TAMPA - Even the cleanest home won't truly shine without sparkling windows. It's a twice-a-year job, ideally in the spring and fall. Angie Hicks, founder of Angie’s List, the nation's premier provider of consumer reviews, said washing windows is one of the best ways to freshen up your home for the new season. “We recently talked to our Angie’s List members about spring cleaning and what they plan to tackle. Fifty percent said they are going to be doing some spring cleaning with a third of those respondents saying cleaning the windows was at the top of their list.”
Window cleaning benefits any house. Not only does it help make the house’s appearance more aesthetically pleasing, it also helps remove grit and grime that builds-up on both the inside and outside surfaces. Angie’s List, talked to window cleaning pros for advice on cleaning them properly and safely:
Professional window cleaner Matt Swales said glass left unclean can become etched over time and look hazy. “It’s important to have your windows cleaned because windows are porous," he said. "Mother Nature - the mineral from things flying around - can absorb into the pores of the glass and stain it permanently. It could take costly extensive measures to get that staining out of glass.”
Removing the dirt and grime from your windows is a difficult, time-consuming and a potentially dangerous job. Thousands of people are injured each year from ladder falls, and adding in buckets of soapy water and the need to stretch to reach corners increases the chances of an accident. Consider hiring a professional to do the job. Angie’s List offers these window cleaning hiring tips:
Hicks adds, “If you are looking to save a few bucks you can still hire a window cleaner but consider dividing the job up. You can tackle the first floor windows that don’t require special equipment. Leave the second story to a professional because they’ll have the proper ladder.”
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