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The Best Way to Clean Window Screens
Posted on Wednesday, November 11th 2020


Window ScreensWhen taking the time to clean your windows, it’s (usually) not because you enjoy doing intensive work for the sake of doing intensive work! It’s because you want your house to offer as much curb appeal as possible and to allow the light to grace the home inside.

But why do the work if your window screens are just going to cover up the results of your effort? When it comes to the finished product, cleaning window screens is as important as cleaning the windows themselves — not only for the look, but to keep excess dust and dirt from the air in your home as well.

For those wanting to complete the job, screens and all, let’s break down the process for effectively cleaning window screens with some quick solutions that truly work.

How Often Should I Clean Them?

Window screens can build up as much dirt and grime as any other part of the house, especially depending on how regularly they’re maintained.

At the very least, window screens should be cleaned about once a year. However, leaving the job to a once-a-year limit may turn what could be a relatively simple job into one that’s more difficult.

Be sure to keep your window screens in mind when creating any to-do lists. That way, you can keep the work to a simple touch-up rather than a deep clean of caked-over dirt.

What Is the Best Way to Clean Window Screens?

There are many ways to clean window screens, and most depend on how dirty the screens are and how often you tackle this chore.

If you are consistent with screen cleaning, then a few passes with a soft cloth or an everyday lint roller may be all it takes.

For tougher jobs, it will likely require a simple solution of soap and water. Either dish soap or household vinegar would work, along with a sponge or a washcloth. If those aren’t doing the trick, try scrubbing with a toothbrush!

Window ScreenDo I Have to Remove Screens to Clean Them?

You do not always have to remove window screens to care for them, but it may become necessary depending on the kind of cleaning you are doing. If the work involves soap and water, it may just be simpler to remove the screens to eliminate any cleanup worries afterward.

If your windows are already clean, you’ll definitely want to remove the screens to clean them.

When you wash your screens outside, be sure to keep track of which screen came from which window to avoid any confusion later. Lay out some towels to prevent the screens from touching the ground or grass.


Do I Need Any Special Tools?


Generally, cleaning window screens at your home should be a fairly simple process using the techniques described above.

You could possibly clean screens with a vacuum, as long as it is with a lighter brush attachment. A power washer may damage the screens so an everyday outdoor hose could do the trick. Cleaning window screens is certainly a task that can be done by the average DIY enthusiast. If you’re short on time or already have a professional on the way for other jobs, however, it could be worth saving your time and effort by adding window screen cleaning to their services.

To learn about the many areas where professionals can provide value, contact Fish Window Cleaning by visiting www.fishwindowcleaning.com or by calling 1-877-707-FISH (3474).

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What Makes a Successful Window Cleaning Business?
Posted on Wednesday, November 11th 2020


Fish Window Cleaning Franchise OwnerUnless you it’s your job, no one really enjoys cleaning windows. Additionally, it is sometimes difficult and dangerous to reach windows without special equipment. This is why window cleaning businesses are always in high demand.

While anyone can own a window cleaning business, not everyone will be successful. Here are things to keep in mind to help your window cleaning business thrive.

Be Professional

The way you and your staff present yourself/themselves is a representation to your client of how you will clean their windows. Insist everyone on your team looks neat and tidy at all times. Jeans with holes or shirts with cut off sleeves do not give the appearance of professionalism.

Consider purchasing a vehicle dedicated to the business and marked with the business name.

No one should smoke while on the job. Cell phones should be put away. No one wants to see the window cleaning crew they’ve hired taking a smoke break or texting on the phone.

Your clients need to know they can trust you with their property. Clean up after yourself and leave the property the way you found it.

Customer Service

Being prompt and courteous will go a long way with customers. If there will be a delay, be sure to give the client notice. When scheduling jobs, be sure to provide adequate time in-between. Make sure there is time to do the job right the first time, not a rush job trying to get to the next site.

Once a window cleaning job is complete, check with the client to make sure they are satisfied with their windows. If the client finds something wrong or something that was missed, be sure to correct the problem quickly.

Insurance Assurance

Make sure you have liability insurance and share that information with the client. This will help them understand your business is legitimate, and not a fly-by-night company. In the unlikely chance event that you damage something or someone gets injured, for example, from a falling ladder, this will give the customer peace of mind that your insurance will cover any damages.

Spread the Word

Don’t forget to market and advertise your business. Typically, window cleaning businesses get new customers through word-of-mouth marketing. So, doing the best job possible might bring you more customers in the future. You should also create social media pages on various platforms such as Facebook and Instagram to connect with people and businesses in your area.

It is also a good idea to create a website for your business so you can be found online when people search for window cleaning services.

Partner with the Pros

One way to get a head start on success in the window cleaning industry is to invest with a franchise. Franchises usually have brand recognition, which creates an immediate level of trust with clients. Buying a franchise means buying into a business with a concept that has been tried and tested. Most franchisors have already ironed out the operating kinks before deciding to franchise their business. You will have a web presence, access to marketing tools, and help with customer leads through a corporate call center.

Fish Window Cleaning has been making homes and businesses shine for more than 40 years. We are here to help you through every step of becoming a franchisee. Not only do we have the proper tools to do the job, but we also have the proper training and marketing assistance that will help launch your business.

For more information, visit www.fishwindowcleaning.com/franchise, or call 1-877-707-FISH (3474).

How to Run a Window Cleaning Business: 4 Essential Keys to Success
Posted on Monday, October 26th 2020

 
 

You’ve researched business ideas and determined starting a window cleaning business is the best way to make a living without investing a lot of money. Now that your decision is made, it’s time to learn what it takes to make the business work.

Fish Window Cleaning Franchise OwnerHere are four essential keys to success.

Start with the tools you need

There are hundreds of different tools available for window cleaning. It could be easy to go on a shopping spree and spend a lot of money on things you don’t actually need.

Fish Window Cleaning has a process to help new owners make these decisions. FISH uses years of experience to recommend the products needed when starting a successful window cleaning company, helping you avoid wasting money as you start your business.

Know the right technique

It’s important to think about your technique before you start cleaning windows. Poor technique can lead to streaky windows and much more work.

Learning the way to angle your squeegee to prevent streaks takes time. Fish Window Cleaning will save you time and frustration in the cleaning process making you an expert from the start.

Use marketing to build your client base

Your client base is the foundation of your business, so building it is one of the keys to success. Marketing is the best way to build your base. An easy way to market your business may be by mailing flyers or postcards. Digital marketing online can also be an effective way to start. Figuring out what is most effective in your area takes time and costs money.

New FISH franchise owners are trained in marketing techniques so they don’t have to spend time experimenting with what works and can focus on other aspects of the business. This helps the new owner get off to a faster start while keeping more of their working capital in the bank.

Provide great customer service

Customers who are happy with the job you’ve done are more likely to become repeat customers. Successful window cleaners are meticulous about providing great customer service.

Fish Window Cleaning has made professionalism synonymous with their brand. This includes showing up on time with a pleasant demeanor and doing exceptional work!

Fish Window Cleaning makes it simple to start a new window cleaning business. The model has been successful for four decades and can streamline the process for anyone who is dreaming of a career outside of four office walls. For more information, visit: https://www.fishwindowcleaning.com/franchise/.

How to Clean a Chandelier: DIY or Hire a Pro?
Posted on Friday, October 2nd 2020

 
 

Dining Room with Crystal ChandelierEveryone wants to impress when welcoming visitors into their home. It’s no secret that one of the grandest and brightest statement pieces in many houses is the chandelier. But in order to truly shine, chandeliers must be cared for in a way that differentiates them from other pieces in the house.

Chandelier designs can often be intricate, presenting a challenge for the everyday cleaner. It may be a job for professionals, but it’s not impossible for the DIY enthusiasts who want to learn how to clean a chandelier. Let’s take a look at what you’ll need to clean and care for these grand light fixtures.

Can I do it myself?

As with many cleaning tasks around the home, a chandelier requires effort. Not only do you have to remind yourself to simply put it on the to-do list, but you also need to know what you’re in for when it comes time to take care of the job. However, it can certainly be done.

Chandeliers may be the most detailed cleaning job you’ll encounter. Make sure to form a plan: ensuring you’ll have the lights switched off, knowing if you’ll be taking it down or using a ladder to reach it, taking pictures to ensure you put everything is back in its correct place following the cleaning, and safely using the right equipment and techniques.

Can I clean it without taking it down?

Yes, you can clean a chandelier without taking it down. They can often be heavy and difficult to lower, prompting many DIY enthusiasts to choose the easier option of cleaning their chandelier where it hangs. This does, however, mean more preparation is necessary. Always use caution when heights and ladders are involved.

The plan mentioned above is even more important. You may need to lay padding or blankets on the floor, in case pieces fall during cleaning. Also, make the effort of climbing down and moving your ladder when working on a new section. Rotating the chandelier to reach a new spot could result in problems with its ceiling support.

What’s the best way to safely clean all of the crystal prisms or glass?

One of the more intricate factors in cleaning a chandelier is properly caring for the crystal prisms. It is possible to clean the crystals while still attached to the chandelier, but it may be simpler, safer, and more thorough to detach the crystals (or glass) and clean them separately.

Either way, care is most important. Use a premade solution using one part isopropyl alcohol to four parts distilled water. Spray it on to a lint-free cloth to clean the crystal and use a different cloth to dry it, being careful to avoid streaks or spots.

As mentioned above, part of your plan may include taking photos to know where each crystal should be placed when returning it to the chandelier.

What are the benefits of having the job done professionally?

Cleaning a chandelier is a sophisticated job that includes many of the tasks that the average homeowner may not find comfortable. It is one that involves a heavy fixture, valuable pieces, heights, and special solutions.

As with many large household chores, especially those involving heights or intricacies, it may be worth your time and money to consider having it done professionally. The pros have not only done it countless times before, but they can remove the headache of having to make your own cleaning solution or forming a specified plan to clean your chandelier.

Chandelier cleaning is one of the services provided by Fish Window Cleaning, not only ensuring homeowners have the best curb appeal possible, but that the biggest statement piece inside the home shines as well.

For more information, visit www.fishwindowcleaning.com, or call 1-877-707-FISH (3474).

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9 Services Window Washers Provide that are Worth Every Penny
Posted on Tuesday, September 15th 2020

 
 

Whether you own a home or run a business, your time is precious. So is your money. Though paying for professional window washers may seem like an expense you can live without, it can actually be well worth leaving it to professionals.

Beyond the money you’d spend on necessary equipment, window washers provide more value than the simple dollars and cents that would stay in your pockets. Many of the services a professional window washer offers can save you time and stress, ensure safety, and more.

Searching for a window washer? Here are nine services Fish Window Cleaning offers to make it worth your while.

  Interior and Exterior Window Cleaning

The basics done right. We provide commercial and residential window washing inside and out, ensuring your employees get natural light in the workspace, and doing the same at home while improving curb appeal.
  Storm Window Cleaning

Surviving the elements. Debris, hail, and dirt can all damage your windows over time. Regular window washing, including caring for storm windows, can extend the life of your windows and save you money.
  Mirror Cleaning

Tired of water spots and build-up on your mirrors? Tired of leaving streaks when you clean them? This may be one of the smaller chores on your list, but one that can easily get pushed to a later date. If you’re already bringing in window washers, it may be worth your time to add the mirrors to their task list.
  Gutter Cleaning

It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it. Keeping your gutters clean, and water flowing properly, can prevent roof damage and control the distribution of water around the foundation of the home.
  Ceiling Fan Cleaning

One of those chores that may not even reach your to-do list! We often neglect ceiling fans, but they are in need of care as well. Allowing window washers to also clean your ceiling fans can prevent any accidents during a task that would make even the biggest DIY enthusiasts nervous.
  Skylight Cleaning

Keep the light streaming in by maintaining those hard-to-reach skylights! As with gutters and ceiling fans, trusting professionals to work on projects involving heights, can save both time and money, not to mention peace of mind.
  Screen Cleaning

Having a window washer clean your windows, but not the screens that block them, would leave you without much value. FISH offers screen cleaning to ensure the improvements to your windows are emphasized.
  Chandelier Cleaning

It takes care and expertise to maintain some of the more delicate lighting fixtures in a home or office. It could be well worth your time and stress to employ a professional window washer to climb the ladder and get the job done right.
  Sill Cleaning

It’s one of the areas that invites build-up of dust and grime, so don’t let your window sills ruin an otherwise clean window. Fish Window Cleaning will make certain that any dirt, small debris — or even bugs — aren’t blocking the window tracks.
In addition to these services, Fish Window Cleaning offers many more to ensure your time and money aren’t wasted. The professionals at FISH offer reliable year-round scheduling, emergency cleanings, various billing options, and customized cleaning programs for a combination of the services laid out above.

Save yourself or your employees time, stress, and risk that these jobs require. Call now or click the “Free Estimate” button below for more information.

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Supplies Needed to Start Your Own Window Cleaning Business: 9 Must-Haves
Posted on Tuesday, September 15th 2020

 
 

The pandemic is causing a lot of people to question the benefits of corporate life while dreaming of the independence of entrepreneurship. A window cleaning business can be a great way to break out of the monotony of Zoom calls and e-mails and get you outside in the fresh air. It also has a low overhead, which is always attractive to those who are just starting out in the world of business ownership.

If you are thinking of starting your own window washer business, there are 9 supplies you can buy now.

  Squeegee

The squeegee is the single most important item in a window cleaner’s tool kit. It is commonly a T-shaped tool with a rubber blade, and it provides a streak-free way to clear cleaning solution and dirt from windows.

You will want to make sure you have a quality squeegee on day one!
  Water-Fed Pole

A water-fed pole is a long, extendable pole with a brush head and internal pump, which allows water to be dispensed on demand.

There are a few factors you should consider when buying your first water-fed pole, including budget, what kinds of buildings you plan to clean, and how often you will be using it.

Water-fed poles are usually made of aluminum, fiberglass, or carbon fiber. Aluminum is the cheapest, while carbon fiber can be the most expensive. Carbon fiber is also the most rigid, allowing you to wash windows more efficiently.

If you are planning to mainly clean residential windows, you can get by with a 30–40 foot pole, while commercial buildings may require poles in the 50-foot range.


  T-Bars and Sleeves

You can think of sleeves as mops for cleaning windows. They allow you to scrub away at dirt and tough problem spots. The sleeves go on T-bars that come in different sizes so you can wash windows of all dimensions. 

The sleeves are often made of microfiber and come in different levels of abrasiveness. When choosing your sleeves, you will want to consider how absorbent they are. Sleeves that hold more water let you clean windows for a longer time between dips in the bucket.

Scrapers 

Scrapers are an important part of a window cleaning supply list because some windows cannot be cleaned using soap and scrubbing alone. Most scrapers include a razor blade, which comes in handy when you are trying to remove tape or paint from windows. 
 


 


 Belts and Holsters 

If you are going to start a successful window cleaning business, you should invest in a sturdy belt and holsters that can carry a lot of your supplies. The holsters should be able to hold dry towels, spray bottles, steel wool, your mop, and a few small squeegees. 

Wearing a belt with a holster will give you easy access to anything you may need, and it will keep your supplies clean and dry while you move around the building. 

Cleaning Solution 

The cleaning solution you choose will go a long way in determining the ease in which you can clean windows. Professionals swear by the effectiveness of dishwashing liquid! You may also want to have other solutions at your disposal. There are many new green and environmentally friendly solutions on the market. 

 

   Buckets 

It could be easy to forget about the basics as you are building your window washing business, but you can’t forget buckets! Buckets are essential to any window cleaning mission. You will want to have more than one so you can keep clean water nearby. Empty buckets can always be helpful if you are trying to keep supplies dry and away from dirt. 

Towels 

Towels are another basic that cannot be ignored. Every veteran window washer will tell you how valuable a simple towel can be. Be sure to invest in several microfiber towels that can be used for everything from drying supplies to cleaning small window corners.  
     A Sturdy Ladder 

Any professional window cleaner to needs to have one or two sturdy ladders in his or her truck. Ideally, you would be able to reach and clean all windows with your water-fed pole, but you will need a ladder from time to time. 

A ladder is not a place to cut costs. You should invest in a ladder that is sturdy and safe. Research ladders that work well in grassy areas since you will often be setting up on a lawn. 

Deciding which squeegee, water-fed pole, and other necessary equipment to buy can often be tough for a beginner. 

Franchise owners at Fish Window Cleaning receive guidance from a company that has been cleaning windows for more than four decades. Fish Window Cleaning franchisees purchase supplies from a trusted vendor that assures quality and value, so you will know you are using top-of-the-line gear. 

For more information, visit www.fishwindowcleaning.com/franchise, or call 1-877-707-FISH (3474)
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