Why the cheapest is not always the best when it comes to window cleaning

Why the cheapest is not always the best when it comes to window cleaning

Window cleaning seems simple, doesn’t it? How much difference could there be between various approaches? Choosing a window cleaner on the basis of price might seem like the most obvious and convenient thing to do. 

And indeed, when it comes to cleaning windows, many property owners simply pick the cheapest quote, as long as the company doesn’t look completely unprofessional. Whilst this approach might not lead to as bad consequences as hiring the cheapest builder could, for example, it still isn’t always the optimal one.

We are not implying that the cheapest window cleaning quote will never be the best one to choose! But it is definitely worth looking at some other aspects of the service a window cleaner provides, not just price. 

It is, however, important to remember that good quality window cleaning is often NOT going to be the cheapest option. A professional service that uses some of more advanced technologies and techniques is likely to provide the optimal results. 

Let’s look at the window cleaner’s task in more detail. What aspects of the window cleaning service influence the price? What are you actually paying for when you pay your window cleaner? 


Traditionally, window cleaners used ladders, and for higher buildings, cherrypickers or even rope access. While there is still a place for those access methods in some cases, nowadays, one of the best access methods is the reach and wash pole system. Such systems use telescopic poles that can reach even as far as 20 metres (ours have a reach of 15m). This enables the cleaner to access and clean windows from the ground level, without using ladders or ropes. This system has several advantages. 

Firstly, it’s safer for the cleaner. Working at height has been consistently shown to be one of the main causes of accidents at work, and ladders are particularly treacherous here. Secondly, it’s safer for the building. Nothing leans against the walls or window sills, so no damage will be caused, and objects won’t be dropped from on high. Thirdly, it allows the cleaners to access windows and other elements that otherwise would not be accessible from ladders, or would require serious rope access skills. And fourthly, it provides a continuing flow of clean water that is used for window cleaning. 

Speaking of water. The pole is fitted with a brush head that agitates the dirt and grime on the window surface. All that is then rinsed using clean, specially purified water.

Water purification

Professional window cleaners use water purified by reverse osmosis water.  This multi-level filtration specialised system ensures the water is free of sediment and other organic and mineral impurities. This way, the glass remains streak and spot-free for much longer after cleaning. Without this technology, normal tap water, especially if in hard water areas, can leave behind mineral deposits and streaks on the glass, which can be difficult to remove and can compromise the overall quality of the cleaning.

What actually gets cleaned

What do you think of when you hear “window cleaning”? The glass? The frames? What about the window sills? Other parts of the joinery, gutters, or fascia? Entrance doors or back doors?

When getting window cleaning quotes, make sure that you know that you are comparing like with like. At Lemon General we clean window glass, frames and window sills, as well as doors, every time.


Another important consideration is the experience and expertise of the window cleaner. A professional and experienced window cleaner will have the necessary skills and knowledge to clean your windows to the highest possible standard, without damaging the glass or the surrounding framework. They will also be able to identify any potential issues with your windows, such as cracked or damaged glass, and advise you on the best course of action.


Finally, it's important to choose a window cleaner who is fully insured and well regarded by the customers. This will give you peace of mind, knowing that you are dealing with a reputable and professional service provider.

In summary, while it might seem obvious to opt for the cheapest window cleaning quote, investing in a reputable, good quality service that makes a sensible use of technology and techniques available will ultimately provide you with better results and a longer-lasting clean. When choosing a window cleaner, pay attention to the equipment and technology they use, as well as their experience and credentials, and check reviews or examples of their previous work.

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