As well as being unsightly, dirty windows block the flow of light into your property. Considering the often hazardous nature of cleaning windows (particularly those that aren’t ground-floor level) we would always advise against the DIY approach.
A professional window cleaner can scrub your windows, window screens or window tracks to keep them sparkling – but what are the average window cleaning prices?
Whether you’ve just moved house or the windows in your property haven’t been cleaned in a long time, the good news is that this is a relatively quick fix. Below, we’ve set out the average cost of window cleaning to help you budget for the job.
How much does window cleaning cost?
Naturally, window cleaning services will come at a cost. Typically, you can expect window clean quotes to start from £40. Residential window cleaning prices will vary depending on how many windows need cleaning and how high they are from the ground.
To show how broad a quote may be: for a one bedroom home, prices will start from £40 but could rise to £150. A large commercial business may cost over £500 to clean the windows. This is why it’s essential to speak with a vetted professional to get a quote for your property.
|Type/size of property||Time (hours)||Starting cost|
|Commercial property||Speak to a pro||£100 - £500|
The importance of regular window cleaning
As well as aesthetic reasons, keeping your windows clean can actually extend their lifespan dramatically. Glass is porous, collecting dirt in tiny cracks over time.
If left uncleaned, window glass can become fragile and prevent natural light from getting into your property. This is only made worse when a build-up of pollutants such as salt and grit starts to create smears, streaks and pigmentation spots on your windows.
Professional window cleaning may come at a cost, but it’s worth it to keep your windows in great condition all year round.
Window cleaning prices
Cleaning your windows can brighten up your home and improve the look of the exterior in just a matter of hours. Hiring a professional window cleaner will ensure a deep clean is carried out to achieve a streak-free, sparkling finish.
The cost of window cleaning services ranges according to the size of building and scope of work. When quoting for window cleaning services, most tradespeople will ask you how easy your windows can be accessed – if they are particularly hard to reach, an additional charge may be added to the final window cleaning price.
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Factors affecting the cost of window cleaning
When quoting for window cleaning, professional tradespeople will always take into account a number of factors in order to set a price that accurately reflects the job in hand. The primary factors influencing cost of window cleaning include:
- Height of windows
- Size and type of property
- Number of rooms
- Windowsills and frames as an additional service
Residential window cleaning prices
Quotes for residential window cleaning prices will depend on the size of the property / number of windows and how easily they can be accessed for cleaning. A breakdown of average window cleaning costs for residential property can be seen in the table above, with prices typically starting at £40.
Commercial window cleaning prices
Commercial window cleaning is typically a more time-consuming and dangerous task than residential property, with professional costs ranging anywhere between £100-£500.
Generally speaking, commercial window cleaning prices are calculated by the size of the building, number of windows and the kind of challenges a window cleaner will be up against when doing the job. If, for example, there is a need for scaffolding, cherry pickers, cradles or abseiling, the cost of this equipment will be factored into the total window cleaning cost.
How much does it cost to clean a conservatory?
Keeping glass panels pristine is essential in maintaining your conservatory looking bright and fresh. Our research found that, while window cleaning prices for a complete conservatory wash will depend on the size of the conservatory, the average cost sits around £150 for inside cleaning only and £300 for inside and outside.
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Window cleaning methods
Window cleaners use a range of methods to reflect the requirements of the job. The method used will depend on the height of the building and accessibility to windows, but will typically be one of the following:
Traditional window cleaning
Traditional window cleaning is a complete residential service that is carried out with scrapers, squeegees, high-quality cleaning products and microfiber pads that can help to preserve the quality of glass.
Water-fed pole window cleaning
For large-scale projects that involve cleaning windows that are approximately 24m high, the preferred method used by professionals in this trade is water fed pole window cleaning.
This is where water is sprayed onto the window at a height from a pole fitted with a brush and water jets. The brush is used to scrub the dirt and the water washes it off to leave your windows looking pristine.
Mobile elevated platforms
If windows can not be cleaned from the ground with a pole and a ladder is deemed too dangerous, the safest method is to use a mobile-elevated platform. This involves a mechanical lifting system that is controlled by operatives in a cradle and can reach windows of up to 60m in height.
In certain circumstances where windows are either high up, hard to reach or both, scaffolding may be deployed temporarily to facilitate access. Alternatively, professionals may opt for abseil window cleaning whereby they are connected to two ropes that are individually anchored, allowing them to traverse the exterior of the building to clean the windows safely.
How long does window cleaning take?
The cost of window cleaning will always factor in the time it will take to complete the work, so it’s a good idea to get an idea of timescales before hiring a professional. Though the time it takes to clean your windows will depend on the height of the property, the number of windows and scope of work, the average timescale for this task is 3 hours.
Can I clean my windows myself?
Depending on the type of property you own, you may find it cost-effective to undertake window cleaning yourself.
While owners of bungalows can confidently clean the exterior of their windows with basic equipment, we strongly recommend homeowners with multi-story properties use a professional window cleaner. Ladders may be effective in reaching second-story windows, but a fall can lead to serious injury.
Professional window cleaning costs are usually reasonable for residential property, with prices starting from £40.
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Hiring a window cleaner checklist
- Regular window cleaning is not only more visually attractive, it enhances the durability of your windows
- The average starting cost of window cleaning in the UK is £40.
- Commercial window cleaning costs are almost always more expensive due to the specialist equipment needed, with quotes ranging from £100-500.
- Residential window cleaning costs depend on the number, height and accessibility of windows.
- Unless it’s a first-floor window, we recommend hiring a professional to help with window cleaning.
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