Window Cleaning FAQ

Q. What is Window Cleaning?

A. Window cleaning is more than climbing on a ladder, with supplies in hand and wiping the exterior windows of your home or business. Window cleaning is a process in which appropriate cleaning solutions are used that produce the best results in the least amount of time to produces sparkling, streak-free results. Other considerations to consider are the height of the windows. Numerous accidents and even deaths have been recorded from falls of heights less than five feet.

Window Cleaning FAQ

Q. What is the best cleaning solution?

A. For centuries, home and business owners have used a mild solution containing ammonia and water. This mixture breaks up the built up grime and dirt producing a high lustre shine to your windows. Caution should however be taken when using any chemicals in combination with water. Ammonia is a toxic agent which can cause serious respiratory problems if inhaled for prolonged periods of time. You should always use proper breathing apparatus such as masks, when using this mixture and take extra care to see that the solution is mixed properly with equal amounts of fresh water. Protective clothing including rubber gloves should be worn at all times to protect exposed skin when using this mixture.

Local home improvement and hardware stores can offer additional expert advice and recommendations on other available, over-the-counter products that work equally as well without possible harmful side effects.

Q. Do I need to hire a professional to clean my windows?

A. This is undoubtedly one of the most frequently asked questions. In order to determine if a professional window cleaning service is needed you must first determine your comfort level as well as mechanical ability. If you are mechanically inclined and capable of manipulating heavy awkward ladders that must extend to reach upper level windows, then you have partially answered your question. Another factor to consider is your ability to lean from side to side while using the appropriate cleaning materials while maintaining your balance. This is the number one cause resulting in serious injuries of those with limited experience. If your windows reach heights of more than six feet above ground level, it is recommended that you seek the advice of a window cleaning professional. These professionals can provide you with estimates which will free up your time to perform other less dangerous tasks around the home or place of business.

Q. How often should I clean my windows?

A. This is a matter of preference. On an average windows are cleaned at least two times a year on personal residences, particularity in the Spring, often referred to as "Spring cleaning" and once in the fall prior to the onset of Winter. Those homes or businesses' that are exposed to high levels of concentrated dirt and grime from nearby factories or other such conditions should have their windows cleaned more often. Windows can never be over-cleaned and depending on the materials used in the construction of the windows, repetitive cleaning will not harm or damage window frames or glass.