do I use as a detergent and although I have many products at my disposal –regular Morning Fresh (green lid) dish washing liquid (or similar) is the way to go! That’s right folks –the secret is out!! To keep it as simple as possible follow these steps:

  • Dip applicator in bucket of water with a capful of detergent mixed in
  • Soap up area of window with applicator and gently scrub
  • Either vertically or horizontally apply squeegee at 45 degree angle to the glass and maintain constant pressure pulling (down or across) with straight pulls
  • Overlap each time –this may create small streaks to wipe off with detailing cloth but until you master the ‘fanning method’ it will get you by
  • Now cover index finger in a clean cloth and detail each edge (all four sides) of the glass against frame or rubber seal

Some may succeed at this process and others may be sent into a rage of fury! It takes a lot of practice to clean windows fast and effectively so be patient.

Why do I need to clean Crimsafe security mesh      

Crimsafe products are perhaps the most desirable and effective product when it comes to ventilation, appearance and security peace of mind, but it’s highly important to take regular care of this investment with cleaning maintenance. Made from 9mm 304 grade stainless steel mesh it also is surrounded by architectural grade aluminium framing. The mesh on Crimsafe doors is also highly rust and corrosion resistant –but exposure to salt is harsh and I have seen my fair share of corroded mesh on properties built within only a couple of years on or near waterfront here on the Sunny Coast! Unlike cheaper brands they are coated with a special high-quality powder coating designed to repel dust and airborne impurities, prevent fading and providing further protection –but again, regular cleaning is a must.


Since all mesh can trap airborne dirt and impurities over time, it is important to wash your Crimsafe security products regularly. Moisture, salt and dirt trapped in the mesh may oxidise, and can result in reddish marks on the mesh, or a build-up of fluffy white residue if there is excessive salt in the air, typical here on the Sunshine Coast. To avoid staining, these impurities need to be removed regularly.


Getting the most out of your investment

As stated by Crimsafe, regular maintenance of your Crimsafe products involves washing down the frames and mesh with a wash and wax product, preferably Crimsafe Wash and Wax, mixed in a bucket of warm water and using a soft bristle brush or a handy cleaning glove to dislodge dirt and grime. Follow with a clean water rinse. Of course our window, tracks and screen cleaning service will effectively take care of this for you at minimal cost.

Did you know?

You may void your Crimsafe product warranty without regular cleaning so keep your Crimsafe screens looking great and protect your investment !

General guide to cleaning frequency

LocationCleaning Frequency
10km or more from beachfront or canal/lakeEvery 6 months
1 km to 10 km from beachfront or canal/lake2 to 3 months
500m to 1 km from beachfront or 100m to canal/lake2 to 4 weeks
Within 500m of beachfront or within 100m of sheltered bay1 to 2 weeks
1. Beachfront refers to breaking surf causing airborne moisture

2. Canal or lake refers to calm salt waters not experiencing surf conditions

3. Fresh water lakes are not considered high risk areas

4. Industrial areas can be considered as harsh as marine environments

5. The recommended maintenance intervals provided here are for general guidance only. Some installations may require extra maintenance due to local environmental conditions.



Don’t forget!

As most security mesh cleaning methods are done on fixed windows or sliding doors, it is equally important when cleaning security mesh or fly screen to clean the windows/glass behind the screen which typically will be a lot dirtier than windows not covered by screens. Normal tap water (high pressure or otherwise) is NOT a recommended cleaning solution as mains tap water here on the Sunshine Coast carries approximately 100 ppm (part per million) of impurities (calcium, magnesium, chlorine) which leave residue on the glass and if left untreated causes hard water staining  (not cool and expensive to fix). Rain water tanks are better (on average 15ppm) but still carries impurities.

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