Use Eco-Friendly Glass Solutions

Mix a green window cleaning solution

Commercials cleaners leave behind a waxy residue on windows that can result in streaks. A homemade window cleaning solution made with vinegar and water helps cut through grime, minimizes streaking and water spots, and prevents windows from fogging.

The first time you clean your windows with a homemade vinegar solution, include a few drops of dish detergent to eliminate the waxy buildup. Combine these ingredients in a spray bottle for streak-free windows:-

-¼-cup white vinegar

-¼- to ½-tsp. eco-friendly dish detergent

-2 cups water

After an inaugural washing, keep your windows spotless with a window cleaning solution made from 2 teaspoons white vinegar mixed in 1 quart warm water. (Too much vinegar can etch window glass, which results in clouding.)

You can whip up gallons of window cleaning solution for a few dollars: A 32-ounce bottle of white vinegar costs about $2. A 16-ounce bottle of eco-friendly dish soap costs about $3.50. By comparison, a 16-ounce bottle of commercial window cleaner costs about $3.

Polish to a sustainable shine

Use microfiber cloths, rather than paper towels or newspapers, for window cleaning. Paper towels are manufactured from trees and end up in the landfill. Newspapers can blacken your hands and fall apart. Microfiber cloths are affordable, lint-free, and can be washed and reused again and again.

A six-pack of reusable microfiber cleaning cloths can be purchased at national discount stores for less than $10. By comparison, an eight-pack of bargain-priced paper towels costs about $9.

Window cleaning tips

-Window cleaning on a sunny day can dry the solution too quickly and create streaks, so select a cloudy day to work.

-Begin window cleaning by spritzing the glass with your homemade vinegar solution. Wipe away grime with a damp microfiber cloth. Rinse this cloth often in clean water.

-Follow with a dry microfiber cloth to polish the glass to a shine

Advantages Of Hiring A Professional

By North Coast Window Cleaning

Have you have ever cleaned your windows and then looked back at the job only to become frustrated with the streaks? If you answered yes to this question, then you need the services of a professional cleaner.

If you are short on time, or can’t seem to clean the windows just the way you’d like, then those are two good reasons to hire a professional. This article also points out a few more.

There are several advantages to hiring a professional window cleaner:

It Will Save You Time:

Cleaning windows is a very time consuming task, especially if you really don’t know what you are doing.  So if your home has a lot of windows, be prepared to spend the entire day cleaning them.  However, the benefit of hiring a professional cleaner is you can use that time to do something else, which you are likely to enjoy more.  Professional window cleaners, have the expertise necessary to not only do a good job, but to do it quickly.  They also have the equipment, which will help them to ensure that the windows are cleaned in the shortest possible time.

There Won’t Be Any Streaks On The Windows:

Very often homeowners find that after hours of toiling at window cleaning, and risking injury to limbs, the results are not as they would wish.  One of the most common complaints is the streaking that appears on windows that have been painstakingly cleaned.  A professional cleaning will eliminate that problem.

You Won’t Be Frustrated Because You Are Not Doing It The Right Way:

A professional cleaner, will know the different techniques to use, to clean the different types of windows.  There are some windows, like the ones which slide down from top to bottom, that require a little bit of know how when cleaning.   To do a good job with these, it is necessary to work on the top half first, making sure both the inside and outside is clean, and then work on the bottom half.  However, this little logic escapes many homeowners, and leaves them frustrated and tired.  Very often, this causes many well intentioned window cleaners to abandon the task.

4 Things You Should Know Before Calling A Service

A professional window washer can save you time, and potentially handle other odd jobs for you.

One of life’s little pleasures is the ability to see a crystal clear summer day through a well-cleaned window.

Achieving that streak-free status may require outside help.

If you’re on the fence about hiring a professional window cleaner and considering whether to do it yourself, there are three things to consider before ascending that ladder for a day of DIY window washing:

-Safety — Can you safely clean those outside, hard-to-reach windows, and do you have the right equipment?

-Time — Washing windows is a time-consuming task. One major reason to hire professionals is for your time and efficiency.

-Quality — Some household cleaners leave streaks you’ll have to stare at until the next time you can clean the windows.

Once you’ve decided to hire a professional window washer, here are four things you probably didn’t think to do or ask but that you should before your squeegee-wielding window cleaner arrives:

1. Clean your blinds

Clean windows can collect the dust that comes off of blinds. So if you plan to have a company wash the inside of your windows, then dust and clean your blinds before they arrive, or go ahead and ask if they can add that on as a service.

2. Ask about odd jobs

Window washers generally will have tall ladders, not only to reach high outside windows, but also to access high, hard-to-reach things inside, too. Whether it’s dusting ceiling fans, changing lights bulbs out or cleaning entryway chandeliers, ask if and how much it will cost to do some of these other services.

3. Move fragile items

Even if a company is extremely careful and professional, the reality is accidents do happen. So if you move fragile goods out of the way, it will keep them from getting inadvertently damaged.

4. Consider the window screens

If your screens are outside of your windows, they’ll generally be a lot dirtier and need more thorough cleaning than if the screens were inside. A thorough process will generally include a cleaning solution, whereas a less thorough process that works on inside screens would be simply using a wet towel and wiping them down.

Should You Hire A Window Cleaning Professional?

June 4, 2015

Clean windows can make your home brighter and improve its overall appearance.

A professional window cleaning can also provide an early warning of potentially dangerous problems, according to owner Bill Volkart of Dazzle Services in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Here are some reasons you should consider hiring a professional window cleaning service to keep your windows sparkling and functional.

1. Saving time

Cleaning your windows can be a time-consuming project, according to Mike Giustino, owner of Affordable Window Cleaning in Round Lake, Illinois.

Giustino says he can finish a project that would take a homeowner five hours in less than half the time.

2. Spotting general problems

A professional window washer can identify problems like sashes that are painted shut, ill-fitting window screens, wood rot on windowsills, or damaged or non-functional windows.

Spotting the problems early can often save you a big expense later, Volkart says — and it could even save your life.

“Little things like painted sashes and clogged channels might spell the difference between getting out in case of fire or being forced to take another way out of danger in a very stressful situation,” Volkart says.

3. Removing insect infestations

Bees and hornets sometimes build nests behind window shutters, and wasps can build paper nests between three-piece storm windows, according to Volkart. Ladybugs can also build nests in channels, making the windows hard to operate.

4. Extending the life of a window

“Old aluminum screens left in place for years gradually etch a pattern of deposits on the glass, much like lime deposits in the shower,” Volkart says. The etched glass is not only unattractive, but it is also more prone to cracks and chips.

A professional window washer can restore the glass and extend your window’s life with a treatment of muriatic acid or, in less severe cases, Bar Keepers Friend and grade 0000 steel wool, he says.

5. Providing the right window cleaning supplies and tools

Professional window cleaners can ensure that the right products are used to clean glass without damaging it.

If you have leaded glass or stained glass, you may be unintentionally damaging it by using an ammonia-based window cleaner, Volkart says. With repeated use, ammonia-based cleaner can cloud leaded and stained glass windows, and the damage can’t be repaired, he cautions.

Professional window washers also have the right equipment, such as ladders and telescoping window-washing tools, to safely clean hard-to-reach windows, according to Giustino.

6. Finding the cause of spots on your windows

Puzzled about what’s causing the spots on your glass? Your mulch may be to blame, Volkart says.

“Cheap mulches often are infested with a fungus aptly named shotgun fungus,” he explains. “When mature, the fungus shoots out black spores that glue themselves to glass and vinyl siding and are very hard to remove completely.”

A professional window-cleaning service can pinpoint the cause of the problem, and replacing your mulch with a higher-quality product can help your windows and siding stay cleaner and last longer, according to Volkart.

Before you hire a window cleaner

How much window cleaning costs varies, but Volkart says you usually get what you pay for. Anyone with a bucket, squeegee and window mop can call himself or herself a window cleaner.

“Ask questions before you hire just anyone,” he advises. “A true professional will make sure your windows are not only clean, but functional and will advise you on ways to protect the biggest investment most people ever make — their home.”

Giustino, who recommends getting your windows cleaned at least once per year, says it’s important to ask for references and read reviews before hiring a window washer.

“Ask them how long they’ve been in the business,” he says.

Giustino also recommends asking companies whether they clean windows with a hose or a power washer, and what types of products they use to wash windows.

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The Difference between Hydrophyllic and Hydrophobic Glass

When having your windows cleaned, it is very important to know which type of glass your windows are. There are two major types, hydrophyllic and hydrophobic. The hydrophyllic glass is very easy to work with and water sheets off of it with ease. However, hydrophobic glass can be a headache to work with because of the way it interacts with water. Hydrophobic glass causes rivers and is much more difficult to clean than hydrophyllic type glass. Your professional window cleaner can tell you the difference and inform you as to what type of glass your home has. If you already know which type of glass you have, then it would be great to inform us prior to coming out so that we can better assess the situation.