Anytime is a good time to have your windows cleaned! Often times individuals are concerned about having their windows cleaned during the winter months fearing possibility of rain. Rain is not a concern and winter months are as good of a time as any to clean your windows. The best time to have them cleaned, regardless of time of year, is when they are dirty!
Our pros tell you how to clean windows at home.
For cleaning inside windows:
- Fill a bucket with clean, cool water and add a few drops of liquid dish soap.
- Place a large bath towel beneath the window to catch any spills.
- Use a clean microfiber cloth or sponge to go over the surface of the window, starting at the top and working down to the bottom. Don’t forget to wipe down the frame as well, both inside and out.
- Spray the window thoroughly with the vinegar and water solution, or if you prefer, a commercial window cleaning product. Another option is mixing one capful of ammonia with two gallons of water.
- Using a professional squeegee, pull excess water from the glass from side to side or top to bottom until its all off.
- If dirt or streaks remain lightly buff out with clean huck towel.
- It is best to work on a cool, cloudy day so that the soapy water and window-cleaning solution do not dry on your windows.
For cleaning outside windows:
- Outside windows typically have more dirt and stains.
- Using a soft microfiber scrubber, go over the surface of the window with soap and vinegar. For higher windows, use a sponge mop (or a soft cotton or microfiber mop) on a pole.
- Squeegee excess solution off glass. Angle the squeegee towards the bottom of the window and work from top to bottom. Wipe the squeegee with a clean, dry towel at the bottom of each pass. Alternatively, you can use a clean, lint-free towel.
- Wipe the window edges dry using a clean towel.
- For stubborn dirt and stains, including bird droppings, saturate thoroughly with vinegar and water and let stand for several minutes before drying. You can also try rubbing with a soft “scrubbie” sponge, but do not use steel wool or harsh scrubbing cloths; these will scratch the window.
- Don’t neglect the window screens. Rinse with plain water, spray with a vinegar and water solution, then rinse again with plain water. Let dry thoroughly before replacing the screens on the windows.
Sometimes windows will be stained with mineral deposits, particularly in areas with hard water. There are several commercial cleansers that can be used on these stains, including CLR, which removes calcium, lime, and rust stains. Follow the manufacturer directions when using these products.
Although cleaning windows can be a “pain,” it is worth it to be able to enjoy unobstructed views… and let the sun shine in!
If the company cleaning your roof is not familiar with roofing systems and experienced with the accessories and functions of a pressure washing machine, keep them off your roof. A pressure washer can damage your roof. It is not the machine itself rather the operator. Someone who knows how to regulate the output pressure (psi) of his or her machine can easily drop it down to a safe working level. Knowing the different accessories available for pressure washing is another must. Technique is also critical.
Simply put, to save money. A mossy roof lowers the value of your home. It looks unsightly, and suggests an overall lack of maintenance. The value of your home will rise with a roof that is moss free and clean. This would be especially important if you are planning to sell your home. Moss that is left on your roof will shorten the roofs life by ten years or more. This is because moss acts as a sponge, keeping your roof wet. A roof that stays wet deteriorates faster than a dry roof. Moss can also lift shingle edges causing leaks. So, plain and simple, get the moss off your roof or find yourself needlessly wasting money on early re-roofing.
There are several options of cleaners that professionals use to clean your roof, but many include bleach. The disadvantage is that bleach will discolor your walls and siding wherever it streaks down, and may also kill plant or animal life along the way. In addition, a bleach solution will destroy your roof shingles as it will dry them out. Putting bleach or tide with bleach on your roof will kill any moss that it touches, however the moss is still stuck to your roof.
There are many roof cleaners out there that will put their own magic moss killer on your roof and then say the majority of the moss will come off over the next 8 to 10 months by itself from the wind and rain. The problem with this is the moss that does not come off will come back to life.
The frequency to clean your roof depends on the location of your home, which will affect the condition of your roof. If you live in a humid location chances are your roof will grow moss, lichen and algae faster than a less humid area. Cleaning and treating your roof will extend its life.
Preparing for roof cleaning is not time consuming if you plan ahead. Close all windows and skylights. Back vehicles away from your home. Cleaning your own roof can be dangerous, hire a professional with experience, insurance and the proper equipment. If you are not comfortable with heights, or familiar with working on a sloped roof, call Nate Solutions.
This is the most simple answer. To save money.
How often is really up to personal preference, and what level of tolerance a person has for dirt. Most of our customers that have requested to be on a regular maintenance program have us come either quarterly (every 3 months), or every 6 months. Though a few of our customers ask us to come more frequently, generally you will not need to have your windows cleaned more than every three months (the methods we use actually keep your windows cleaner, longer). In our opinion, a person really needs to have their windows cleaned at least twice a year.
Let’s face it – the topic of home gutters is far from a fascinating subject. Most homeowners don’t think about their home gutter system until the gutters stop working properly. Fact is, the gutters on your home serve a critical service for your home. It doesn’t take long for improperly working or clogged gutters to show wear and tear on your home and devalue your investment.
Here is more information on pressure washing some common exteriors. They are not all the same and we recognize that.
- Brick and Mortar: Before cleaning, we recommend you patch damaged joints and allow the patches to dry for at least a week before we clean. This will help keep the detergent from soaking into the brick.
- Siding: Repair or replace damaged siding before pressure washing. We spray away from gaps, such as those around door and window trim.
- Stucco: Patch chips and cracks in the surface and let the patches dry for a least a week before pressure washing.
The black streaks on your gutters are in the oxidation layer of the paint. The black streaks can be removed with low pressure and the right chemicals.
The dark stains you are seeing is mold. All mold needs to grow is moisture (humidity) and a food source and it will grow anywhere. Mold can be removed with low pressure and the right chemicals.
Power washing, or pressure washing, is the growing application of high pressure water spray. Produced by specially designed pumps, this spray is a hundred times more powerful than the typical garden hose. On concrete it is used to remove unsightly mold, bubble gum, and other dirt stains. Wooden decks are returned to the look of new wood, void of graying and fatigued finishes. And on houses, the appearance of siding (namely aluminum and vinyl) is greatly improved by removing pollution, mildew, and other signs of neglect.
Since cleaning your gutters requires you to get on a ladder, it’s always safest to leave this job to a licensed professional. There are many companies that specialize in gutter cleaning, (Call us) and professionals have the knowledge and training to safely clean your gutters and downspouts, as well as checking for and repairing misalignment, leaks or damage.
But, if you do decide to clean your gutters yourself, always remember to put safety first. Here’s what you need:
- Gloves: Hand protection is critical due to possible sharp objects in the gutter.
- Safety goggles: Debris may fly back at you when cleaning, so wearing safety goggles is a must.
- Ladder: A ladder is needed to access the gutters. (And you should always have someone nearby to hold the ladder.)
- Stand Off’s: This will allow the ladder to stabilize on the roof rather then dent the gutter.
- Garden trowel: It is used to scoop out the debris.
- Sponge: To push water/wet debris through gutter.
- 5 Gallon Bucket: Put debris in bucket (Empty when full)
Safely set up the ladder to access your gutter. Put on the gloves, and safety goggles. Begin scooping out the debris with the garden trowel into the bucket. Some debris may be stuck, and it will take some effort to remove it. Be careful not to damage the gutter. After the debris is removed, use a garden hose to wash out the remaining dirt.
We recommend cleaning your gutters at least twice a year, in the spring and in the fall, although it may be a good idea to check them for debris more frequently. However, if you experience any of the following conditions, you might consider altering the frequency:
If you live in an area without any trees or plants near your home, you may only need to clean your gutters once a year. But, you should defer to the advice of a licensed professional.
Woods: If your house is surrounded by lots of trees, your gutters may need cleaning more frequently. You should talk to us about the best plan to make sure they are cleaned often enough.
Snow, ice conditions: If you have snow on your roof and notice any ice dams and leaks, you should call a professional to remove the debris or fix the leak. It’s simply too dangerous for you to attempt to remove ice dams or fix leaks in a slippery environment.
Clogged gutters can cause all kinds of issues with your home. Here are a few common examples:
Water damage: Properly functioning gutters direct water away from the structure of your home. But, clogged gutters can cause water to collect around your foundation and, as a result, seep into your basement.
Loosened gutters: The weight of water, twigs and other debris can loosen gutters and cause them to pull away from their attachments.
Ice dams: When it freezes during the winter, your clogged gutters can cause ice dams. An ice dam is when water flows over the edges of a clogged gutter and then freezes, forcing water into your home. Ice dams can become so heavy they can rip the gutter right off your home, resulting in costly repair bills.
Vermin: Clogged gutters can become an inviting home to carpenter ants, mosquitoes and even rodents. And, if these pests are living in your gutters, there’s a chance they’ll make their way into your home.
Your gutters need to be cleaned out on a regular basis.
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