Jul, 2018

Residential Window Cleaning – Don’t Try to DIY!

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Here at J&M Window Cleaning, we’re well aware that we’ve got one of those jobs that just looks easy. People think there’s little more to residential window cleaning than getting a ladder out, heading up with a bucket of water and a sponge, giving the windows a little scrub, and clambering down again.

Well, believe it or not, there is a little more to proper residential window cleaning than that! Unfortunately, this view has led quite a few people around Michigan – in places like Bloomfield Hills, Clarkston, Birmingham and West Bloomfield – to take the DIY approach to window cleaning. Saving a little money on hiring professionals surely has something to do with it too, of course, but – whatever the motivations – this is a big mistake.

Firstly, residential window cleaning really isn’t as easy as it looks! Without the proper training and equipment, you could actually end up doing more harm than good. You might get rid of the surface dirt, so that your windows superficially look cleaner, but you’re unlikely to remove more stubborn substances like algae and mold.

In the process of trying your hand at window cleaning, there’s a significant chance that you’ll actually scratch the windows, or cause even more serious permanent damage. In that case, you’ll need to call in professional help anyway, or – in the worst case scenario – get the window replaced entirely. Either way, you’ll end up spending more than you would have from just hiring a professional residential window cleaning company, like J&M Window Cleaning, in the first place.

Not only that, but – again, without any training or real experience in window cleaning – there’s a high chance you’ll leave a streaky finish on the windows. In that case, they might actually end up looking worse after you’ve finished “cleaning” them than before you started!

There’s another major factor you need to take into consideration, regarding the health of your home. When the J&M Window Cleaning staff are cleaning your windows, we also evaluate their general current state. We can identify the signs when, for example, the seal around the windows might be weakening. Having gaps in the sealing is bad news, particularly because it can lead to a sharp increase in your heating bills come the colder months. In short, it’s something that needs to be addressed pretty quickly, but it can be difficult to spot for the non-professional.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly of all, we come to the question of your health. Even if it’s a common thing to do, heading up a ladder is actually a risky business. Each year, thousands of Americans injure themselves doing so. Considering that professional residential window cleaning isn’t that expensive, we have to ask; is attempting to clean your own windows really worth the risk? We have extensive professional training in working on ladders here at J&M Window Cleaning, but – even if an accident does happen – at least we’re fully covered by insurance!

There really is no good argument for DIY residential window cleaning. It’s a completely unnecessary risk, and – even if nothing actually goes “wrong” – the chances are your windows still won’t look good afterwards!

The smarter choice, by far, is to simply contact J&M Window Cleaning, and have us do it for you. Whether you’re based in Clarkston, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills or West Bloomfield, we’d love to talk you through your residential window cleaning needs. To get in touch, just call us on (248) 605-2243 now. 



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