What Do Dirty Windows Say About Your Business?

Whilst dirty windows may not directly influence your business’ success, they could be having more of an impact than you realise.

First impressions count; and at Archer Window Cleaning we help businesses to make a sparkling first impression, to give them the best chance of success.

Whilst the cleanliness of your windows may seem like a trivial detail and not feature prominently on your to-do list, a build-up of dirt and grimy streaks can have a psychological impact on both employees working inside your building and potential customers viewing your business from outside.

Just a few of the presumptions people may make about your business if your premises have dirty windows include:

  • You’re not very professional.
  • You don’t have the budget to get them cleaned.
  • You don’t look after your property.
  • You’re not bothered what customers or clients think.
  • You’re not bothered about your employees’ wellbeing.

Commercial Window Cleaning Service at Trafford Park in Manchester

As well as having a negative effect on your business’ reputation, dirty windows can also have a knock-on effect on your business’ performance and success.  Just a few problems you may encounter as a result of not having your windows cleaned regularly include:

  • Damage to your reputation.
  • Demotivated employees.
  • An unhealthy working environment.
  • Reduced productivity.
  • Reduced customer trust and loyalty.

Having your commercial property’s windows cleaned regularly needn’t cost you an arm and a leg.  With professional window cleaning companies like Archer Window Cleaning offering a wide range of commercial window cleaning services including rope access, reach and wash, jet washing and gutter cleaning, you can choose a service that is cost-effective depending on your commercial property’s shape and size.

For more information about our window cleaning services in Manchester, or to request a free quote on your job, give our friendly team a call on 0161 870 6503.

How to Create a Healthy Environment at Workplace

Your employees spend a vast amount of their waking time at work, so it’s important that the workplace environment is healthy and comfortable.

Over recent years “sick building syndrome” has become a worldwide concern.  To tackle the problem, owners of commercial buildings should make it their responsibility to ensure buildings are good for both their tenants’ physical and mental wellbeing.

Here are five key areas that should be addressed to create a healthy and comfortable environment at work.

  • Air conditioning

It’s important that your building’s occupants can control the temperature of their office space to keep their environment feeling comfortable.

There’s nothing worse than sitting in an office full of people and hot computers or machinery on a sweltering summer’s day without any air-con or work in a cold environment during the winters.

After installation, any air conditioning units will also need regular maintenance to keep them clean and operating efficiently.

  • Good Lighting

Lighting plays a vital role in workers’ performance and attitude. Make sure that lights are positioned so they don’t reflect off other objects or has too much glare because this can cause eye strain and headaches.

  • Clean Windows

Dirty, streaked windows can have a negative psychological effect in the same way that messy and cluttered surroundings do.

Keeping windows clean and unobstructed also lets more natural light in, which is proved to be beneficial to mental wellbeing and productivity.

Hire a professional commercial window cleaner to keep your building’s windows looking spotless from the inside out.

  • Indoor plants

Spending time in nature is good for the soul, so bringing nature into our buildings wherever possible can also improve our mental and physical wellbeing.

When we breathe we take in oxygen and release carbon dioxide. During photosynthesis, plants do the opposite, they take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen. Bringing plants into our buildings will increase the levels of oxygen in the air.

Plants are also known to remove toxins from the air.  So not only are they pumping out more oxygen for us to breathe in, they’re improving the quality of the air we breathe too.

  • Ventilation

Clean and fresh air is essential to our health and spending long periods of time in unventilated spaces will soon start to take its toll.

Without good ventilation, lots of pollutants, smells, and moisture can all build up and become trapped inside your building to create an unhealthy environment.

Lack of airflow can have negative effects on health including eye, nose and throat irritation, headaches and immune problems.

Conclusion

Keeping your employees happy and healthy should be a top priority at your workplace. A healthy environment at work will help you reach your goals and get ahead of your competition. Use the above suggestions for creating a more stable and healthy work environment that everyone can benefit from.

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How Frequently Should You Book a Window Cleaning Service

As a business, first impressions count. You have only one chance to make a good first impression and the appearance of your premises is what potential customers and clients see before anything else. This is why it is especially important for businesses to keep their windows clean and should book a regular window cleaning service of their premises.

So, how often should you have your windows cleaned?

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. Some windows get more dirty, more often and therefore require more frequent window cleaning.

There are two key factors that influence how often you need commercial window cleaning services depends on the location and type of business.

Let’s look at this in a bit more detail.

    • Location of Business

If your business is located in a high pollution area, or a place where there is a lot of dust in the air, it will probably be necessary to clean windows more often.

Similarly, if your building is situated on a road with heavy traffic, a build-up of car exhaust particles clinging to any existing residue will also make windows appear dirty. If you are based outside of town or in a quiet area, windows will need to be cleaned less frequently.

During the autumn fall season, leaves and debris fall from trees more frequently and cause windows and gutters to become dirty.

Additionally, in areas of high rainfall, windows and gutters may need to be cleaned more often to prevent mineral deposits, smudge and stain marks.

    • Type of Business

It is especially important that restaurants, cafes and retail premises having a lot of customers should clean their windows more regularly, sometimes more than once a month.

Likewise, any business involved in either food preparation or healthcare will require more frequent cleaning.

Most office buildings require cleaning less often, however it is important that the appearance of the building be monitored, as there are always exceptional circumstances.

If you would like specific advice on your commercial window cleaning requirements, call Archer Window Cleaning on 0161 870 6503 to speak with a member of our team.

High Level Window Cleaning Services

High Level Window Cleaning Explained

Generally, the biggest problem you will find with high rise building is the build-up of dirt, dust and other debris on the windows. Not only does it look unsightly and could potentially put off potential occupants or customers but if left long enough you will find that it can cause structural problems. For these reasons alone, it is extremely important that you have your high-rise windows regularly washed and cleaned by a commercial window cleaning company and so here we have compiled a range of reasons that you may not have previously considered.

  • Whilst high level window cleaning may seem like a job any man with a ladder can do it is actually High Level Window Cleaning Servicesvery specialised work. Professionally hired companies have safety equipment that means they can work at such height and stay safe. This understanding of safety is imperative when working so high up to keep not only themselves safe but also the public below. Anyone without the adequate training or experience should never attempt to clean windows at these heights.
  • Having years of experience doesn’t only mean they know how to carry out the job safely, it also means they have the knowledge of how to carry out the quickest and most effective clean, so you don’t have to waste your money.
  • If the business you are considering using for your window cleaning has already been accredited by a legitimate and professional organisation you can rest safe in the knowledge that they have previously demonstrated their ability to carry out a jobs to the highest standard.
  • Professional window cleaners have access to specialised equipment that you wouldn’t be able to find anywhere else. In particular, their reach & wash water fed pole systems that are specially designed for reaching high level windows make sure the job is quick, efficient and leaves your windows sparkling. This type of cleaning system is far superior to the traditional squeegee, bucket and sponge combination and shows that your window cleaner knows the best way to work.
  • Professional window cleaners are always able to achieve the best results possible when it comes to your windows. By using their specialised equipment, they are able to constantly feed fresh, clean water up to the window as the dirt is brushed away. More traditional ways of working mean that water is continuously applied from a bucket, but this water has already been muddied and spoiled from the previous windows.
  • Modern day professional window cleaners understand the importance of being environmentally friendly, especially if your company has a focus of reducing your carbon footprint. Therefore, you will find that instead of using harsh chemicals to clean your windows, professional cleaners will use purified deionised water to ensure the best clean possible with no cost to the environment.
  • The use of this purified and filtered water also means that your windows will be able to stay cleaner for longer. The water has no static charge and therefore can run off the windows with ease meaning no unsightly streaks are left. This is a service you are extremely unlikely to get with anyone other than a professional window cleaning service.
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Which Window Cleaning Method is Right For Your High Rise Building?

At Archer Window Cleaning, our expert team can advise you on the right high level window cleaning methods to achieve the perfect finish on the windows of high rise apartments or buildings.

Making sure your building’s high level windows are kept free of dirt and grime is not only very important for the health and happiness of the tenants working inside, but also for maintaining the property’s appeal to keep it looking professional and attractive from street level.

Getting a spotless finish on the windows of a high rise building can take a little more time and effort, but with the right knowledge, a range of different techniques can be applied to achieve a squeaky clean finish on even the highest windows in the most awkward locations.

Abseiling

On very high or awkwardly shaped buildings abseiling may be the only option suitable for cleaning some of those hard to reach windows.

Sometimes also referred to as rope access window cleaning, this method sees your window cleaner donning ropes and harnesses to freely traverse the side of your building.  Rope access allows your window cleaner to get up very close to the windows to achieve perfect results.

Cherry pickers

Providing your building isn’t in an awkward shape and there is space outside, a cherry picker may be used to give your window cleaner direct access to your high level windows.  All our operatives are trained and qualified in the safe use of hydraulic platform machinery.  Cherry pickers can only reach to a certain height though, any windows higher than this would need to be accessed by abseiling.

Reach & wash system

Our reach and wash water-fed pole systems are an ideal choice for cleaning windows up to a certain height when minimal disruption is required.  Our window cleaners stay at ground level when using the system which retains privacy inside the building as it means no distracting faces turning up unexpectedly at the window on the 12th floor.  The reach and wash system provides a quick and thorough clean which can include window frames, cladding, panelling, fascia, signs and more where required.  The reach and wash system will only reach a certain height and may need to be combined with abseil window cleaning for very high level windows.

Traditional window cleaning

All of the above methods may be combined with traditional window cleaning for the low level windows on a high rise building. Traditional window cleaning methods allow window cleaners to get up close to provide a thorough clean and sparkling finish.

Depending on the size, shape, and features present on your high rise building it is likely that more than one of the techniques above will need to be employed to complete the job.

High level window cleaning requires expert knowledge and training as it poses plenty of health and safety risks.  At Archer Window Cleaning, all our staff is equipped with the best protective clothing and equipment.  The health and safety of both our employees and clients are of paramount importance to us and we ensure that all our staff is highly trained and safety conscious.

To discuss your high level window cleaning requirements with Archer Window Cleaning, pick up the phone and give us a call on 0161 870 6503 for a free quote.