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4 Easy Steps To Clean Wooden Plastic Window Blinds

April 14, 2021

If you’re anything like me, I put off cleaning blinds until they’re almost at the point of cloning themselves with dust. Blinds can be fiddly business! But with this week’s top tip from BCS Cleaning Utah, your blinds will be spit-spot and top-notch in no time.

1 Cut a microfiber cloth in half and wrap each piece around one side of a pair of kitchen tongs, before securing with rubber bands. 

2 When you’re ready to clean your blinds, get your hand slightly wet and wipe it across the microfiber contact surface. The very-slightly damp microfiber gives you even better dust grab-ability. 

3 Place each slat between the cloth-clad tongs and swipe across to dust. 

4 For very dirty blinds, run the brush attachment on your vacuum over the blinds to suck up the worst of it, then use the tongs to finish up. 

And hey presto, spick and span blinds in a jiffy! If all that dust has settled on your pristine carpet below, give BCS Cleaning Utah a call today to schedule your next deep carpet cleaning – 801 561 1730.

3 Easy Steps To Wash Your Own Windows

April 8, 2021

It seems rather fun and industrious to wash one’s own windows. The first time. And then you realize what’s involved and promptly turn the task over to the professionals, a rare breed of human being who actually enjoy the detailed, involved and surprisingly skilled task of cleaning your panes. 

But we understand – the first time you want to try it yourself. We did too. And were promptly hooked. If you feel the same, hurrah – welcome to the club! If you’re not immediately enthralled with the process, give the experts at BCS a call at 801 561 1730. We’ll come charging over with our fancy-looking tools to get your windows sparkling like new in a jiffy!

1   Use a strip applicator.

Cleaning picture windows requires large, dedicated tools. The long cloth head of a strip applicator soaks up lots of lovely soapy water and dislodges dirt without scratching the glass. For a cleaning solution, we suggest using just a teeny squirt of dishwashing liquid and about a half-cup of plain white vinegar in a bucket of warm water—the less suds, the better. The more suds you put on the glass, the more water and elbow grease you’ll have to use to remove them. And modern soap products are highly effective emulsifiers – you only need a teeny bit to go a long way.

2   Wipe clean with a squeegee

This is the fiddly bit! Professional window cleaners make it look easy and quick, but wielding a squeegee is a skill that comes with a lot of practice. 

Starting at the top left of your window, pull the squeegee over the still-soapy pane in a reverse-S pattern (do the opposite if you’re left-handed). Keep the squeegee in contact with the window through the entire motion, keeping your wrist loose and bendy. Don’t apply too much pressure on the squeegee or you’ll get strange lines on the glass – just keep enough pressure to keep it in contact with the pane. At the end of each stroke, wipe the squeegee’s blade clean with a lint-free cloth. Old linen napkins are perfect for this.

Alternative Method:

If you’re washing the outside of your windows, you can get all big-gunsy about it and just use the hose to wash the suds off the glass. And then proceed to the last step. We would suggest doing one window at a time though if you’re going to do it this way, as the water will dry and leave nasty little mineral deposits and spots on the glass if you don’t get to it right away. 

3   Remove any remaining drips

Remove any water or suds remaining on the edges of the glass with a damp, wrung-dry chamois, which soaks up wetness without leaving streaks. Dry the windowsill with a rag. Repeat with the other side of the window. Don’t be tempted to use anything other than a damp chamois for this purpose – anything else WILL leave streaks and bits of fluff. It’s worth investing in a good chammy if you’re planning to clean your own windows regularly. It’s a jolly useful bit of kit. 

If all this sounds a bit more than you wanted to do and you’re frankly ready to throw in the towel, give the experts at BCS a call at 801 561 1730. We’ll take all the ‘grrr’ out of window cleaning and have your panes sparkling in a jiffy. With a smile, we might add.

How Do I Know When To Clean My Solar Panels?

April 1, 2021

Solar panels are clearly built to live outside. They’re not dedicated little flowers that will fall apart with a single rainstorm. However, they are also complex and important electronic machines, and need specialist maintenance to work at their best.

Utah and the Salt Lake Valley tend to have heavy air particulates at certain times of the year. In winter especially, aerosolized salt can corrode delicate glass surfaces and leave etching that can mess with a solar panel’s operation.

Another interesting factor to consider in maintenance frequency is the angle of your solar panel array. Flat panels tend to require more attention and upkeep as rainwater can pool and leave a nasty muddy residue when it evaporates. Angled panels naturally allow rain to run off, keeping them cleaner for longer.

Some homeowners choose to try cleaning their own solar panels. This usually only lasts once when the homeowner starts to see the sheer level of work involved! If you decide to give cleaning your solar panels a go yourself, remember that it is always going to be safer to do it from the ground, wherever possible.

However, the much-agreed best way to clean solar panels is by using a professional solar panel cleaning company.

So how do you know when to bring in the big (water) guns to get your solar panels back up to snuff?

If it’s just a case of a bit of dust buildup, you can probably wait. However, during winter, at the start of spring, or when the job just becomes too much of an undertaking or hazard to do yourself, it’s well worth calling in the professionals at BCS to get things taken care of. 

You know that your solar panels will be cleaned to the highest possible standard and any issues will be spotted and taken care of, without you having to walk on the tightrope of your own roof to inspect things yourself.

Give BCS Utah a call today at 1 (801) 561 1730 to schedule your solar panel cleaning. 

How Can I Remove Bird Poop Droppings From Solar Panels?

March 25, 2021

Think a film of dust on your solar panels is bad? The caustic ingredients in bird poop and droppings on solar panels can absolutely ruin them. 

Trees attract birds looking for shelter and good nesting sites, so if you have a lot of trees near your home, they will not only shed leaves on your rooftop, they will also attract birds. Neither of these things are bad on their own. We love trees and you’re certainly not going to bring in a chainsaw just because a bird might poop on your solar panels! 

However, both leaf build-up and bird poop cause a build-up of gook and debris over time, which makes it more vital to either clean your solar panels regularly or employ a professional solar panel cleaning services to do the work for you.

Some homeowners choose to try their hand at cleaning their own solar panels. This usually only happens once when the homeowner starts to see the sheer level of work involved! If you decide to give cleaning your solar panels a go yourself, remember that it is always going to be safer to do it from the ground, wherever possible.

However, unarguably the best way to clean bird poop and droppings from solar panels is by using a professional solar panel cleaning company.

BCS Utah has been cleaning bird poop, dust, debris and residue from solar panels since time immemorial. Our customers love our high level of care and service, and the fact that we keep a regular cleaning and maintenance service, so you never have to remember to call us to schedule a cleaning.

If you’re concerned about birdie bombs messing with the integrity of your solar panels, give the Utah cleaning experts at BCS a call today at 1 (801) 561 1730 to schedule your professional solar panel cleaning. 

What Products Should I Use To Clean My Solar Panels?

March 18, 2021

When cleaning your solar panels, the most important consideration is that scratching or damaging the glass in any way will reduce a panel’s energy production. This is one of the main reasons for employing a professional solar panel cleaning company to take care of the job for you, because you know they will use manufacturer-approved methods, products and water to ensure the best possible outcome.

If you’re intent on cleaning your solar panels yourself, it’s best to think of cleaning your solar panels the same way you would clean your car. Gentle dish soap and warm water applied with a soft sponge or clean cloth is the safest cleaning method. You can also use a squeegee to remove dirty water. It is vitally important to avoid scratching or damaging the glass! Replacing a panel will cost far more than the relatively low expense of just using a professional solar panel cleaning company in the first place.

Sometimes you might find oily stains appearing on your panels. This can happen if you live near a road commonly used by trucks or near an airport, and they can be removed with a isopropyl alcohol and a clean rag. It is essential to only ever use gentle cleaning products – avoid using strong cleaning fluids, as they can streak and damage the delicate glass.

The other factor to consider is that the methods above cannot be easily tackled from the relative safety of the ground – you would have to physically get on to the roof to deal with them properly.

For this and many other reasons, most homeowners use a professional solar panel cleaning service to take care of the cleaning of their solar panels. It’s just easier and safer, and can often work out cheaper because the risk of damage is minimized.

If your solar panels need cleaning, give the Utah experts at BCS a call today at 1 (801) 561 1730 to schedule your cleaning.

Should I Remove Snow From My Solar Panels?

March 11, 2021

Solar panels are designed to be outside and to deal with the elements to an extent. Snow doesn’t generally need specialist help to be removed – panels are designed so that snow will usually slide off on its own as it melts.

If it seems like the snow is intent on making your panels its permanent home, you can use a specialist tool like a solar panel snow rake, which makes it easier to remove snow on solar panels without damaging them. Some people make the mistake of trying to use a standard broom or shovel to remove snow from solar panels, but this runs the risk of serious damage, as these non-specialist tools can scratch the delicate panel glass and reduce power production.

If snow build-up is super-heavy, has refrozen into ice or has left a nasty residue, it might be time to call in the pros.

BCS Utah has been caring for and cleaning solar panels in the Salt Lake Valley for years. We will have your shipshape and Bristol fashion faster than you can turn on a snowblower! 

Give us a call today at 1 (801) 561 1730 to schedule your solar panel cleaning.

Is It Worth Paying For A Professional Solar Panel Cleaning Service?

March 4, 2021

There are many options for getting your car washed, each yielding different levels of quality in the results – a hose and bucket in the driveway, a drive-thru car wash, or a full-service detailer. Similarly, there are professional options for getting your solar panels cleaned.

You can absolutely clean your solar panels yourself. It does involve effort, special tools and a certain amount of risk, but if you’re confident, knowledgable and able, this is certainly an undertaking that can be considered.

If you’re concerned about the risk of falling off a roof, damaging your solar panels with the wrong tools or products, or just don’t have the time or energy to be clambering about on top of your house, it is absolutely worth using a professional solar panel cleaning company. Just the safety concerns alone can make this service a lifesaver, quite literally.

Professional solar panel cleaning services are equipped to clean and maintain your solar panels safely and effectively. 

BCS Utah have been caring for and cleaning solar panel units in Salt Lake City, Park City and the Salt Lake Valley for donkeys years. Our solar panel specialists will take all the uncertainty and safety concerns out of the equation for you, cleaning and maintaining your solar panels to the high standards these planet-saving beauties demand.

Give us a call today at 1 (801) 561 1730 to schedule your solar panel cleaning appointment.

What Is The Best Solar Panel Cleaning Company In Salt Lake Valley Park City?

February 25, 2021

We get it. Caring for solar panels is its own specialist undertaking. They are sturdy and durable, and yet strangely delicate and need expert care and handling to keep doing what they’re supposed to – giving you cheap, clean energy while saving the planet.

 

You have many options when it comes to choosing someone to care for your solar panels in Salt Lake City. But not all are created equal. BCS Utah have been cleaning solar panels since they started being attached to roofs across the Salt Lake Valley and Park City. We are constantly re-training to stay up-to-date on the latest methods and products recommended by solar panel manufacturers for maintaining their products in optimal condition.

 

We understand the unique challenges involved in maintaining solar panels and want to help you keep yours in tippety-top condition and working at their peak.

 

Our customers consistently leave us great reviews:

 

“(BCS) does a great job and at a great price!”

“This is the best carpet cleaning and window washing company I have ever used!”

“Great to work with when it comes to scheduling and billing.”

 

We don’t just care about your solar panels – we care about helping YOU get the most benefit from them.

 

Give the Utah and Salt Lake Valley experts at BCS a call today at 801 561 1730 to schedule your solar panel consultation today!

How To Handle Snowy Carpet Issues In Utah

February 17, 2021

Winter in Park City, Heber and Utah in general is a glorious time. The mountains come into their own with glittering snow-frosted vistas just begging to be played on. But while the snow and ice look like a fairytale outside, come winter your carpets start telling a different story. Tracked in snow, mud, salt and pet hair wreak havoc under your feet.

So what to do? At BCS, we love dealing with the worst winter has to throw at us, and our professionals will show you how to deal with winter’s worst…..and keep your carpets plush and plump and pleasing.

Snow is beautiful while it’s still snow. And outside. Once it’s entered the house, it becomes a different beast altogehter, quickly turning from frosty white stuff into dirty wet stuff, gumming up your entranceway and leaving your carpets streaked and dirty. Here’s our simple, 4-step process for removing slush stains from your carpets.

•If the slush or snow is still frozen, remove any excess from your carpet with a dry cloth.

•Mix soap and hot water and apply to a clean cloth; press the carpet to remove the stain, working from the outside to the center until the stain is gone.

•Rinse the carpet with a little bit of cold water and use a clean, dry towel to pat dry.

•Once the carpet is fully dry, vacuum up any dirt that remains.

If the marks refuse to listen to reason, it’s time to call in the big guns at BCS. We’ll have your carpets spit spot (without the spots) in a jiffy. Give us a call today at 801 561 1730.

How Do I Clean Bird Pigeon Pee Urine From My Car’s Carpet Mats?

February 11, 2021

Tweetybirds are adorable with their cooing and chattering (from the safety of a neighboring branch), but then they pee. On your carpet, of all places. Nice. Maybe it isn’t your own personal Tweety-Pie that is the offender – perhaps you were innocently minding your own business and a pigeon decided to randomly hop in for a ride in your car before going ballistic and dumping his guts all over your fabric seats and car mats.

Either way, before screaming bloody murder and losing the will to live, here’s the lowdown on getting that mess up off your car’s carpet mats and fabric coverings.

For urine on a rug or carpet, blot – never rub – to absorb as much of the liquid as possible, then cover with a generous sprinkling of baking soda. Baking soda (bicarbonate of soda is its fancy name) is a miracle product, and it’s worth investing in a Costco-sized crate of the stuff for multiple stain-related emergencies. Let it sit for at least an hour before vacuuming up.

If you’re still left with more bird DNA on your carpet than you’d like, mix together a half cup of hydrogen peroxide (3 percent) and one teaspoon of ammonia (use a clothes peg for your nose); apply to the affected area with a rag and leave to do its thing for thirty minutes, then blot dry. 

For a final rescue remedy, saturate the area with club soda (the fizzy will help loosen and lift any leftover discoloration) and blot dry again. 

If you’re still in dire straits and the above hasn’t quite rescued you from Tweety’s tinkles, give the experts at BCS a call at 801 561 1730. Our professionals will have your carpets spick and span in a jiffy!

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