Clean storm windows with a screen washer?!


#1

Ok I know this sounds a bit crazy but hear me out! Lol the other day I was doing a job cleaning triple track storms and I had an idea…

I recently purchased an Aztec screen washer and so far I’d say it does an acceptable job on screens. My thought was what if I could pump pure water though it and feed the storm windows through just like a screen?

First and foremost I would have to make sure the screen washer bristles would not scratch any glass. If the bristles pass the test I think I’d at least give it a try to see what happens.

I noticed the frames on those storms are always heavily oxidized so the running water combined with the brushes would do a good job handling that at least? But how would the glass turn out?

Curious to see if anyone else has ever thought about trying this.


#2

I would like to give it a try , you could be on to something .


#3

I understand where you’re coming from with this idea and have a friend who has used WFP for inserts occasionally.

My thought is by the time you get the inserts outside they could have been cleaned already.

I think the time involved with transporting these back-and-forth to the location you’re going to use the washer on it and dry time before you can bring him back inside to re install outweighs the efficiency of process.


#4

I gave it a try a few years ago. I even hooked up my DI tank to the screen washer. I really could not find an efficient way to transport and handle the drying panes, so I ditched the idea. Ultimately I quit doing those kind of windows altogether. One thing I found was the pane is very slippery when you’re trying to wash it, so be careful you don’t break it trying to clean it.


#5

I’ve used a WFP brush and pure water occasionally to clean storm windows if it’s convenient, but as others have said it is not very efficient to carry second and third story storm windows outside to clean them that way.


#6

I brainstormed the idea for awhile back when I seemed to be doing storms non-stop.

What I decided was the only way it would really improve efficiency, was if it was a fully or nearly automated system, with powered spinning scrub brushes, soap and rinse jets on either side, and a clever drying rack that holds the panes at an angle (to drain the frames) and allows air to flow through.

This sort of machine would be ideal for large commercial jobs where you can get maintenance to remove and bring all the storms outside to your cleaning station.


#7

Thank you everyone for your input! Lots of good points made. I think ultimately we need to just stop cleaning storm windows lol… at least that’s the goal however if i have an opening I still like making the money. It seems like it could physically work but the extra steps/time needed to set it up isn’t worth it. Moving the storms around is always a pain in the you know what anyway…

I have a few big storm jobs coming up so I made a custom storm easel/station out of a gutter for my 6ft step ladder the other day. I should be able to clean them all inside without killing my back and making a mess in the customers house. Will let you guys know how this easel works out.


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#9

Pay no mind to the technique. After 11 years cleaning windows, I think I finally mastered fanning, lol.