Have you considered hiring a professional window cleaning service for your home or office, and perhaps you are thinking about doing it yourself?
Here are three things to consider before climbing that ladder for a day of DIY window cleaning:
Are you able to safely clean the outside, hard-to-reach windows? Do you have the right equipment?
Window cleaning is a time-consuming chore. Key factors that play into hiring professionals is your time and ability.
Many household cleaners will leave streaks you’ll have to see until the next time you are able clean the windows.
Clean windows enhance the overall look of your home or business and makes it sparkle, but there’s more to it than just appearance.
Here are some reasons you should think about hiring a professional window cleaning service to keep your windows streak free and operational.
Hiring a professional window cleaning service will save you time
Cleaning your windows can be a difficult process.
Hiring a professional window cleaner will cut your time in half. Plus, you won’t have to do it yourself.
Professional window cleaners can spot general issues
Are you aware not only do clean windows enhance the overall appearance of your home, it can also spot early warning signs of possible dangerous conditions?
Spotting the issues early can save you a big expense later and it could even save your life.
A professional window washer can identify issues like ill fitting window screens, window frames that are painted shut, damaged windows, and even rotten wood on the window sills.
Removing insect infestations
Frequently, hornets and bees will build their homes behind the shutters on the windows and wasps build their nests between the storm windows.
Ladybugs like to build nests in window channels, making it hard to operate properly.
Extending the life of a window
Old aluminum screens will accumulate sediment on the glass.
The build up on the glass is not only unsightly, but it will weaken the glass and make the glass easier to crack and chip.
A professional window cleaning service can revive the glass and extend your window’s life with specific cleaning treatments.
Window cleaning services bring the proper supplies and tools
Professional window cleaners can protect against damage by using the proper supplies and equipment.
For example, using an ammonia based cleaner on leaded or stained glass could become clouded that can’t be fixed. Also, you could scratch the glass if you use the incorrect tools.
Professional window washers also have the correct equipment, like ladders and extension tools, to safely and properly clean high windows.
Professional window washers can help find the cause of spots on your windows
Perplexed about what’s causing the spots on your windows?
It could possibly be caused by your mulch.
Cheap mulches are frequently plagued with a fungus that splatter out black spores that connect to glass making it very hard to remove.
A window-cleaning service can help identify the common causes of these problems.
Before you hire a window cleaner
Window cleaning costs varies, but remember the old saying, you get what you pay for.
Anyone with a bucket, water and squeegee can say they are a window cleaner.
Make sure to ask the correct questions before you hire.
A professional will make sure your windows are spotless and operating correctly. They will also give you advice on how to safeguard your home.
Read online reviews and see what your neighbors are saying about the service provider you are considering hiring.
Windows should be professionally cleaned about every 6 months.
Here are four things you probably didn’t think to do or ask before your squeegee-wielding window cleaner arrives:
Ask about odd jobs
Window cleaners usually have extended ladders, not only to reach high outside windows, but also to access high, hard-to-reach items inside.
From changing light bulbs to cleaning ceiling fans, ask if they are able to add on some of these chores.
Clean your blinds
Clean windows can accumulate the dust that comes from blinds. If you are having your windows cleaned inside your home, be sure the blinds are dusted and washed before the windows.
Move fragile items
Even if a company is very careful and professional, the fact is accidents do happen.
So if you move breakable items out of the way, it will prevent them from getting accidentally damaged.
Consider the window screens
If your screens are on the outside of your windows, they will usually be a lot dirtier and need more thorough cleaning than if the screens were inside.
A stringent cleaning will usually include a cleaning product, but a less strict cleaning that works on inside screens would only be using a wet towel and wiping them down.
Some companies will use eco-friendly solutions, but may be by request only.
If you’re still worried about the cleaning solutions a professional will use, you can make your own cleaning products using these items found in most kitchens.
People know that vinegar is a well known all purpose cleaning solution used in a variety of cleaning products.
It has the ability to make windows sparkle.
You can make your own window cleaning solution by mixing 1/4 cup vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon of dish soap and 2 cups of water in a spray bottle.
A natural cleaning solution is plain water and a microfiber cloth.
The microfiber cleaning cloth will leave your windows spotless and costs a fraction of what you’d pay for most cleaning solutions.
The microfiber cloths can be washed, dried and reused, which also makes them eco friendly.
It may not be the most common cleaning solution, but the combination of club soda and water is miraculous when it comes to cleaning windows.
The acid in the club soda helps disperse dirt and grime, which leaves you with splendid results.
Several cleaning solutions have a lemon scent.
What most people aren’t aware of is that lemons are perfect for cleaning.
Take two large lemons and squeeze out the juice. Pour it into a spray bottle, and fill the bottle with equal parts vinegar and water.
This cleaning solution will take on shower doors as well as windows.
I hope this advice will help you make a decision about hiring a professional window cleaning service.