How Much Do Commercial Window Cleaners Cost?
Read This Guide Before You Hire a Window Cleaning Company
Your building is a reflection of your company. If it looks dirty and dingy, customers are going to think less of your operation, even if everything is running smoothly. You probably hire a janitorial service to clean the bathrooms and sweep the floors, but what about your windows?
Cost of Commercial Window Cleaning
The price of commercial window cleaning depends on the size of the building, the number of windows to be cleaned, the type of windows (single- or double-paned, for example) and whether you’re having the windows cleaned from the inside, the outside or both. The experience of the company and geographic location also affect price.
Most companies have a flat rate per pane. For buildings with one or two stories, the per-pane price ranges from about $3-$6 for the outside only and $4-$8 for inside and outside. However, if the panes are especially small (i.e. French panes), the price can be as little as $1-$2 per pane. In addition to the price per pane, some companies charge extra to cover fuel costs and cleaning supplies.
Other companies charge by the window. In an area with a low cost of living, the rate for a one- or two-story building might be $4-$8 per window. In New York City, it could easily be $14-$16 per window. Often, the price per window is discounted for buildings with lots of windows.
Buildings with more than two stories - high rises, in particular - are a completely different matter. Cleaning high-rise windows involves expensive equipment and insurance. Because it is dangerous work, the employees are paid more. This type of window cleaning is far more expensive, and you’ll have to get a quote to get a good estimate of price.
Additional Charges and Fees
Pricing for commercial window cleaning is complex. There are many additional fees and charges that can be assessed, including:
- Screen cleaning: $1-$6 each
- Removing storm windows: $3-$8 each
- Cleaning window frames: $1-$5 (unless it’s included)
- Cleaning skylights: $5-$15 per side
- Cleaning window wells: $10-$20 each
- Cleaning exterior light fixtures: $5-$15 each
Additional charges may be assessed if windows are especially dirty or difficult to access, or if scraping is required to remove dirt and stains.
Choosing a Window Cleaning Service
A quick Google search will tell you that window cleaning companies are practically a dime a dozen. It can be tough to figure out which one to choose. Here are some tips for separating the amateurs from the professionals.
- Look for a company that specializes in commercial work, not residential cleaning. Commercial customers have different needs and schedules than residential customers, and you want a company that understands that.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions. How long has the company been in business? How are employees trained? If you don’t feel like your questions are being adequately answered, keep searching.
- Ask for references and check them. Find out what current and former customers have to say about the service. Do the window washers show up on time? Are they polite and professional? Is the billing fair?
- Make sure any company you hire is licensed and insured. Ask for proof. If the company is not insured, your company could be financially responsible for any accidents or injuries that occur on site.
- Check the company’s track record with consumer organizations like the Better Business Bureau. If you find a long list of complaints, move on.
- Make sure the company stands by its work. Only hire a company that guarantees your satisfaction.