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5 Gutter Cleaning Tools to Make The Job Less Daunting
Posted on Wednesday, August 19th 2020

 
 

Gutter CleaningGutters catch rainwater from your roof and channel it to the downspouts. Keeping your gutters clean will allow precipitation runoff to flow freely and prevent excess water from pooling around the home, avoiding damage to the foundation.

Clogged gutters can also increase the load on roofs, causing them to sag and leak — creating an opportunity for rot and deterioration along the fascia and soffits on your home.

Cleaning your gutters is a dirty and dangerous job. You want to rid your gutters of gunk a minimum of once a year — more often if you have a lot of trees in your yard.

It is a lot harder than it might look. For one, you’ll likely need to use a ladder — which is a dangerous undertaking if you’re not used to working on one — let alone the issue of heights.

But if you are determined to try it as a DIY, here are some tools that might make the job easier.Blow Out
You can buy specially designed gutter cleaning attachments that will fit on the end of a standard Shop-Vac or leaf blower. These items will work if your gutters are filled with mostly dry debris such as leaves, small twigs, or pine needles. These attachments curve over the edge of the gutter to suck the debris into the vacuum.

Super Duper Scooper

If you aren’t afraid of heights, this handheld device requires you to get at least eye-level with the gutters you want to tackle. It looks like an elongated kiddie shovel and is the most time consuming of all the tools. You must physically scoop out the stuff from the gutters and toss it to the ground below.
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Twig Tongs

Another device is a gutter tong. This tool is operated by a rope attached to a metal pole that can be extended up to two stories. It can be used to grasp the debris and lift it out of the gutter. This is especially helpful when the material in the gutter is too wet and heavy to be vacuumed out.

Gutter Flusher

You can also blast away debris with a special device that can turn your garden hose into a power sprayer. This is an extendable metal pole with an angled nozzle that attaches to a garden hose. The device sometimes has a detachable mirror so you can view the inside of the gutter you are cleaning.

Gutter Grinder

If you really want to get fancy, there is a device that uses a rotating brush at the end of a retractable pole to rid the gutters of gunk. This piece of equipment requires you to connect it to a drill in order to operate the bristles.

Rather than put yourself in a precarious position on a ladder, and spending your money on a tool that you might only use once a year and will take up storage space in your garage or shed, you might want to leave gutter cleaning up to the pros.

The experts at Fish Window Cleaning have ladders tall enough to safely reach rain gutters, plus they have the right tools for the job — no matter what is stuck in your downspout. The pros at FISH can also spot signs of damage.

Fish Window Cleaning has been making homes and businesses shine for more than 40 years. Not only do we have the proper tools to do the job, but we also have the proper training. We can get in those hard-to-reach places and remove any debris from your gutters and downspouts before it can cause any damage. Our services are probably more affordable than you think. So why DIY when we can do it for you?

For more information about our gutter cleaning services, visit https://www.fishwindowcleaning.com/services/gutter-cleaning.

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The Benefits of Joining a Window Cleaning Franchise
Posted on Wednesday, August 19th 2020

 
 

Fish Window Cleaning FranchiseesThe Benefits of Joining a Window Cleaning Franchise

You have been thinking for a while now about starting your own window cleaning business. But what is the best route to go? Alone or a franchise? Studies show that franchises have a success rate of approximately 90 percent, as compared to only about 15 percent of businesses that are started from the ground up. With the eight items below, learn why a window cleaning franchise is a great option with a high success rate.

Track Record of Success

Many reliable window cleaning franchises have developed methods that work well and see great results. The hard part has been done for you. 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.

Ongoing Operational Support

Knowing there are people dedicated to providing you, as the franchisee, ongoing support is a huge plus. You can have peace of mind knowing you are not going through this process alone. The phrase “In business for yourself, but not by yourself” applies in this case. Not only will you have the franchisor as a resource, you also have an entire community of fellow franchisees who will have your back.

Brand Recognition

This is one of the biggest advantages of franchising. Think about it, the franchise already has an established brand, recognized on a regional and national basis. This will add value in the eyes of customers you're trying to reach, not only in name recognition but also in trustworthiness.

Training Programs

Franchise systems have similar goals, and those are to achieve consistent, sustainable replication of their brand. An important component in achieving that goal is training. A major window cleaning franchise, Fish Window Cleaning, provides extensive training to new franchisees on all aspects of the business.

Marketing Assistance

A marketing strategy is vital to a successful business. How else will customers become familiar with what you do? A franchise system has already developed a solid marketing plan, and as a franchisee, you will reap the benefits of it. If you become a Fish Window Cleaning franchisee, you will have access to marketing tools such as SEO, vehicle branding, and a corporate call center.

Proven Business Plan

Having a business plan can help companies grow 30 percent faster. As a business owner that opts to purchase a franchise, you will have a business plan already in place. This alone could save you so many sleepless nights at the beginning of your young entrepreneurship.

Purchasing Power

Obviously, everything has a price. For example, a window cleaning franchise will need equipment to get the job done. A franchise has the buying power to negotiate prices for everything you need; at lower costs than you could achieve as an independent operator.

Risk Avoidance

The biggest reason, for most people, to purchase a franchise is that it will help you avoid the risk of starting a new business. That doesn’t mean you are 100 percent in the clear, though. Researching and doing your due diligence will help you understand the complete process of becoming a new franchisee.

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 launch your business to the top. The window cleaning franchise to be a part of is Fish Window Cleaning.

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

Window Washing Tools: 6 Tools You Need for Spotless Windows
Posted on Wednesday, August 12th 2020

 
 

Cleaning windows is not an easy task. It is a big job, especially if you have a two-story home. In order to get good results, you have to have the right tools. Professional window cleaners have a lot of tools in their arsenal to get those panes perfectly clean.

If you decide to do it yourself, here are just a few of the tools you should consider buying.

Fish Window CleanerSqueegee

This is a great tool for removing water from your windows. Choose a high-quality sturdy squeegee with a replaceable rubber blade. The size of the squeegee depends on the size of the window. If you have multi-pane windows, measure the pane before you buy the squeegee to ensure it will fit inside.

T-bar and Mop

This tool looks very similar to a squeegee. Instead of a rubber strip, it has a mop head that allows you to wet the window to dampen bits of dirt and residue that may be stuck to the glass. Some strip applicators come with an optional nylon scrubbing pad to help with the removal of more difficult substances.

Fish Window Cleaning BucketBucket

The size of your bucket will depend on the size of the t-bar and mop you will be using. You want the head of those tools to fit into the bucket. You need to make sure you will be able to move it around when filled with water.

Ladder

There are a few things to consider when selecting a ladder. Choose a ladder that is tall enough to allow you to easily reach the windows you are trying to clean. The ladder should be sturdy and thoroughly inspected before use.

Sponge

A large sponge is great for getting into corners to remove any trapped dirt. It also holds a lot of water, which reduces the need to keep dipping into the bucket.

Fish Window CleanerLint-Free Cloths

Soft lint-free towels are great for drying any last spots on your windows that might be left behind from the squeegee. You’ll want to have several cloths on hand and switch to a dry one as the one before gets damp to avoid streaks.

If that shopping list seems too long and expensive, consider leaving this tedious task up to the professionals. There is value in hiring a window washing service.

Fish Window Cleaning has been making homes and businesses shine for more than 40 years. Not only do we have the proper tools to do the job, but we also have the proper training. We can get in those hard-to-reach places and remove those stubborn spots and buildup. Our services are probably more affordable than you think. So why DIY when we can do it for you.

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

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Removing Water Spots on Windows: How to Fix & Prevent Spotting
Posted on Wednesday, August 12th 2020

 
 

Water Spots on WindowWater, water, everywhere, but not every drop is the same. In many areas of the country, hard water is the norm. This is simply water that has a high mineral content — mainly magnesium and calcium. This type of water is filtered and treated to make it drinkable and potable, but the softening process doesn’t remove all traces of the minerals.

When hard water evaporates on a surface such as a window, it leaves behind the minerals which dry and harden. The spots are not very noticeable at first, but after a while, the deposits build up to create a thick whitish glaze. In the early stages, these deposits are easy to get off but after a while, the sun will bake these spots onto the glass, making them hard to remove.

These hard water spots can permanently damage your windows if nothing is done to address the problem. The reason? Glass is porous and susceptible to corrosion.

If you want to try removing hard water spots on windows yourself, here are some tricks that may work:

Rubbing Alcohol: To remove mild hard water spots on windows, mix one part water with one part rubbing alcohol and apply it to the glass with a soft cloth. Be sure to dry the window when finished.

Toothpaste: Non-gel fluoride toothpaste can help remove hard water stains from windows. Squeeze a small amount of toothpaste on a soft towel and spread it over the hard water spots. Let the paste sit for five to ten minutes then wipe off with a wet towel or sponge.

Vinegar: Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar and spray the glass. Allow the vinegar to sit for a minute, respraying as it dries. Wet a towel with the vinegar and scrub the glass. Dry the window with a soft cloth. Wear rubber gloves since vinegar can be irritating to the skin.

All of the tricks mentioned may only remove hard water spots that are just beginning to appear. Removing older hard water spots on windows can be more difficult. Professionals like the experts at Fish Window Cleaning are trained on how to tackle these tough stains.

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. To learn more about our hard water stain removal services and window cleaning options we offer, or to schedule a free estimate, click here.

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How to Start an Exterior Cleaning Business: 6 Tips for Success
Posted on Wednesday, August 12th 2020

 
 

Commercial and residential cleaning services — both interior and exterior — are good business. For instance, overall, exterior cleaning alone saw an average industry growth of 2 percent from 2015 to 2020.

It can be grueling, time-consuming work for a homeowner to clean their own home exterior in between career and family obligations — and many people work multiple jobs these days. Hiring a cleaning service to handle cleaning gutters, storm windows, screens, and other outside surfaces is a big help.

Likewise, due to the busy lifestyles of homeowners, cleaning interior elements such as windows, mirrors, ceiling fans, skylights, chandeliers, and more tend to disappear from “DIY” lists. It makes sense to hire specialists to do the cleaning — and do it well. And some tasks around the outside of a home can be unsafe for the novice to take on as a weekend project.

The same goes for commercial buildings, where janitorial staff may not be cut out for these specialized tasks.

But providing exterior and interior cleaning services for residences and businesses requires more than just picking up some cleaning supplies.

Franchise owners operating a branded cleaning services business will have a ready-made system for success, but an independent entrepreneur may need to consider the following tips when starting out.

Business Plan

You may say, “I’m only cleaning windows and gutters and stuff; I don’t need a business plan,” but it’s prudent to create one no matter what type of business you’re starting — especially if you need to apply for a small-business loan to get started.

It doesn’t have to be complicated, but your business plan will set forth your description of your business, a summary of who is involved and does what, what services you will offer, how you will market your services, what your plan is for operating and managing the business, and how much (if any) funding you need.

Business Entity

Again, no matter how simple your operation will be, you need a formal business entity, if for no other reason than to help shield you personally from liability in the event of property damage or injury to someone.

Consult an attorney for full advice on whether to choose an LLC, a corporation, or other partnership. Remember also that the Small Business Administration has many resources available as you begin to form your enterprise.

Equipment

Obviously, you will need ladders. How many and what size depend on your budget and your crew. Also, be sure to use some type of ladder stabilizer, to keep you stable and keep your ladder from pressing against certain surfaces and gutters.

For windows, you’ll need squeegees, extension poles, t-bars and mops, scrapers, cleaning solutions and buckets, towels, belts, and holsters.

For gutter cleaning, you’ll be digging lots of wet, rotten leaves and other organic matter — even dead rodents and birds — out of gutters, so get some quality rubber gloves. You may also need a rake, a shovel, buckets, tarps, or a wheelbarrow to collect and dispose of gutter contents you remove.

Screen cleaning requires unique tools as well.

Regardless of the scope or menu of services you decide to offer, you’ll also need software for billing and providing estimates.

Vehicle

You need transportation that can tote your supplies and your ladder or ladders. If it’s just you, you can even put a rack on top of your car.

Depending on how much business you’re doing and how many helpers you have, you may need a truck or van.

Insurance

Whatever can go wrong very well might, especially doing work that has some degree of danger. Cover your business in case it does by getting insurance coverage.

At the very least, you’ll need general liability insurance (a policy in the name of your business entity as the insured) and commercial auto insurance for your vehicle.

If all goes well and you grow the business to include a team of workers, you may also need workers’ compensation insurance.

Marketing

This part can be fun. Find a creative and catchy name for your business to make it stand out and be memorable.

Start with business cards and handbills advertising your services. 

Social media such as a Facebook page is a great way to begin spreading your reach.

A basic website for your cleaning business, with your contact information and a list of services, is also advisable.

If you choose to buy a franchise cleaning business, such as Fish Window Cleaning, the company’s successful system will have you set up and in business efficiently and with guidance and support.

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).
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