About Window Cleaning
When? Whilst many people may only have their windows cleaned on an ad-hoc basis, often contacting a Window Cleaner when they notice their windows are getting dirty, the service is most commonly provided on a regular basis, either every 4, 6 or 8 weeks (although the interval can be as frequent as either the customer requires of the Window cleaner offers).
The idea is to keep your windows looking clean and ensure they don’t get too dirty, rather than having them cleaned when you can no longer see through them – although environmental factors (wind, rain and dirt/dust in the air) may have an impact on the preferred frequency.
Most Window Cleaners will typically arrive within a week of any scheduled reoccurring service, and often without notice – logistical complications (whether weather or personal delays) will often mean they are unable to give an exact day, so typically work through their rounds and schedule as best as possible.
How? If your Window Cleaner prefers the more traditional method they will likely arrive with a set of ladders, a bucket (with soapy water), a covered t-bar (fur) and a squeegee (the rubber bladed tool that removes excess water), plus some additional tools/equipment.
They’ll start at the top and work their way down, giving the window a quick clean with the fur covered t-bar (with soapy water), clear off the excess water with the squeegee and then wipe down any sills!
More recently, many window cleaners have moved over to the new Reach & Wash system, whereby they use a telescopic pole (so no need for ladders) with a bristled brush on the end, that pumps crystal clear purified water onto the glass – along with the brushing, the purified water actually helps clean the glass by attracting impurities, drying crystal clear after being rinsed (so no need to squeegee off the excess water).
There is an ongoing debate about which is method is best (as the results are subject to the cleaners efforts), but the safety aspect alone makes the new Reach & Wash method more attractive to Window Cleaners!
What should it cost? As with all businesses, there are different levels of service and different payment options. Most will require a fixed amount in advance to cover a set amount of cleans, or require a monthly Direct Debit to be setup. Additionally, most companies will offer a discount if paying for more cleans in advance!
As every house/building is different in size and needs there is no average cost, but for you can expect to pay between £15 and £35 for your average 2 to 4 bedroom house, subject to levels of service, location and available discounts! Larger, more established companies may charge a little more (as inclusive of VAT) but will often have better redundancies in place (a staffed office, spare vehicles, equipment and more cleaners).
It is worth considering the cost to run a legal company! To maintain vehicles and modern equipment, the usage of large quantities of treated water and the respective licences / insurance is very expensive – if you find a service being offered at a price below the average or at a price that seems too good to be true, it probably is! Cowboys are easily able to undercut those that are operating legally, both putting the public at risk but also impacting all the genuine companies trying to provide a safe and legal service!