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ABCs of Spring Cleaning
Posted on Wednesday, May 27th 2020

It's not too late to do some spring cleaning! Cleaning may not be everyone's favorite task but Jamie Hitmar, owner of Fish Window Cleaning in Durham, NC, shares some tips to make it go smoothly and make it a little more fun for the whole family.

Need help with your spring cleaning? Of course we can check window cleaning off your to-do list but did you know that we also clean gutters, chandeliers and outdoor light fixtures, mirrors, ceiling fans, skylights, and more? Let us help make your spring cleaning easy!

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Why Should Businesses Prioritize Clean Windows?
Posted on Tuesday, May 12th 2020

Cafe StorefrontYour windows are one of the first things your customers will see and we know expectations have changed. Your customers will be paying more attention to cleanliness now than ever before.

Proper cleaning techniques and equipment must be used to help break down and remove viruses that can live on glass, including COVID-19, for several days, as well as other germs, bacteria, and contaminants. Don't put yourself or your employees at risk by cleaning your own windows!

We want to help you and your employees stay focused amidst the new challenges of running a business. We pride ourselves on our reliability - we show up, we keep showing up, and we keep your windows clean without you having to call and schedule or think about your needs in advance.

Employees' expectations have changed too! They want to feel assured they are working in a clean and safe environment.

Initiatives like the American Hotel & Lodging Association's "Safe Stay" emphasize the expectation of higher cleaning standards customers and employees will have.

If your building was closed, according to BOMA International, cleaning prior to building re-entry may be needed. If the building has been occupied or partially occupied, more thorough and more frequent cleaning may be necessary.

Let us help make sure you, your employees, and your customers feel safe all year long with consistent window cleaning services that fit your needs, budget, and schedule.

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Window Cleaning Mistakes To Avoid
Posted on Friday, May 1st 2020

If you're thinking about cleaning your own windows, avoid these common window cleaning mistakes... Or make it really easy and let Fish Window Cleaning take care of them for you! 

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Commercial Window Cleaning: 5 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Pro
Posted on Friday, March 27th 2020

Commercial Window Washing ServicesIf you're interested in hiring a window washing service, be sure to ask these five questions to guarantee you find a company that fits your needs.

It’s amazing what a positive difference window cleaning can make to the look and feel of your business. By simply cleaning the windows, everything feels fresher.

Natural light can come through in all its glory, making the interior of your space feel more welcoming. And from inside, you can see the outdoors more clearly. Passersby see your spotless glass gleaming like a beacon.

Clear, sparkling windows are a reflection of your business. Dirty, hazy windows reduce curb appeal for your guests, clients, and customers. And yet the cleanliness of windows often is one of the most overlooked features of a business.

But cleaning the windows of most commercial buildings, even small ones, is an overwhelming job for an employee to handle, and it takes valuable time away from doing business to handle it in-house regularly. It can be difficult to access most windows, and the average office manager or janitor may not be confident about climbing a ladder and doing work at the top of it, especially the higher they go.

For these and other reasons, it is a no-brainer to hire a professional window cleaner to take care of it quickly and safely. But deciding which commercial window cleaning business to hire can be tough.

To narrow the field and pick the right commercial window washing vendor, try asking the following five questions. You’ll know by the answers which cleaner is the right one for you.

1. Are You Licensed and Insured?

This can be the difference between pros and amateurs. If the window washer is a glorified handyman who hasn’t bothered to get a license or insure the work, look at the next candidate.

If a worker is injured while working on your property, and the window cleaning company doesn’t have proper insurance to cover it, your business may end up the subject of a lawsuit. If the window cleaner causes an accident that damages your property, and they aren’t insured, good luck getting them to pay to repair it without suing them—and then you still may not be reimbursed.

Some pro commercial window cleaning companies may carry additional certifications, which is always a good sign of professionalism.

Commercial Window Cleaning Services2. Do You Have References or Testimonials From Other Clients?

You may not even have to ask the commercial window cleaning company this question directly, with the ready availability of reviews of many businesses on sites such as Google or Facebook. If you come up short online, simply ask the company if they will tell you who some of their previous clients are, so you can reach out to them as references to ask about their experience using the company.

3. How Long Have You Been in Business?

This one goes hand-in-hand with asking for references. Longevity is a sign of being able to satisfy customers to get repeat business and referrals over a long period of time.

4. What Services are Included?

Make sure you are on the same page up front with the window cleaning company about what work is expected as part of your estimate.

Beyond basics such as interior and exterior window cleaning, do they also offer mirror cleaning, ceiling fan cleaning, skylight cleaning, and light fixture cleaning? Do they clean window sills and screens?

You may not want or need these services, but if you do, ask about them and make sure they are part of the package or, if not, how much extra each costs.

5. What Chemicals or Cleaning Agents Will Be Used?

Businesses thrive by having dynamic teams made up of staff members from all walks of life, and each unique member of the team has individual sensitivities and allergies. Ask the commercial window washing company what chemicals and products they use to do the work and whether dust or other airborne contaminants may be present.

This is also an opportunity to survey your team to see what allergies or sensitivities they may have, to compare against what you learn from the window cleaning company before you sign a contract.

Shopping for commercial window cleaning services requires a little discretion and judgement to hire the right company. Using these questions, the choice can become crystal clear.

About Fish Window Cleaning®

Fish Window Cleaning was founded in St. Louis in 1978 and is now the largest window cleaning franchise in the country, with over 275 locations nationwide. FISH provides service to more than 200,000 commercial and residential customers nationwide. Free estimates and customized service plans tailored to each customer’s needs and budget are just a few offered benefits.

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

Face Your Fears — Why Hesitate to Invest in Yourself?
Posted on Friday, October 25th 2019

Halloween Jack-O-LanternHalloween is creeping closer, and now is the season to face your fears — and we don’t mean goblins or ghouls. It’s time to tackle your professional fears and take control of your career. If you’ve always wanted to be a small-business owner but have been too afraid to make the leap solo, consider investing in a franchise. Don’t let fear hold you back from accomplishing your goals.

Recognize Your Fears

While many things in your life could serve as a roadblock to a new, independent career path, fear should not be one of them. If you have a driven personality, a stable financial background and a desire to revamp your career, fear shouldn’t stand a chance. The first step in achieving your dreams is recognizing what’s holding you back.

According to Psychology Today, fear often tells you to avoid anything new or unknown, and can even keep you from making any decision altogether. You may also only see the downside of any situation. If any of those scenarios seem familiar, it may mean that fear is what has been keeping you chained to your desk all this time.

Overcome Your Fear

Once you have recognized that fear is stopping you from achieving your full potential, the next step is to overcome it. Consider taking steps to put your life and your career in perspective. When working to overcome fear, Forbes recommends you educate yourself, have a positive attitude, think long-term, visualize success and get help from friends, family or even a professional counselor. You may also want to make a pro-con list; sometimes writing down your fears and priorities can help you gain some much-needed perspective. Psychology Today recommends you wait to make your final decision once you’ve worked through your emotions and are feeling strong, capable and level-headed.

Take the Next Step

Now that you have a clear vision for your career, make the leap — responsibly. If you are unsure how to go about becoming a small-business owner, consider franchising. At a reputable franchise, such as Fish Window Cleaning, you will have step-by-step guidance on how to build out your business. Along the way, you’ll have access to continuous support, training and inside industry knowledge. You won’t have to tackle this new enterprise alone. The built-in support that comes with a great franchise brand can help you overcome your fears and start down the path to financial freedom and success.

Fish Window Cleaning provides unparalleled support for franchisees from the very beginning. The industry experts at FISH are happy to help guide entrepreneurs using proven methods and a unique, scalable business model. For more information on how to break away from a mundane, boring job and take control of your career, visit FWCFranchise.com.

For more information on investing in a Fish Window Cleaning location, visit FWCFranchise.com.

Back to School and Business is Booming
Posted on Monday, October 14th 2019

Now that fall is in full swing, kids are back in school and many companies are starting to see a spike in business — Fish Window Cleaning included. In fact, back-to-school season is often considered the second-biggest shopping holiday after Christmas. You may be surprised to learn that the spending spike goes beyond retail — it extends to the service industries as well. Families are switching gears from summer to autumn routines, and of course, the holidays are approaching. The key to riding out this business wave as a franchisee is in preparation and insight into your industry.

New Routines

The leaves are turning colors, the temperature is dropping, and kids are headed back to school. For most families, this transition time means new schedules and new routines. Switching things up from the lazy days of summer to the busier school days can often leave parents with less time to keep the house tidy. It makes sense that Mom and Dad might call in a little help from the professionals for things like tidying around the house, meal-prepping, window cleaning and more. A clean house amidst a chaotic schedule can help ease the transition for families during this busy time.

Holiday Season is Coming

In addition to a new, busier routine, fall means the holidays are coming! Halloween will be here before you know it. In the blink of an eye, Thanksgiving and Christmas will follow. Many families opt to bring in professional cleaning help so they can focus on fun traditions, enjoying the season and spending time with family and friends.

Clean windows can set the tone for the home this holiday season — starting with decorations! Whether you are putting up spooky Halloween window clings or hanging holiday wreaths in the windows, décor will adhere much better to a nice clean window. Not to mention, sparkling clean windows can help welcome friends and family to your home for a festive evening of holiday celebrations.

Clean windows are also important for businesses as well. The holiday season is peak shopping season, so now is the time to shine up your storefront and welcome in busy shoppers. One of the best ways to draw in holiday shoppers is with festive window displays and fun holiday décor. You wouldn’t want dirty, smudged windows to detract from your decorations.

The FISH Insight

While many different industries may see an increase in sales during the autumn season, it’s important to know and understand the trends in your specific industry. For example, Fish Window Cleaning is the window cleaning industry expert. FISH has a team of dedicated professionals monitoring industry trends to help FISH stay ahead of the curve. This wealth of industry knowledge ensures that every franchisee is prepared for an uptick in business come fall — that’s the FISH difference! A reputable franchise, such as Fish Window Cleaning, understands the natural ebb and flow of business and prepares franchisees accordingly. FISH franchisees have access to unparalleled training and resources to make sure the fall busy season goes smoothly.

For more information on investing in a Fish Window Cleaning location, visit FWCFranchise.com.

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