Window cleaning is a dirty job, but someone’s got to do it, right? If that “someone” is you, can you honestly say it’s a chore you don’t dread twice a year? If you live in a tiny little ranch-style house, maybe it’s a quick, easy task that barely disrupts your precious day off. But if you have lots of windows with several on upper floors, it’s probably a job only a professional cleaning service would love. You may be tempted to put off washing those dirty windows, but you shouldn’t. Here’s why it’s important to keep those panes clean.
Allow More Light Through
With dirt and water spots clinging to your glass, you can’t get the full benefit of the winter sunshine. Since the short days of winter already play stingy with sunlight, letting it all shine in helps warm the house and banish *SAD-ness (*Seasonal Affective Disorder). Besides, looking out of clear window panes will naturally make you happier.
Because glass is porous, hard water deposits from sprinklers, acid rain and rain mixed with adhering dirt and grime can eventually etch into the surface. Removing the potential for damage will forestall the need to replace windows for a long, long time.
Could Clinch Your Sale
If your home is on the market, you can’t afford to have dirty windows. Clean ones may be taken for granted and not be appreciated as such, but dirty ones will be noticed instantly. Prospective buyers have no desire to step into a new home that already requires a major cleaning project. If they’re wavering between your property and another, they may well default to the one with crystal clear windows.
Why You Should Hire a Pro
Now that you know some of the reasons for washing your windows, the question arises: Should I hire a professional contractor? Here are some of the best reason why you should.
Water and Ladders: A Dangerous Combination
Few people enjoy the risk of climbing a long ladder even when it’s bone dry. Ladders are dangerous. Second and third-story ladders pose double and triple the risks of serious injury or worse. Of course, if you’re an adrenaline junkie, then maybe you’d get a kick out of attacking those high windows. If not, then you should allow a contractor to tackle them for you. Pros have a lot of experience on ladders, wet and dry.
Professional exterior cleaning companies have all the right contractor-grade tools and products for achieving sparkly clean results quickly. The products marketed to homeowners through home improvement stores can leave you disappointed. While you won’t spend as much as the contractors do for good, effective cleaning solutions, unfortunately, you get what you pay for. Worse still, some ordinary cleaning chemicals leave a thin residue on the glass that builds up over time, attracts dust immediately and can also permanently cloud your panes.
Best of all, most professional window cleaners also take care of other exterior cleaning projects. If you package your window cleaning with siding, roof, deck and concrete cleaning, you could save yourself a bundle of cash.