Farmington resident Jeremy Higgins launched his new business in March
FARMINGTON — Armed with a window mop and squeegee, Jeremy Higgins went to work cleaning windows at Brown's Shoe Fit Co. downtown on Wednesday.
"It takes quite a bit of practice. Every window is a little bit different, trying to leave it looking nice where it doesn’t have runs, streaks, drips and all that stuff," Higgins said.
The Farmington resident started his business, Awesome Window Cleaning LLC, in March.
Higgins said he started the venture to branch out on his own after working for six years at a local window cleaning company.
He continues to develop on that experience, as well as paying attention to detail, especially when removing film and grime from windows or using tools to eliminate debris.
While window cleaning is the aim, Higgins does offer power washing, stain removal and cleaning for screens, mirrors, glass blocks, shower doors, light fixtures, ceiling fans, chandeliers and gutters.
He also replaces light bulbs and smoke detector batteries.
After deciding to take the step into starting a business, Higgins sought help from the Small Business Development Center at San Juan College, where he received guidance for developing then establishing his idea.
He said his business is licensed and continues to grow, mainly through client recommendations.
So far, he has completed jobs in Farmington, Aztec and Bloomfield, as well as in Arizona and Colorado.
While Higgins does commercial cleaning, the bulk of his work is residences.
"When you go to somebody's home, you can show them the benefits of how dirty the windows were and how clean they are now," he said.
During his work on Wednesday at the shoe store, Higgins used a fanning technique to clean the windows. While he made it look easy to fan, he said it took time for his wrist to get used to the technique.
He said other variables to consider when cleaning windows include the amount of pressure to apply, the type of glass and the temperature of the glass, he said.
While moving in between windows, he said he prefers using a 14-inch squeegee because it is easy to handle.
"It's not too short. It's right in between," he said.
As Higgins was leaving, he noticed someone already had left a spot on one of the front doors, so he paused to clean it.
"It's my name on it, so I want it to look nice," he said.
Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636.