Homeowners guide to window cleaning
Are you wanting to clean your windows but don’t know what or how to choose your service? Window cleaning can be a very ambiguous term. Someone can say it and mean they wiped the glass down with vinegar and water while the person hearing it can imagine the tracks and screens being washed as well. What people want when they need the windows “cleaned” can vary from household to household.Before you make a decision, there are five things to consider.
- What kind of windows do you have?
- How long has it been since you last cleaned your windows?
- What are your windows made of?
- What is your goal?
- What is your budget?
Once you have figured this out, you will know the best way to proceed.
What kind of windows do you have?
- Today’s standard windows are usually 2 sided, dual pane, vinyl windows that slide either up and down or side to side. Older windows can be aluminum or wood but also are of the 2 sided variety.
- Specialty windows, such as french-cut windows, will require at least twice the normal time to clean as regular windows.
- Casement windows can also have shades between the panes and require dis-assembly to be cleaned properly. You can expect special pricing for both of these special windows.
- Metal screens and casements can require special attention as they can be damaged by cleaning with alkaline cleaning solutions. Soaps and normal cleaners are alkaline. Special cleaners may be called for to keep the screens and trim from forming mineral deposits.
How long has it been since you cleaned your windows?
- If your windows were installed last month and you are picky about keeping them clean, cleaning them will be a breeze and should take the minimum time needed to keep them at their best.
- If it has been 3 months then slightly more effort will be needed but your windows will keep their like new appearance.
- Six months and you now will be pushing the boundaries of how long to wait for servicing your windows.
- One year and you probably should consider a deep cleaning.
- 2 years or more and the dirt you didn’t clean is now damaging the hardware every time you open and close your sliding glass door or window. The minerals on your glass may start to embed in the glass itself and may become mineral deposits. Now your window will be screaming for a deep cleaning! One where the window is removed and cleaned, hardware inspected and cleaned, tracks removed and scrubbed, trim is washed and scrubbed. If the dirt has embedded, glass polishing will be needed.
What are your windows made of?
Windows are made from vinyl, aluminum, wood, and fiberglass. Each one has its own characteristics and needs when it comes to cleaning.
- Vinyl: Vinyl frames are made primarily from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and can come in white or a variety of different colors. This material is: virtually maintenance free, exceptionally energy efficient, and extremely durable.
- Aluminum: Aluminum framed windows are lower in cost and durable and usually come in anodized or baked finishes. The drawbacks are that aluminum is a poor insulator and is not energy efficient. It is also prone to corrosion. Alkaline cleaning solutions may contribute to the corrosion long term.
- Wood: Wood framed windows are on the higher end of the price range for windows. Wood can be painted, stained, or given a glossy finish. It is a good insulator. Compared to fiberglass or vinyl windows, wood windows do need higher maintenance. Painting, staining, or sealing will be needed periodically to protect the wood from the elements.
- Fiberglass: Fiberglass framed windows are by far the most durable of the four types of windows. Fiberglass has the best durability, excellent insulating characteristics, and require the least maintenance of the four varieties. They are among the most expensive of the window types as well.
What is your goal?
Do you really care about keeping your windows in the best condition possible? Or, are you looking to touch them up lightly so they show well in your next open house or party?
If you are trying to keep them in fresh from the factory condition, our manufacturer recommended deep cleaning is what you would want. This is easily the most coveted window cleaning in the industry. Not only is what you see cleaned, but the areas of your window that you don’t see (the window’s hardware and under the track itself) are scrubbed and washed thoroughly. This keeps your windows in the best condition possible.
Have your windows cleaned regularly but want certain ones touched up for a party or special event? A maintenance cleaning should be what is called for. We have special deals that are packaged by the number of panes. Count the panes you want done, choose the right package for you, then call us and have just those scheduled for cleaning.
Haven’t cleaned your windows in years and don’t want to replace them? Sometimes homeowners don’t give the windows they have the maintenance required to keep them up. They allow years of dirt and grime to build up or let sprinkler’s over spray to build up hard water deposits on their high end windows. Many times people fail to realize that each window they have can be upwards of $600 to $800 to replace! Try to remove these deposits with regular house hold cleaners and you not only can damage the trim, but the glass can be etched by acids that are in these cleaners! Worse yet, Years of using improper cleaning methods have damaged these once beautiful show pieces and you have been told there is no hope for them. All of these are treatable. Usually at a fraction of what it will cost to replace.
What is your budget?
What you can expect to pay can be different from company to company. Our prices can be seen on our home page. Regular pricing and our discounted pricing. The factors that determine our prices are Distance, how many people it takes to do the job, our costs per person per hour, time it takes to do the job, and equipment needed.
If we have to bring workers or subcontractors, the cost to us starts when they head out to your destination; be it your home or business. If that is an hour away, they will be “on the clock” starting an hour before getting to the job site. If they are a subcontractor, most companies will bill us at $50.00 per man hour. If that is an employee, we would bill at that rate. Cleaning windows that have been neglected can take up to five times as long as windows that are serviced on a regular basis. Many times windows that are cleaned on a regular basis can be kept at the deal rate because of the difference in time to service them.
Whatever your budget, we have the knowledge and training to service your windows whatever condition they are in. Not sure what you are getting? Each service is illustrated on video so you can see exactly what you are getting before you purchase. You can see them here. Pay regular pricing and you will get our 7 day rain guarantee. Stick to our discounted pricing and you still have our 100% Happiness guarantee. If you are not happy with our service, we will keep at it (following the guidelines of the deal you purchased) until you are.