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How do I clean my own windows?

November 14, 2018

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.

The easiest way is to use a steam cleaning machine. See our article a couple of weeks ago about the best way to wield this fabulous piece of machinery.

If you don’t have access to a steam cleaning machine, the second best way would be to use a bucket of warm water with a few drops of dishwashing detergent and a squirt of white vinegar. Use a soft, clean, microfiber cloth soaked in the cleaning solution and hold it on the birdy poop for a few seconds to loosen it. Wipe any solids off with a clean side of the cloth. Wipe clean with a clean, damp chamois cloth. And hey presto, good as new!

If you have a buildup of naughty bird poopage, give the experts at BCS a call at 801 561 1730. We’ll have the bird innards off your glass in a New York minute!

Whether you have wood, tile, carpet, or vinyl, there are some easy floor treatments that will help you restore your floor to tippety-top condition. In our four-part spring cleaning series, we’ll share with you some of our top tips and secrets from getting your floors Spring-ready in a jiffy!

Hardwood Floor Treatments

•Begin your wood floor treatments by sweeping or vacuuming the entire floor area. If needed, use a vacuum attachment to get all the goodies out of the edges and corners. After the bigger pieces of dirt have been removed, consider using a mop treated with a dusting agent.

•Dilute a wood-cleaning product per the instructions on the package.

•Using a damp sponge or a rag mop, dip it into the cleaning product and wash the floor with it. Avoid leaving standing water.

•If the cleaning product instructs it, rinse the floor off with straight water by filling a bucket with water and using a clean mop.

•Wipe up any excess water.

•Dry with a towel, or even a fan to avoid warping the wood.

•It’s important to note that when cleaning and treating hardwood floors, you read up on any products that you plan on using – make sure they are suitable for your type of hardwood and that you have all of the necessary items to complete your task before you begin.

If the thought of wielding a mop or steaming machine makes you break out in a cold sweat, give the professionals at BCS a call at 801 561 1730. We’ll have your floors spruced up for you in a jiffy, with not a mop-bucket in sight!

If you knew what horrors we at BCS have seen and how many pounds (eek!) of dirt and grime were lurking in your carpets, you might think before walking around barefoot. Wool rugs are particularly masterful at hiding dirt, and this debris can actually damage the structure of the rug over time. Follow our simple steps to keeping all your synthetic, cotton, wool, small, large and installed carpets and rugs at the best between professional cleanings. 

In this article, we’ll show you how to clean wall-to-wall, installed carpets.

1 Pretest any carpet cleaning product in an out-of-the-way area. If it doesn’t cause a reaction or change in carpet color, apply a small amount to a white cloth and blot. Then blot again with a clean white cloth and water. Never saturate a carpet with product – this can make it seem like the stain has disappeared but all it has really done is allow it penetrate down to the base of the carpet – over time it will work its way back up to the surface to present you with a forever-recurring stain. Only ever blot/spot-clean the surface or call in professional carpet cleaners to properly and completely remove the offending substance.

2 Rent a steam cleaner from somewhere like The Home Depot or Lowes and follow the instructions that come with each machine. Make sure to vacuum thoroughly before steam cleaning to avoid dampening and thus ingraining further the loose dirt and dust in your carpet.

3 For a more thorough and reliable deep clean, this job is one that is truly best-left to the professionals. Again, vacuum thoroughly before the cleaning crew arrives, but don’t worry about lugging furniture about to vacuum underneath – they’ll do that. The cleaning itself will be quick, but make sure to wear clean white socks (no shoes or bare feet) until the carpet is full dry (about 24 hours). If possible, try not to walk on your carpet at all until it is dry, especially if it is a deep pile – this will help your carpets fibers dry as plump as possible, rather than drying all squished-down from being walked on.

When your willpower and stamina for touchups is exhausted, call the professionals at BCS Cleaning Utah at 801 561 1730 to schedule your professional carpet and rug cleaning treatment. We’ll bring out the big guns to have your rugs and carpets looking professionally fabulous in no time.

If you knew what horrors we at BCS have seen and how many pounds (eek!) of dirt and grime were lurking in your carpets, you might think before walking around barefoot. Wool rugs are particularly masterful at hiding dirt, and this debris can actually damage the structure of the rug over time. Follow our simple steps to keeping all your synthetic, cotton, wool, small, large and installed carpets and rugs at the best between professional cleanings. 

In this article, we’ll show you how to clean larger area rugs.

1 You probably saw this coming, but the simple answer is firstly to hire a pro for a proper deep clean every few years. Larger rugs are by nature harder to clean thoroughly with home tools and products than smaller rugs, simply because they don’t fit in the sink or washing machine (duh), and even if they did, their size makes them difficult to place somewhere they can dry thoroughly and quickly. For this reason, spot-cleaning is the way to go in-between professional cleanings. 

2 In between make sure to vacuum regularly and handle any spills as quickly as possible. If the dyes in your rug are colorfast, you can dampen the area with a clean sponge dipped in seltzer water, using as little liquid as possible. Blot with a white cotton cloth to prevent any color transference, then sandwich the stain between two towels and stand on top of the sandwich briefly to absorb as much moisture as possible. 

3 If the dyes are NOT colorfast, use a mixture of four parts cold water and one part white vinegar to repeat the above process, or sprinkle cornstarch on top and vacuum after 24 hours. If you’re not confident of a good outcome with either of the above methods, call the professionals at BCS to make sure your rug is taken care of properly.

In our next article, we will show you how to handle wall-to-wall, installed carpet.

When your willpower and stamina for touchups is exhausted, call the professionals at BCS Cleaning Utah at 801 561 1730 to schedule your professional carpet and rug cleaning treatment. We’ll bring out the big guns to have your rugs and carpets looking professionally fabulous in no time.

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