What's the easiest way to clean the windows off after the holidays?
Here it is...the SUPER EASY CLEANING METHOD for painted windows. "You get someone else to do it!!!" That's my favorite method, but,... okay, so we know that's not always going to happen (it's always worth a try.) So here's the SECOND BEST way to clean painted windows. Take it from someone who has had to clean a LOT of paint off windows, this is a piece of cake...
1. Wet the windows using a spray bottle of window cleaner or straight water. The key here is to get the paint wet enough so the water will soften the paint with out soaking the window and making huge puddles at the bottom. (If you used temperas you may want to place some paper towels at the bottom to catch the drips.)
Give the water time to soften the paint, re-spraying as necessary to keep it wet, usually a full minute or two.
2. When the paint has softened, use a straight edge (razor if you are an adult) or a credit card to
scoop the loosened paint off the glass. Acrylics will become like a soft plastic. Wipe it onto a rag or paper towel. When most of it is removed, wash the window again like you would normally do with window cleaner and paper towels. SEE?! All done and ready for the next holiday!
How do you determine how much to charge for painting windows for a business?
I must get asked this particular question more than any other. It's a very good question, and one that has been very difficult to answer with exact numbers since there are so many variables. Such as your own personal abilities, the standard of living in your area, etc, etc. But the following method will work in all situations...
You give them a price and if the customer says
"Wow, is that all?" then you're not charging enough.
If they reply with, "..........yeah,....(cough, choke)...let me get back to you.
I have to run this by my wife/husband." and then they never call you back,
you're charging too much.
If they wince just a wee bit, and then say "Okay, when can you start?"
then you got it just right.