Can You Clean Windows in The Rain?

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When is the time?

You have probably heard that there is no point in cleaning your windows when it’s raining or rain is forecast, that it’s a waste of time, will make no difference and a counterproductive effort!? This claim is most likely ingrained into your head by now.

But what if you live in a county like Dublin, Kildare, Meath or Wicklow (or anywhere in Ireland) where it seems to rain more often than not?

Many people struggle to figure out exactly when to have their windows cleaned. Some decide to cancel their window cleaner if rain is forecast or wait until a season like Spring or Summer where the weather is generally drier (although who knows in Ireland).

So, can you clean windows in the rain?

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Let’s answer this question, once and for all: Yes, you can most definitely clean windows in the rain. The claim that rain makes your windows dirty is a MYTH! Furthermore, you should never delay your windows being cleaned due to rain.

The simple fact is, dirt makes your windows dirty, not rain. The only reason your windows appear to be dirtier after rainfall is because the window was dirty to begin with and the rain has clung onto the dirt, dust, pollen and muck and stuck to the window. This can also happen if the frame has not been cleaned as the rain will wash the dirt from the frame onto the window pane.

If the window and frame are both clean, the rain will not cling to the glass and simply roll off the window, leaving the glass clean. This is due to rain water being much, much purer than tap water.

Avoiding having your windows cleaned in rainy and wet weather will instead, in the long-term, cause irreparable damage due to water and mineral-stain build up on the glass. As glass is porous, any matter left on the glass longish term will penetrate the fabric and become an integral part of the glass. Most stains will clean off if you get to them reasonably quickly, however, if left to weather, then removal may no longer be an option and glass replacement is the only solution. If dirt is left on a window frame, it can also cause discolouration.

We see examples of both glass and frame damage due to lack of cleaning every day in Dublin, Kildare, Meath and Wicklow. Keeping a regular frequency of window cleaning in place, rain or shine, will ensure that your windows remain in perfect condition for as long as possible.

We at will take care of dirt, streaks and watermarks, rain or no rain. In fact, we are so confident of this fact that we guarantee a return visit to touch-up your windows if you notice that there is anything that needs fixing, once it stops raining.

Can you clean windows in the winter or in cold weather?

One of the most frustrating things about winter is that it is the time of year when the exterior of your house can get the dirtiest due to a lack of sun and dry weather. Your windows can also be susceptible to this due to high winds and melting snow dragging dirt and dust onto your windows and the salt can be a nuisance too! Therefore, it is essential that your regular window round is kept on top of all throughout the winter.

Washing outdoor windows can be tough for window cleaners when it is cold outside (the cups of tea we are given throughout the day help us along), however, it is necessary to clean off the winter grime so you can let the sunshine in.

Can you clean windows in the sun?

You will find lots of websites telling you not to clean your windows in the sun, however, they are referring to cleaning windows the old-fashioned/traditional method with a bucket and cloth. If you’re using this soapy water method, those websites would be right as you need to move very quickly so the soap doesn’t dry before you have a chance to rub it off.

Fortunately, uses a Reach and Wash system with completely pure water from our own spring-water treatment plant in the Dublin Mountains. This means that we can purposely leave water on the glass to be dried out by the sun as the water has no contaminants left in it to leave marks.

So, the sun doesn’t affect us at all with our state-of-the-art equipment. Thankfully for the customer, the sun beaming in the window will show the dirt better and whether their window cleaners did a good job (or not!).

What’s the best weather to clean your windows in?

The honest answer is, there is no best weather! All weather types bring different challenges but we are experienced professionals who can overcome them all.

Conclusion Clean Windows in the Rain.. (hale, shine, or snow)!

So, the next time you see a few dark clouds on the horizon or the forecast seems to show nothing but lashings of rain, don’t cancel your window cleaning service!

The most important thing to keep in mind is: the only way to keep your windows looking as close to perfect as possible, is to have them regularly cleaned by a professional company. offer annual maintenance programs and a regular round of window cleaning every 6, 8, 12, 16, 26 or 52 weeks, depending on client preference.

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