Window Cleaning With Telescoping Poles

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Window Cleaning With Telescoping Poles
Tall windows often require a telescoping pole. (IT Stock Free/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Telescoping poles come in handy for any home or business owner with high, hard-to-reach windows. These poles can be extended, often tens of feet in length, which eliminates the need for tall ladders. Even better, telescoping poles typically come with multiple attachments that make it simple to efficiently give any window a streak-free shine. Although the poles are much different from traditional window cleaning tools, the process for cleaning windows with them is essentially the same.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Scrubber attachment
  • Window cleaner
  • Squeegee attachment

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  1. 1

    Secure the scrubber attachment to the end of the telescoping pole. The process for this differs depending on the pole, so read the user guide for your product if you are unsure of how to do this.

  2. 2

    Saturate the scrubber attachment with window cleaner. The scrubber should be thoroughly wet, but not dripping.

  3. 3

    Stand back approximately 5 feet from the wall and hold the scrubber against the window. Stand back just enough that the pole feels comfortable when held up and the entire window is easily visible.

  4. 4

    Scrub the window with the scrubber, starting at the top and working down in rows. Do not let the scrubber hit the top trim of the window, however, as it may cause water drips after the cleaning process. If the scrubber runs dry at any point, bring it back down to ground level and saturate it with the cleaning detergent again.

  5. 5

    Remove the scrubber attachment and put on a squeegee attachment.

  6. 6

    Dry the window with the squeegee. Start in the top left corner, run the squeegee to the top right corner and then down the right side. Squeegee the rest of the window in slightly curved diagonal patterns, working from the top left to the bottom right of the window.

Tips and warnings

  • Work quickly on hot summer days to prevent water spots.

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