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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.
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.
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.
How To Clean Windows After A Storm
August 4, 2021
Summer storms are wonderful. They bring much-needed water to the Salt Lake Valley and Park City.
They also leave their mark with much-unwanted water spots all over your formerly-pristine windows. The swirling desert dust and aggressive squalls quickly ruin your lovely clean, leaving them covered in grime and spots.
So how can you restore your windows to their pre-rain sparkle?
If your windows were recently cleaned, a quick once-over with a damp microfiber cloth and a few sprays of equal parts white vinegar and water should remove the storm residue quickly and easily.
If your windows were already in need of some love, or all that wiping sounds too much like hard work, it’s probably time to call in the pros.
BCS Cleaning Utah have been keeping the Salt Lake Valley’s windows and carpets sparkling clean since summer storm immemorial.
Our crew are professional, experienced, friendly, fast and thorough. And we love making your windows all fresh and sparkly again!
If your windows need a post-storm attention, give BCS a call today at 801 561 1730.
2 Tips To Remove Dust Hair Crumbs From Sofas
July 28, 2021
Sofas are a big happy place. They’re snuggly, cosy, soft and comforting, all of which makes them an almost-immediate go-to when you get home from work (or to work from!). But the plentiful breakfast, lunches, snacks and snuggles result in a sprawl of dust, hair, crumbs and general microscopic detritus that accumulates to fill your sofa with itchies and pokies at the most inopportune moments. But have no fear – BCS Cleaning Utah is here with two easy-peasy suggestions that will have your sofa up to snuff in a jiffy.
1 Sticky lint rollers are one of the most versatile tools in the business. Keep one within arm’s reach of your sofa to quickly swipe over cushions, grabbing hair and crumbs alike and restoring your sofa to its former cuddlesome glory in the process.
2 Microfiber cloths are a similarly genius (and underused) product. Grab a clean, dry microfiber cloth, get your hand wet and swipe it across the surface of the cloth. Whisk this across the surface of your couch and underneath the cushions for easy and effective hair removal.
And there you have it! Two smashing tips from the Utah kings of house cleaning – BCS Cleaning Utah. Give us a call today at 801 561 1730 to schedule your next through couch and carpet cleaning.
2 Quick Tips To Keep Interior Windows Fresh Between Professional Cleanings
July 14, 2021
Want to keep your windows looking freshly-washed for longer? Follow our simple, two-part guide over the next two weeks to learn how to easily keep your windows looking all glittery for longer.
In this article, we’ll show you how to have the inside face of your windows back to peerless sparkledom within thirty minutes (tea-breaks notwithstanding).
1 Make your own cleaning solution.
Plain old white vinegar and rubbing alcohol are two miracle products that will help you power through your windows in a jiffy. Vinegar is a potent cleaner, while rubbing alcohol helps the cleaning solution to dry quickly and streak-free. Mix together 1.5 cups water, 1.5 tbspns white vinegar, 1.5 tblspns rubbing alcohol, and a few drops of your favorite essential oil (so your nose doesn’t turn up from all that potent sniffiness!). Use a funnel to pour into and combine in a clean spray bottle. Mark the outside with sharpie so you remember what it is!
2 Use the right amount of product.
Most people make the mistake of over saturating a surface with cleaning solution. When you spray too liberally, you end up spending much more time wiping off the excess rather than actually cleaning. Instead, simply mist the surface of the windows with your fancy homemade cleaning solution, and then wipe with a squeegee or microfiber cloth folded into quarters. This folding technique maximizes surface area, so when one side of your cloth is dirty and wet, you can simply refold it and flip it over to reveal a clean side. And hey presto, eight cleaning cloths in one!
When your willpower and stamina for touchups is exhausted, call the professionals at BCS Cleaning Utah at 801 561 1730 to schedule your professional window cleaning treatment. We’ll bring out the big guns to have your windows looking professionally fabulous in no time.
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