When you are shopping around for a window cleaning company, it is so important to have a strong criteria for evaluation. You need to consider many different factors if you want to make the best choice. Professional window cleaning services should be fast, efficient, affordable, hassle-free and should leave your windows with a stunning clean.

 

Some people make the mistake of gravitating towards the lowest price. This is a huge mistake. Clichéd to the point of being painful, you’ll have to forgive our mention of the old saying, “you get what you pay for.”

 

It simply isn’t possible to sustain a business at the rate offered by some start-up companies. So long as the business owner is not being greedy, window cleaning prices are relatively easy to understand. The cost of high-quality materials, training, and legal coverage are all reflected in the window cleaning prices that you see the service offered for, and you can gauge a company’s professionalism often by where they fall on this functionalist price scale.

 

Here we go again with the clichés… but if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. If a window cleaning company is advertising an unbelievably low price, there is a very good chance that there are some shortcuts being taken. Expect to see worn-out tools, cheap ammonia-filled chemical cleaners and rusty ladders on their unmarked service trucks driven by possibly uninsured technicians who haven’t completed a background check. Read on to learn more reasons why low-cost cleaning services may not offer you the best value in the long run.

 

Poor employee training puts you at risk.

 

One common area that a low-ball window cleaning company will cut costs on is training expenses. Everybody has cleaned a window in their life, (with mixed results) so amateur window cleaning companies send out untrained individuals to lean ladders on your home or navigate its interior. As anyone who has wielded a squeegee will tell you, there is some finesse involved to ensure a high-quality, streak-free clean... in a timely manner! Proper chemical handling is crucial if you want to avoid spills in your home. Furthermore, ladder work is a very high-stakes task to undertake without adequate training, since any error or misjudgment could mean serious injury or damage done to your home.

 

Don’t spend your money on a subpar clean! Window Genie’s 3-step cleaning process applies high-level training, high-quality cleaning products, and the best tools of the trade to keep you safe and leave you satisfied with your professional window cleaning.

 

No insurance coverage can cost you big money.

 

Some companies intentionally avoid commercial liability coverage and workman’s compensation to keep their company costs low. This is one way that amateur companies are able to offer low window cleaning prices. The aforementioned lack of high-level training makes this an even scarier proposition, making you much more likely to witness a fall or experience damage done to your property.

 

An amateur window cleaning company without insurance puts you at risk of being ruined by both sides of the legal process. First, you are more likely to be sued by a poorly trained pseudo-professional who just hurt himself, likely by his own doing. Maybe he set up his ladder on uneven ground, or is working alone on a two-man job to save the company money. Whatever the case, he is hurt, and now may pursue legal action against you for some bogus unsafe conditions claim. This happens with some fly-by-night companies, or is pursued by desperate employees whose parent company won’t help them with medical bills.

 

Secondly, if their unprofessional conduct gets your property damaged, you will not be able to get your money. Suing them may not make for a difficult case, but for what is likely a low-earning amateur company, getting your money out of them will be like trying to bleed a stone.

 

Don’t take the risk. Window Genie is fully insured. Window Genie franchises offer an affordable professional window clean using their industry-leading 3-step process. Our crews are highly-trained and staffed by upstanding citizens who have been screened, passed background checks, and will arrive in signature royal-purple GenieMobiles for easy identification. Window Genie eliminates all worry, and grants your window cleaning wishes fast.

 

 Spring is here!

Unfortunately, spring cleaning to-do lists mean much more than simply a few days spent sweating when all you want to do is enjoy the warm weather. Many home owners lack the tools and skills needed to get their home up to snuff after a heavy winter, and others simply don’t have the time. Before you run out and blow your family savings on new ladders, gloves, and equipment rental fees, consider having the Window Genie team grant your spring cleaning wishes. Window Genie is offering some incredible time and money-saving services that home owners will not want to miss when the spring rolls around. Don’t risk damaging your home or wasting away your free time; contact Window Genie cleaning and home maintenance professionals for a quick, high-quality, and fully insured clean that will free up your time for fun, or to tackle more personal indoor organizing duties!

Wish for a world-class window washing.

Window Genie window cleaning elevates the industry standard and will have your home glimmering from every glass surface in no time. Window Genie offers both interior and exterior window cleaning at no risk to you, with each Window Genie worker being specially trained to keep your home safe from the inside out. All cleaning products are home-safe, biodegradable and do not contain any ammonia that would put your furniture, flooring, pets or family at risk. Our 3-step window cleaning process outperforms any service you will find in the industry.

Consider the wisdom (or lack thereof) involved in buying your own ladder, squeegee, and cleaning solutions to waste a day on a tough and imperfect clean. Instead, put that money towards a stunning professional window cleaning and direct your energy elsewhere. It is spring cleaning, after all – there is plenty to keep you busy!

Don’t forget to ask about our Window Care program; we want to reward customers for keeping their homes clean year round! We offer discounts based on frequency of service… so call your local Genie and set up a recurring window cleaning schedule for significant savings.

Wish for a professional pressure wash.

The thawing snow may have left some mildew or algae on your home’s siding, and salt can wreak havoc on a concrete driveway, sidewalk, or garage floor. Of course, your deck has taken a pounding all winter holding up heavy snow fall. All three of these problems can be solved with a Window Genie pressure wash, which not only leaves a sterling clean but also increases material longevity. Pressure washing is fast, affordable, and effective.

Home owners thinking of renting equipment to do it themselves should be advised: amateur use of a pressure washer not only puts you at risk, but can seriously damage your deck surfaces and home siding. Using the wrong tools or water pressure can strip paint and damage wood surfaces. Save the time and effort of a rental, transport, dangerous learning curve, and return process. Make one call to Window Genie today, and we will grant your professional pressure washing wishes! Most home owners are surprised when they complete their free estimate, with the cost typically being much less than your rental, gas, and lost work day.

Don't forget about your gutters!

April showers bring May flowers, but they also bring a world of trouble if your gutters are clogged. Prepare for spring with a professional gutter cleaning. Some of the top reasons you should have your gutters cleaned out ASAP are:

·         Gutters are one of the most overlooked aspects of home maintenance. It's easy to forget a part of your home you cannot easily see or access. Problems arise silently and you're usually unaware until it's too late! Yikes! ·         Water cannot properly flow from a clogged gutter. Stagnant water is an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes and other insects. Birds and mice are also known to make themselves at home in a clogged gutter! ·         Water that cannot drain properly WILL find a way out of the gutter eventually. This usually means the water seeps into your roof, siding, fascia board or foundation. Over time this causes significant damage including excessive mold, cracking, rusting and rotting. ·         A rotten house is not a happy house! Your gutters will begin to distance themselves... literally! Gutters are typically installed with a nail. Over time, weather causes this nail to expand and contract. The hole the nail rests in has now expanded. When the nail contracts again, it comes loose and slips out, bringing the gutter with it. The gutter could break free from the roof taking siding, paint, shingles or landscaping down with it. ·       Cleaning your own gutters is DANGEROUS! According to the National Safety Council, falls are the #1 cause of accidental death and injury at home.Falls cause over 6,500 deaths each year and over TWO MILLION hospital-related injuries every year.

And check out our spring cleaning checklist!

It is rare to find a homeowner who consistently makes the time to clean their windows themselves. Hazardous, hard to do and quite a headache when tackled on your own, most homeowners instead opt to make a small and worthwhile investment in professional window cleaning services. Though they may have to deal with a fee up front, the amount of time, energy and cleaning supply cost that is saved typically makes the charge well worth it.

Because of people's general disinterest in braving the heights and hassles of doing it themselves, professional window cleaning services have become very popular. Everywhere you look, it seems that you can spot a new company offering window cleaning services. Since there is no specialized degree or expensive equipment required, many inexperienced entrepreneurs will venture into the window cleaning business, able to easily train and outfit a workforce to start recruiting clients. For this reason, there are many considerable differences in quality that will be seen in the professional window cleaning industry. Invisible to many, a definitive pecking-order exists in the window cleaning industry, with the established experts being distinguishable from inexperienced newcomers with a well-trained eye. Window Genie experts have assembled some useful tips to help you when looking for quality window cleaning service providers. Read on to learn what to look for when considering your professional window cleaning services.

Make sure that the company is insured and equipped with liability insurance.

While researching professional window cleaning companies you should always make sure that they are properly insured, registered and caught up on the proper documentation. Some unprofessional companies could put you at risk of being sued as liable if they happen to fall and have any accidents while working on your home. Window Genie workers are fully licensed and insured and will happily present their hard-earned certifications when questioned by clients. For over two decades, Window Genie professional window cleaners have been delivering high-quality results without incident to homeowners across America. Window Genie workers are well-trained and drive GenieMobiles filled with the most up to date equipment available, making them the best choice to ensure safety and customer satisfaction.

Make sure that the company is experienced.

Try to research your chosen company's experience. Window cleaning has been in demand for years, and will continue to be, especially as window tints allow home owners to increase the number of windows in their home without losing heat and energy efficiency. With professional window cleaning having been in demand for so long, there is really little reason to opt for a brand new company that has yet to be tested by customer reviews and industry ups and downs. Ideally, you want to choose a company that has been able to thrive in a competitive climate. This indicates that this company will be able to deliver great results capable of keeping their business afloat despite the presence of competitors.

Window Genie franchises have been thriving for over two decades. Over the years, Window Genie has been honored by a number of awards and recognition from Entrepreneur magazine, Money Magazine, Franchise Business Review and USA Today. A testament to their continued quality and customer satisfaction, they have consistently ranked well in reviews of the country's top franchises, fast-growing businesses and entrepreneurial opportunities. This kind of publicity and professional acknowledgement is what you should look for when vetting potential professional window cleaning companies.

Make sure that the price is appropriate.

Window Genie represents one of the window cleaning industry's premier service providers, and at a very reasonable cost. Get your free quote today and find out why thousands of Americans choose Window Genie to grant their cleaning wishes. If you do not have a Window Genie franchise in your area, you can at least hold your local providers to this high standard to find the best men and women near you for the job!

For many different reasons, most home owners do not bother cleaning their windows. There is never a shortage of chores when it comes to home maintenance, and window cleaning is often set aside for more pressing issues such as water leakage, if not simply lost in the shuffle of routine seasonal work like raking, shoveling, and gutter-cleaning. Many home owners feel overwhelmed by the endless to-do lists, and feel that there is simply not enough time to deal with cosmetic concerns and curb-appeal.

 

Some home owners are intimidated by window cleaning chores. This is an understandable concern. Most window cleaning jobs have some element of danger and risk-taking attached to them. Consider how many of your windows are located in relatively inaccessible spots, requiring you to brave heights, angles and stretches you may not be comfortable with as you reach for windows hanging multiples stories high.

 

Worst of all, some home owners avoid window cleaning simply because they assume it is too expensive. This is not the case. Window Genie experts are especially high-valued due to their customer loyalty discounts, 3-step cleaning processs, and Streak Free Guarantee. For those who are considering having a window clean to improve curb appeal, natural light penetration, and interior view, Window Genie experts have compiled a list of considerations to help you when seeking a window cleaning quote. Read on to learn about factors that affect window cleaning prices, and to learn how Window Genie provides their patrons will the best possible value.

 

How many windows would you like cleaned?

 

This question is more complex than it sounds, giving the customer a considerable amount of control and customization options. First, you must decide whether you would like your exterior, interior, or both cleaned. Opting for both effectively doubles the amount of window surface, and your price will be adjusted as a result. This option provides the best clean, but may not be for those on a strict budget. Window Genie experts are trained to navigate home interiors with the utmost care and are guaranteed to leave furnishing, floors and fixtures in the exact same condition that they were found in. Furthermore, Window Genie uses home-safe cleaning products that are alcohol and ammonia-free to ensure that your fabrics and floors are not subjected to any accidental spillage damage.

           

Also, what is the total number of windows in your home? Are they single or double windows, and do they have tansoms at the tops? Are they storm windows? Obviously, more cleaning effort and equipment will influence the final price of your window cleaning quote. To learn exactly how Window Genie experts count windows in the home, click here. If you’re still unclear, your local Window Genie representative will be happy to answer any questions you have over the phone.

 

How often would you like your windows cleaned?

 

Window cleaning prices are affected by the frequency of the service. Most customers opt for the quarterly cleaning plan to keep their window panes pristine, but if you are on a budget, bi-annual cleaning plans are also accommodated.

 

Why choose Window Genie?

 

Window Genie has some of the lowest window cleaning prices that you will find, and Window Genie services are packed with value. Window Genie uses a unique three-step cleaning process that adds an extra step for the sake of impressive cleans and customer satisfaction. First, Window Genie cleaners rub and scrub down the surface of your windows to release grease, grime, and airborne contaminants that build up over time. Next, they are washed and squeegeed clean to remove up to 99.9% of stainage. Finally, the windows and edges are wiped dry to lock in the shine and keep your windows cleaner for longer. This extra element of care is offered at no extra charge, elevating the Window Genie touch above that of its competitors.

 

Furthermore, Window Genie offers a Steak-Free Guarantee, trusting fully in the abilities of their cleaners so that they can guarantee a job well done every time.

 

Last but certainly not least, Window Genie offers loyal customers the Window Care Program, which lowers the standard price more with more frequent cleanings, knocking off up to 30% of the listed price. Window Genie believes in the power of a clean, healthy, happy home. Customers are rewarded for taking regular care of their biggest investment through discounts based on frequency of service.

 

 

Though prices vary from household to household, the Window Genie value never changes. Why waste your time and effort for a subpar result when Window Genie professionals can guarantee you a consistent high-quality clean year-round?

Do you trust your home service provider? The cleaning crew, landscapers, painters, re-modelers, nannys... why, or why not?


When hiring an individual or team to come perform a service or task at your home... you may find yourself concerned with a number of scenarios. What if they steal something? What if they break something? How do I know they won't harm my family, pets or valuables? If they get hurt while working on my house... am I liable?

We at Window Genie completely understand the discomfort many people feel when letting strangers into their home to perform a service. There are quite a few things we do to stand out professionally to let our customers know that we're sending trained, bonded, insured, trustworthy technicians to their homes... still, we're faced with the hard truth that until a customer has you back a few more times, they're going to worry. 

We urge all customers to do their homework before hiring any service provider. Customer review sites such as Angie's List allow you to read real reviews from people in your community. It's important to know what to expect when hiring someone to do work in or around your home. Are they bonded & insured? Do they run background checks on their employees? Do they have a reputation for good or bad customer service? When it comes to hiring home service providers... you'll want to weigh the pros and cons aside from who offers the best price in your area.

Window Genie's field technicians undergo background checks, wear photo ID badges and show up in uniform while driving a distinctly wrapped Geniemobile truck to assure customers that when they answer the door... they're letting in a trained, insured Window Genie employee. Many times, your local Genie will email you photos of their team along with your appointment reminder! Our goal is to leave your home a happier, cleaner place than it was when we arrived.

This post was inspired by a recent comment left by one of our customers on a satisfaction survey. While we're extremely happy this customer enjoyed having Window Genie at his house, and we're not surprised that our service technicians are professional and honest... it did remind us that most homeowners remain wary of service providers. It's unfortunate that customers are generally surprised that a service provider such as window cleaners could come by a large amount of money in a home and leave it untouched. We do genuinely appreciate that this customer noticed and acknowledged our professionalism and reached out to his local franchise about it. We take all feedback very seriously and try to use it as best we can to improve our daily customer service. This local franchisee was able to reward his technicians and re-enforce the importance of honesty while in a customer's home... so thank you James from Indianapolis!

So we have to ask... what does it take for you to trust a "stranger" that you invite into your home? What specifically do you look for when hiring help around the house? In an industry highly dependent on reputation, customer referrals and good word of mouth, we're always doing our best to improve every aspect of the customer experience to ensure we're invited back time and time again.

 

 

 

You love the look of your windows after they’ve been detailed by a professional company. But you don’t have to deal with staring out dirty windows between your semi-annual window cleanings. Your home cleaning solutions won’t replace a professional cleaning service but they can keep you satisfied with the state of your windows in the meantime. Whether you want to see big city Los Angeles or small town Newmarket, windows this clean will help you be able to see clearly no matter where you are.

Keeping your windows in a shiny state isn’t as difficult as it may seem and can be made easier when you follow these five helpful hacks. Remember that these tips are only to be used for interior cleaning. Always leave any hard to reach windows that would require a ladder to the professionals. As pleasant as it is to have clean windows, it isn’t worth sacrificing your safety for.

 

1.    Ditch the Newspaper

It’s become a pretty common practice for people to recycle the newspaper lying around their house by using it in place of paper towels. This is a smart and environmentally friendly practice. However, the number one complaint about this practice is all the ink you usually end up with on your hands.

To avoid the ink stains covering your fingers, pick up an unused paper coffee filter and use that instead. Like newspaper, coffee filters help to keep your windows from streaking. But unlike newspaper, it won’t leave dark marks all over your hands and window pane.

2.  Learn How to Squeegee

Most people want the bright shine of a clean window but avoid cleaning it because they are afraid of creating unsightly streaks. If you still can’t avoid streaks, even with the coffee filter method, watch a few YouTube videos on proper squeegeeing techniques.

You can purchase a small squeegee for inside your home from most home improvement stores. Remember to wipe the blade between each swipe and change it when it gets dull. This will keep your windows brighter and more see through.

3.  Make Your Own Cleaner

When you hear “homemade cleaners” do you roll your eyes before you go back to your Pine Sol and Windex? Some home-brewed cleaners can be a tricky balance of water, ammonia, and other random household liquids. To clean your windows though, all you need is water, vinegar, and dish soap. Two parts water to one part soap and one part vinegar will suffice, although there are plenty of different measurements that will all yield positive results.

Spray (but don’t drench) your windows with this cleaner before wiping it away. Then rinse your window with a small amount of water to avoid any film build up from the dish soap. Be careful to avoid adding too much dish soap to your formula for this reason.

4.  Use a Blackboard Eraser

If even after following these strategies those streaks are still driving you insane, head to your local craft store and pick up a new blackboard eraser. It won’t erase all of your problems but rubbing it across your window will get rid of those pesky streaks.

A soft, static-free shirt or cloth diaper can also help to eliminate streaks on your windows. The trick is finding something that will get rid of streaks but not leave behind an additional residue of lint or dust.

5.  Take Care of the Details

When it comes to windows, the perfection is in the details. It isn’t enough to have a window that you can see out of. You want to be able to see perfect out of it from any angle, at any time of day.

To avoid water marks on the edges, wipe your cleaner or water with a soft t-shirt or even a Q-tip. If you’ve noticed some intense scratches in your windows, buff them out with a non-gel toothpaste. If you have the remains of a sticker or decal on your window, rubbing alcohol will help to get the gunk off. Look through your window at every detail to get it cleaned to perfection.

 

 

Theo Schmidt is a freelance blogger who enjoys spending time in the outdoors, and is passionate about protecting the environment. For new and improved windows, visit the Northern Comfort Windows website.

 

IMPORTANT TIPS FOR CLEANING GLASS

Cleaning your windows, mirrors, tables or other glass surfaces seems like a breeze. A squirt of your favorite glass cleaner and a paper towel should to the trick… right? WRONG! Oh so very wrong. Glass is a delicate, porous surface that requires much more careful cleaning than most people may realize.

Why should I have my windows professionally cleaned?

If you’ve ever asked this, I have the answer! Well for one, it’s dangerous! Any kind of laborious work done on a ladder imposes a level of risk. Cleaning a whole house worth of windows is also time consuming and requires more supplies and know-how than most would expect. You can avoid wasting a whole day cleaning your windows only to have a so-so outcome by hiring professional help. At Window Genie, all technicians are fully trained, bonded, insured and have passed a background check. You can identify them by the GENIEMOBILE they’ll roll up in and by their ID badges. These guys and gals get the job done and leave your home in a new and improved state! Backed by our “Streak-Free Guarantee,” Window Genie is your leader in home services, known to clean windows and a whole lot more.

 

 

WHY window cleaning is important

Cleaning windows is not like cleaning a mirror or other glass surfaces inside your home.

WHY?

Windows are constantly exposed to the elements of rain, snow, temperature change and wind to name a few. Glass is a porous, sponge-like surface that will develop buildup of dust, dirt and various minerals over time. When these penetrate, it can cause staining and permanent damage. Replacing your windows is extremely expensive and completely avoidable. Your local Genie can help you determine your home’s specific needs and how often you should have your windows cleaned.

IN THE LONG-RUN

Maintaining your windows will add to the look and value of your home. If you are ever to sell your home, inspectors do take into account how well maintained the home is, and yes that includes the windows. Having sparkling clean windows WILL add to the curb appeal of your home. If they seem to need replacing, potential buyers will see this as a red flag. If you think of it this way, cleaning your windows is a solid investment for resale.

 Cleaning do's, don'ts and fun facts

Many of the leading brands of glass cleaner contain harmful chemicals such as ammonia. Window Genie does not; we use products that are gentle on the environment as well as you, your family and your pets

Window Genie recommends using a microfiber towel when cleaning glass over paper towels or even newspaper. Here's why: Although both paper towels and newspapers are effective, they're both wasteful. Re-using a microfiber towel is another small way you and your family can go green with Window Genie! Besides that, microfiber towels are the most absorbent fabric you can use to clean glass, or any surface. Microfiber towels won't leave behind those pesky "fuzzies" on your glass like paper towels or an old rag might. No streaks, no smears, no worries!

To purchase a can of WG-57 Glass Cleaner, click here!

 

Spring Cleaning: Who can we thank for this tradition?

It’s that time of year again. The days are getting longer, and it’s a good thing too! There is suddenly so much to do around the house, right? Spring cleaning is a popular but time consuming and strenuous tradition. There may be a few explanations as to why we as Americans feel the sudden urge to collectively purge, rearrange and restore our homes from top to bottom come springtime. Now who can we thank for starting this trend?

Well, it’s no myth; winter causes us to be inherently less active and motivated. That’s right; your brain creates melatonin when there is less sunlight on cold dreary days, making you sleepy! Come spring, Mother Nature provides us a natural energy boost by giving us warmer weather and extra sunlight. This is when you’ll notice the cobwebs, the ring around the tub and the dirty, streaky windows.

So now that we know why we’re willing to spend the time and effort cleaning, we can explore the ancient tradition of spring cleaning as an activity that western society has adopted. Spring cleaning was not always how we know it to be today; it began in the Jewish, Iranian and Chinese cultures many centuries ago.

The Jewish tradition came from their regular house cleaning just before Passover; the holiday marking the exodus of the Jews from Egypt. Since matzah, or unleavened bread, was fed to the Jewish slaves in Egypt, it is tradition for Jews to rid their house of any leavened bread during Passover. This is to honor and remember those that had to overcome slavery and oppression by eating foods the Jews consider humble. To ensure all bread has been removed from the house, including crumbs, a full-fledged house cleaning is routinely done each year as to not offend God.

The Iranian New Year, like in most cultures, signifies new beginnings. The ritual, “khooneh takouni” which means “shaking the house” has been a customary activity performed by Iranians looking to turn over a new leaf and refresh their homes. Undergoing a complete house cleaning allows for the New Year to start off on the right foot.

The third group of contributors to the origin of spring cleaning is the Chinese. The Chinese New Year is one of the most important holidays in their culture. It is celebrated for weeks, welcoming spring and celebrating good fortune to come. Like Iranians, Chinese mark the coming of a new year with a thorough house cleaning. They sweep, mop and rearrange to rid their homes of any negativity seen in the previous year. They do this to symbolically welcome rebirth in all aspects of their life, hoping to bring good luck in the New Year.

Spring Cleaning: Never Fear, Help is Out There!

No matter your reason, you may become overwhelmed at the daunting task of cleaning an entire house inside and out. Many homeowners are able to tackle the tasks inside their home, but how many are able to get on a ladder and completely clean their own windows, siding and gutters? How many homeowners are comfortable doing that, and furthermore, have the tools and supplies to do so? Reaching out for help in some areas may be worth considering. Do yourself a favor and research quality local home service and landscape professionals this season. Reviews on sites like AngiesList, Google+ or Yelp will help steer you in the right direction. You could also ask a friend or neighbor who they use. Creating a game plan and sticking to it with a little help will make for a successful spring cleaning this year!

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