Professional residential window washing is an invaluable service that allows homeowners greater freedom while maintaining the cleanliness of their homes. If you’re not sure if you should leave your window cleaning to the professionals, here are five reasons you might consider.
Key Benefits of Clean Windows
Last month we discussed the benefits of having clean windows. We refer you to that article for an in-depth exploration, but we do think it worth mentioning that having clean windows can increase a home’s value in many ways. Clean windows will boost your curb appeal, energy efficiency, minimize the need for repairs, and make your space a more inviting place to be.
Why Professional Residential Window Washing?
Many people prefer to manage cleaning their own windows. While this may seem like the better option for scheduling and cost, the truth is that doing your own window cleaning can be costly and time consuming. Moreover, it can even be dangerous.
While you may not think that cleaning the windows of a single story home has the potential to be dangerous, the truth of the matter is that all cleaning projects have their risks. The wrong chemicals, and the wrong combination of chemicals especially, can prove to be dangerous health hazards. For example, combining bleach and ammonia results in chloramine gasses which are highly toxic. Professional residential window washing avoids such risks because professionals’ proper training and experience minimizes the risk of danger.
The same is true when the number of stories starts to climb. Ladders pose a dangerous threat, and if you clean windows on higher levels by yourself, you put yourself at risk of falling off. Professionals use such equipment every day, so their tools are sure to be in good working order, and they themselves have an almost instinctual use of it.
For apartment complexes and tall townhomes, some professional window cleaners use harnesses and other climbing equipment that are designed to keep them safe even at great height. It is within a professional cleaner’s job responsibilities to verify their safety equipment is up to the task before each job. This further minimizes risk to themselves and to passersby.
Professional residential window washing services are also the best way to make sure your home is protected during the cleaning process. Professionals are careful to pay attention and not damage furniture or structural features of the property. Professional cleaners are also protected, as homeowners are not, by worker’s compensation insurance in the event of an incident.
The film of grime that develops on dirty windows can pose a health hazard to members of a household. Pollen and other pollutants stuck to the glass or screen can set off allergic reactions, and more serious biological trespassers like mildew and mold can be brutal on the respiratory system.
The wrong chemicals can also damage skin, lungs, and eyes. They too can lead to allergic reactions and other irritation or abrasions. In serious cases, the damage can lead to cancer. As mentioned above, professional window washers use all the right chemicals in addition to the appropriate protective gear to protect their lungs, eyes, and skin.
Residential window washing done right takes a good amount of time. The work is meticulous, and especially if the home is multiple stories, cleaning all the windows can be very time-consuming. The general estimate for professional residential window washing is two to three hours. That number is obviously higher for buildings with many stories like apartment buildings. Hiring professional window cleaners allows homeowners to carry on with their lives while someone else manages the window cleaning.
While many people consider money to be their hesitation about professional residential window washing, leaving the work to the professionals can actually save homeowners money. Because the clean produced is more thorough and usually performed on a regular basis, the need for heavy cleaning is less. Some window cleaning companies offer discounted rates for recurring services.
The Full Package
Professional residential window washing is more than just spraying on Windex and wiping it off with a paper towel. In addition to using really powerful cleaners and top-of-the-line equipment, professional residential window washing also includes cleaning all facets of the window. Your windows are not just the glass through which light shines. The blinds and shades, window tracks and hinges, and screens are all part of the package. Cleaning these will ensure better energy efficiency, privacy, functionality of the window, and air quality of the inside of your home. When you work with the professionals, you get the whole package.