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Window Screen Cleaning: Safely and Effectively Clean Your Screens
Posted on Thursday, July 23rd 2020

Window ScreenMany people think cleaning windows is a tedious task. Wait until you try and clean the screens!

Window screen cleaning is a project many people put off as long as possible, if they even tackle it at all. Keep in mind, this is not an inside job. We recommend taking down all the screens and taking them outside.

Before you get started, here are some recommended supplies for your window screen cleaning project: 
  • - Drop cloth or large sheet
  • - Scrubbing brushes
  • - Rubber gloves
  • - Bucket
  • - Garden hose for cleaning outside
  • - Lint brush
  • - Vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment or cordless handheld vacuum
  • - White vinegar
  • - Dish soap
  • - Soft cloth
  • - Toothbrush
  • - Sponge

Determine the Dirt Level

Dirt Level One

If your screens are just a little dusty, use a lint roller brush. You probably have one of these in your closet. Roll the lint brush over each screen on both sides two or three times to remove the loose dust. Do a quick rinse with water and let the screens air dry on the drop cloth.

Dirt Level Two

If your screens are covered in dust, loose dirt and maybe even pollen, it’s time to bring in some heavier artillery; a vacuum cleaner or a cordless handheld vacuum. If your vacuum cleaner has a hose attachment with a soft bristle brush, it’s the way to go. Only use your vacuum cleaner if it has a soft brush attachment. Otherwise, use the cordless handheld vacuum. Vacuum against each screen with light pressure to avoid tearing the screens then rinse with a hose and allow to dry.

Dirt Level Three

If you have caked-on dirt and grime all over your screens, they will need a little elbow grease. Mix a solution of one tablespoon dish soap to a half-gallon of warm water and scrub the screens using a sponge. You can also replace the dish soap with a tablespoon of white vinegar. Rinse well with water and air dry.

Dirt Level Four

If you have stubborn dirt (or possibly bird poop) stains on your screens, grab a toothbrush. Using the solution suggested above, wash the screens and gently brush the dirt off the screens. Rinse with the hose and return the screens to the drop cloths and allow to dry.

Inspect for Damage

Taking the screens down and cleaning each one by hand gives you a great opportunity to check the screens for any damage or signs of wear and tear. Holes and gaps can allow bugs or small critters to creep in.

It’s best if you aim to clean your window screens at least twice a year to keep the air flowing and reduce allergens. It can also extend the life of your screens.

If this sounds like too much of a chore, consider hiring a professional like Fish Window Cleaning. 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. Click here to see a full listing of our window washing services and to schedule a free estimate.

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Window Cleaning Insurance: Needs, Cost, and Types of Coverage
Posted on Wednesday, July 8th 2020

Window cleaning is a profitable venture, as owners of residences and businesses are in constant need of these services. Most businesses carry risks and require insurance coverage, and window cleaning is no exception.

Personal injury—to workers and others nearby—is a common risk in window cleaning, as workers use ladders, scaffolds, and other means to access hard-to-reach surfaces. Insurance is a must for window cleaning companies, and it is important to make sure the policy covers what it should.

Having coverage isn’t just important for your own protection. Many corporate clients entering into a window cleaning contract with your business may require proof of a certain amount of coverage, to protect themselves as well in the event of property damage or personal injury caused in the course of your providing the services.

Here are a few types of policies relevant to protecting a window cleaning business.

General Liability Insurance

Just about every business needs a comprehensive general liability policy to cover loss in the event of property damage, personal injury, and other liabilities that may arise.

If a worker breaks an expensive window or drops equipment onto a pedestrian below and causes bodily injury, general liability coverage will help protect the business against financial loss and make the injured party whole.

This coverage should include legal costs involved with defending against a lawsuit related to property damage or injury.

Workers Compensation

Your employees are your greatest resource. If they are injured while working for your window cleaning business, you may be responsible for the consequences medically and legally.

If an employee is hurt on the job, workers comp insurance will cover his or her medical care and lost income.

Commercial Auto Insurance

Injuries and damage don’t just occur in the course of climbing and cleaning. Your employees must travel to and from jobs, possibly in a vehicle owned by your window cleaning business.

It is critical for your operation to have commercial auto insurance coverage, which will cover damage and injuries caused in vehicular accidents as well as theft, vandalism, fire, or other damage. Without this coverage, your business could be stuck paying out of pocket.

Inland Marine Insurance

“Inland marine” insurance is not the same as “marine insurance,” which would cover losses suffered when transporting items across water. Instead, inland marine insurance covers products, materials, and equipment when transported over land, such as in a window cleaning van, or when temporarily stored.

Your business will invest in expensive equipment. Inland marine insurance will protect it from damage or theft.

The cost of these various types of window cleaning insurance policies will vary based on the size and scope of the business, what kind of equipment and vehicles it uses, how much coverage you need, and other factors.

If you are opening a franchise window cleaning business, your franchisor can help guide you and connect you with insurance companies familiar with the window cleaning industry—and possibly help you get a good corporate rate. If you are opening an independent venture, consult a local insurance agent to evaluate options.

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).
 

Window Cleaning Industry Analysis: Free Market Report
Posted on Wednesday, July 8th 2020

At a time of increased scrutiny of cleanliness, the already promising window cleaning industry takes on added strength.

The overall cleaning services market—encompassing window cleaning and other services used by residential and commercial customers—is on track to grow at a CAGR of 6.2% by 2022, according to a report by Allied Market Research. The data evidences a consistent demand for cleaning services among commercial consumers (such as retail buildings, offices, hospitals, public buildings, etc.).

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the overall cleaning industry is growing at a faster rate than many other industries. The average growth in other industries is projected to be 7% from 2016 to 2026, but research puts the cleaning industry at a rate of 10% growth by 2026.

Solid, Ongoing Business

Commercial window cleaning can be especially lucrative, because a window cleaning business can develop recurring, regular work. Overall, commercial cleaning companies are the most profitable segment of the cleaning industry, capturing 55% of the market in 2019.

General cleanliness is at more of a premium, perhaps, than ever before, as businesses are now hyper-vigilant in cleaning measures as employees begin to return to the workplace. This change in protocol toward enhanced cleanliness is expected to stay.

A Low Risk Venture

A window cleaning industry analysis reveals that risk is low in the window cleaning industry, as it is a relatively recession-proof business; clean work spaces are integral to productivity, and as more people work remotely and from home, that concept bleeds into residential business. Even people who don’t work from home place more importance than ever on cleanliness at home.

The specialty segment of cleaning windows is strong, since many general cleaning services do not clean or do not adequately clean windows.

Risk can be reduced exponentially more by partnering with a franchise system rather than opening a window cleaning business from scratch. The arc toward break-even level and then profitability is much shorter than when going the independent path.

Franchise companies in the industry have invested in extensive window cleaning industry analysis and developed efficient best practices. This may include operational software as well as systems for assistance with lead generation and follow-up.

Fish Window Cleaning provides franchisees, for example, with web-based proprietary software that handles routing, scheduling, and accounting of profit and loss, accounts receivable, and more. They also provide extensive training and support, including a corporate call center to capitalize on leads.

Whether you open a franchise-branded or independent window cleaning business, you will enjoy a low-risk, profitable endeavor.

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).
 

How to Open a Commercial Window Cleaning Business
Posted on Wednesday, June 24th 2020

If you have given some thought recently about starting a commercial window cleaning business, you know there are many things to consider. You will want to know you are making a good investment and your business will be profitable. From securing financing to creating a business plan to purchasing equipment and developing a customer base, you must research and prepare before you open up shop.
Fish Window Cleaning Franchisee
The good news is this is a great time to get into the commercial window cleaning business. The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts the cleaning industry to grow by seven percent by 2028 – which is on pace to outperform the average growth in other industries by two percent.

Commercial window cleaning businesses have several built-in advantages when compared to other businesses. Many people can enter the field without extensive background or specialized training.

In relation to other fields, a commercial window cleaning business requires far less of a financial investment from the start.

Business Plan

Once you decide to move forward in opening a commercial window cleaning business, you need to develop a solid business plan, which will serve as a roadmap for your company operations and its path to success. This overview should include a menu of services the company will offer, a marketing strategy to bring in customers, and a financial guide to cover expenses and achieve a profit.

Equipment Needs and Insurance

To properly execute the job, you will need to research the proper equipment. Depending on the scope of service, this equipment can include buckets, sponges, scrapers, ladders, mops, and cleaning solutions. You might also want to invest in a vehicle with signage – not only to transport you and any employees from job to job but to carry the equipment, too.

You will also need to determine the proper setting for an office to handle the business’ daily operations and paperwork.

Even if you are the sole employee, you will need to invest in liability insurance in case you get injured on the job.

Fish Window Cleaning FranchiseeSolo or Supported?

Another important decision to make is if you want to start your own commercial window cleaning company or buy a franchise. One of the major advantages to becoming a franchise owner is that so many of these decisions and resources are already in place. If you have no experience in the field, a franchise will provide the necessary training and support. The business plan has already been created, and you as the franchisee simply follow the established model.

One of the biggest benefits of being part of a franchise is the business that comes through the partnership. You will receive the company’s name value and brand awareness that resonates with the customers. That means less time promoting the business and attracting clients, so you can focus on running daily operations. Marketing and PR are part of the Franchise Agreement, giving you additional visibility and additional customers.

Fish Window Cleaning is the leader in the window cleaning industry. Founded in St. Louis in 1978, FISH is now the largest window cleaning franchise in the country, with over 275 nationwide locations.

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.

A lot of work and preparation goes into starting a commercial window cleaning business. The advantage to buying a franchise is many decisions are already made, and the support and resources are there for you. If you would like to know more about the nation’s leading commercial window cleaning franchise, click here to request more information.

 

Gutter Cleaning Services: DIY or Hire a Pro? Know the Risks.
Posted on Monday, June 22nd 2020

Gutter CleaningNo one enjoys spending a perfectly good afternoon cleaning gunk out of the gutters. However, it is an important piece of home maintenance. Not cleaning your gutters can do a lot of damage to your home, and yet cleaning the gutters yourself can put you in danger.

Gutters need to be cleaned at least twice a year. Gutters collect rainwater from the roof and direct it away from the foundation of your home. A clogged gutter could cause a backup of water which could potentially build up around the foundation. Depending on the amount of water, it could then leak into your basement or crawl space. Left unchecked, this could lead to costly foundation issues and even mold.

Clogged gutters can also damage your roof line – putting a strain on the boards, called fascia, which support the gutters. Rotted wood and insect damage go hand in hand with neglected gutters too.

Now that we know why clean gutters matter. Let’s examine the reasons why a do-it-yourself gutter cleaning can be risky.

Fear the Fall

This one is a no-brainer. Anytime you climb a ladder for any reason you put yourself in danger. Of course, falling from a step stool while reaching in the upper cabinet for a box of cereal is one thing. Falls from 10-feet in the air (average roof line height of a single-story home) or worse, 20-feet (average roof line height of a two-story home) can do some serious bodily harm.

It’s easy to slip and fall on from a ladder, especially when it is unstable. Even if someone is holding the bottom of the ladder, the action of reaching and leaning over to one side can send you tumbling to the ground below.

Shock Factor

Shockingly enough, falls are not the only risk related to ladders. Using a ladder can put you in danger of electrocution. The Consumer Product Safety Commission warns that people can be shocked or electrocuted if a ladder comes in contact with electrical wires around the home. Even if you position your ladder away from a wire entry in your home, a sudden gust of wind or shift in position could cause the ladder to slide into an electrical line.

Pigeon on Window SillGutter Germs

Think about all the birds, animals and rodents that use your roof as a rest stop. Nature can be nasty. These critters can leave behind a lot of bacteria-laden fecal matter which can end up in the gutter. Without the proper protection and gear, you are putting yourself at risk of getting sick every time you reach in there to remove the debris – and not just due to the droppings.

Decaying plant matter in your gutters can also release mold spores and fungi when disturbed. This can cause an allergic reaction or respiratory issues. It can also irritate your hands, nose, ears, and eyes, resulting in rashes or worse.

Professional gutter cleaning service providers already have the proper protection. 

You can avoid all those dangers by hiring a professional gutter cleaning service, such as Fish Window Cleaning (window cleaning is in our name, but we take care of gutters, too). The pros at FISH are trained in ladder safety. They have the proper debris removal tools and personal protective equipment to clean your gutters properly, safely, and efficiently.

Reach out and request your free estimate – just click here to get started.

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The Value of Hiring a Window Washing Service
Posted on Thursday, June 11th 2020

 
 

You have probably heard the phrase, “I don’t do windows.” Maybe you have even said it. But there comes a time when your windows will need attention — and not even a good set of shades will shield you from seeing the obvious.

Aside from removing the dirt and grime, there are six benefits of hiring a window washing service.

Antique LadderSafety

One obvious reason for hiring a window washing service — washing windows can be extremely dangerous! The second you get on a ladder; all bets are off.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
  • 500,000 falls from ladders occur annually
  • 43 percent of fatal falls in the last decade have involved a ladder
  • Among construction workers, an estimated 81 percent of fall injuries treated in United States emergency departments involve a ladder
  • 97 percent of falls occur at home
Most professional window cleaning services take ladder safety very seriously and implement strict safety training and practices which adhere to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rules. It might be best to save yourself the trouble and potential tragedy and go with a pro.

Extend the Life of Your Windows

Regular cleaning of your windows helps them last longer. Dirt, debris, hard water, and rain can damage your windows eventually. These materials etch into the glass and cause scratches. A professional window washing service removes corrosive contaminants from your windows, protecting them from this danger.

Window with Plants

Lower Your Bills

According to window manufacturers, dirty windows can wreak havoc on your energy bill. Damaged windows seals can cause leaks, fogging, and condensation, which can lead to higher energy bills and mold issues. Painted sashes and clogged window channels can keep windows from opening during a fire emergency, which may cost lives. A professional window washing service will notify you of any problems they notice, so you can fix them before they become serious.

Pest Control

A variety of insects are attracted to windows, and their invasion could become a major problem. Yellowjackets and hornets like to build their nests within door frames and behind window shutters. Spiders can build large webs in the corners of window areas to trap bugs and feed on them. All these unwanted guests can make it tough to operate your windows. When a window is opened, or if you come close to the nest, you may be stung or bitten if the insect feels threatened.

A professional window washing service can help spot and dispose of any of these problem areas so that your family is kept safe from bug bites, stings, and from malfunctioning windows that could prevent emergency escapes.

Save Time and Money

Have you ever tried to clean your windows yourself? Washing your windows is a time-consuming task. An average-sized house can take several hours to clean. To do it right, you also need special cleaning tools and equipment. At minimum, you will need a mop, squeegee, towels, a scraper, and a ladder. In case you forgot already, go back to the previous paragraph for our warning about ladders.

Hiring a professional window washing service will free up your valuable time to tackle other projects around the house and save you from spending extra money on unnecessary supplies.

Exterior of Home

Curb Appeal

Whether you are a homeowner or a business owner, it is important to keep up appearances when it comes to your property. Over time, your windows build up a layer of dirt, water deposits, streaks, smudges, and fingerprints. This grime can obscure the incoming light and become an unsightly distraction to visitors.

Clean windows help to create a positive first impression for guests and customers. For business owners, sparkling windows tell your customers that you are conscientious and pay attention to details. And they help promote your retail products in the best possible light. It also makes your business more inviting.

A professional window cleaning can boost the aesthetic of your home, which can be crucial when you are trying to increase your curb appeal to encourage a sale.

So, you see — there are a lot of great reasons you should hire the right window cleaning service to come and do a professional job. Fish Window Cleaning is that company. Founded in St. Louis in 1978, FISH is now the largest window cleaning franchise in the country, with over 275 nationwide locations.

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).

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