High winds, torrential rain storms, and mounting snow have been especially harsh on windows this year. Over the long Winter months, allergens, mold, and storm debris accumulate in screens and in the narrow grooves of window framing. When the time arrives to clean the windows in your home or business, do you pin-on your DIY Weekend Warrior badge or hire a professional window cleaner?
Here are 4 reasons to hire a professional window cleaner:
Homeowners with two+ stories typically use a ladder to reach high windows. For the average Weekend Warrior, it is risky to handle a soap bucket and cleaning supplies on a ladder—which, in Spring and Fall, is likely to teeter on soft ground. If not trained properly, it is also risky for homeowners to power wash high windows which may cause windows to break.
Professional window cleaners are masters at heights. Balancing tools, cleaning solutions, and themselves is second nature. Many professional cleaners use water-fed poles to reach the highest windows. Professional cleaners also wear protective gear and take precautions for handling cleaning chemicals.
It may take homeowners 5-8+ hours to clean all of the windows for an average-sized, two-story home. On average, it takes professional window cleaners 2-4 hours for an average-sized, two-story home.
DIYers spend a hefty portion of their household budget on cleaning supplies, particularly on Spring cleaning. Costs expand quickly if supplies run out before the job is done, or if windows or siding are accidentally damaged. Homeowners can expect to purchase:
multiple cleaners to avoid damage to certain window types
a telescoping pole
attachments for the telescoping pole
a water-fed pole and machine
multiple buckets for different cleaning agents
1-2 squeegee handles
multiple squeegee attachments (cotton, nylon, rubber)
squeegee attachment refills
streak-free/scratch-free drying cloths
face masks and safety glasses
protective gloves and clothing
Ammonia-based cleaners may cause irreparable damage to leaded and stained glass windows. Try one part vinegar with one part warm tap water. Add to a spray bottle, and spray one small area of glass at a time. Wipe clean with a microfiber cloth. Dry with a different microfiber cloth. Unused coffee filters sub for microfiber cloths in a pinch and leave glass bright and streak-free.
Professional window cleaners are experts in which tools and cleaning agents to use on all window types—avoiding risk to the glass, window frames, the house exterior, people, animals, and the environment. Professional cleaners also arrive to the site with a full arsenal to get the entire job done, cleaning up after themselves before they leave. If time equals money, it costs less in labor to hire a professional cleaner who will deliver sparkling, clear windows in half the time, the first time.