When it comes to window cleaning, automatic glass machines are convenient. These washing machines come in horizontal or vertical settings. They are an integral part of making laminated glass and other similar processes.
But when it comes to washing your glass machines, there will be times you need to do so manually. With this in mind, we will provide two different sets of tips for finding good glass washing machines and performing manual window cleaning if needed.
Finding A Good Glass Washing Machine
When finding a washing machine, you can integrate with your process, look for these factors:
Be Aware of the Dimensions of the Machinery
Window machinery can only fit in your plant if you have space. Without space, you’ll find your equipment waiting outside until you can resell it or get the room.
Always measure the location inside your glass plant before purchasing your machinery. You’ll also want to account for several feet when fitting the machine in.
Horizontal or Vertical?
When buying glass equipment, you have your choice between a horizontal or vertical washing machine. Either can be effective at washing your glass surface. But each excels in different areas.
Horizontal glass machines work well in situations where you have a horizontal production line. They typically excel with glass rollers that don’t need to angle. Horizontal machines are great for your flat glass production.
Vertical glass washers save room and work well with vertical glass production lines. If you don’t have an IG (integrated glass) production line, you’ll need to be extra careful with positioning. Regardless, vertical washers save space, allowing you to increase your production line with greater ease.
Be Aware of the Dimensions the Glass Can Handle
The flat glass industry has a wide range of glass sizes. These vary in thickness, width, and height. You want to be sure that your glass washer is suited to handle all scopes that you carry.
Finding out otherwise can halt your production line. It may cause you to need to invest in manual window cleaning temporarily.
How To Manually Wash Your Windows (Like a Professional)
In the case that your machine breaks down, you’ll want to start a manual window cleaning process. To get started, follow these steps:
#1: Make Sure You Have The Right Equipment
Three things are must-haves in this area:
- Window squeegees
- Telescopic poles
- High-quality window cleaner
Window squeegees reduce your chances of leaving beyond residue. Residue makes your windows look unprofessional in the best-case scenario. If you are in the middle of your window production process, it can leave behind impurities that cause problems later.
This residue is why having a high-quality window cleaning solution is necessary. Cheap cleaners are little more than liquid and harmful chemicals. Good window cleaners won’t leave behind residue.
Telescopic poles just help you reach further areas of windows.
#2: Start From The Top
When cleaning anything, you’ll always want to start from the top and work your way down. While automatic window cleaners already have this in mind (the water and air blades push things downward), you’ll have to remember this manually.
Take your window squeegees and window cleaning solution and start from the top. Run the squeegee down deliberately and slowly, allowing gravity to take care of most of the effort.
You want to lightly press against the window down, making sure the solution hits everything. Inspect the window after the first cleaning, running it through a few more times until it looks entirely clean.
#3: Air Dry (If Possible)
If you are in the middle of your window production process, choosing to take a cloth to your windows has the potential to leave behind contaminants. Even the most recently cleaned materials have a chance to leave behind dust.
The window machinery process uses air blades to push any foreign debris off. That’s why you’ll want to leave the windows behind in a clean room to air dry. Air drying has the least potential to coat the windows in unwanted residue.
If you must, use microfiber cloths to expedite the process. These cloths are absorbent and least likely to leave behind chemicals. They are also soft, meaning you have the lowest chance of damaging your windows.
In the glass industry, window cleaning is best done by automatic machines. Machines do it better, despite there being some great window washers out there.
To find the highest quality automatic window cleaners for your process, contact Window Machinery Direct for all of your equipment needs.