A Word From Carl Scott, Founder,
I started Prestissimo Window Cleaning Co. in 2006 when I was an undergraduate in the sociology department at Wayne State University. The economy in Detroit was beginning to tank hard, and my friends and family wondered aloud if a “luxury service” was a wise choice for a business venture during a recession. Being the defiantly independent type I went ahead and did it anyway. Before too long, I had enough work that I could pay a helper on my bigger jobs. Then I needed another crew during the busy summer and fall season. Now, 7 years later Prestissimo has a handful of expert technicians, the best equipment available, and we continue to grow slowly and responsibly.
One of the most profound insights I developed was that window cleaning is not a “luxury service.” Window cleaning is the least expensive way to instantly and dramatically brighten a space.
Prestissimo (pres-TEE-see-moe) is Italian for “very fast.” I chose the word “Prestissimo” somewhat arbitrarily. I knew I wanted to call my company a fancy sounding Italian word. I am not Italian, just a fan of the culture. I did encounter Italian in musical scores when I played Bassoon at Ferndale High School. I flipped through a glossary of Italian musical terms and something magical happened when I saw it: “Prestissimo“… such a beautiful word, it rolls off the tongue and evokes an implicit meaning even if you don’t know what it means. It sounds so regal and smooth, much like I think of very clean glass.
Through the years, we’ve tried hard to be as good as our name.
The great people who work at Prestissimo are experts at what they do, and support their families with their trade. For my end, I work hard to keep employee wages at the maximum level possible. I understand that good work arises from a good company culture which includes good pay. We’re not the biggest, we’re not the cheapest nor the most expensive. We are the best at what we do, and are fairly yet competitively priced. We are thorough, attentive, personable, and trustworthy in your home or office.
We… are… Prestissimo!