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rshandyman

Once again I would charge around £15 maybe a bit less if custy is nice and friendly:D

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AnMadraRua

Do you guys recommend any cleaning chemicals that I should be using on first cleans and how long should I take on a house of that size? (See pic)

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Smurf

All depends on the condition of the frames, sills and glass and if they need restoration work or not.

 

Some can take alot longer than others so on average on one-off/first cleans I allow an hour or so and charge accordingly.

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Smurf

You will find on some jobs using just pure water is not enough so I would use a boost like ubik or something similar to scrub the frames and glass first. I also carry different chems & cream/solvent cleaners to be used if/when required.

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Smurf

White upvc & white ali frames that have not been cleaned for a while will discolour & oxidise. You can check if the frames have oxidised by wetting a finger and rub the surface. If so will leave a white powdery mark on your finger. Also when using wfp method if you don't do a finger test the water run off will turn milky in colour. If you allowed this to dry on the glass (don't rinse it enough) will look worse than when you started. Discoloured plastic is a restoration job to bring it back to white and can take a while to sort out.

 

Double glazing rubber seals can trap old soap and dirt and can often bleed a black colour so again particular attention should be given to make sure they are cleaned. Upvc frames also have drainage holes & vents so years of crud may leach out and dry on the glass in the form of drip marks/spots.

 

Hydrophobic glass tends to spot more than hydrophilic glass if not rinsed properly too.

 

Welcome to the world of stick waggling :D

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AnMadraRua

Loving this forum, it's been a great help, thanks people

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cheapncheerful

ta smurfy, still learning here....:D

 

he he he...today all the nice glass me likes....

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abs

Did a little time with a company called clearview based in ashby, on all his first cleans he used a chemical added to water in a bucket then we dipped our brushes and scrubbed the whole window this stuff lathered up like nothing you've ever seen but washed off very quick and did a fantastic job, he never once revealed what this stuff was , he said it was his secret weapon ?????

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highshinewindows12

I think it depends where you live. I'm on the south coast. That is a typical post 2000 detached house. I charge £10-12 as it's 15 minutes work and explain it's a first clean so it will be £15.

 

If you lose the customer then your only losing £8 for a lot of work :)

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Parky

Never mind her Windows........ She's needs toget her driveway sorted.

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Diwrnach

£12 I would charge if she was going to be regular.

 

And a quote for the drive :P

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AnMadraRua

I'll be moving into driveway cleaning at some point in the future hopefully :-)

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Duncs
Did a little time with a company called clearview based in ashby, on all his first cleans he used a chemical added to water in a bucket then we dipped our brushes and scrubbed the whole window this stuff lathered up like nothing you've ever seen but washed off very quick and did a fantastic job, he never once revealed what this stuff was , he said it was his secret weapon ?????

secret weapon alright quick pee in bucket dirty dog

you can say what you want eh

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Poles Apart

QUOTE="Tuffers, post: 184935, member: 5477"]2 quid extra for a conservatory? :eek:

There is a "millionaire" window cleaning forum who's members are let's say "slightly economical with the truth" who would laugh at this, I have no clear policy for pricing my scale is constructed on a "get what you can" method, if I could get 12 quid for this job for waving a pole about then so be it and it's another job in another road so possibly more potential work

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Smurf

Regarding pricing at the end of the day it's how much you feel the job is worth in time, effort and risks involved to do the job properly. However it is so easy for cleaners to under price work when they don't have too just because they are frightened of loosing it.

 

Anyone can be a busy fool everyday but I myself prefer to work smarter not harder so don't sell my services on price alone.

 

QUOTE="Tuffers, post: 184935, member: 5477"]2 quid extra for a conservatory? :eek:

 

QUOTE There is a "millionaire" window cleaning forum who's members are let's say "slightly economical with the truth" who would laugh at this, I have no clear policy for pricing my scale is constructed on a "get what you can" method, if I could get 12 quid for this job for waving a pole about then so be it and it's another job in another road so possibly more potential work

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Diwrnach

Agree with smurf, I have a minimum price for jobs, but other than that I weigh every job up on the spot pretty much taking all the factors into consideration.

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Parky

I'm stashing cash at the moment for my Van and Pure water unit @Smurf . I'm aiming to kick off in February/March. I'm not keen on bank loans and being in debt and I want to have some cash left to give myself a month or so to cover my half of the bills. So i'm trying to save a grand a month. (Currently living like a bored Monk)

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Smurf

Nice one :thumbsup:

 

I'm stashing cash at the moment for my Van and Pure water unit @Smurf . I'm aiming to kick off in February/March. I'm not keen on bank loans and being in debt and I want to have some cash left to give myself a month or so to cover my half of the bills. So i'm trying to save a grand a month. (Currently living like a bored Monk)

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J D

I have the same attitude as yourself Parky. After saving long and hard I've got the funds for my new ford ranger and a new system. Waiting until after Christmas as there should be better deals out there.

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Smurf

How can you sleep at night @J D as your mattress must be more lumpy than mine now :D

 

I have the same attitude as yourself Parky. After saving long and hard I've got the funds for my new ford ranger and a new system. Waiting until after Christmas as there should be better deals out there.

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