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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.

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.

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. 

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.

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