A lot of great things came out of being a part of planning the Haven Conference in June of this year. Too many to count and keep track of, but one great thing that came out of that event was getting the windows in my house cleaned. How exactly did one thing lead to another?
I was working with the Haven girls to get everything ready for the conference and adopted the job of getting the vendors to their spaces and settled. As I was doing this task, I met Nathan of Fish Foam. I had never heard of Fish Foam, except for seeing their name on our sponsor list, so I asked Nathan about it. Fish Window Cleaning has been keeping windows squeaky clean for over 30 years all across the US. They recently canned their ammonia-free, foaming window cleaner, Fish Foam. This is what they were at Haven to promote, so Nathan gave me a can to take home. Well, I couldn’t take it with me on the airplane, so he said he would send me some. What I got was even better – having the windows in my house professionally cleaned.
As you can see…it was welcomed. My home was built in the 1940′s and I’m not sure the windows had ever been cleaned beyond some windex and a spray with the hose. There were actually dead bees inside one of the original windows that I couldn’t get to because the storm windows were too tricky to operate. I almost always kept the blinds down, because it masked how bad the windows were.
So, a couple of guys from Fish Window Cleaning in Harrisburg came to my house and spent a couple of hours cleaning my windows. I was a little nervous about what I would write in a post. I mean, how dramatic could clean windows be? New flooring or a new paint job are much more fun. The difference, though, was amazing.
The window on the right is clean and the left is not. It’s like the difference between a VHS and Blue Ray. My rooms were noticeably brighter. And they cleaned every single pane of glass from the storm door to the small windows in the front door to the basement windows.
The window cleaning was complimentary to me (in exchange for a review), but it would’ve cost about $430 for a 2 1/2 story cape cod house with a basement. I was told the windows would stay clean for about 6-12 months. I had to think realistically about the cost. Would I pay once or twice a year to have my windows cleaned? Well, I live in a pokey little town and I don’t have much of a view out of my windows, so I think I would only do it every couple of years or so. But if I had a great view, beautiful windows or was either just about to list my house or just bought a house, I think it’s a worthwhile expense.
They also left me with a can of Fish Foam and I can tell you that is an awesome product that will fit any budget.
I like the fact that it foams on contact, so it stays put on vertical surfaces. It’s especially nice when I’m cleaning the glass on a piece like this…
Traditional window cleaners will run behind the wood details making an even bigger mess. (Dang it! I can’t think of what that wood detail is called…)
It was also great when Faith and I were cleaning the store counter for my space at Lucketts. We had to clean the underside of the top and Fish Foam did the trick without dripping.
I see window cleaning and clean glass in general as one of those thankless things. You don’t notice them when they’re clean, but they become a distraction when they’re smudgy and grimy.
Thanks so much to Fish Window Cleaning for the excellent job they did on my windows and for letting me try their amazing product.
If you’d like to give Fish Foam a try, they are giving away a three-pack of Fish Foam to three lucky readers. Just leave a comment on this post and you’ll be entered to win. The giveaway closes Monday, September 17 at midnight PST and is only open to readers living in the continental US and those over the age of 18.
Disclosure: I was given free window cleaning and Fish Foam in exchange for a review. I was not paid to say positive things and all opinions are my own.