Having clean windows makes a world of difference on any home, whether it is a single-story home or a three-story home. Dirty windows take a lot away from the appeal of your home, from passers-by, or your close friends and relatives. Have you ever noticed a beautiful house and thought about how much nicer the house would look if the windows were only clean? It’s safe to assume most people have noticed this. If you are having guests over and you want your house to be at its best, get the windows professionally cleaned.
1) Is It Possible to Get a Professional Look as a DIY Window Washer?
This is a very good question, but the answer is simple. You probably cannot do as fine a job as a professional, but to the naked eye, most people won’t be able to tell. Many people do try to clean their own windows, and on the first level it isn’t that difficult, well, in theory. If you do not know what you are doing, you will have streaks and towel marks.
Without professional window cleaning equipment and good, lint-free towels, you won’t avoid smears and streaks. If you have screens, you will need to remove them and spray them down. It can be quite time consuming, and the average working person simply doesn’t want to take the time to get the job done right. Hence the old expression, “I don’t do windows!” However, the seasoned DIYer is raring to get up on that ladder and get a head start. If that’s you, you’ll need a few pieces of safety equipment and some window washing supplies.
2) Multilevel Window Cleaning Safety
First and foremost, when getting into cleaning windows that are above the first story is the need for safety. It’s a rule of thumb in any job that involves ladders, or other lifting equipment, such as boom lifts. You want to be sure that whoever you hire has good cover for injuries or damage. Always check credentials before hiring any window cleaning company. If you notice right off the bat that fall protection equipment is not being used, that’s a huge red flag. It is imperative that safety equipment be used on all multilevel jobs. If you see this, put a halt on things right away and start asking questions. It could be the difference between a hefty lawsuit against you, in the event of an injury.
3) How Often Should You Wash Your Windows?
In a residential setting, this will depend on many factors. The frequency of having your windows cleaned will probably be dictated, at least in part, by the season and the weather. Most people get their windows clean right at the beginning of Spring, and then have them done bi-monthly throughout summer. During the winter, unless its right before throwing a huge Christmas bash, many people sit those months out. Your climate will have a lot to do with that.
Other things to remember about windows is the chemicals used. For example, if you use a degreaser on windows, you may ruin them for good. This is another reason professionals are always best. In addition, if you need something scraped off your windows, like holiday paintings, or house paint, you’ll definitely want a professional to do it so that you don’t scratch your windows.