Sunday, February 27, 2022

Power Washing or Pressure Washing?

 Are Power Washing and Pressure Washing  Different?

"Pressure" Can Connote Either Effectiveness or Danger

To some, the word pressure translates to power; power that will obliterate any dirt or grime off anything. To others who may think a bit more cautiously, pressure means destroying siding, awnings, lawn furniture, and everything else it hits. It is true that pressure washing can be very effective when employed properly and in the right situations. But consider the fact that if you can draw your name on vinyl siding or a picnic table with enough pressure coming out of a nozzle with a small orifice, the potential danger of damaging property is real. 

"Power" Sounds Safer

Is power washing somehow a lighter version of pressure washing? Could it be a euphemism of sorts to divert attention to the potential danger of unbridled usage of high pressure? This article will not go deep into the technical terms that professional pressure washers use or the specifics of the tools, machines, and accessories that allow proper and safe results. As a pressure washing contractor, I've noticed that some of my colleagues use the term "non-pressure" for certain types of highly specialized tasks such as roof cleaning. This would certainly put many minds at ease if they are worried about a contractor leaving behind a scene of mayhem from property destruction. Is this term going too far?

Professional Cleaning Contractors Simply Do it the Right Way

It really comes down to semantics, in my opinion. A contractor with a machine that provides more force than spraying from a bottle or garden hose does is wielding significant power and in most applications more pressure than the aforementioned. The potential for damage must be understood, respected, and controlled. On the other hand, the potential to deliver amazing results that would require an enormous outlay of time and effort from a property owner doing it the old-fashioned way is quite an attractive proposition. There is a large array of machines, hoses, wands, and nozzles that allow a professional to clean almost anything with relative ease and achieve great results. So, power washing or pressure washing involves definite power and definite pressure, both to be respected. 

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Thursday, February 24, 2022

How Good Are Cleaning Companies at Window Cleaning?

 Is window cleaning part of ordinary cleaning?

Every aspect of cleaning is unique       

There is no question that some cleaning companies truly have a knack for many aspects of cleaning such as polishing furniture, dusting, bathrooms, attention to detail in vacuuming, and so on. Cleaning windows, at least high-visibility ones, are often part of what is expected of cleaning services. 

Window cleaning, common or specialized?

One of the long-running jokes is "I don't do windows". That often is really true among house cleaning companies or office cleaning companies. Some do offer to include window washing as part of their overall service. It is very possible for such companies to produce good results, especially when the windows are easy to access. I often offer window washing at houses where they have a professional cleaning service coming by regularly and see pretty clean windows. That is impressive. In many homes or offices, though, there are windows that are harder to access or are more than just a little dirty. This is where 'specialized' abilities or tools come into play. 

Many windows are not 'ordinary'

If access to some windows requires more than a human reach, perhaps a pole or ladder, then there could be a real issue with attaining quality results that a dedicated window cleaning company would produce.

As this picture bears out, some windows require tall ladders to be reached. Not every cleaning company has a vehicle that can carry such equipment. Many only need to use a regular car or small SUV to conduct their business successfully. Besides the mere use of ladders, safety is a very high consideration in this circumstance. Not to be forgotten is the possibility that even easy-to-reach windows may have contaminants that are very difficult to get off with a spray cleaner and a rag or mop and squeegee. When special cleaners and tools are necessary to take care of such problems, the issue probably goes beyond what a general cleaning service offers. 

Seeking help from a professional window cleaning company can be a win/win

I've found in my 3+ decades of life as a window cleaner, that knowing what I can handle and what I would best refer out is key to keeping customers happy. I have been largely unsuccessful in providing house cleaning services along with my fortes; window washing, power washing, and gutter cleaning. Likewise, I have been able to help many reputable local cleaning companies with some more difficult window cleaning needs that they would rather not take on. When professional cleaning companies work in harmony instead of tearing each other down out of fear of losing out on revenue, it almost always turns out to be a win/win. Add to that a win for the most important component- the home or business owner.

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Monday, February 21, 2022

How Long Can You Keep A Storefront Window Cleaning Account?

 Storefront window cleaner for life?

Keep your customers happy!         

Many window cleaners I know either personally or 'know' online say that storefront window cleaning is not worth pursuing as a part of one's business. They feel, perhaps from personal experience or simply from hearsay, that lowballers will always win out and this endeavor is a 'race to the bottom'. It may be the case for some contractors and more so where competiton is fierce. I have found that when you service areas that have some competition, but are not heavily saturated with window washers that you can retain customers for a very long time. I'll elaborate.

Be reasonable, flexible, and reliable

Storefront owners generally pay me to be their window cleaner as a way to make their customers' first impression a good one. Some owners love to look at their clean windows, but I would say most really want the windows cleaned so they don't have to spend time doing it themselves. For my part, I find that being reliable, and I mean RELIABLE, is extremely high on a business owner's priority list. One storefront owner in East Stroudsburg turned down a competitor of mine, because he said his current wndow cleaning service (Dan Wagner Window Cleaning), was like clockwork! The point is, don't leave your jobs to chance. Get them onto a regular schedule and stick to it yourself, like clockwork. There are times when as a window cleaner you need to be reasonable and flexible. While light rain or snow should rarely if ever affect the quality of your work, heavier precipitation and/or wind may force you to curtail the cleaning for the sake of consideration to the one paying. It has been a relatively rare need for me to do so, thankfully. At times, I have found that I need to alter the order of my daily itinerary a bit to get into restaurants early or at certain times of the day so as not to be a nuisance to a large amount of patrons. 

34 Years?

Yes, I have one storefront customer in the Stroudsburg area who has been using my services since 1988, ever since he opened. I've likely cleaned his windows between 850 and 900 times! Why? Because I have kept my pricing affordable for him,  and have been reliable and professional enough to hold my own against other window washing companies who might like to snag the account.

So, in closing, despite what some window cleaners have experienced or believe, it is possible to keep storefront window cleaning accounts for a long time. And I truly appreciate all those who have trusted me to be their window cleaner indefinitely!

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Sunday, February 6, 2022

When Is the Best Time of Year to Get Your Windows Cleaned?

 Is there a certain time, or times of the year, that are best to have your residential windows cleaned?

Early spring window cleaning
Residential window cleaning


Very good question and of course, that depends. It could depend on where you spend the most time inside looking out and what your favorite seasons are. Perhaps it's during or just prior to winter when you need a small reason to be cheery. Or if you don't have window cleaning done on a regular basis, the best time may be in preparation for an important event you are having at your residential location, such as a wedding, reception, graduation party, an aunt from Europe, etc. 

A key bit of advice is to endeavor to never let residential window cleaning go too long. Understandably, such will require your window cleaner, be it you or a window cleaning company, to expend more time and effort to make them look pristine again. Windows are also subject to a great variety of contaminants and things that dirty them sooner than you'd probably like. They can be what birds, trees, and bushes drop, dirty water or dust from nearby vehicle traffic, high winds, dripping water that may have organic matter from above, and dust or smoke from inside a home. For this reason many have decided to set up automatic cleanings for usually just the outsides every month or two. This assures them of never having to deal with the stress of getting filthy windows cleaned in time for something important. 

A special note: there are many homeowners who like to schedule a professional window cleaning shortly after the pollen season in their particular area comes to a close. I can say that for me, as professional window cleaner, this is prime time in my schedule and they openings are taken fast, sometimes a year in advance. 

Hopefully this has at least provided some valid factors to consider for when you feel it best to schedule a window cleaning

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