Wonersh window cleaner making a stunning home sparkle!
This absolute master piece situated on top of Chinthurst Hill in Wonersh was designed by none other then Sir Edwin Lutyens, with the gardens laid out by Gertrude Jekyll. The owners needed a Wonersh window cleaner, so they called me!
This 69-acre site offers gorgeous 360 degrees views over Surrey and Sussex from its many, original leaded light windows, dated back to 1893.
Back in 2013 I was asked to clean this fine home on an ongoing basis, inside and out.
The work that needed doing was obvious from a single glance as the windows had not been cleaned for some time and according to the owner, was never done to a high standard before as the previous window cleaners simply weren’t skilled or knowledgeable enough to undertake the work.
However, it was upon going from room to room that the grand scale of the task at hand became apparent. This was no ordinary house and careful attention to detail had to be given along with expert skills to make sure everything was cleaned to the high standard all my other customers are accustomed to.
The original 120 year old leaded light windows were beautifully intact and showed every bit of history through the aged glass. Whereas back in Victorian times, brave shiners would climb massive wooden ladders to the top floor, preference was given to a more modern approach of a water fed pole system. Operated from the safety of the ground, this modern cleaning system uses soft bristled brushes and hot but gentle ultra-pure water for getting dirt out of every crevice of every strip of lead. This process took some time on the first clean, as you could see the decades old dirt slowly come out of every recess. The results could not be more spectacular.
Especially the tracer windows in the great hall came up wonderfully well, even on the first clean. A keen eye to detail and time was needed to make sure nothing was left to chance nor that the beautiful masonry work was damaged in the process. However, the exterior glass was by far the easiest part to clean.
The inside of the glass was an even more delicate procedure as massive single paned secondary double-glazing units were in the way.
Each glass panel, some weighing as much as 20Kg had to be carefully lifted up in the rails that held these in, then slowly lowered out of the bottom track, so that these could be cleaned by hand on either side. Especially the 8 foot panes in the grand stairwell were a hand-full and were absolutely black from dust, dirt and cobwebs collected over the years. Once cleaned the rays of sunlight cast a beautiful light on the wooden panelling and wonderful artwork, some paintings even older than the house.
Some of these were like puzzle pieces, where the previous cleaners had placed these in the wrong places. So the game of figuring out which pane went were began, but finally these were slotted in the right place and the customer could not be happier as the windows finally fitted properly and were able to be opened.
Timber started working for me through personal recommendation, it’s the best way to find somebody. Timber is so professional, reliable and organized. He always texts or calls 24hrs in advance to let me know he is coming. It’s such a relief to find a “personal service” from somebody local – we had reluctantly been using a commercial firm for 2 years since our previous window cleaner had retired. But we were not happy with their service and were concerned about security, since we live quite remotely. Timber is a brilliant window cleaner; he is very professional, always does a super job and is a pleasure to have around. He comes highly recommended – you would be lucky to get him! Another much appreciated thing is that he will take cash/cheque, but prefers online payment, which is easiest and quickest of all!Annie Sutcliffe Loxhill, Hascombe
Trustworthiness and reliability are major considerations when entrusting a “stranger” with access to your property. I needn’t have worried as Timber delivers on both counts. His system of sending a text message the night before he’s due to come works brilliantly. Timber is always prepared to go the extra mile and nothing is too much trouble, including offering to go to the chemist when I was unwell! Timber obviously takes pride in his work, is unfailingly cheery and friendly and I have recommended him to friends who are equally delighted with his service.Lisa Huntley Guildford
Previous window cleaners were unreliable; they would turn up a couple of times and then disappear. Timber is absolutely reliable, charges a fair price and does an excellent job. All doors are cleaned as well as the glass. He also does inside cleaning on request and never leaves a mess. You can pay online very easily. Timber is very pleasant to have around. I have recommended him to several neighbours and would have no hesitation in recommending him further.Alison Owen Godalming
I would highly recommend Timber. He’s 100% reliable, always comes, and never bothers us. In fact he even made a plan for our over enthusiastic puppy who wanted to join him whilst he was cleaning and managed to safely secure her when he left the house. He is neat and he leaves all windows looking fabulous. He is courteous and professional – a service well worth having, and his price is very reasonable. Thank you!Theresa Littleton
Timber could not have been more reliable. He keeps in touch so that I know exactly when he will come. He is always cheerful and does a great job. Too often, window cleaners start and then don’t call back. I would totally recommend Timber for his quality of work but as importantly his reliabilityLyn Barber Shamley Green
Timber was working for neighbours who only use good quality tradesmen, so it made sense to add another customer while in the area. I am not disappointed. Timber is always so polite, rarely found nowadays. He’s very unobtrusive, when he worked from a ladder I never felt that my home was being judged or spied upon. I have no qualms about him cleaning the insides of the windows because: 1) He is trustworthy, 2) He puts on blue plastic overshoes, 3) He is bold enough to brave my daughter’s bedroom – without comment! Timber will speak if spoken to (whilst still working) and does a professional job.Lucianne Clement Bramley
Cleaning windows can be a nightmare when you live in a tile hung house. You need a window cleaner to be very careful. Timber has cleaning our windows for some while now; we are really pleased with the excellent quality of his work and his reliability. We were recommended to Timber by a neighbour and we have since recommended him to others. He does exactly what you need from a window cleaner – an excellent job, well reliable and careful. Thank you Timber!Ms. O. T. Chilworth
We started to use Timber’s services because we had been impressed by his friendly professionalism, and then a very pleasant surprise was that his system was so much quicker and effective then “old-fashioned” window cleaning. There are never any smears and the frames are washed too. Timber’s prices are reasonable, he is reliable, polite and gives good and regular services. We have also asked him to clean windows indoors which he does on request 3-4 times a year. All in all we have no complaints and would happily recommend him.Margie & Roger Martin Guildford
I moved to Chilworth 5 years ago and spotted Timber cleaning windows at a nearby house. I asked him if he would be willing to clean my windows, as has done so ever since. He is very reliable and punctual, and is also willing to clean windows inside if needed. Timber also cleans my daughter’s windows and we are both very happy and have no reservation of recommending him highly. He is very thorough, helpful and friendly. The windows are cleaned very well.Mrs. J. Sinclair Chilworth
My previous window cleaner retired, and a neighbour recommended Timber. I was pleasantly surprised by the ease with which he was able to clean the windows without using a ladder – and there are never any streaks! He prides an excellent and reliable service and would (and have) recommended him to others.Liz. P Shalford
Before I started using Timber’s services, my concerns were that he would clean the windows without any smears, and that the dirty water would not drip on to the floor. Also all the furniture would be positioned in the correct places. I was surprised how fast he cleaned all the windows. The system is very effective and done to perfection. Any problems I know he will put right ASAP. All the sills are wiped clean which makes a big difference. I would recommend him to others.Lisa Lubbock Gomshall
Timber has been my window cleaner for 3 years now and during that time the quality of work has always been fantastic. He is reliable and honest, very important factors within any profession. I would recommend him completely.Nicky Parks Loxwood
I have been very happy with the level of service from Timber. He is reliable, efficient, friendly, trustworthy and honest. My windows are beautifully cleaned each time and the service is regular and reliable. I would recommend him to friends and neighbours with no qualms.Ms. Moulding Godalming
I have been using Timber’s cleaning services both privately and at my place of work for many years. Windows at both properties are done in no time with a highly professional result. I am very pleased with the quality of work and would not hesitate to recommend to other businesses as well as private properties. Thank you very much for your excellent service!Kamila Ziegelbauerova Dunsfold
Your service is efficient and reliable. Always regular. The service is also friendly and the cleaning is excellent. Also the service is flexible, can be changed if for an important reason. This is very good for the customer. I would be happy to recommend the service to others as the cost is reasonable and the service provided is dependable.Ann Delonga Shalford
Three floor building needs special service and Timber does a great job. I also have the insides of the windows cleaned by Timber annually. Keep up the good work!Michael Gifford Albury
We are very happy with the services, and would recommend you to others.Abbeyfield (Guildford) Society Ltd. Guildford
Timber has been cleaning our windows for several years. He works well and efficiently. He is pleasant and reliable and we recommend him to others.Mrs. Armstrong Shalford
You do a very good job; I do appreciate it very much and would recommend you to others.Maggie B Guildford
At the same time, the precious leaded lights were cleaned with traditional tools but with modern technology applied. Soft flat weave microfibre towels with gentle solvent sprays were used to first clean off all the old grime, then fresh towels were used to buff up the leaded lights to an unprecedented shine. It is no exaggeration that these were the cleanest they had ever been since the house was built.
The whole process took the best part of two days, but the results were astonishing.
The fairy-tale ended after years of regular cleaning when the customer moved to a different home and the new owner unfortunately never contacted me regarding cleaning.
Maybe the paths of Edwin Lutyens and Timber van Duijvenbode will once more cross in the near future!
Why Choose GQC?
- I’m regular & reliable
- I’m easy to contact via phone or e-mail
- Personal service – no random “workers”
- “Text in advance” service available
- I clean the frames & sills as well as the glass
- I can reach awkward windows and windows
- Easy payment – Cash, Cheque and Bank Transfer