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The trouble with snow…

One of the problems in Winter for homeowners, apart from having to clear footpaths and driveways, is that in periods of heavy snow, although it looks pretty it can also sometimes block your view when it settles on windows and window frames.

Your window cleaner may still be able to keep your windows clean, especially when using a water fed pole system, and especially if they use a hot water system, but if your window cleaner still uses traditional methods to clean windows, you might find that when conditions are slippy then the use of ladders may not be safe, and therefore widows don’t always get cleaned regularly.

Also, in extremely cold conditions its not unknown for windows to ice up. Therefore, if the exterior glazing can be accessed from the inside, i.e. through side opening windows, snow and ice may be able to be removed using a long handled brush and some warm water or de-icer. Ice scrapers can also be used but obviously you should always avoid leaning too far out of windows. Better safe than sorry.

Is window cleaning safe?

Window cleaning is considered to be one of the most dangerous jobs you can undertake. This is one of the main reasons why people choose to use a professional window cleaner rather than doing it themselves.

Unlike in some other countries which use windows that open up on the inside, making it easier to for the homeowner to clean, most windows installed in British homes need to be cleaned from the outside, so upper storey windows have to be cleaned using either ladders, which can be extremely risky, or by using a high reach water fed pole system. This is something that more and more professional window cleaners are now changing over to. However, these systems are costly and require special filters to purify the water and somewhere to store it before use. This makes them impractical for most homeowners.

One of the great advantages of using a water fed pole sytem is that it reduces the risk of injury dramatically. Unlike in Scotland, there is no government licensing in England or Wales which this means anyone can claim to be a window cleaner. Though many window cleaning businesses expect that eventually laws will be brought in to make ladders illegal for window cleaning, (due to the fact that each year several window cleaners die from falls and many more are injured), it’s unlikely to be implemented in the near future.

Should you risk cleaning your own windows?

It’s not something we would recommend. What we do recommend though, is choosing your window cleaner carefully. As we said, anyone can set themselves up to be a window cleaner, but isn’t it better to choose a reliable, professional company that has invested thousands of pounds in the latest effective cleaning systems that are safe and offer many other benefits too?

To learn more about better cleaning methods click here

Finding a good reliable window cleaner

Finding a good window cleaner is a problem that many home owners face at some point in time. Most of us have a regular window cleaner we can rely on, but what happens when you move to a new location? How do you choose a new window cleaner who can be trusted to do the job and have access to your home when you may not be around?

How do you choose the best window cleaning service in your area to suit your needs?

Price may be your first consideration, but there are other things you should carefully consider when choosing a cleaner if you want to find the best one for the job. Remember, your window cleaner will be providing a regular service so it’s important that you choose one that is going to be reliable and trustworthy.

When comparing window cleaning services you may not only find the fees they charge are quite varied, but also the quality and the type of services they offer can vary too.

Many professional window cleaning companies have moved over to using the water fed pole system of cleaning windows. This system uses pure water to clean windows and is applied using a brush and telescopic pole. This is especially useful for reaching second floor and third floor windows. It also means more privacy for the customer, generally less disturbance, and safer cleaning for the window cleaner. No more climbing ladders in awkward places. The water fed pole system also has the advantage of reaching windows that are almost impossible to reach using ladders, such as windows above conservatories and very narrow places where ladders are impractical.

Companies using the WFP system also tend to include the cleaning of window frames at no extra charge.

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Window cleaning prices

Getting an accurate window cleaning price in most cases requires an onsite visual assessment by your prospective window cleaner. If you search online you can usually find a calculator that will give you a rough guide to what you might pay, but it can never be 100% truly accurate. In fact you will find one on our website here using the link below.

Window cleaning price estimate

There are a number of factors that can affect the calculation of a window cleaner’s quotation, the location of the property is just one of them. Also, the rates at which a window cleaner normally charges, as these can vary from company to company. Many professional window cleaners now use water fed pole systems to clean windows, and usually charge more for this type of cleaning, but it also means the windows don’t have to be cleaned as often because it provides a cleaner, longer lasting finish.

Although QWC provides a set price for the ‘first clean’ when you book your window cleaning, the actual regular price will always be provided by the window cleaner assigned to clean your property, and only after they have completed a visual inspection. This will be carried out during the first clean.

How to choose a good window cleaner

Ok, so you need a window cleaner, but how do you choose the best window cleaning service in your area to suit your needs? Price may be your first consideration, but there are other things you should carefully consider when choosing a cleaner if you want to find the best one for the job. Remember, your window cleaner will be providing a regular service so it’s important that you choose one that is going to be reliable and trustworthy.

When comparing window cleaning services you may not only find the fees they charge are quite varied, but also the quality and the type of services they offer can vary too.

Many professional window cleaning companies have moved over to using the water fed pole system of cleaning windows. This system uses pure water to clean windows and is applied using a brush and telescopic pole. This is especially useful for reaching second floor and third floor windows. It also means more privacy for the customer, generally less disturbance, and safer cleaning for the window cleaner. [ read more ]