When do-it-yourself becomes a stumbling block

When it comes to washing windows for your business, doing it yourself can be pretty attractive. Sounds easy, right? It’s free, right? Not so fast. We will save the “window washing is easy” blog topic for another day. But let’s address the cost. Everything has a cost: it’s your time. And if you are using an employee to wash windows, it’s dollars as well. Before you decide to wash your own windows, you need like with anything else to figure out how much it is costing you. If you aren’t paying an employee $20 an hour, it may not sound so bad. It should just take him a couple hours right? Probably not. Depending on the size shape and location of your windows it could be a weeklong job for somebody. At that point, your cost competes with a professional service, and that service can come in and do the job typically in one day. Plus, a professional service has the right tools and skills – and insurance – to do a safe and quality job. Also consider that you lose the productivity of your employee if he is washing windows. Perhaps he can be repurposed and used on other projects that have a return on investment that far outweighs the cost of a professional window cleaning service. This debate is not new. From painting your own home to changing your own oil, we all make the decision each day whether to do the job ourselves or hand it off to a professional. Just do your […]

Don’t play games with your safety

Each year there are reported cases of injury and even death from people falling off roofs and ladders. We don’t want to scare you, chances are you’ll be fine if you’re doing work on your own. But if you’re getting up there in age or just don’t have the agility you once did, it’s best to let a professional do second floor and roof maintenance for your home. Don’t hesitate to call a professional for such matters. Not only do we have a large team that can get the job done faster, but we know tricks and methods to doing the job best. We also have the proper equipment to make the job safe. In our case of course, our forte is window cleaning. So give us a call today for your free window cleaning quote. For some things business owners may decide on a low-budget, economical option. We encourage you, however, to be sure that window cleaning is not one of those things. Taking the low cost option for window cleaning means you may get someone who is not professional in appearance, methods, or workmanship. The last thing you want is a job that is not well done. That won’t be an issue with Innovative Window Cleaning. We are insured, bonded and licensed and have years of experience. We will come out, do the job well, and be safe while doing it. Even better, we are far from an expensive option. We believe our rates are very reasonable. Give us a call for a quote […]

Sticker residue on Windows

For some businesses there’s more than just a dirty window problem. Many storefronts and other commercial buildings have residue from old signs and stickers. Anything from display posters to “special of the day” for restaurants even to little stuff like Neighborhood Watch or “No concealed carry” signs. When these stickers and signs are indoors you have the time and a comfortable atmosphere to work on these yourself. From razor blades and “Goo-Gone” you might try many different ways to remove them with varying levels of success. When these stickers stains are outdoors, however, removal becomes another story. The windows may be in hard-to-reach places, or the weather may not cooperate. Plus, the last thing you want to do scratch the window, or make it worse in some way. The other variable for outdoor window stains is the sun. Four months, years or even decades the sun beat down on your sign, creating a haze, glare or other unsightly result. Once you remove the sign, your window no longer “matches” its smoothness, cleanliness or reflectivity. One solution is to purchase a new window altogether, and some of our competitors may suggest that. That’s the easy way out, but an expensive way out as well! Before you replace the glass, give Innovative Window Cleaning a call. We can come out and evaluate the situation right away. It may well be that you need to replace your window, but we will do everything possible to salvage what you have for a cheaper and greener solution.

Marshall Field’s Famous Christmas Storefront Window

Once in a while we here at Innovative Window Cleaning want to have a little fun with our blog. One of the ways we will do this is to link to some windows that have a place in history. Sounds silly, right? Sure, but try this on for size. Let’s start with the Marshall Field’s Christmas window displays. A Chicago tradition in its own right, and continuing today with Macy’s, who bought out Marshall Field’s in 2005. Below are a few great photos and references to this piece of Chicago history. Enjoy! WTTW’s Marshall Field’s Christmas Storefront Feature Chicago Now’s Feature on State St. and Marshall Fields Macy’s Christmas Window in Chicago, 2012

Should I hang posters in my storefront window?

We at Innovative Window Cleaning aren’t store display design experts by any means. But, we do have a lot of clients with all types of windows and displays aimed at the public. So we picked up a little knowledge along the way, And we thought it would be fun to talk about. In  many storefront windows we see posters for products, services or upcoming events. These of course can be beautiful graphically and attract attention right away. We can picture the old days where the record store would have the latest album artwork and concert posters from popular bands. Or we can picture the latest food offering at Taco Bell. Our answer to the question at hand is fairly simple. If you have beautiful products to show off in house, don’t hide them with posters. If you must, make sure that the poster is for a temporary event or sale. That way since it’s a new display it will gather twice the attention that it would if you always had it posted. On the other hand, if your storefront is for a service or something that’s hard to visualize, we think poster art might be a good thing. This is especially true if your building sign does not adequately state who you are and what you do. It may be silly, but those signs that just say “Cleaners” on them can be the most effective at conveying a message. And that’s the perfect situation to put up a poster that shows off today’s special. Your customers will notice […]

April showers bring May flowers

April showers bring May flowers. But you want to see those flowers sparkling colorful and beautiful, right? Let innovative window cleaning help you achieve that goal. Spring is supposed to be colorful and beautiful. You want to see the grass, flowers, birds and other animals and plants to inspire clean, that clean, fresh feeling of Spring. So let’s all get ready for spring! No matter what type of industrial or commercial building you have, we can clean them all. From the big – skyscrapers, churches, schools, and apartment building complexes – to the small, like strip malls and office buildings. With hired, trained professionals, Innovative Window Cleaning will get that sparkle and shine that you want. Your workplace will look great, inspiring your employees to do their best work, and drawing in more attention from potential customers on the street. Your building will shine like those around you are not after this brutal, long winter! Think about it. This Chicago area winter has been long enough. Allowing your windows to be gray and dirty for longer will just extend the dreary days. Let’s kick out the old with a fresh start from Innovative Window Cleaning. About Us Innovative Window Cleaning, located in Chicago, Illinois, has been a strong leader in the commercial window cleaning industry and provides excellent service to corporate clients in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Our experienced includes hi-rise buildings, tall skyscrapers, sporting venues, such as race tracks, event centers, venues, and arenas. Contact us for a free quote at 1-888-535-1440

Clean Restaurant Windows Show Cleanliness

Of all the buildings we take care of, restaurants are the most crucial to our clients’ ROI (return on investment). Just think of how unattractive it is if your building is dirty and its windows have markings and fingerprints on it. What does that say about your cleanliness? When your outside is unclean, the fair assumption is your inside is unclean as well. Imagine if you lose just five customers per week because the restaurant down the street is more attractive to them (even if a subconscious decision). Imagine if two of them would’ve been customers for life! We often see fast food workers taking care of their own building all the time – taking out the trash or cleaning windows. That’s great, if they can do a good job and a safe manner. And assuming they are consistent employees that do not turn over, have consistent hours, and do not to be trained over and over again. If those have been battles for you, consider hiring Innovative Window Washing to be your partner. Wouldn’t it be nice not to worry about training staff or who’s doing the washing and when? Another consideration is that not all restaurants are the same. Some have multiple levels, configurations, shapes and sizes. If you have a building like that, safety and professional work become a major factor. At that point you should definitely consider getting a quote from a professional window washing company. About Us Innovative Window Cleaning, located in Chicago, Illinois, has been a strong leader in the commercial window […]

Homeless and Jobless Window Washers

Not all businesses are in the nicest areas of town. We’ve seen a lot of businesses in poverty-stricken areas that have empty parking lots, overgrown grass areas and potholes galore. In these regions, it’s very common for jobless or homeless men and women to approach businesses for window washing assistance. These people come to the door with a bucket, a sponge and a squeegee and ask for a few bucks in exchange for washing windows externally and sometimes internally. We here at Innovative Window Cleaning care about our world. We think you should be charitable and give these kind of people a chance if it’s the right situation. The right situation to us means external window washing only, as there are many safety issues with an unknown person of an unknown background being in the same space as your employees, equipment and other personal belongings. We’d love to believe in and trust in every person that walks in off the street, but if you read news headlines today it’s just not responsible. The right situation also means making sure your building’s windows are easily reachable from the ground, and in safe surroundings. If the person needs a ladder or any other scaffolding we would highly recommend you don’t take them up on their services. Imagine the legal issues that could happen without insurance coverage that a professional company would have! We suggest giving these people a chance to better their lives with a little help from you. Just keep in mind the right situation and make […]

How to Choose a Window Washer

How should you choose a window washing company? That’s a question we hear a lot. The main thing to look for at first is whether they specialize in commercial or residential washing. The vast majority of window washing companies focus on residential. This means that they don’t need to have certain skills, adapt to as many styles of windows, or going to the highest heights. So as you surf the web or talk to friends, make sure you are clearly asking for a commercial window washing company. After that, we recommend you find someone with experience. That should instill a lot of confidence in you. Finally, you should seek a window washing company who actively communicates with you, who calls you for the next appointment instead of waiting for you to request another. A company who pays attention to the weather and comes at the right times. And, a company respects your time, workplace, and other factors to make sure their presence is barely noticed. We know we are far from perfect. But we like to feel believe that we at Innovative Window Cleaning fit a lot of these criteria. We hope that you will consider us the next time you are looking for commercial window washing. About Us Innovative Window Cleaning, located in Chicago, Illinois, has been a strong leader in the commercial window cleaning industry and provides excellent service to corporate clients in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Our experienced includes hi-rise buildings, tall skyscrapers, sporting venues, such as race tracks, event centers, venues, […]

Washing Unique Church Windows

We know a lot of the city churches have tall and odd-shaped windows to take care of. Suburban churches can range from small traditional sizes, to storefronts and even warehouse styles. Many of these create a problem for building maintenance, internally and externally. The best case scenario is that you have a maintenance team or church volunteers who can help you keep the church’s windows looking great. But their expertise and abilities may not be sufficient, or even safe at a certain point. Innovative Window Cleaning wants to serve the churches in the Chicago area by offering excellent work at a reasonable price. Consider giving us a call to wash and maintain your church windows. We will take into consideration your schedule, the weather and other factors to make sure your building looks great all the time, and that we are not interruptive of your staff and church-goers. Of all places, people should understand that churches care about what’s inside, not what’s outside. But today’s “consumer culture” is always judging a book by its cover. Whether you use us or not, we hope that you make your church a respectful presentation to show church-goers and prospective church-goers that you care about the little things. About Us Innovative Window Cleaning, located in Chicago, Illinois, has been a strong leader in the commercial window cleaning industry and provides excellent service to corporate clients in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Our experienced includes hi-rise buildings, tall skyscrapers, sporting venues, such as race tracks, event centers, venues, and arenas. Contact us […]

Property Management Window Washing Discounts

Are you a property management company that owns multiple commercial buildings? If you are in the general Chicago area, we’d love to talk to you about our window washing discounts. Planning routine washings with us helps us balance our schedule and crews, and saves us time and money. We can pass that savings along to you for a win-win situation! If you own multiple buildings, you need to think big on all maintenance you do. We hope you have a common plumbing company, maintenance company, painting and drywall and more. We know that window washing can sometimes take a back seat, because it isn’t an “urgent” need. But believe us, it’s noticed, and it’s something you should schedule and get a “quantity discount” on. Innovative window washing can cover many types of buildings, they don’t have to all be the same. It may be apartment buildings, strip malls, big box stores, even some of the largest buildings in Chicago. Don’t hesitate to give us a call and ask what we can do for you. You might be surprised how much you can benefit financially and enjoy peace of mind if you choose us and we establish a loyal relationship together. About Us Innovative Window Cleaning, located in Chicago, Illinois, has been a strong leader in the commercial window cleaning industry and provides excellent service to corporate clients in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Our experienced includes hi-rise buildings, tall skyscrapers, sporting venues, such as race tracks, event centers, venues, and arenas. Contact us for a free quote […]

From Chicago to the Suburbs

From Chicago’s Skyline with the Willis Tower and the John Hancock to the Sears Center in Hoffman Estates to the many schools and warehouses that line the streets of the city and suburbs, there are many businesses that provide for the community and the world. And with each business there is a sense of pride for all the work that moves through daily. Not only for the specifics of the business, but for the actual workplace. From the landscape to the parking lot to the roof. Well, to make it a place that is comfortable is to keep up with these things. To plant a pretty lilac bush or to fix the potholes this winter has created means that you care as a business owner. Innovative Window Cleaning is a professional window washing company that will add to the upkeep of your company as well. Specializing in: Commercial Buildings, large or small, multi-story or single level Schools & Educational Institutions including college campuses Race Tracks, Event Centers, and Venues Hotels and Motels Warehouses and Office Buildings Apartment Complexes and Condominium Associations Courthouses, Police Stations, Fire Departments, City Offices and more! Put us on your list for this spring to make your glass sparkle and shine. Contact us for a great deal on a package that will suit your needs.

Improve your Strip Mall’s Curb Appeal

Do you own or are you part of a strip mall? The Chicago suburbs are full of them. You also may notice how many are vacant nowadays. In a small way, we at Innovative Window Cleaning think we can help keep you in business, even thriving. We believe image is everything. Shoppers and customers are driving by your building and we want to do everything possible to encourage them to stop in and shop. Having beautiful windows are a great first step. We can’t help with your window display set-up and creativity, but we can make sure that you another sparkling clean and everything in your display is visible and attractive. Further, the building itself should be an invitation to stop in. What’s worse than a dirty building with dirty windows or even an overgrown lawn? Nothing. Might as well plan your business’ exit strategy. Instead, pay attention to your building’s “curb appeal”. Make your strip mall beautiful and inviting. You’ll be surprised how sales can go up just from a great presentation. If cost is an issue, see if your fellow store owners will all pitch in a little extra to make the storefronts shine. The investment you make now will no doubt pay off later. About Us Innovative Window Cleaning, located in Chicago, Illinois, has been a strong leader in the commercial window cleaning industry and provides excellent service to corporate clients in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Our experienced includes hi-rise buildings, tall skyscrapers, sporting venues, such as race tracks, event centers, venues, […]

Let the Sunshine In

Discouraged by yet another snowfall? On the first day of Spring to boot! Are you overly anticipating the long awaited arrival of light breezes, birds singing in the leafy trees? As much as we are to be sure! Why not start to feel that new feeling now? We specialize in bringing a little touch of spring to apartment complex owners, schools and high-rises. By spring cleaning the windows that have been through one of the worst winters on record, you are sure to have a glimpse of hope with the sparkle of the sun gleaming through. Professionally trained and safety guaranteed, Innovative Window Cleaning can handle your commercial washing needs. We will work with you to create a professional cleaning package that will work for your property. We guarantee 100% satisfaction. Contact us today to get your spring cleaning underway. Time to get the winter coat off and let the sunshine in!

Hassle-Free Window Cleaning

Have you been trying to wash your apartment complex windows by yourself and finish feeling defeated and tired? Adjusting ladders and moving around the tools and such can be frustrating and tedious. Why not consider hiring a professional window cleaner for your tenants? Saving on the annoyance is worth the time and money spent trying to do it yourself. With safety-minded trained professionals, Innovative Window Cleaning guarantees 100% satisfaction. From washing the windows of Chicagoland skyscrapers, schools, apartment and condominium complexes, we make the city shine! You and your tenants will be enjoying the view out of their sparkling windows this spring. Don’t you think it’s time for a spring cleanup without the hassle! Contact us today and we will have an estimator visit your facility to produce a price quote that we guarantee will be satisfactory. Nobody offers low-cost window cleaning prices like we do!

Clean Those Dirty Apartment Building Windows Now

Has this Chicago winter put a damper on your apartment building or housing complex? Why not shine it up for spring with Innovative Window Cleaning? The time is now to take action. We specialize in apartment building window cleaning. We can take it from drab to fab with our team of professional window cleaners. Have you been trying to do it yourself? Moving ladders window to window to just be disappointed? Look no further! Give us a call today and we will set up a free estimate and cleaning package to meet your needs. Contact us or call 1-888-535-1440 to get started on your Spring Cleaning today!

Sparkling Hi-Rise Windows

When you soar above the city skyline from O’Hare or Midway airport, you may be in awe of how the skyline sparkles in the sunlight. The City of Chicago has a beautiful landscape of varying styles of architecture. And with that many, many windows! Innovative Window Cleaning plays a big part of those sparkling windows. Our employees are the best of the best and are trained with top safety skills. Making your windows shine is our top priority above the rest. Give us a call today to add to the shine of our city skyline. We professionalize in skyscrapers, office buildings, schools, arenas and apartment buildings. We will give you a free estimate and will work with you to create 100% satisfaction.

Can a beautiful workplace increase productivity?

For many years, architects, philosophers, and even the average Joe have debated whether our environment affects our daily lives. At Innovative Window Cleaning, we buy into this theory. We think a beautiful workplace creates happier employees and business owners alike. Sure, it’s subtle, but we think being able to look through a beautiful window and enjoying a beautiful summer – or even winter – day can improve the mood and focus of an employee. Our goal is to do our part to make your office building a beautiful place to work. We can schedule routine cleanings or put you on an as-needed basis based upon the weather. Call us today to beautify your workplace!

Window Cleaning Interrupting Your Work Day?

If you own a business and count on your employees to be productive each day, you know how distracting it can be when maintenance, window cleaning, or even cleaning crews shuffle through during the day and thought out your building and premises. Though we can not help you in all those areas, we care about the professionalism with which we do our job at Innovative Window Cleaning. Our employees have been trained to respect your workplace and employees and understand all of the safety guidelines and stringent regulations. Our long-term goal is to make a beautiful space for your team to work in, inside and out, without being noticed at all. In fact, if you speak to us ahead of time about your window cleaning needs, we can even plan specific hours in which we can do our job with his little distraction as possible. In today’s business, every little bit of productivity helps. If we can save your team a combined several hours of focus, we consider it a job well done! If you need crystal clear windows, pick up the phone and call us today.

Commercial Window Cleaning and Safety

We’re not your average handyman company, our focus is strictly your windows and solar panels. We will not fix your parking lot or change your lightbulbs. We want to concentrate on one thing that makes us professional–innovative. We are proud to say that we are accident-free to date. With such dangerous conditions, window cleaning is a daredevil profession. With high winds, and treacherous weather conditions, cleaning windows has to be a professionally trained business with engineering in place to ensure safety for our employees. And because we are accident-free, we can keep our costs low to better serve you and your industry. Call 888-535-1440 for a free estimate or click here to fill out our window cleaning contact form.