Do you ever look at somebody else going about their profession, and think, “I could do that job”? Or perhaps, “That doesn’t look so hard!” It’s a natural human tendency, and one that we’re guilty of ourselves sometimes!
We’ve found that for some reason, people tend to think – and say! – this fairly often about window cleaning. To the untrained eye, it looks like someone just going up a ladder (or, in our case, waving a great big water-fed pole around), giving the windows a quick wash, then heading off again. Sounds pretty easy, right? Well, allow us to set you straight on that one: it’s not!
Unfortunately, we frequently see people in and around the Guildford area attempting to clean their own windows. We know they have their reasons – whether it’s a Do It Yourself spirit, or an attempt to save some money – but it really, truly isn’t a good idea.
Your windows are extremely important, for a number of reasons. They provide great insulation, helping to keep your heating bills down and your house nice and warm. They let light into your rooms – more so when they’re clean – giving your home a bright, happy feeling. When they’re clean, they give a hygienic, looked-after impression of your home to visitors.
Our simple question is… why risk all of this?!
One of the most common mistakes people make, when taking the DIY approach, is using the wrong equipment or materials. The equipment we use is professional-standard, and we always select the right specific items for each particular job. The equipment you buy from your local supermarket is not going to be of that quality, nor will it probably be suited to your type of glass!
One potential outcome here is that you simply won’t clean your windows very effectively, and some dirt will be left on them. Another is that you could scratch your windows. This can happen not only as a result of using the incorrect cleaning materials, but also from applying too much pressure when you’re going about your cleaning; something else which isn’t an issue when you hire the professionals, like Integrity Window Cleaning! Nobody likes having scratched windows, and if you continue to take the DIY approach, and the scratches continue to build, you may end up needing to have the entire window replaced at a significant cost.
We’ve briefly touched on this above, but another major potential issue with the DIY window cleaning approach is not cleaning them effectively enough. This might not sound like a big deal; it’s just a little dirt after all, right? Wrong! If windows don’t get consistent, professional cleaning, then things like algae and mould can grow. Let these stay and spread for too long, and you can have a serious problem on your hands. Lasting damage may be caused, in which case you’ll either need to have your windows changed entirely, or – if it’s not too late – call in professional window cleaners to try and save the situation. Wouldn’t it save a lot of time and worry if you just hired an outfit like Integrity Window Cleaning in the first place?!
We think they’re some pretty compelling arguments against taking the DIY approach to window cleaning, and we’re barely scratching the surface here! If your motivation is saving money, then this isn’t a good way to do it; you may well end up spending much more money in the long run.
Don’t make the mistake of trying to clean your windows yourself. Please get in contact with Integrity Window Cleaning today, to organize a safe and effective cleaning session for your windows. To do so, call us on 01483 459774, or message us online here.