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Window Cleaning Cost

The average cost of hiring a window cleaning service is $225 - $300​.

In this guide

Pros and cons
Cost factors
Exterior window cleaning vs interior window cleaning
Type of window
Labor
Window cleaning in new construction
Enhancement and improvement costs  
Additional considerations and costs
FAQ

How much does it cost to hire window cleaning services?

Let’s face it, windows get dirty, and it becomes difficult to see the outside clearly after a while. Dirty windows and sills 1 also make a house look worn down and old. Giving your house a makeover in the form of window cleaning can mean clean window panes, sills, and even skylights and screens.

A deep cleaning of your windows should be done about once a year unless something dramatic happens. To clean the exterior of an average house with about 22 standard windows with full screens will cost approximately $225.

Pros and cons

Professional window cleaning can be a great service, especially if you aren’t able to reach certain windows or skylights. The pros have the right tools to efficiently clean your windows and screens without you having to deal with ladders and cleaning supplies.

The downside to hiring professional window cleaners is that you will have workers at your house for at least a few hours while they get the job done, which doesn’t feel very private, but if you’re able to deal with those inconveniences, a professional crew can complete in hours what would take the DIYer a whole weekend to finish.

Cost factors

Window cleaners typically charge by the hour, averaging $75 per hour. Depending on the types of windows you have, your costs will increase. For example, windows with many panes will take longer to clean than a single-pane window. Likewise, larger windows will take more time to clean than the standard double-pane windows that you see in many houses.

Windows and skylights above ground level will also take additional time, as will windows that are exceptionally dirty. You’ll have to factor in additional time to clean screens and sills 1 if desired.

Exterior window cleaning vs interior window cleaning

While many window cleaners charge by the hour, $75 per hour on average, others may charge per window, averaging $7 per window, with an extra $2-$3 per screen. That being said, it will cost more to have the interior windows cleaned in addition to the exterior. It is rare to have an interior cleaning only, and many companies will not recommend interior-only. Exterior cleaning is usually about 80% of the in-and-out cost.

Type of window

The type of windows you have will affect the price, some windows simply take longer to clean than others. Many houses have standard single-hung windows with two panes. The average house has 22 windows, which will take approximately three hours and cleaners charge $75 per hour on average.

More complex windows, such as bay windows 2 or windows with multiple small panes, will take more time. Some cleaners will charge per small pane ($1.00-$1.50 per pane), while others will include it at an hourly rate.

Labor

You would hire window cleaners to do the work, and professionals often charge by the hour, around $75 per hour. Other cleaners charge by the window, averaging $7 per window. Window cleaners will apply a cleaning solution to windows and use a squeegee and towel to wipe away dirt and grime. Window cleaners will also supply their own ladders for accessing higher windows.

Cleaners will include cleaning the frame and sills 1 in the cost; however, cleaning tracks and screens are normally an extra charge. Screens usually cost $2-$3 per screen, while tracks cost about $1.00-$1.50 per window. Windows with many small panes will take more time and you may be charged either by the pane ($1.00-$1.50 per pane) or by the hour.

There is no fixed price for more in-depth dirtiness like paint splatters, stains, or mineral deposits, but it will add to the amount of time it will take to clean your windows. Anticipate up to an extra hour for deep cleaning.

Some window cleaners will offer a discount for signing up for scheduled, regular cleanings. There is often a discount for repeat appointments. You can schedule monthly, semiannual, or annual cleanings.

Window cleaning in new construction

Construction creates a unique set of problems for windows. They accumulate dust, paint, and other construction debris, and there is a high probability of scratching if you’re not careful. Window cleaning after construction make take longer than a standard cleaning job, possibly up to twice as long, meaning your costs could double.

Enhancement and improvement costs  

Extra parts

Depending on your particular needs, you may want to have some extra cleaning around your windows. This could include the following:

  • Screens: $2-$3 per screen.
  • Tracks: $1-$1.50 per window.

Additional considerations and costs

  • If you’re not interested in hiring a professional and want to do it yourself, you’ll need the right tools. Beginner window cleaning kits start around $75 and have equipment such as brushes, squeegees, and towels.
  • Robotic window cleaners are another option for cleaning your own windows. They suction to the window and clean the window similar to a self-powered vacuum. Robotic window cleaners cost $150-$300.
  • Many window cleaning companies are willing to give you a free estimate upon visiting your house to assess the condition of your windows.
  • There are a lot of cleaning services out there, so you’ll want to check reviews to compare pros. Contact several companies to get estimates and references.
  • Professionals live for their business and may try to encourage you to spend more. This is known as upselling. Unless you really need extra services, don’t feel obligated to hire beyond window cleaning. You will also want to avoid gimmicky products, which often don’t do anything for your windows.
  • Some window companies will actually charge reduced rates for cleaning houses in the same neighborhood. Talk to your neighbors about buying into a cleaning service together and you could get a 10-20% rate reduction. Alternatively, you may get a discounted rate if you agree to a regular cleaning contract.
  • Any professional you hire should carry liability insurance. This will protect you in case the window cleaners sustain any injuries or damage your house in any way.

FAQ

  • What is the best product for cleaning windows?

The best product for cleaning windows is actually a small amount of dishwashing soap and warm water. Use a squeegee to wipe clean.

  • How do you clean inside windows?

The method is similar for outside windows. Use a soft brush with soapy water to scrub the dirt away, then use a squeegee to draw the water away. Use a towel to wipe away excess water.

  • How much does a window cleaner make per year?

The national average salary for a window cleaner is about $29,000.

  • What is the best way to clean windows without streaking?

The best way to clean windows without streaking is to use a brush and squeegee.

  • How much should I pay for window cleaning?

The price of window cleaning ranges from $75-$450 on average.

  • How much does it cost to start a window cleaning business?

To start a window cleaning business, you need the right tools. This means you need at minimum a brush, squeegee, towels, a scraper, and a ladder. Cleaning kits start at $75 and extension ladders start around $110.

  • What should I clean my windows with?

The best DIY method is to use warm water with a small amount of dishwashing soap.

  • How long does it take to clean windows?

It depends on the number and complexity of your windows. Most cleaners will charge for a minimum of one hour ($75 per hour), but an average-sized house will take approximately 3 hours. A more complex house will take up to six.

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Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

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1 Sills: The lowest horizontal support of a building, typically made of wood, placed on the foundation, on the ground, or below ground level to protect the building slab and secure framing
2 Bay windows: A set of 3 or more windows that projects beyond the outside wall of a building. These are great for allowing light into a room

Cost to hire window cleaning services varies greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

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Labor cost by city and zip code

Compared to national average
Appleton, WI
+3%
Athens, GA
-9%
Aubrey, TX
+17%
Baltimore, MD
+12%
Birmingham, MI
+37%
Brentwood, TN
+41%
Brodhead, WI
-23%
Burbank, CA
+12%
Colorado Springs, CO
-3%
Dassel, MN
-17%
Denver, CO
+1%
Downey, CA
+9%
Ennis, TX
-18%
Fontana, CA
+6%
Grand Rapids, MI
+7%
Hazelwood, MO
+14%
Hewlett, NY
+36%
Humble, TX
+16%
Ithaca, NY
-6%
Jersey City, NJ
+23%
Kelso, WA
-8%
Kennesaw, GA
+10%
Lancaster, CA
+4%
Largo, FL
-14%
Lewisville, TX
+17%
Livingston, NJ
+32%
Macon, GA
+20%
Mamaroneck, NY
+40%
Mocksville, NC
-19%
Monument, CO
+11%
New York, NY
+77%
Newark, DE
+9%
Norwell, MA
+44%
Oklahoma City, OK
-12%
Orange, TX
-22%
Orlando, FL
+2%
Ramsey, NJ
+27%
Rochester, MI
+38%
San Antonio, TX
-4%
Smyrna, GA
+10%
Sunbury, OH
-1%
Tampa, FL
-2%
Waco, TX
-29%
Yakima, WA
-31%
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