4 Reasons To Hire A Professional—Not An Employee

When you hire someone to come into your house to clean your windows, you want to have the most qualified person for the job.

Obviously!

In the Coachella Valley, there is a huge glut of service companies vying for your business. Most companies will dispatch an employee or a subcontractor that is getting paid a meager compensation to clean your windows. They will care about the quality of the job they do, but to a limited degree.

When you hire me, you get quality and dependability. I can beat a bigger company at every turn. The first reason being…

1. I’ll Show Up On Time

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Unlike a larger window washing company, there are fewer moving parts with the business logistics of Dimond Window Washing. With me, you’re dealing with just one person as opposed to the multiple people in a larger firm. This simplicity requires less communication and between parties and causes fewer “mix-ups.”

If for whatever reason I’m unable to make our appointment at the specified time, you won’t be left wondering where I’m at. I respect every client’s time and strive to be punctual. If something does come up, I make sure to communicate as soon as possible the delay.

2. I’m Experienced and Insured

Most large companies are insured, but things can get dicey if that company is using independent contractors to do all the work. If that is the case, (which it frequently is) the subcontractor is likely on the hook for any damages he incurs. That’s fine if that independent contractor is insured, but if he isn’t there is no guarantee the company you originally called will cover the cost.

With me, you get experience and accountability. The likelihood that I’ll damage your property is slim; I’ve cleaned hundreds of different houses in both Southern California and Western Michigan with no incidents. But if I do, I’m more than willing to make it right. 

I can provide proof of insurance on request as well as references from past clients.

3. I’ll Use The Correct Equipment

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Regardless of the job, I will always have the right tool for it.

Some subcontractors will use consumer model pressure washers, just because they are cheap, but may or may not be able to remove everything it needs to. I use a commercial grade pressure washer that can effectively tackle any job quickly.

When washing windows, I only use ammonia free cleaners specifically designed for squeegees. It doesn’t hurt window tinting and smells quite nice! Other window cleaners might just opt to use Dawn dish soap. While it won’t damage anything, I personally don’t think it gives windows the shine they deserve.

When I’m inside your house, I always use shoe coverings and drop clothes. I will make sure I’m not tracking inside or leaving any ladder marks on your paint.

4. I Have Competitive Rates

Large window cleaning companies are hampered by higher overhead than me. Between needing to employ their window cleaners and provide them vans or trucks, they also (by necessity) have things like office space, office personnel, advertising costs, vehicle maintenance, and insurance. I only have to budget for a fraction of those things because my operation is so much smaller.

It’s true, I also have vehicle, advertising, and insurance costs. But! Because I’m only filling the schedule of one man in the field, (you know…me) I’m much more efficient with my overhead. Additionally, I don’t have a dedicated office that I need to pay for every month or any office personnel. These savings are passed on to you, the customer.

Don’t settle for unreliable employees to clean your windows, get personal and professional service! All my services are 11% off through April 28th! Quotes are ALWAYS free!

3 Reasons You Need To Vacuum Your Window Tracks Out In Palm Springs (And What To Do if You Haven’t In Some Time)

The Coachella Valley is awesome during the winter.

While everyone else on the continent is continually trying to thaw out their car door so they can get to work, we bask away in our wonderful desert breeze trying to forget what snow is.

Water feature on a golf course in Palm Desert.
What is this snow you speak of?

But, as we both probably know, there is no snow here; just sand. Lots and lots of sand. With that sand comes a healthy dose of wind giving us an occasional look at mother nature’s epic sandstorm action.

I’ve seen it so bad that sand was coming in through the seals of my car door! Unfortunately, your weather sealing on your sliding glass door/every window in your house that opens ever, doesn’t magically stop this. Every time you get your windows cleaned, make sure that the cleaner is vacuuming out the tracks, because…

1. That Sand Will Turn To Mud

It’s pretty common sense, but I’ve seen it dozens of times. A window washer in Palm Springs will haphazardly start scrubbing away at windows with blatant disregard for the tracks or sills. Obviously, even with constant upkeep, a sizable amount of sand will gather in every crevice of that window. Then, with the addition of just a little water, you’ve created a mudslide.

This isn’t necessarily devastating, especially if the mud is leaking out on the outside. But, if left unchecked, that mud can leave very difficult stains in the exterior stucco. Even worse, it can easily stain walls or floors inside your house if the technician hasn’t taken the proper steps to avoid this.

Make sure that your window cleaner is planning on cleaning the tracks out and that he does so before a squeegee even touches a pane.

2. It Will Make Your Sliders Become Stationary

Your sliding glass door is not an overly complex apparatus. It’s a window with casters on a track that has a big seal all around it to keep the outside, well…outside. I’ve seen huge sliding glass doors in Rancho Mirage and Indian Wells that have become a chore to budge because of sand build-up inside the casters.

Too bad I never pursued magnetic levitating sliding doors!

The craziest thing of all? It’s 100% avoidable. The more that sand is being vacuumed away on the regular, the fewer chances it has to gum up your precious (and expensive) sliders. If you have a maid service or clean yourself, make it a point to have those tracks cleaned every few weeks. Because if you don’t…

3. It Looks Terrible And Will Just Get Worse Looking

I’ve been cleaning these tracks out for some time now. I know the houses that have had tracks that were well-cared for and the ones that weren’t.

It’s not exactly a mystery.

In addition to the sand and eventual mud, grease will start to build up (especially if you are constantly lubricating your casters) and it can start to turn all sorts of weird colors. Once this happens it becomes much more difficult to clean thoroughly.

My Tracks Look Terrible—What Now?

If you have tracks that are black (or yellow…or some other color they shouldn’t be) with nasty window fallout I’ve found that a degreaser works pretty well in addition to some elbow grease. Some of the ones that I’ve found that work well is Greased Lightning and Spray Nine (can get at Home Depot for like $10).

After soaking the affected track, let it sit for a few minutes to loosen that stuff up. Then, take a screwdriver (flathead) with a rag over it and start cleaning away! It will take time—sometimes the process will need to be repeated a few times, but your window tracks should look new!

If you’re not into being on your hands and knees cleaning out your sliding glass door tracks, give me a ring! I’m in the Palm Desert/Palm Springs Area from October to April! Always and option 🙂

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Do you have green nasties growing all over your house? Black streaks on your roof? Windows so dirty you can barely see through them?

If you answered YES to any of the previous questions—you, my friend, are in luck. I fix all these things!

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