Cleaning dirty windows is a demanding job. This is especially true if your home has large windows or you’re a business owner without the time to clean all of the building’s windows properly.
Pressure washing is the ideal method to clean windows that are big or hard to reach. However, this task requires the right equipment and skills. You can wash your windows with a pressure washer, but there are risks. This is why it’s best to hire professional window cleaners with the expertise to get the job done.
Why You Should Hire Professional Private And Commercial Pressure Washing Services
You may think that power washing your own windows is more affordable than hiring a pressure washing window company, but taking advantage of window cleaning professionals who are skilled at what they do usually works out to be more cost-effective in the long run.
Hiring experts at cleaning windows with power washers have far more benefits than trying to power wash your windows yourself. If you want to increase the curb appeal of your home or business, check out why professional window cleaning services are the way to go.
1. They Conduct Thorough Inspections
It’s crucial that all of the home and business windows are inspected before being pressure washed. Windows with cracks can easily be broken with the wrong pressure or angle of approach. Some cracks are so bad that the windows can’t be washed with a pressure washer. You will have to get the cracks repaired before a professional window-washing company will touch them.
The inspection also reveals the condition of the window panes and the plaster around the windows. Windows with aluminum or vinyl frames are quite safe for pressure washing, but wooden frames are less robust, especially if they’re old and have a lot of wear and tear. It’s not to say that windows with wooden frames can’t be pressure washed; they just need some extra care.
Window putty, caulking, and glazing must be intact and provide a solid seal to prevent sprayed water from penetrating the gaps and damaging the structure of the windows. Water could also be absorbed into the wood and bricks of the external walls, affecting the building materials’ integrity. Water could also leak into your floor or insulation, which can result in major damage, including mold, mildew, and rotting wood.
2. They Have the Right Equipment
You can buy pressure washers from hardware stores, but they are not cheap. You’ll also need to purchase additional items, such as nozzles, including wide nozzles (if they’re not included in the product package) and quality detergent.
Professional pressure cleaners, on the other hand, have all the proper equipment necessary to clean all types of windows, including ground-floor windows, and multiple-story buildings, like apartment complexes and hospitals.
Exterior window cleaning on multi-story buildings requires specialist skills, such as how to use nozzles and extension wands specifically designed to reach second-story windows. It’s also essential to know how to stand on a ladder and power wash windows without the force of the pressure stream blowing you off.
Private and commercial pressure washing experts cater to commercial customers by bringing their own scaffolding to reach windows from the third or fourth story upwards.
3. They Know the Right Pressure and the Right Angle
You can’t pressure wash windows with the same high-pressure water as you would when cleaning your dingy deck, dirty asphalt driveway, or your building’s external walls. The window glass would shatter, resulting in costly damage to the window frames. Water pressure should be set from 1500 psi to 2000 psi.
You should also use a 40- or 65-degree nozzle, so you don’t spray the windows head-on, exposing them to the full force of the spray and potentially damaging other exterior surfaces.
Even with 40-degree or 65-degree nozzles, it’s essential that you spray windows from an angle to maximize cleaning power and minimize risk; for example, accidentally blasting the window putty and allowing water into cracks. Try to keep a distance of about three feet from the windows you’re cleaning to further reduce the risk of damaging or breaking the glass.
It can be quite a stressful and challenging task for homeowners to get the psi and degree right. However, this is all second nature to a professional window cleaning specialist so that they can spray your windows with confidence.
4. They Have Access to Commercial-Grade Detergent
Household detergents for window cleaning and common window-washing solutions are generally not quite as good as commercial detergents. This holds true for pressure washing detergents, which are manufactured to a high-quality commercial grade.
This ensures that when professionals add it to the detergent reservoir, the resulting cleaning solution in the proper ratio is guaranteed to meet commercial window cleaning needs, including the removal of stubborn built-up dirt.
Not only do pressure washing companies have access to high-quality detergent, but they also pay bulk rates, which is far more cost-effective than buying household detergents in small quantities.
5. They Are Familiar With the Best Techniques
It’s vital to rinse soapy water off windows after using a high-quality window-washing solution to get them clean. If windows aren’t rinsed quickly enough, they could get water spots. The risk of water stains is higher on sunny hot days when windows dry very quickly.
Not only do professional window power washing service providers get their timing right, but they also have the proper techniques to minimize water spots and stains in the first place.
Choose West Coast Property Maintenance To Power Clean Your Home and Commercial Windows
It’s necessary to give your windows a thorough clean, especially if you live near the ocean, where windows are perpetually covered in salty sea spray. Pressure washing your windows will get rid of all grime, including sticky sea salt and caked-on dirt.
You want to choose exterior window washing service providers who are experts at cleaning windows with power washes and won’t damage your home.
West Coast Property Maintenance provides an affordable solution to pressure wash all types of windows throughout Los Angeles and Orange County. Contact us today to learn more about our services.