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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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