Because window washing can be such a time-consuming project. You'll either want to clear a whole day to spend cleaning the windows in your home, or hire a professional. Furthermore, a pro can identify issues with your windows. If dry wood or rot in around your sill or dry paint is on the pane, an expert can assist you in correcting those problems. It also increases the lifespan of the window (1). Window cleaning can cost about $2 to $7 dollars for pane, with an average cost for a home being around $295. Getting a window cleaner out to your home can prevent the following (2):
There are several different types of windows, all with their own purposes and drawbacks. Some open up differently, some are made more energy efficient, some even have special treatments that make them more economically viable (3). Select the right choice for your home.
The real challenge of cleaning glass is just to avoid streaking. This can be accomplished with a squeegee, sponge, and a lot of paper towels. Pour your cleaning solution into a bucket, preferably one big enough to house the squeegee. Then working top to bottom, draw the squeegee across the window. Use the paper towels to clear up any marks or liquid left behind. You'll find your glass to be spotless after using this technique (4).Back to top
Essentially it comes down to how much time you have (5). If you're strapped on time, working long hours, or don't have a lot of time to yourself, it may be best to just hire a professional. This is especially true if you're particular about the way your windows are cleaned. Most importantly, if your windows are on a second story a pro will be able to scale that wall and have everything cleaned out. They'll be able to take care of anything on or around your sill, as well (6).Back to top
In any case, there are a few things that you'll want in your toolkit when window washing is on the agenda. With professional cleaning you won't have to worry about owning any equipment. You're going to want some basics, namely your choice cleaning product, but also (7):
There are also green cleaners that don't harm the environment. You can make one yourself! Simply mix two cups of water with a quarter cup of vinegar and a half a cup of dish detergent (8). You windows will be streak free and look much happier, plus it costs under $5 to make.Back to top
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