Tips & Advice
Do window washing services also clean the window frames?
Window washing services can clean the window frames, but they might charge an additional fee. The cost for frame-cleaning can run between $0.50-$5 per frame. Regular frame cleaning is essential, since dirt, dust, and dead insects can accumulate over time in the window tracks.
How much do window washing services cost?
Window washing services tend to cost $200-$300 to clean all the windows in a dwelling. Many companies charge by the window pane, and you can expect to pay between $2 and $7 per pane. Alternatively, some window washing companies charge by the hour. Windows that are hard to reach or excessively dirty will cost more.
Do window washing companies provide over-the-phone quotes?
Yes, most window washing companies offer quotes over the phone. For the most accurate quote, you’ll need to be prepared with detailed information such as how many stories the building has, and what types of windows are being cleaned. Some companies offer online estimate tools with diagrams that make it easy to identify window types.
How often should window washing services be used?
Ideally, have your windows washed every few months. If you live near a forest and your windows accumulate lots of dirt and pollen, monthly washing may be necessary. City dwellers who live in environments with lots of smog might also require monthly window washing. As an added benefit, clean windows allow more sunlight into your home, which can help reduce heating bills in the winter.
What types of cleaning products are used for window washing?
Most window washers use squeegees, scrapers, sponges, and microfiber cleaning cloths paired with glass cleaner. Ammonia-based glass cleaners can damage leaded or stained glass, and ammonia-free alternatives are available. Eco-friendly glass cleaners use natural ingredients such as vinegar and essential oils.
Does professional window washing include the interior glass?
Many companies offer professional window washing services that include both the exterior and interior glass--even those that are very large or high and hard to reach. If your windows have screens, professional window washers can remove them and wash them by hand. If your windows have exterior or interior glass that has been marred by paint, this can be scraped away during the washing process.
How often should vacuums be serviced?
Ideally, service vacuums every 12-18 months. With time, dirt and lint can gather on the vacuum's motor bearings, which can slow the roll of its brush and place undue strain on its motor. The brush may also wear out with time, and this can reduce the vacuum's cleaning ability by as much as 50 percent. Dirty motor bearings can also cause the vacuum's engine to overheat.
Do vacuums with higher amperage clean better?
Vacuums with higher amperage don't necessarily provide better cleaning. A vacuum's amperage is the amount of electric current that flows through the unit. While high amperage can favorably affect performance, other factors play even more important roles. Air flow is a key variable to consider, since it will give you an idea of how well the vacuum handles suction. Other important factors include filtration, hose quality, and nozzle design.
What is the difference between a canister and an upright vacuum?
Upright vacuums stand vertical, and include the motor and suction head in the same unit. With canister vacuums, the cleaning nozzle is located at the end of a wand that connects to a wheeled canister via a hose. The canister holds the unit's engine, filter, and dust bags, and it needs to be dragged by the user when the vacuum is being operated. Upright vacuum cleaners tend to be less expensive than canister vacuums, but canister models tend to be more maneuverable.
What is a stick vacuum cleaner?
A stick vacuum cleaner has its dustbin container incorporated within the stick that connects to the nozzle. This gives it a cleaner look than other types of vacuum cleaners, and it also reduces its weight. Stick vacuum cleaners require minimal storage space, so they're a good choice for apartment dwellers. However, they typically have less cleaning power than other types of vacuums.