Construction Clean Up | Window Cleaning Tools to Make Your Job Easier

construction cleaningConstruction cleaning takes a little extra patience and a lot of extra talent. All the various trades that work on a house or commercial building make quite a mess. Paint, wallpaper goo, drywall compound and cement all wreck havoc on windows. If you have a project like this, we have a few tips for you. 

1. Much of the stuck on adhesive will come off with a little elbow grease and some 0000 steel wool.

2. You can also use a standard scraper to get off the more persistent construction debris. Be sure to change the blade often; a nick can do more harm than good.

3. Inspect the extent of the damage by other contractors before starting. Some general contractors are on site daily and really enforce care by all the trades around the windows; some don’t. We once saw a plumber cut a copper pipe on the ground next to a window and EMBED metal shavings right INTO the glass. Cell phones with built-in cameras can come in handy for this, too.

4. Understand the difference between regular and tempered glass and what that means to you as the window cleaner. The IWCA has some great information on the topic for your use.

5. Be sure to use an additional waiver to remove yourself from liability. You never know what can happen once you touch that glass or what kind of pre-existing scratches are under that glop of wallpaper paste.

The biggest tip we can offer is to document everything and communicate openly with the general contractor or independent builder. Often, they are so busy that they are just unfamiliar with the truth about their team, the state of the windows or the facts about tempered glass.




  1. Correy Smith says:

    At the moment, a friend and I are thinking of getting a construction cleaning service to one of our model homes. So far we have several homes that are close to showing to the public. It’s something that we each thought would be best to do instead of having to do them ourselves.

  2. Elden Gatley says:

    I agree that you should use an additional waiver so that you can remove yourself from liability. Otherwise, you may get hit with a major fine. Then, you’ll be paying both for the cleanup, as well as the fine.

  3. Hazel Owens says:

    These are some great tools to use when cleaning up windows at a construction site. I wouldn’t have thought about using steel wool to clean windows. I also like your tip to use a standard scraper to clean off debris, and to change the blade often. The best way to keep the windows clean is to make sure your tools are in good repair. Thanks for the article.

  4. Hey buddy,

    Glad to have this post!

    Sometimes it really become difficult to clean a complete home and the task become more difficult when you have to clean a house under construction.To avoid this headache the idea you have shared with us is really very helpful.You have shared window cleaning tools as it become more dirty everyday and consume lot of time to clean them.

    Thank you so much for such a nice post with great ideas!!

    Keep share more!

    Richard L. Ernst

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