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The Joy of Clean Windows
Clean windows are an essential source of beauty in a home. If Keats is right that “a thing of beauty is a joy forever,” then we can find joy in something as simple as clean windows. Not only is the glass itself more beautiful when clean and sparkling, but it illuminates the natural beauty of a home’s interior. It also refreshes the old familiar view outside. And this is reflected with a hint of glee in the homeowner’s eyes once our work is done. There is a subtle boost in joy and we feel it every day at the end of each job.
Window cleaning has been the hallmark of our business since its founding and it still is. We take great care with every pane and aim for a perfect, streak-free clean with every window. It’s harder than it looks. There are two main methods:
Evergreen’s 6-S Window Cleaning Process
This is our standard operating procedure for most windows:
We apply a soap/water solution, scrub the glass with fresh, #000 steel wool, squeegee the window, do a quick streak-check with clean cloth or dry steel wool, wipe down the sash and sill, and lastly, we wipe down the screen and replace it. Here’s what this looks like:
Deionized Water-Fed Pole Window Cleaning
When the conditions are right, we clean windows with a newer system. The deionized water-fed pole method has become an important tool in modern window cleaning. It leaves a more affordable streak-free clean without using ladders. This works quite well with vinyl and aluminum-framed windows, but not as well on many older windows (such as true leaded-glass panes). It can’t be used for interior windows. Screens will also need to be removed prior to cleaning.
Additional Window Cleaning Services
The following will be listed separately on any quote (or invoice) we send. If we miss anything in the quoting process, please don’t hesitate to let us know so we can adjust the quote.
- Track Cleaning (the areas exposed when the windows or doors are opened)
- Screen Wash (for extra dirty screens that just won’t get clean with the wipe. This is rare.)
- Removable Grid/Muntin Wipe
- Paint (or other inorganic material) Removal
- Solar Panels (cleaned only with non-abrasive deionized water-fed pole method)
- Skylight Cleaning
- Glass Deck Rail Cleaning
- Non-Perimeter Windows or Doors
- Exterior Lamp Fixtures
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Frequently Asked Questions
Do you use drop-cloths and wear shoe-covers when doing the interior windows?
What about my UV ray film?
Will the steel wool scratch my glass?
Please be advised: while steel wool and brass wool will not scratch glass, other cleaning abrasives, such as S.O.S. pads, will absolutely scratch it and must never be used to clean it.
Will you use razor blades?
I have stickers. Can you remove them?
Do you move objects away from the windows before cleaning them?
What about post-construction cleaning?
How often should I have my windows cleaned?
Why are my windows foggy?
I need to replace some windows or skylights. Do you have any recommendations?
- Because of the all-too-common problem of leaky seals and foggy windows, make sure you get a lifetime warranty from a company with the staying power to back it up.
- Acrylic, vinyl, or plastic skylights (or windows) should always be avoided. Sometimes, particularly in skylights, they are installed for safety to protect against falling limbs. However, be advised that sap (and other dirty stuff) is impossible to remove without doing damage to the skylight. In our estimation, acrylic skylights are installed without any thought to future maintenance and are almost always a disappointment to the homeowner within a few years.
- For cleaning access, screens should be removable from the outside. Most are, but a few odd brands allow inside-only removal. These add time (and cost) to cleaning.
- If you want more energy efficiency, pay the extra for argon (krypton, xenon, etc.) thermal windows with low-emissivity coating between the panes. Don’t buy regular panes with a view to applying UV ray film after. Even the best film doesn’t clean well after a year or two. And if you do happen to buy the film, never have it applied to the window exterior.