Real estate brokers are nearly universal when it comes to touting properties with ‘tons of natural light,’ and nearly every apartment-hunter wants a room (or rooms) with a view. Windows let the light in, keep out the rain, and add value to units – as long as they’re kept clean and well-maintained, that is.
Depending on the size of a property, window cleaning can be a complex and involved endeavor. A high-rise, for example, can require a lot of logistical planning and compliance with applicable regulations to make sure workers are safe while scrubbing and passersby are safe while walking below. Scouring all of the glass in a sprawling townhome community may be less hazardous, but it can take forever.
In an effort to be efficient while keeping costs down and ensuring that the sun shines in, smart boards will have a window maintenance strategy ironed out well in advance of any weather-driven filth emergencies. A trusty vendor, good management, and general knowledge of seasonal variables are all essential to success.
What makes a window filthy? And why and how often? Of course, the easy answer would be “dirt,” or even its counterpart, “debris,” but this is an issue worth parsing if an association wants to budget effectively to keep its windows clean throughout the year.
“The prime sources of grime are air pollution, wind, water, and sun,” says Yuriy Karpinskyy, President of Big Apple Window Cleaning in New York City. “Immediately after a cleaning, glass starts to accumulate dirt with each rain. Clarity goes away in two or three months, and after seven to nine months sans cleaning, any window in the city will be dirty, no matter who promises otherwise. Sure, there are special glass sealers that can keep glass clean for longer stretches, but most of them only work for 12 months tops, and it doesn’t guarantee that the glass will be 100 percent ‘clean.’ It will just be ‘cleaner.’”