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4 Simple Steps To Remove Winter Pet Hair Stains From Carpet

October 14, 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. 

Pets.  We love ‘em.  But the mess they make….not so much.  Here’s our simple, 4-step process for removing salt stains from your carpets.

1 – Pour 3 percent hydrogen peroxide on the stain (check for color-fastness first) and cover with a white towel.

2 – Hold a hot steam iron on the towel for 15 to 20 seconds to transfer the stain to the towel. 

3 – Repeat until no more stain is transferred. 

4 – Cover with a  clean white towel and something heavy. Leave overnight to dry. 

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 NOT To Clean Your Solar Panels

October 8, 2021

Solar panels are fairly rugged beasts, built to stand up to the rigors of Utah’s elements. But even these exquisite, planet-saving pieces of engineering have their limits. 

Here are three cleaning methods NOT to use when cleaning your solar panels:

1 Hard Bristle Brushes

While a soft brush with flexible bristles can be one of the best ways to clear debris from your solar panels, a hard bristle brush will scratch and even severely damage the delicate wiring hiding just below the surface. 

2 Pressure Washer

Pressure washers are fantastic bits of machinery in their own right, but combined with solar panels, they make for an expensive disaster. The sheer pressure of the water can absolutely ruin your solar panels. Keep pressure washers to garage doors and house exteriors and use gentler methods on your solar panels.

3 Strong Cleaning Fluids

While you might think solar panels, being built for exterior living, are impervious to strong chemicals, they are actually much more susceptible to etching and damage than you might think. The only chemicals that should ever make contact with your solar panels are plain old water and boring standard dish soap.

If your solar panels need a spruce up, give the solar panel experts at BCS Cleaning Utah a call today at 801 561 1730.

Can I Use Cleaning Chemicals To Clean My Solar Panels?

September 29, 2021

Solar panels may seem hardy because they live outside all year under the blazing elements, but in reality they are delicate creatures with a sensitive surface that can be damaged rather easily.

Strong cleaning fluids and chemicals can easily damage the glass panels and significantly reduce their energy-gathering and storing capacity.

The best solution for cleaning your solar panels is good old dish soap (yes, for dishes – that’s not a codeword for ‘industrial strength cleaning’) and warm water. Dish soap is gentle enough that it won’t damage the surface but its emulsifying prowess allows it to lift off and remove dirt from the solar panel’s surface.

Solar panels are delicate creatures and need careful, informed care and maintenance to keep working at their best.

If the thought of climbing up there to scrub at your solar panels leaves you flat, give the pros at BCS a call today at 801 561 1730. We’ll be up the ladder and polishing up your solar panels in a jiffy!

Can I Use A Brush To Clean My Solar Panels?

September 23, 2021

The simple answer is: it depends on the brush.

If you’re using a soft brush with very flexible bristles along with soapy water, this is actually one of the best ways to clean your solar panels. The soft bristles won’t damage the surface, and the addition of soap and water reduces friction even further, along with emulsifying any dirt that gets scrubbed free.

So if you’re using a soft brush with water and soap, go at it – we give it a big thumbs up.

If the brush in question has firmer or (heaven forbid) rigid bristles and/or you’re not using soapy water, the answer is a resolute no. The brush alone can damage the surface of the solar panel, and even when used with water, it still has the potential to scratch or cause damage to the sensitive outer layers.

Solar panels are delicate creatures and need careful, informed care and maintenance to keep working at their best.

If the thought of climbing up there to scrub at your solar panels leaves you flat, give the pros at BCS a call today at 801 561 1730. We’ll be up the ladder and polishing up your solar panels in a jiffy!

Can I Use A Pressure Washer To Clean Solar Panels?

September 16, 2021

If you’ve ever watched some of those gloriously satisfying YouTube videos showing people removing dirt with a pressure washer, you’ll understand the appeal.

This fabulous piece of machinery makes some serious cleaning jobs an absolute breeze. And their high pressure means you can reach great heights and distances with them.

So should you use all this convenient power and cleaning ability on your solar panels?

The short answer (after we’d finished hyperventilating at the thought) is no. Never. Absolutely not. If anyone suggests it, send ‘em packing immediately.

Pressure washers are absolutely unrivaled at cleaning exterior surfaces, including the roof and gutters (now there’s an idea!), but they should simply never be used on solar panels.

The sheer force the system uses to jet the water out of the nozzle can shatter, break and totally ruin your solar panels, leading to a hefty replacement cost.

So, tempting though it may be, we absolutely don’t recommend using a pressure washer to clean your solar panels.

If the thought of climbing onto your roof and gingerly rootling about with a sponge turns you into a quivering mass, we get it. That’s why solar panel owners trust the experts at BCS to keep them sun-soaking ready. 

Give the Utah pros at BCS a call today at 801 561 1730 to schedule your solar panel cleaning treatment.

How To Get Utah Windows Ready For Fall

September 16, 2021

After August’s long, balmy summer days, the weather in Utah and the Salt Lake Valley quickly begins to fluctuate between chilly mornings, baking heat, flying dust and rainstorms. Between the precipitation, wind, heat and cold, your windows really start earning their stripes during fall. 

Start preparing now to preserve your windows and save money on utilities as the months get chillier by following our easy five-step guide.

1 Brush out dirt and debris. Debris like dust, sand, dirt or leaves can get caught in windowsills and moving parts of windows or doors. Sweep these areas clean with a dry, firm-bristled paintbrush, to allow your windows to create a tight seal and enhance their performance.

2 Secure weather stripping. Loose weather-stripping can let cold air in and warm air out, which can make a massive difference to your energy bills. Re-attach or replace missing or worn weather stripping around windows and doors.

3 Reapply caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Reseal any 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 Install blinds or shades. Installing a simple snap-in blind or shade can make a big difference to how well insulated your home is from cold exterior temperatures.

5 Repair or replace damaged exterior surfaces. Now is the time to get ahead on repairing any damaged seals, as water penetration from rain and snow during winter can cause cracked or deteriorated wood,  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. 

The window-cleaning pros at BCS Cleaning Utah are standing by to help you get your windows ready for fall. Call us today at 801 561 1730 to schedule your next professional window-cleaning.

An Owner’s Guide To Cleaning Dog Drool Saliva From Carpet

September 2, 2021

Oh, the joys of dog ownership! Obedience and cuddles and soft brown eyes are lovely, but they don’t quite eliminate the grossness of finding a nice puddle of doggy drool staining your carpet. 

Drool is a bit fiddly to deal with because it is a protein-based stain that may also contain tiny bits of food. At BCS, we’re experts at handling the unadvertised horrors of canine yucky saliva stains from carpet. Here’s our easy 3-step drool attack process:

1  Combine half a cup of hydrogen peroxide (3%) with one teaspoon of ammonia. Apply to the stain with a clean, dry cloth, taking care not to soak the carpet. Be sure to test the solution in an inconspicuous area first.

2  Allow to sit for 30 minutes, then blot with clean paper towels.

3  Apply cool water to the area, then absorb the liquid and dry the area by standing on a thick pad of paper towels. 

If you’re still struggling with saliva stains, or if the stains are older and seem to be set in the carpet, give the Utah pros at BCS a call today at 801 561 1730. We’ll have your carpet set to rights in a jiffy.

3 Top Tips For Cleaning Dog Drool Saliva From Sofa

August 26, 2021

No one tells you when you adopt a dog quite how messy they’re going to be. And anyone who grew up watching Beethoven knows that dog drool can be a serious gross-out. Obedience and cuddles and soft brown eyes are lovely, but they don’t quite eliminate the horror of finding a nice puddle of doggy drool staining your sofa. 

Saliva and drool can be fiddly to deal with because it is a protein-based stain that may also contain tiny bits of food. That particularly lovely combo requires more specialist attention than you might think.

At BCS, we’re experts at handling the unadvertised horrors of canine yucky saliva stains from your sofa. Here’s our 3-step drool attack process:

1 Combine half a cup of hydrogen peroxide (3%) with one teaspoon of ammonia. Apply to the stain with a clean, dry cloth, taking care not to soak the sofa fabric. Be sure to test the solution in an inconspicuous area first.

2 Allow to sit for 30 minutes, then blot with clean paper towels.

3 Apply cool water to the area, then absorb the liquid and dry the area by applying repeated pressure to a thick pad of paper towels over the area. 

If after employing these suggestions you’re still struggling with saliva stains, or if the stains are older and seem to be set in the couch, call BCS today at 801 561 1730. We’ll have your sofa set to rights in a jiffy.

3 Easy Steps To Clean Cat Drool Saliva Stains From Sofa

August 18, 2021

Cats go with summer like kids go with puddles. They bask on the sofa in the glorious sunshine – while simultaneously making a mess. Cuddles and loving, squinty eyes are lovely, but they don’t quite eliminate the irritation of finding a nice puddle of kitty drool staining your sofa.

Drool can be challenging to deal with because it’s a protein-based stain that can also contain tiny bits of food. Thankfully BCS are experts at handling the unadvertised horrors of feline yucky saliva stains from your sofa.

Here’s our simple 3-step drool buster process:

1   Combine half a cup of hydrogen peroxide (3%) with one teaspoon of ammonia. Apply to the stain with a clean, dry cloth, taking care not to soak the sofa fabric. Be sure to test the solution in an inconspicuous area first.

2   Allow to sit for 30 minutes, then blot with clean paper towels.

3   Apply cool water to the area, then absorb the liquid and dry the area by applying repeated pressure to a thick pad of paper towels laid over the area. 

If after employing these suggestions you’re still struggling with saliva stains, or if the stains are older and seem to be set in the sofa, call BCS today at 801 561 1730. We’ll have your couch set to rights in a jiffy.

Top Tips For Deodorizing Carpet

August 12, 2021

Carpets can be both beautiful and functional, but with their abundance of absorbent fibers, they can also soak up undesirable smells. Follow our quick, green process to remove nasty stinkies from your lovely soft carpets.

You will need:

½ cup baking soda

½ cup borax 

1 tspn ground spices (Cinnamon is a great option to try on dark carpets – DO NOT USE on light-colored carpets as it may stain; essential oils may be used instead) 

Mix the ingredients in a bowl and store in a dry, well-ventilated place in an airtight container. Sprinkle the mix on stinky carpet and leave it on for at least 30 minutes. The baking soda is a powerful smell absorber, especially of pet smells. 

Vacuum thoroughly after thirty minutes and you will be left with just the delicious scent of warm spices.

If you’d like to have your carpets deep-cleaned as well as deodorized, give the professionals at BCS Cleaning Utah a call today at 801 561 1730 to schedule your carpet deep-clean.

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