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By: Window Genie | Created 10/11/2019

Spring has sprung and the cleaning has begun! It has a nice ring to it, but the truth is after a long winter there is a lot of work to be done inside and out of your home. While the weather in the spring gets warmer, it is still bipolar. A lot of customers want to get their windows cleaned, but always fear the inevitable April shower.

 

Conventional wisdom (or maybe it was just grandma) always said rain dirties our windows. When the rain comes down and ruins the fun we look out the window with dismay, but when the storm clears and fun is at hand, the tidy housekeeper frowns. Looking out the spotted drab window makes the heart sink. But don’t blame it on the rain.

Rain isn’t what makes the windows dirty. Rain is actually very clean. Without boring you to death with science, let’s just say rain is basically distilled water. In fact, around the world some window cleaners actually prefer rainwater. These window cleaners use something called “rainwater harvesting”. A quick Google search with that phrase might blow your mind. It’s especially popular in rain soaked regions like the United Kingdom and the Pacific North West. So if rain isn’t the main culprit, who is to blame? There are a few factors that cause a window to turn into a water spotted eyesore.

Screens

The real villain is the vigilant, protective screen. While screens are necessary and helpful, they can be the biggest problem that a clean window will face. Screens prevent dirt, pollen, pests, and other debris from damaging our windows. The problem develops when the rain comes. As the rain passes through the screen, it grabs the debris and slams it against the glass. When the water dries what is left is an unsightly dirty window. When you get your windows cleaned by a professional, or do it yourself, make sure the screens are cleaned, too. Be forewarned, most window cleaners do not include a screen cleaning and there will be an extra charge, but it’s an absolute necessity for a long lasting clean.

Environment

The second contributing factor to rain messing up your freshly cleaned windows is the environment. Every part of the country is different, so there can be local contributing factors. In a more industrial area, acid rain is a real problem. Acid rain is precipitation that is unusually acidic, meaning that it possesses high levels of hydrogen ions and a low pH. It can have harmful effects on plants, aquatic animals and of course, windows.  Acid rain is caused by emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide, which react with the water molecules in the atmosphere to produce acids. If you live in an area that has a large amount of carbon dioxide or other chemicals being released, then yes rain itself can be a problem.

 

So there you have it. Dirty screens and acid rain are to blame. If you’re not facing either of those issues, your windows shouldn’t get dirty again every time it rains – don’t blame it on the rain! Rain is not the culprit, it’s actually almost completely pure – clean enough to drink! Use your new found knowledge about dirty screens and talk to your service provider about adding screen cleaning to your regular window cleaning – or do it yourself! No special tools or chemicals needed for an effective screen cleaning – simply brush off large debris, gently scrub with a soapy sponge and rinse… voila! So next time it’s raining, don’t reschedule your window cleaning service. The only downside to cleaning windows in the rain… is being out in the rain! 

By: Window Genie | Created 08/13/2019

Your driveway is grimy and covered in potentially dangerous and corrosive or acidic chemicals, dirt, sand, salt and more. The hazards of ignoring a dirty driveway and the benefits of routine pressure or power washing are numerous. Routine pressure washing doesn’t only benefit the current homeowner but can also impact the value of the home and increase the overall curb appeal of the property. Cleaning concrete periodically will extend its service life and enhance its beauty. It can be difficult to tell when concrete is in need of cleaning because the dirt and grime can build up so slowly. However, once the process is done, the results of freshly cleaned concrete are undeniable.

Want the freshest looking house on the block? Rain isn’t going to take care of those black streaks on your roof and siding. Everything from your driveway and sidewalks to your patio and deck, roof and house siding can be expertly restored by our team of trained professionals. Need to boost curb appeal because you’re selling your house? The condition of your home’s siding, deck, patio and driveway are all under a microscope during an open house and during inspections. A dingy, dirty, cracked, moldy home does NOT sell. As with window cleaning, regular pressure washing keeps your home’s vinyl, wood, concrete and brick surfaces not only looking good, but in great working condition. Allowing years of dirt, grease and grime to cake onto and penetrate these surfaces will surely lead to irreversible damage that prospective home buyers WILL notice. Potential home-buyers want to envision themselves enjoying the new home, they do NOT want to envision themselves moving in and inheriting a mess of expensive fix-ups.

Contrary to popular belief pressure washing can be done year round. As long as the temperature is around 40 degrees Fahrenheit there won’t be any issues with ice. The most ideal time to pressure wash, however, is during the spring and summer months. During the warmer wetter months algae and mold will begin to grow. This is also a great time pressure wash because this is when pollen is usually at it’s highest. Power washing can improve your allergy symptoms. If you’re used to suffering from bouts of sneezing every time you step outside, there could be more at play here than just the trees and flowers on your property. Pollen, mold, and dirt stuck to your house and concrete could be the sources of your allergies, which disappear completely after having your home or business pressure washed.

 

The first thing you will want to do is to remove everything that might be in your way. Move cars, furniture, grills, any decorations, plants, etc. If you don’t have a pressure washer and you are planning on doing it the old-fashioned way, grab a push broom and sweep the concrete. This will get any big chunks and help you avoid getting things like nails and glass into the yard or street. Next, put a tarp over any delicate plants and anything else that might get damaged from the chemicals. Finally, cover any electrical cords and outlets. If a scrub brush and bucket sound like too much work.  You can rent or buy pressure washers from many big-box stores. Big-box department stores carry cheap models, while hardware stores typically have higher quality versions available. Garage sales, rental shops, and family equipment loans are the most common way that people get their hands on their first pressure washer, and that can be a problem. Outdated or unregulated models could pose a safety hazard both to you and your property. Try to find models with modern safety features such as quick-release triggers, warning labels, ground-fault circuit interrupters, temperature control switches, unloader valves, back-flow protection, rupture disks, and thermal overload motor protection. If your model lacks any of these, look elsewhere.

As far as chemicals are concerned there are many options. pH-Neutral cleaners are mild and are most commonly used for cleaning interior concrete like garages. These cleaners will not remove heavy grease or embedded dirt. Acidic cleaners are much more powerful and are great at removing tough stains. Alkaline cleaners are used to remove oil and grease.

Who Should Clean My Concrete?

Pressure washers have become extremely popular rental options among homeowners looking for fast and efficient cleans. Pressure washing your siding, deck, and driveway is extremely effective if done correctly. Unfortunately, many are unaware that there are different types of equipment meant for different surfaces… and that without proper training, one can easily damage their property. Pressure washing concrete isn’t as difficult as washing your deck or siding. But there are still difficulties.

Many DIY pressure washers also only load their washer with water. Without the proper ratio of cleaning solution mixed in, your cleaning effectiveness will be significantly reduced, and probably lead you to apply too much pressure to make up for lost power. Water-only mixtures also spread mold spores around. The extra pressure and mold-related damages can cost you big money.

Many homeowners will find that once the cost of the rental, transport to and from the rental location, and a wasted day’s effort are factored together, they would have been better off investing in a Window Genie house pressure washing service. When first-timers try and fail with DIY attempts, this cost-effectiveness ratio is skewed even more, so that they end up paying big repair money for what was a long, hard day that produced a sub-par clean.

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