Fact or Fiction: Is Cleaning Your Windows in the Rain Futile?

You’ve heard it before, a window cleaner insists matter-of-factly that they can’t clean windows when it’s raining. They tell you the reason why is that the rain will leave your windows dirty again after the cleaning making the task essentially futile. Is this really true though? Is cleaning your windows when it’s raining as futile as they make it out to be? Or is it just another old wives tale?

What makes a window dirty?

There are many factors that contribute to dirty windows, from the inside and out. Inside, it can be little hands, puppy noses, dust and other nuisances. But outside factors are mainly wind carrying dust and dirt toward the window. Some of it will stick to your glass and over time, the mess builds up and it makes new dirt and dust stick to the old dust, creating a snowball effect. The more dirt and debris is on your windows to begin with, the more will stick to it.

When it is raining and windy, the difference is that the dirt or dust will be wet, and take on a different consistency. Water spots are a result of rain mixed with dirt and dust drying off the surface of the glass. The water evaporates and leaves only the solids behind. It is true that dust mixed with moisture, and dirt mixed with moisture will stick more easily to your window, but rain alone will not.

Rain, by itself, will never make your windows dirty. On a clean window, rain alone will bead up and run off and leave no trace of itself. Furthermore, a clean window will resist dust and debris sticking to it easier than a dirty window would.

So, why would a window cleaner tell me not to clean my windows in the rain?

It’s simple. They don’t want to clean your windows in the rain. There is no doubt that standing outside in the pouring rain cleaning windows can be miserable, but it should never prevent a professional from getting the job done. This is one of the factors you should consider when choosing your window cleaner.

So the answer to the question, is cleaning windows in the rain futile, is a resounding, NO! This is indeed fiction. The fact of the matter is, rain is water, pure and simple. Alone, rain will do nothing to impede the progress of your windows being cleaned. In fact, rain can make the best reason to get them cleaned, that way you can ensure the moisture won’t stick to debris and dust on your windows and leave spots.

So the next time you make your appointment to get your windows cleaned, choose a cleaner with a rain coat and don’t worry about the weather!

Posted on: September 4, 2016, by : admin

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