How To Start a Window Cleaning Business For $600

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Starting your own window cleaning business shouldn’t put you into debt. While there are many options that can get expensive, getting the essentials that will help you do a great job is possible for under $600. And best of all, as soon as you get your window cleaning service working for your new business, you’ll see all that equipment being paid for pretty fast.

First of all, you’ll need business liability insurance. This is a must. It’ll protect you in the event of a lawsuit or other claim. Many commercial window cleaning jobs require it. The good news is that one window cleaning job can pay for a year’s premiums.

Next, you’ll need a telephone. Chances are you already have one, but it’s a good idea to have a separate business line. Most window cleaning pros carry a cell phone to stay in touch while on the job.

You’ll need a reliable way to organize your window cleaning jobs. A simple day planner can do the trick, or maybe you prefer the digital route. There are many options to choose from for a variety of costs.

A great way to promote your window cleaning business is to with business cards. Include your contact information, your business’s name, your slogan, and any other pertinent information, anything that could help you get another job. On the back of the card, add a discount coupon for 10-20% if a customer refers another job to you.

Now you’re ready to start buying the tools to clean windows!

Let’s start with squeegees. A good start is to have an 8-inch, 12-inch, and 18-inch squeegee channel. The channel is the metal strip that holds the rubber strip that removes water from the windows. Plan on having at least three replacement rubber blades for each channel as rubber blades do wear out quickly. You also have many options with squeegee handles: fixed, pivoting, brass, stainless steel, and more.

Next, get some scrubbers. It’s a good idea, when you’re starting out, to get a 10-inch and an 18-inch scrubber with swivel handles.

Now get some sponges. Once again, get a few, as these do tend to wear out.

You’re going to need cleaning solution. Dawn and Joy dish soap are great options. There are many other available, such as “The Pill” from Unger, which are individual tablets added to your wash bucket.

Speaking of wash bucket, plan on getting a 5 gallon size, or better yet, a window cleaner’s size, which is big enough to fit an 18-inch squeegee and won’t splash as you move it.

Now get some towels. You’re going to want 100 percent cotton ones that are lint free. You don’t want to leave behind any lint residue.

You’ll definitely want to buy an extension pole. This makes it easier to clean windows on the second floor without using a ladder. For starters, get a 12-foot pole.

Sometimes you need to be close to the window, so an extension pole won’t do. You will need a sturdy ladder. A 24-foot extension ladder should do the trick. An aluminum ladder is lighter than the fiberglass ladders, an important consideration if you’ve moving it around a house several hours a day.

A dripless holster will help too. You don’t want to be dripping all over a customer’s floor. Most can hold almost a pint of water, so you can clean several windows without having to move your water bucket too often.

And finally, you’ll need a scraper. Most pros opt for a wide scraper, often 4 to 6 inches, but you can use a single-edged razor blade as well. These will get those little gunk spots.

how to start a window cleaning business

How To Start a Window Cleaning Business

That will get you started, but it shouldn’t cost you too much. Make a checklist and you can have all these things before you know it, and without putting you into debt. You should be able to get them all for under $600. Soon you’ll be on your way to a successful window cleaning business. To learn all the secrets of successful window cleaners, read Profitable Window Cleaning.