a look through the glass
From our perspective.
There are lots of companies in Columbus Ohio that offer window cleaning. As of March 22, 2015 there are at least 42. That being said, it should be qualified that not all companies however "specialize" in "professional window cleaning".
At times a business may be faced with a decision to adopt a "turn no kind of work away" mentality.
Think of it this way. Should one assume that a local bicycle shop having knowledge of 2 wheeled machines should also be able to service a Harley Davidson or an Italian Ducati motorcycle?(maybe they can) Yet, would you want to spend your money hoping for the best? Likewise a general cleaning company may not be able to handle specialty cleaning projects. Window Cleaning itself is a Skilled Trade.
It takes years of experience, a measure of intelligence, strong problem solving skills, balance, patience, and last but not least, hard work.
I recently heard this experience from a window cleaning associate who told this fitting example.
" So several weeks ago I gave a bid for a CCU(construction clean up) for $550. She said another company gave her the same price to clean up the entire house including the windows. I explained to her how those types of companies don't really know what they are doing when it comes to cleaning windows and they tend to scratch them. I then told her we also take scratches out of glass if she has any problems. Well guess who called me the other day. Razor Blade scratches all over the windows and the buyer won't close until they are replaced. I gave her a quote of $2,500 to take scratches out or I could replace them for $6,000. " -Doc's Window Cleaning
wow! This must have been a horrible experience for her. Did you notice how much the other company was willing to charge to do the windows? Their price for the windows was thrown in for free just to get the other work. Probably the most skill involved in the cleaning project was the proper cleaning of the glass. Yet, not aware of this, she went with the lowest price trying to (rightly so) save money. LESSON- if another company offers to do a service for significantly lower than a specialists price, it is because they lack the experience and know how that it takes to really do the job. You will more often than not end up with drip lines, streaks, still dirty or cloudy windows from punctured seals, or worse, what happened above. In this case, his clients choice was going to cost several thousands of dollars just from the window cleaning. It is hard for a sincere professional to explain this to a client without them thinking, "they are just trying to get my business." That is not true. At least not with Pure Solutions. Well OK, we do want your business. But only if you really value and appreciate what we are really about. We too have to protect ourselves from projects that come our way that are out of our level of professionalism. There are lots of other thing that go into cleaning glass. Moving furniture, nic-nacks, keeping carpets clean when bringing ladders inside, not marking up walls from ladders, taking the screens out properly with out damaging them, removing storm window and re-installing. Not tearing up flower beds or landscaping. Not stepping on the very friendly dog. Safely accessing windows that are positioned in unique places such as in cathedral ceilings, skylights. And if you have chandeliers to be cleaned, that is another specialty service all together.
3 simple questions to ask-
1. How long have you been cleaning windows? Pure Solutions Window Cleaning =17+ yrs.
2. May I have 2-3 references of some window cleaning jobs you have done recently? (This is important, Don't skip this question) Pure Solutions Window Cleaning will be glad to provide you with quality references. We even post testimonials of them on our website. You can also find some from them on the internet. YELP!
3. Are you insured to clean windows. Pure Solutions carries a $1,000,000 liability and more if needed.
We hope this helps you to know what is involved in making informed decisions when it comes to choosing a professional window cleaning service. Their are some great companies out there! You just have to clean off some grime which is often just a lack of knowledge, to find them. At times, we may refer the names of other local window cleaning professionals that meet our high quality standards when we ourselves can't get to a project in the time frame that you need.
We are here to help. 614-900-7839