Clean-Slate Janitorial Services (www.Clean-Slate.ca), a leading service provider of commercial office cleaning in Vaughan and the Greater Toronto Area, is weighing in on a string of recent window cleaning scams in the U.K. Clean-Slate Janitorial Services also provides its expert advice on how to avoid being similarly scammed.
In the southwest England town of Bath, a man has been performing scams related to window cleaning. Claiming to work for a local newspaper, the man has been offering window cleaning services for a low price, then raising the price upon completion. The individual is currently being hunted by authorities. (Source: Sharman, D., “Police hunt window cleaning conman who claimed he worked for newspaper,” HoldTheFrontPage.co.uk, July 15, 2015; www.holdthefrontpage.co.uk/2015/news/window-cleaning-conman-on-loose-after-claiming-to-work-for-weekly-newspaper.)
“It’s far safer to contact a professional cleaning service,” say Sam Panousis, owner and operator of Clean-Slate Janitorial Services. “A legitimate company is highly unlikely to contact you first, which is why it’s advised to ignore any unsolicited calls offering window cleaning and other janitorial services.”
When looking for a company that offers window cleaning, or any type of cleaning for that matter, doing research is an important first step. Check their site for testimonials and look to see what people are saying about them on social media.
Checking to see if the company is bonded and insured is also strongly recommended. Most cleaning companies will have this information, along with any certifications they have, listed on their web site and printed material. They will also be happy to provide them to potential clients; if they aren’t upfront with this information that should serve as another red flag.
“What happened to the residents of Bath was unfortunate, but this situation only serves to emphasize the importance of not taking chances and hiring a trusted name for window cleaning,” Panousis concludes. “When receiving an unsolicited call for cleaning services, it’s best to respectfully decline.”
As the leading window cleaners in Vaughan, Clean-Slate Janitorial Services provides a variety of cleaning services for office and retail environments. To find out more, visit www.Clean-Slate.ca.