Published on: April 25, 2023
Windows offers a stunning view of the outside. Yet, cleaning them is no one’s idea of fun. And if you have a two-story home or building, it means getting out a ladder and all the necessary equipment to make your views to the outside sparkling and clear again.
So should you hire a professional to clean your windows? It really depends on your budget and your preferences, but you’ll experience many great benefits of hiring a professional window cleaner.
As you decide whether to pay someone to clean your windows or do it yourself, you’re probably wondering how often you should clean your windows.
Ideally, you should clean the interior and exterior of your windows at least annually. But if you can spare the time, twice a year is even better. During one of your annual cleanings, you should also remove your window screens and clean them.
The best time of year to clean your windows is during the spring since the weather is temperate, making it easier to get outside to complete this important building maintenance.
Additionally, sunny days are not the optimal time for window cleaning as the heat will make the glass dry quickly, which can leave streaks and smears. The optimal outdoor temperature for cleaning windows is 60-70 degrees.
The environment your windows are in will impact how often you should clean them. For example, windows that are near trees might experience more debris, such as pollen, that builds up and makes it challenging to see through the windows. And then when it rains, the debris can run down your windows and create an unattractive view.
More frequent window cleaning will make each cleaning simpler. So while you might dread getting all the equipment out to clean your windows, doing so could help keep the process faster and easier because there is less grime buildup.
Review the list of required materials for DIY window cleaning to ensure you have space to maintain this equipment and the know-how for using this equipment.
If you’re considering hiring a professional window cleaner, take some time to review the benefits of contracting out this work.
Working with a professional means you’ll get the cleanest, streak-free results for your windows. Plus, because professionals use high-quality materials, including a squeegee specifically designed to get the best clean, you won’t be able to replicate the results even with all the work involved in getting out your ladder and equipment. This allows you to enjoy your windows and your property more.
Many professionals also use proprietary cleaning solutions for the best appearance. So you can’t even buy the materials yourself and try to get the same effect.
Cleaning the inside and outside of your windows could be a full-day project, which is one reason why people put it off for so long. Then there’s the cost of all the tools and equipment required to do a good job.
Hiring a professional helps you avoid buying and storing the equipment, while also putting time back into your day to engage in other activities.
Having clean windows will make your property more enjoyable for you. But it will also make it more attractive to customers or your neighbors. That means that you’ll make a good first impression and show that you value a clean environment.
Attention to detail for commercial spaces can make all the difference in customers choosing to patronize your business. Regular window cleaning can ensure that no matter when your customers visit your business, you’re ready to welcome them with an appealing environment.
You’ll enjoy sitting inside more if you have clear views outside. Clean windows allow more natural light into a room and can help it feel a little brighter and more cheerful. And by bringing in more natural light, you can reduce your energy costs. This is especially impactful for commercial properties.
Clean windows are also less likely to experience mold or dust buildup, though cleaning your windows does not solve issues with allowing moisture into your home. You’ll need to evaluate whether replacement windows might be the best option to protect your home.
When dirt and debris build up on your windows, it can slowly lead to damage and scratches. By keeping your windows clean, you can keep the panes strong, and prevent cracks, chips, and other expensive damage.
Professional cleaners know how to clean windows carefully to avoid pushing dirt around the window and scratching its surface. So even though you might feel comfortable cleaning the windows yourself, you might be leaving your windows susceptible to incidental damages during the cleaning process.
If you don’t know what you’re doing, window washing can be a dangerous activity. Professional cleaners are experienced at climbing ladders and working in hazardous conditions. They know how to navigate challenging areas or situations to stay safe while still getting your windows clean.
Remove the risk of window cleaning by working with professionals to complete exterior window cleaning, especially for two-story buildings.
While scheduling a window cleaner to visit your property offers many great benefits, you’ll also find there are some setbacks to professional window cleaning.
For commercial purposes, professional window cleaning can keep your business looking great. But it also likely means working around your busiest times of the day.
Professional window cleaners work traditional hours, which means they can’t clean your windows before you open or after you close them. So think about the best time of day when window cleaning will cause the least disruption.
On average, you’ll need to budget $10-$15 per window, per cleaning. So if you’re getting your windows cleaned weekly or monthly, you’ll need to ensure you budget properly. While it’s incredibly more convenient than cleaning your windows yourself, the cost can certainly add up quickly.
You can’t hire just anyone to clean your windows. Make sure it’s a trained professional and that they have proper insurance coverage. If you work with an uninsured or underinsured window cleaner, you could be liable for the damage they cause to your property or their medical bills if they are injured while working on your property.
Ask for proof of insurance and read the contract carefully before signing on the line to reduce the risk of liability on your part.
Cleaning well-installed and well-maintained windows will make a huge difference in the appearance of your property. But it won’t impact drafts or lack of energy efficiency for old, worn-out windows.
If it’s time for window replacement, work with the team at 2FL Windows, Siding, and Roofing. Upgrade your windows to improve curb appeal, energy efficiency, and your personal enjoyment of the space. Book your free estimate now.
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