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Do you pay to have your windows cleaned? Or do you do it yourself (and how)?

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8y, 1d agoPosted 8 years, 1 day ago
Recently moved and got three quotes, ranging from £20-£35. It's a three-story house and MUCH higher than average. Georgian, on a hill, front door 5 feet off the ground. One window-cleaner refuses to do the third floor - fair enough, you wouldn't catch me climbing a ladder to the 2nd, never mind the third!

I'm seriously considering buying equipment to do this myself, maybe one of those brushes on an extension pole that connects to the garden hose - high enough to do the first two floors at least. Anyone here do the same? Where did you buy the equipment and are you happy with it? Is it worth the hassle do you think?
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8y, 1d agoPosted 8 years, 1 day ago
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#1
whole house by local guy fiver every 2 weeks
#2
Alfonse
whole house by local guy fiver every 2 weeks


Wish he lived near me! The guys doing this street are extortionate - no way I could do it every month, let alone every 2 weeks.
#3
Window cleaning is an utterly pointless exercise. They get cleaned - it rains - they're dirty again and need cleaning. the same old cycle.

Clean them yourself with a hose and a cloth once a year and you'll hardly notice the difference. You'll save a fortune, and your gutters won't get a bashing from window cleaners' ladders every time they wash the windows.
#4
I just use the garden hose for the top windows...does the job (sort of). But I'm lazy like that.
#5
We had a old guy who used to come round and do them and he was sorted charged a couple of quid only, have not seen him for ages!! But we just get the ladder out!! :thumbsup:
#6
Newbold
Window cleaning is an utterly pointless exercise. They get cleaned - it rains - they're dirty again and need cleaning. the same old cycle.

Clean them yourself with a hose and a cloth once a year and you'll hardly notice the difference.


No offence, but I think you are wrong. When we get the windows cleaned it is noticeably different for about a month, after which they become noticeably dirty again. Once a year!

On a related question, how often do you bathe/take a shower? :p
#7
Liddle ol' me
No offence, but I think you are wrong. When we get the windows cleaned it is noticeably different for about a month, after which they become noticeably dirty again. Once a year!

On a related question, how often do you bathe/take a shower? :p


True, they do get dirty again after a month (sooner, actually), but the point is that once they've got dirty, they don't actually get any dirtier, no matter how long you leave them. Window cleaning is just one of those things that some people feel they 'need' to have done, because other people have it done. Try doing without - you might be surprised at how little difference it makes.

Oh, and showers/baths? Once every 5 years, on much the same basis.;-)
#8
we pay 2 guys to do ours, they clean the frames too (pvc)

£8 every 4 weeks :)
#9
Newbold
True, they do get dirty again after a month (sooner, actually), but the point is that once they've got dirty, they don't actually get any dirtier, no matter how long you leave them. Window cleaning is just one of those things that some people feel they 'need' to have done, because other people have it done. Try doing without - you might be surprised at how little difference it makes.

Oh, and showers/baths? Once every 5 years, on much the same basis.;-)


I agree.
I do my own 2 or 3 times a year and they look no diferent to my next door neighbour's.
Just who are the window police who go round checking?
#10
Newbold
True, they do get dirty again after a month (sooner, actually), but the point is that once they've got dirty, they don't actually get any dirtier, no matter how long you leave them. Window cleaning is just one of those things that some people feel they 'need' to have done, because other people have it done. Try doing without - you might be surprised at how little difference it makes.


It's nothing to do with what other people do. We've inherited a beautiful garden from the previous occupants, and it makes me happy to see it in all it's glory. You'd be surprised how much difference it makes viewing it through clean windows! In a previous house we weren't so lucky with the view, so clean windows was less of a priority... :)
#11
Do them all myself, windows all have a lever so you can get your arm through & clean the outsides easily.
#12
I found a rather interesting fact that you can use Newspaper and Window Cleaner Liquid to clean windows! It's the best way and much better than a cloth and stuff if you dont beleive me try it yourself lol. I had to clean the Windows of our shop here at EB Games using this method lol
#13
Window Cleaner, once a month,
#14
snowtiger
Do them all myself, windows all have a lever so you can get your arm through & clean the outsides easily.


We don't have double-glazing though. All original wooden sash windows. Look beautiful but a real pain - especially in the winter when a couple of them won't open because of wood expansion. And a few others are sealed and not able to be opened at all! So not as simple as the average house. Probably also another reason why the cleaners feel able to charge more... :-( Found this site - http://www.windowcleancentre.co.uk/productdetails.aspx?ProductID=77&SectionID=11 - will call them and ask how much for a 'system' to meet our needs.
#15
we do our own, they open and spin right round so can easily do the upstairs whilst staying safe inside. Lil bit soapy water and newspaper makes a cracking job.
#16
Marky264
I found a rather interesting fact that you can use Newspaper and Window Cleaner Liquid to clean windows! It's the best way and much better than a cloth and stuff if you dont beleive me try it yourself lol. I had to clean the Windows of our shop here at EB Games using this method lol


Yes, I do that too on the inside of the windows! A handy tip from my parents who have always done this. :thumbsup:
#17
Steamer - its so easy
#18
octobergirl
Steamer - its so easy


:? What's that?
#19
we pay £10 for 4 bed detached, about 3 times a year. but we do give him hot water and tea and buiscuts.

why don't you just get the bottom 2 florrs done?

or maybe ask a window washer who does businesses (taller buildings), perhaps it could be cheaper if your neighbours used him too. You don't need them done too often unless you live in a grimey city
#20
Marky264
I found a rather interesting fact that you can use Newspaper and Window Cleaner Liquid to clean windows! It's the best way and much better than a cloth and stuff if you dont beleive me try it yourself lol. I had to clean the Windows of our shop here at EB Games using this method lol


Good idea but even with a secondary use for newspapers I still find them poor value. :)
#21
octobergirl
Steamer - its so easy


Liddle ol' me
:? What's that?


A steam cleaner. They do work very well on windows, as well as tiles, floors and other surfaces. A bit pricey if you go for something good like a Polti (I can recommend this) but there are cheaper options.
#22
Newbold
A steam cleaner. They do work very well on windows, as well as tiles, floors and other surfaces. A bit pricey if you go for something good like a Polti (I can recommend this) but there are cheaper options.

I'm sure it is good but they have a 3 story house m8. :)
#23
we pay 2.50 every 2 weeks but tend to miss him alot and end up owing 3 or 4 months worth at a time but he did offer to take payment in kind once when i had no cash in the house hubby said thats ok we get the windows done for free lol:oops:
#24
easilyconfused
we pay 2.50 every 2 weeks but tend to miss him alot and end up owing 3 or 4 months worth at a time but he did offer to take payment in kind once when i had no cash in the house hubby said thats ok we get the windows done for free lol:oops:


Stoppit!
You'll have us all dashing out to buy ladders n a shammy. lol
#25
Marky264
I found a rather interesting fact that you can use Newspaper and Window Cleaner Liquid to clean windows! It's the best way and much better than a cloth and stuff if you dont beleive me try it yourself lol. I had to clean the Windows of our shop here at EB Games using this method lol


driving instructer used to use newspapers to clean the inside and oustide wionndows on his car ...that was 17 yrs ago , still thought he was a nutter at the time but it works
#26
Liddle ol' me
Yes, I do that too on the inside of the windows! A handy tip from my parents who have always done this. :thumbsup:



get them to do the outside of your windows ...problem solved ...parents are always supposed to be their for their kids ;-)
#27
Window cleaner every 6 weeks @ £5.50 ago - bargain in my eyes:-D
#28
Pluun
Stoppit!
You'll have us all dashing out to buy ladders n a shammy. lol


hurry up then avnt seen my window cleaner in ages lol:whistling:
#29
once every year or 2 on outside! yeeeah bwoy!
#30
Never, Live in an upstairs flat and cant get a window cleaner so they just have to remain as they are.
#31
scruffy beeeeeach :p
#32
Our neighbour used to have a brilliant window cleaner he did all the houses in the street apart from ours - long story for another time! anyway he used to do the usual cleaning style, then would think nothing of climbing up to a tall second story window on the ladder and with no harness just walk along the window ledge to wash them, with bucket too.

Some windows that he couldn't reach with a ladder were got to from the inside, he would open the window, turn his back to the open window and sit on the ledge, then close the window down so the bottom of the frame was resting on his thighs, and his upper body was outside! then he would wash the window from the outside! genius!

He might be dead now though!
#33
Our house is higher than the norm also so I bought one of these, best thing I ever bought, clean my own windows now with water and vinegar, comes up a treat.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Betterware-Telescopic-Window-Conservatory-Cleaner/dp/B000K4X7BK
#34
Has anyone mentioned those magnetic gadgets that do the outside from the inside?
If not.....I just have. :-D
#35
we have a window cleaner
#36
acecatcher3
we have a window cleaner


how much does he cost
#37
Pluun
Has anyone mentioned those magnetic gadgets that do the outside from the inside?
If not.....I just have. :-D


no..........................
#38
alnbowes
how much does he cost


dunno..the mother pays not me.
banned#39
neither
#40
George Formby cleans mine :thumbsup:

** watches the joke sail over peoples heads **

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