When it comes to the holiday season, businesses love to advertise. In addition to advertising special deals and promotions, many businesses will send well wishes by having painted information on their storefront windows. This is a great way to spread cheer and fun for the winter months. The paint is manufactured to be used on windows and should cause no damage to the window itself when applied properly. The paint however, does need to be removed at some point and that is where the fun ends. The paint can be hard to get off and remove completely and it might just be best to hire a professional to take care of the window cleaning when you are ready to paint a new theme or just have them clean and clear!
Sunburst Window Cleaning and Holiday Lighting has some tips on how to get your windows clean and that old paint removed.
Glass Paint Removal Preparation – Get a Tarp: This job is going to be a huge mess no matter how you go about it. The mess is going to spread out because of the way that the paint has to be removed. You can purchase a tarp at any home improvement store that should be spread out over the work area to make the cleanup of the new mess easier. The size of the tarp that you need will depend on the size of the window that you are cleaning. You want to be sure that the tarp spans that area with a little extra for pieces that might fly away.
Cleaning Windows – Soap and Water: This is the next step. Take a bucket that has soap and water that is mixed together and ready to apply to the window. Take a cloth or sponge to the area and apply as much of the soapy water that you can. You may want to apply the soapy water several times to ensure that it has a chance to soak in really well.
Scraping Paint from Window Glass with a Razor Blade: This is the next step and the part that makes a mess and the part that is prone to cause scratching to the window. Make sure that you know what you are doing before you begin. You want to be able to remove the paint without scratching the window with the sharp razor. If you scratch the window there is no way to repair it and it will need to be replaced or you will have to live with it.
Cleaning the Window Glass: This step is the same as when you go about cleaning your windows on a regular basis. This can be whatever cleaning method that you choose such as a squidgy or a cloth and some cleaning spray.
Clean the Area Surrounding your Windows: This is the last step and it is where your tarp comes in handy. You can roll up the tarp and throw it out or shake it off into a trash bin. You will then need to do some sweeping for some of the debris that may have fallen off the tarp.