how to clean windows
by Marty Burton
I wanted to write a blog post here about my experience on learning how to clean windows.
Three years ago I was working a dead end job and had an awful boss that I didn’t want to see anymore. Well, I found a solution to end all that. It all ended because I choose to learn how to clean windows.
It’s kind of funny because it was on a Monday afternoon and I was at work packing some boxes and when I looked up I saw this guy outside cleaning windows. He was wearing a cool looking belt with all his window cleaning tools attached and with his window scrubber and squeegee he was cleaning the windows at lightning speed. It looked like he was having a bit of fun and I wondered if he really liked his window cleaning job. I started thinking - Could I learn how to clean windows? Could I start a window cleaning business of my own?
It just happened to be my two o’clock break so I made a decision to go out and talk to the window cleaner. I introduced myself as Marty the box stuffer and he introduce himself as Mike the window cleaner. I asked him if I could pick his brain about how to clean windows and he said with a big smile on his face he would be glade to answer any question I had. The two main bits of advice he gave me were – “In order to learn how to clean windows properly you need two things. 1- You will need a few quality window cleaning tools
and 2 - you will need to learn a few window cleaning techniques
and get some practice in”.
Mike told me the best way to start is by researching the internet and suggested that I read everything
I could find on the subject of how to clean windows. I decided to do just that but unfortunately, for some reason I didn’t find this site until recently. Anyway, I ordered all the basic window cleaning tools and told my dad I would clean his windows if he let me borrow his (beat up) aluminum 18ft extension ladder and 6 foot step ladder until I could afford to buy my own and he agreed. I drove a 1989 Toyota pick up so naturally this was the vehicle I started out with.
After cleaning my dad’s windows he was so impressed that he told a few of his co-workers. I did three houses for free just to get the practice in and after that I started charging. Each person I cleaned windows for gave me a couple names of their friends. It took about two months and I was cleaning windows on about three or four houses a week all in the evenings after my day job at the shipping plant. All my window cleaning jobs came from word of mouth. I was making about double the money working part time cleaning windows compared to my full time job so I decided to quit.
I am now my own boss, making the money I deserve and I found out I really like providing the service of cleaning windows. My advice for anyone looking for information on how to clean windows or starting a window cleaning business would be to study this site. A lot of the things I learned came from trial and err but I’m sure that if I had the information provided here I could have provided myself some short cuts.
Thanks for letting me post my story. I hope it helps someone get the courage they need to get started because if I can do it anyone can.