2017 October

Prepare for Winter in Utah: Part Two – Windows

October 26, 2017

Between the snow, salt, rain and mud, your windows will take a comprehensive beating during winter, not to mention the fact that colder weather results in higher heating bills. Prepare now to preserve your windows and save money on utilities during the colder months following our easy seven-step guide.

 

1          Clear window sills of dirt and debris. Debris like sand, dirt or leaves can get caught in windowsills and moving parts of windows or doors. Clean these areas with a dry, firm-bristled paintbrush, to allow your windows to create the tight seal they were designed to and to enhance window and door performance.

 

2          Check weather stripping. Loose weather-stripping can let cold air in during the winter and out in the summer, which can vastly affect your energy efficiency. Re-attach or replace missing or worn weather stripping around windows and doors.

 

3          Reapply caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Reseal the areas around windows and doors that may have been exposed to heavy weather or extreme sunlight (we get both in Utah), creating breaks in caulk or sealant, to help cut down on potential drafts and leaks.

 

4          Installing snap-in blinds or shades. Installing snap-in blinds or shades can help to insulate your home from cold exterior temperatures.

 

5          Repair or replace damaged exterior surfaces. Water penetration can cause cracked or deteriorated wood, potentially allowing moisture or cold air to leak into your home. Go over your windows and sills carefully to look for signs of moisture leakage and then replace any damaged wood. BCS Utah can recommend a professional to help correct any roof or drainage problems around your home.

 

6          Install storm doors. Storm doors do just what they say on the tin, so to speak, adding an extra layer of protection and helping to reduce air and moisture leakage. Adding a storm door can reduce energy loss through entryways by as much as 45 percent – well worth looking into.

 

7          Replace old windows and doors with energy-efficient ones. If you have single-pane glass, clear glass, or older windows or doors, you may be paying more than you need to to heat your home in the winter and cool it in the summer. Replace old windows with energy-efficient, double or triple-pane glass versions made with insulating argon, or install new durable fiberglass doors to help save money and energy year-round.

 

The window-cleaning experts at BCS Cleaning Utah are standing by to help you get your windows Winter-ready. Give us a call today at 801 561 1730 to schedule your FREE window evaluation.

Prepare for Winter in Utah: Part One – Carpets

October 26, 2017

Between the snow, salt, rain and mud, your carpets will take a comprehensive beating during winter. Prepare now to preserve your carpets during the colder months following our easy four-step guide.

 

1          Place New Interior & Exterior Mats at All Entryways

Your first line of defense against the damaging effects of salt, dirt and general dampitude is proper mats outside and inside each exterior door. Textured plastic scraper mats can be placed outside to remove larger salt crystals (no one likes treading on a giant lump of escaped salt in bare feet!) and prevent slipping, while indoor wiper mats help get the majority of the moisture off shoes. More is always better when it comes to mats – they will save a lot of seasonal damage to your carpets and save you’re a considerable amount of extra time vacuuming winter debris that escaped the rigors of your doorstep rituals.

 

2          Reduce Staining with Preventative Carpet Treatments

There are several different options for carpet treatments that help repel moisture and dirt. Any of our carpet cleaning experts at BCS Utah will be able to advise you in the best carpet treatment for you.

 

3          Increase Carpet Cleaning Frequencies

It stands to reason that in the winter, it would be necessary to increase the frequency of your carpet cleaning schedule to keep on top of the higher levels of moisture and dirt. Your cleaning frequency will depend on the number of high-traffic areas in your home and how frequently they are used.

 

4          Stock Up on Both Spot & Deep Cleaners

Have plenty of spot cleaners and deep cleaning solutions on hand to deal with nasty messes quickly and avoid grinding dirt and moisture deeper into your carpets. A little preventative work now goes a long way in helping your carpets to last and stay looking as good as new.

 

Call the Park City and Draper carpet cleaning experts at BCS Utah today at 801 561 1730 to schedule your FREE Winter evaluation and to get your personalized Winter maintenance program moving.

How Do I Prepare My Windows For Winter?

October 10, 2017

Winter is glorious, especially in beautiful Park City, Heber, Draper and Utah in general. But our winters can be harsh, with the dry air, salt, and general precipitation. Even though windows are designed to protect us tender earthlings inside from the forces of nature outside, they need good care and maintenance to keep them in tip-top shape so they can do their job well.

 

Now is the time to book your thorough Fall window cleaning, to clear your panes of any summer debris and detritus that could scratch or etch into them during the winter. Call the professionals at BCS Cleaning Utah today at 801 561 1730 to book your total window treatment. We’ll have you sparkling and winter-ready in a jiffy!

How Do I Remove Clean Red Wine Stains From My Memory Foam Mattress?

October 9, 2017

It happened. You tried the memory foam/glass of red wine bouncing test malarkey, and disaster struck. The memory foam wasn’t quite as non-bouncy as you were led to believe, or your bounce got a little out of control and you ended up bouncing ON the wine glass. First of all, ouch. Second, oh dear, there’s red wine all over my beautiful (read: expensive) memory foam mattress. Help!

Have no fear – follow our simple three-step guide to getting your mattress clean and white again in a jiffy. And if the mattress stubbornly refuses to hand over its new red wine partnership (I probably wouldn’t either, given the choice), give the experts at BCS Cleaning Utah a call at 801 561 1730. We’ll have your mattress spotless again pronto.

 

Step One

Cover the stained area with club soda and gently work it in.

 

Step Two

Sprinkle the entire area liberally with ordinary table salt and let it rest for a few hours. As the salt dries it will absorb the moisture (the red wine) from the surrounding area and lift the stain from the mattress or affected surface.

 

Step Three

Vacuum the salt from the mattress and you should be ship-shape and Bristol fashion once more.

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