Is commercial window cleaning covered with your current building contract?
As a building manager, you look for ways to maximize your monthly operational budget. Commercial cleaning is one of your most significant expenses, and getting the most value from your existing services will save you big bucks in the long run.
This article will cover essential points that you do not know about commercial window cleaning services. After reading, you’ll understand how commercial window cleaning works within the cleaning industry, which will help save you time, money, and energy.
Commercial Window Cleaning: Services All Buildings Need
Does your current janitorial service include commercial window cleaning in their service package? It’s a question some building managers don’t necessarily think to ask when looking into office cleaning services.
At Sentral Services, we have over fifteen years of experience in the commercial cleaning industry. Our standard white-glove janitorial services include interior window cleaning. We also offer exterior window cleaning services for buildings under four stories.
When it comes to partnering with a commercial window cleaning company, there are two main factors you need to consider: Trust and transparency. Your tenants’ health and building’s reputation are in the hands of your janitorial service. You need to make sure you trust your commercial cleaning service to communicate clearly and to get the job done.
Window Cleaning Is a Specialty Service
When looking for a commercial cleaning service, you need to consider that commercial window cleaning is regarded as a specialty service. This is because window washing is a separate industry from janitorial.
To properly clean windows on a commercial building, a company must invest in specialized equipment and special training for their staff. Windows require different cleaning solutions from other surfaces. Additionally, high windows or multi-level buildings will require ladders or scaffolding to allow staff to reach those areas.
Another reason why window cleaning is generally considered a specialty service is that there is a certain amount of risk that comes with washing windows. Staff is specially trained in safety procedures when using ladders and scaffolding to reach windows on higher floors, but having staff members multiple stories above the ground comes with inherent risk.
Due to the above-listed reasons and more, many janitorial cleaning companies, such as Sentral Services, choose to outsource certain window cleaning services for their clients. This ensures both the safety of the staff involved and the quality of service for the clients.
Interior Glass vs. Exterior Glass
There is a big difference between interior windows and exterior windows when it comes to window cleaning services. Though both surfaces are glass, the process of cleaning the two sides of a window can be wildly different.
Cleaners can often service interior windows floor-by-floor, reaching the glass using simple equipment like step ladders or a long-handled squeegee. Additionally, interior and exterior windows have different struggles when it comes to dirt. Interior windows generally face dirt in the form of dust and handprints. The offenders on exterior windows are usually things like pollen, dirt, or smog, which are much tougher to clean and require a more potent cleaning agent.
In short, it is easier to clean interior windows than exterior ones.
But if your cleaning service offers interior window cleaning, what exactly is covered? Internal windows, certainly, but entryways are also often included, even though the doorways may technically be on the exterior of your building. Be sure to ask your cleaning service what their window washing services include.
Building With Three Stories Or Below
As we mentioned above, Sentral Services offers exterior window cleaning for buildings with three stories or below. This is something of a “rule of thumb” in the industry. Any building with more than three stories is considered a “mid-rise” building, and there are increased risks associated with cleaning exterior windows that are high off the ground.
If you choose to partner with a commercial cleaning company like Sentral Services that does not offer exterior window cleaning for higher buildings, you can still get your exterior windows cleaned! Your cleaning service will likely outsource the exterior windows of your building to a professional window cleaning company to ensure you get the best care possible.
Choosing a Commercial Window Cleaning Company
When you’re looking for the right commercial window cleaning company for your building, make sure you consider the services you are expecting, as well as the number of floors your facility has. Taking stock of these things can help you make sure you partner with a company that can provide you with the services you’re looking for, even if that means outsourcing some of those services to a second company.
Sentral Services offers full-service commercial cleaning solutions. If you are interested in seeing what we can do to make your building sparkle, request a custom commercial cleaning quote today!