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How to Choose a Window Cleaning Company in Gloucester and Cheltenham

Choosing the right window cleaning company can be confusing and everybody knows it. You must check different prices, insurance policies, secret clauses and so on and so on.

So we have made it easier for you and made this extremely helpful guide on how to choose a window cleaning company by yourself.

How to Choose a Window Cleaning Company Website

Needless to say, there is a mountain of websites to choose from when you start looking for the right company. This also makes it a lot easier for frauds to take advantage of you. The best way to protect yourself is to get educated.

  • Search for websites with more than one page. If there is a website that offers services and has only one page, it’s most possibly a fraud.
  • Find websites with easy navigation. Cluttered websites and websites with difficult readability might be owned by a legitimate company, but in general this is a symptom of bad advertising and irresponsible promotion. Also, it’s possible the company has shut down and they just left the website hanging. You don’t need to waste time on this.
  • Pay attention to websites that offer multiple contact availability. A responsible window cleaning company will make it possible for their customers to get in touch in various ways. If someone only offers a phone and nothing else, they lack professionalism. For example, Fantastic Window Cleaners offers contacts by phone, email, booking form and chat feature.
  • Note if they have social media pages. These days, it’s impossible to run a business without at least one social media page. The icons give a sense of security. Also, you can follow the company’s work on social media and make sure they are a good option.
  • Check the website on mobile. Since the number of people browsing the internet on phones increases, most professional companies make sure their website is easily reached on a mobile device. If the website is comfortable to use on your phone, this is the company you need.

How to Choose a Window Cleaning Company

Once you set your eyes on at least a few professional looking websites, it’s time to search for the most valuable information. This will narrow the circle for you.

  • See if they offer insurance. The first thing look at is this – no self respecting window cleaner would miss mentioning this on their website.
  • Notice if they list benefits. A company that invested in a good informative website, knows that the most important point potential clients look at, is benefits. They will list all their best points. If there aren’t any benefits visible, you can move on to the next website.
  • Do they offer satisfaction guarantee? If the company is professional, they are not afraid to list this in their benefits.
  • Are there other services? Some companies might offer other services except window cleaning. This type would list a menu with separate pages with a description of each service.
  • Is there a lot of information? The more detailed the information, the better. Not only information how they do the service, but also prices for orientation, payment options, deals and discounts, coverage area, possible blog, etc. Every professional knows transparency is key. Pros have nothing to hide.
  • Are there pictures? Pros are not afraid to show a picture of their work on their website.
  • Are there testimonials? Pros are not afraid to boast a little.

What Questions to Ask a Window Cleaner

Finally, you should have been left with a few professional and responsible looking companies. Now is the right time to get in touch with a representative and talk about your specific case in order to be sure they can offer you a customised service.

Here are the 5 most important questions to ask.

Q: Are you going to clean only the glass, or the frames and sills as well?

A: Some cleaners clean all of it, some don’t and will charge extra. It is important to know that in advance. Most companies who use water-fed pole systems, like us, include them in the price. So if you see a price which is suspiciously low, ask them if it includes those elements in the cleaning as well.

Q: Will you be able to reach all the windows from outside, or do you need to clean some of them from the inside?

A: We don’t need to explain how inconvenient it could be if they must clean them from the inside. Someone must be home to let the cleaner in and that’s not practical. This mostly happens if you have hard to reach windows on the second/third floor and the cleaner must use a ladder to reach them.

Q: Will you remove adhesive substances/stubborn marks?

A: Some might not carry the necessary tools, others could charge extra. So if you’ve spotted a bad mark on some window and you’re not sure, ask in advance.

Q: Is this the final price or will VAT be added?

A: Some companies might held that information back and suddenly your bill is 20% higher. It’s not correct but technically it’s not against the law. Also ask if there might be any extra charges. With, the free quote you receive is always the full price, but there are others that might charge extra for long distance of the address or other hidden stuff.

Q: Are you using water-fed poles or ladders?

A: This might actually be the most important question. If they are using water-fed poles, they most probably will clean the frames and sills and will easily reach every window, with no need to come inside.

In the process, you might have even more questions, don’t hesitate to ask them everything. You can also evaluate the way the call centre representative works with you. And, this is how to choose a window cleaner. We wish you luck in your search.

School window cleaning service in Gloucester, Cheltenham and Stroud

It is time to save money on your window cleaning costs. By filling out the form and sending it, you can set in motion the process of reducing your yearly window cleaning charge. So many schools in Gloucestershire have reduced their costs in this way. We clean many schools in Gloucestershire such as Millbrook academy in Brockworth, Coopers edge school in Brockworth, Sir Thomas Rich's in Longlevens, Marling school in Stroud, Cambridge school and many more.

Why use us?

With many years experience under our belt we are in a position to offer the very best window cleaning service at the best price.

Health & Safety

ou no doubt will require a risk assessment, method statement, a copy of our Health & Safety Policy and proof of Public Liability insurance.

Concerned about the use of ladders for the operative and members of the public? Now this is no longer an issue. We have many years experience with the Reach and Wash window cleaning method, comfortably reaching up to the 5th floor using super light weight water fed poles, safer quicker and more efficient, spending less time on site and reducing costs.

Quick Safe and Efficient

ou may require 2 or just one clean a year, the school may take 4 days or just one day to clean, whatever is necessary we will fit in with your requirements.  

Request a free quote

So lets start the process in one or two ways, call us on 01452 346124 and leave your name, telephone number and the name of the school on our voicemail, email us info@dswindowcleaning.co.uk or simply fill out the form below.

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Window cleaning at Millbrook academy, Brockworth, Gloucester

Millbrook academy contacted us to clean their windows which have not been cleaned in over 3 years!! We provided them with efficient and thorough clean in the easter holidays ready for the new term. We also saved them ££££ compared to there last window cleaner, as school budgets are extremely low they were over the moon with the price and quality of our work.

We not only recognise the importance of a clean environment for both pupils and staff to excel, but reductions in school budgets and a greater emphasis on health and safety compliance means that finding the right service provider is more important than ever.

Contact us today for a free site survey and quotation

 

 

 

5 Reasons Why Window Cleaning Is More Important Than It Seems

No one objects the importance of cleaning your teeth every morning (excluding little kids, of course) as we all understand this is a very important part of everyone’s daily routine that saves us from cavity and keeps teeth healthy.

This concept, however, is not applied to other situations for some reason. From time to time we all clean windows in our homes but it is probably not on the priority list for many. A sticky floor is an issue, but dirty windows are usually tolerated for much longer.

Today we would like to shake up your perception about window cleaning and take a fresh new look at it as a service.

So here are the 5 reasons why window cleaning is more important than it seems:

    1. The Structure of Glass

Glass is porous and collects dirt that over time make it fragile or causes loss of transparency, pigmented spots, which accommodate microorganisms’ growth. In the end, that might ruin the glass completely.Common enemies of your windows and the main reason for the cleaning are:

      • hard minerals – from sprinkler systems and building run-off;
      • oxidization – from windows encased in metal frames and screens;
      • acid rain – they are more common than you think;
      • sea spray – salt slowly builds up on the surface of your glass;
      • overspray – accidental paint, chalk, mortar particles, etc.

 

    1. Subconscious Effect

Did you know windows significantly affect the way visitors perceive the credibility of a business? Subliminally or completely consciously, the majority of people will pay attention the cleanness of your glass front when visiting a store. Dirty windows will testify careless attitude and represent a business as less trustworthy and attractive overall. Clean windows, on the other hand, attract more visitors to the stores. Furthermore, experienced property agents testify increased interest towards the properties with clean windows among potential property buyers. Moreover, clean properties were sold at higher prices than those with the same features but dirty windows. It’s easy as a piece of pie – clean windows make everything look tidy, fresh and simply pleasant.

    1. House Heat Efficiency

This might be a big surprise for some of us, but it turns out dirty windows affect overall heat efficiency of your house. Dirt particles on the surface and in the pores of the glass simply reflect more UV light, preventing the sun from warming up your apartment during the cold seasons.The things get even worse when a filthy glass is combined with low-efficiency windows. Such a bundle might cause a gradual increase in heating expenses and even issues with mould in the long run.

    1. Maintenance in the Long Run

Just like with our teeth, it is tens times less expensive to care for them in the short run than to accept the long run restoration expenses. Once your windows start bearing the marks of time, it might be hard to reverse the process if possible at all. Micro-cracks and scratches, glass mould and spots will gradually destroy the glass and force you replacing the whole window pane at some point. Not talking about all the potential damage to the surfaces surrounding the window.

    1. It Just Works – Clean Windows Look Nice

In the end, you probably felt it for yourself – clean windows make you feel better, they offer a better view. The world in full colour is simply more satisfying. If you don’t understand what we mean, just ask your friend with glasses about their perception of the world before and after cleaning the spectacles. Some might even mention an increase in self-esteem and boost in positive thinking. Don’t let yourself down with smears and smudges 

Okay, now when we are clear with the reasons and have our conclusions, the next question is:

How Often Should I Clean My Windows?

It’s a great question. However, to give an objective answer to this question, one has to analyse their specific conditions and the environment they live in. If you live close to a busy road, the gasses and heavy elements will build up much faster than on the windows of a person living close to a park.

First of all, think about a frequency of rain in your area, all sources of pollution (both natural and human-caused).

Secondly, just observe how fast your windows attract dirt. You might take a notice on how often people on your street wash their windows.

For highly polluted areas, it might be once or even twice per week. For windows in the most households, the golden ratio might be once or twice a month, depending on how close is the sea, forest, sources of sand, industrial dust and other dirt factors. If you live in a perfectly balanced environment, you windows might enjoy bi-monthly cleaning. The point here is not to leave them on their own for more than 3 months.

You Shouldn’t Clean Windows In The Rain – Is That Really True?

It is a commonly held belief that windows should not be cleaned when it rains because the rain will just make them dirty again. Is this really a fact?

The simple answer is ‘no’. Although in some parts of Europe and the UK many people believe having their windows cleaned when it rains is a waste of time, in the USA, it is normal practice for window cleaners to carry on in all weather except storms and high winds.

Windows need cleaning because they get dirty not because they get wet. Back in the days when most houses had chimneys that were belching smoke, it probably would of been true that by the time the rain drops reached the ground they were full of dirt and smoke particles.

With the Clean Air Act, that situation has changed. Nowadays the three major causes of dirty windows are dust, pollen and droppings. If these are present on the window glass when it rains, the residue in the rain attaches itself to the dirt and can often make the windows look worse. When windows are clean the rain will simply run off and the glass continues to remain clean.

Do we Clean Windows In The Rain?

Yes we do clean windows in the rain. The next time you see us out in the rain, don’t think “he shouldn’t be cleaning windows in the rain”. Instead feel sorry for him, because frankly it’s miserable working outside in that weather. Cleaning windows in the rain is not a problem – rain water is normally clean – cleaner than tap water.

OK, there is one other thing that makes a difference when cleaning windows ‘in’ the rain. If you use the traditional style of window cleaning, it is more difficult to finish them when it is raining – not impossible, but it is more difficult. So, that is just a problem for the window cleaner, not the owner of the windows. Anyway, this doesn’t apply to us,  as we use the pure water cleaning technique. This technique is not affected by the rain, so anyone using this method can happily clean windows in the rain with no ill effects to the windows.

If you have any questions you can contact us on 01452 346124