Many housecleaners dont do windows. On our Ratings Tables, we show
ratings for companies that specialize in this task. For ratings of companies
that clean carpets and rugsanother specialized task
Our surveys ask customers to rate window cleaning services inferior,
adequate, or superior on several questions: doing work properly,
starting and completing work promptly, letting you know cost early,
neatness of work, and overall performance. For each company that received
at least 10 ratings, our Ratings Tables report the percent of surveyed
customers who rated it superior (as opposed to adequate or inferior)
on each question. (Our customer survey and other research methods are further
On average, customers rate window washing services higher than housecleaning
companies, but this probably has less to do with the quality of the companies
than with the relative difficulty of the jobs: Doing a great job washing
windows is easier than cleaning an entire home.
We checked for complaints on file against the companies listed on our Ratings Tables with the Consumer Protection Division of the Washington Office
of the Attorney General, but no complaints were filed against the companies
during the two-year period we searched.
Another potential source of complaint information is the Better Business
Bureau (BBB) that serves the Puget Sound area. At www.bbb.org, you
can search for the BBBs report on any company. The report will show the
number of complaints the BBB has received for the company during the past
three years. You can check current customer survey ratings by clicking
on the companys name on our Ratings Tables and, in the details under
our listing for the company, click a link to go directly to the BBBs most
up-to-date report on the company.
The price index scores shown on our Ratings Tables are based on price
quotes our shoppers obtained for three jobs. As with housecleaning companies,
prices vary substantially so we recommend you use these scores only as
starting points for your own shopping.
Its usually easier to get price quotes for window cleaning work than for
housecleaning jobs. If you provide detailed specifications, most companies
will quote fixed prices over the phone.
To obtain accurate price quotes by phone, youll need to provide a list
of the number, types, and sizes of windows to be washed. Determine the
dimensions of each window by measuring the length and width of the frame
and then counting the number of individual panes, or divisions. The more
panes, the longer it takes to do the work, which increases costs.
Decide whether you want them to clean the inside, outside, or both surfaces
of the windows. An important factor is whether outside surfaces can be
cleaned from inside the house by tilting in window sashes.
Break down the list of windows by first and second floor (or additional
floors), and note if any windows have to be cleaned from a ladder.
Oxidation, which can occur where water lands on glass after passing through
metal screens, can also affect costs. It causes pits and rough spots that
must be removed by carefully scraping or washing the glass with a mild
acid solution. A window with oxidation usually costs $1 to $5 extra to
clean, but, depending on the amount of oxidation, may cost up to $10 extra.
If your windows have an oxidation problem, companies may need to inspect
the work in person before offering accurate price quotes.
As with housecleaning services, make sure the company you hire for window
cleaning carries general liability and workers compensation insurance.
Be around when the work is done, inspect the work, and voice any complaints
before the workers leave.