It might take a close look, or it may be obvious from across the room. Either way, double-pane window discoloration is a sign your double-pane windows need some attention. Read on to learn what causes this discoloration, how you can prevent it, and how to deal with the issue before it leads to bigger problems.
Have you ever cleaned your windows only to see them dry with water spots and streaks? Where did you go wrong? It may have had nothing to do with your technique and everything to do with the water you used. Tap water may be perfectly safe to drink and it’s possible to add to your solution for cleaning floors or counters but using it to clean your windows is a different story. Windows show the impurities in the water used to clean them. What’s the point in taking the time and effort to wash windows only to have them still look dingy after you’re done? Learn why tap water isn’t the best option for cleaning glass and what you can use instead to clean windows like a pro. Related Topic: The Hard Truth About Hard Water Stains
Why Tap Water Isn’t Best for a Window CleanerDespite looking clear, tap water contains mineral sediment that can dull the shine of your windows. Depending on where you live, you may have higher or lower mineral content in your tap water. Water in the west is commonly higher in calcium, magnesium, sodium, and copper than in other parts of the U.S., while water from the south is moderate to low in the same minerals. Another element that makes tap water less than ideal for cleaning windows is the level of acidity. When the pH is high, it doesn’t bind with particles as it should which makes it difficult to lift dirt and grime off windows. Adding a water softener helps lower the pH and makes it easier to lift grease off windows, but it doesn’t remove all the sediment that leaves water spots and streaks. So, what should you use? Is distilled water good for cleaning windows? Because distilling involves evaporating water and capturing the condensation—which completely separates the minerals from the water—it’s a great way to purify tap water at home.
How to Purify Tap Water for Window CleaningTo keep your windows sparkling clean, you can purify your tap water at home by distilling, installing a reverse osmosis system, or investing in an ionizing machine or bio-ceramic filter. Distilling Process: You can make your own distilled water at home using a large pot, a smaller pot, and some ice. Here are the steps required to distill water: First, fill the large pot with 8 cups of water and set the smaller pot inside. Place the lid upside down on the large pot. The condensation from the steam will trickle to the center of the lid, where it will drip down into the smaller pot. Place ice on top of the lid. The difference in temperature will speed up the condensation. Finally, turn on the stove and wait. Keep an eye on the water level and replace the water in the bottom pot as needed to prevent damage to the cookware. Reverse Osmosis: Reverse osmosis uses pressure to force water molecules through a semi-permeable mesh that mineral sediment is too large to fit through. This allows you to separate the water from the minerals and purify your tap water for sparkling windows. To do this at home, you will need to install a RO system and run your tap water through it. Ionization: Another purification process that can remove sediment from your water is ionization. One of the simplest ways to do this at home is using an ionizing machine or passing the water through bio-ceramic filters. The process uses magnetism to draw out the minerals and raise the water’s alkalinity, which enables the water to better lift dirt and grime from windows, leaving them spot and streak-free.
What Streak-Free Windows Every Time?If you would rather put your time and effort into something more enjoyable than making your own purified water, contact the cleaning pros at Window Genie. We’re experts at keeping windows sparkling clean, both inside and out. To learn more, give us a call at 877-243-8624 or request a quote online today. If you have other parts of your home that need some TLC, or you’re considering remodeling your home, contact Mr. Handyman for living room and kitchen remodeling and maintenance services. They are a trusted member of the Neighborly family of home service providers.
Window cleaning may seem like a simple task, but as a homeowner, you know that finding dependable people for the project isn’t as easy as it seems. Not only does the project take time, but it also takes skill. Some windows are very tall and would require leaning precariously over a ladder while avoiding streaks in the process. Since there are no specific requirements or complicated equipment needed to start a window cleaning company, there are more and more young, inexperienced companies popping up every day. Sometimes finding workers who are trustworthy, experienced, and affordable is like searching for a needle in a haystack. To save you the time and hassle of dealing with unreliable cleaning services, we’ve put together a list of what you should look for when hiring someone to clean your windows. Related content: How to Clean Tough to Reach Windows
Ask the Right QuestionsWhat to ask for when hiring a professional window cleaner might seem as simple as, “how much does your service cost?” But there is a lot more than price that will determine if you hired a good, professional cleaning service to clean your windows. To determine if the company you are considering provides quality service and is worth your time, here are some questions you should ask: Request to see license and insurance. Because it’s so simple to set up a window cleaning company—and there are companies that try to cut corners—it’s important to ask if the company has a license and is insured. A reputable company won’t hesitate to provide the requested paperwork. If a company is unable or unwilling to provide a license, that’s a red flag. And if they also don’t have insurance, it can create an even bigger issue. If an employee is injured on your property, you could be responsible for their medical bills. Therefore, it’s important to ensure the company you are considering is both licensed and insured in case a worker is injured. Providing these documents in advance of any work will assure you that the company is covered, and you are protected in the event of an accident. Ask about their services. You should ask what services are offered, what rate they charge, and the cleaning method(s) they use. Many companies will offer additional services outside of window cleaning. If you want your blinds cleaned, or the deck pressure washed, some companies may do it all. This way you can check several ‘to do’ items off your list with one call. Evaluate their experience. Ask how long the company has been in business. While there are young companies that offer good services, they could also be more of a gamble. Companies that have been in business for a while and continue to thrive in a competitive market usually have done so for a reason—excellent customer service. Look at customer reviews. Reviewing past and present customer reviews can be very helpful. Research Google, Facebook, and Yelp to get a consensus of the service. Although there may be some negative or poor reviews, a good company will have a lot more satisfied customers who are willing to talk about and share their experiences. You can find testimonials for most companies on social media. Another good way to gauge customer satisfaction is to request a referral from some recent customers, or better yet, from someone in your neighborhood who may have used the service. Inquire about their employee vetting process. Asking whether the employees have passed background checks is another important question to ask. When you bring people onto your property or into your home, you want to make sure you and your family feel safe. A reputable company will perform a thorough background check on an individual prior to hiring them to represent the company. Ask about ongoing safety training. Window cleaners work with high ladders and in some precarious situations. The World Health Organization noted that each year in the U.S., there are 300 deaths from ladder falls and over 164,000 trips to the emergency room. You can determine whether the company puts safety first by asking about their safety training programs for workers. Reputable companies welcome the question and will walk you through how they keep employees safe. Discuss availability. If you’re happy with what you learned from your research, you can begin to talk about scheduling. A good window cleaning service will stay busy, so understanding their schedule and communicating your desired start day will help reduce the chance of schedule conflict and miscommunication. But, even with a full schedule, a good company will usually try to work with you to accommodate your schedule—or make a concerted effort to come close. If the company seems inflexible, you may want to look elsewhere.
How to Find a Good Window CleanerNow you know what to ask, but where do you look to find the best companies in your area? Personal references are perhaps the most trustworthy. When your friends and family are happy with the service they’re getting, they’re happy to share it with you. But maybe friends and family don’t know where to find a good window cleaner either. What do you do then? A good start is researching companies on Google, followed by checking out the company’s social profiles, and then evaluating their website to see if they can deliver the quality service you’re looking for. These are also a few characteristics that can help you narrow your search. Transparent pricing: Ask for a quote. Is the company upfront about what they will charge you? Beware of companies that dodge the question and try to sign you up before they give you a quote. There shouldn’t be anything shady about getting a cost evaluation for the job. Reliable companies will be upfront about their pricing. Some may give you a quote over the phone or online, most will set up an appointment to evaluate the project before giving you a price. Positive reviews: As we noted earlier, a company that gives quality service is going to have several customers that have plenty of good things to say about their experience. The company may have some of these testimonials on their website, but even if they don’t, you can ask for references. As you sift through reviews on Google, Facebook, and Yelp, keep in mind that no company will please everyone. There will likely be some negative reviews out there, but a good company should have more positive than negative feedback. Long-established business: There’s nothing wrong with new, upcoming businesses. But when you’re looking for quality service, you want a company that has proven itself and can withstand a competitive market. It assures you that you won’t have to go searching for another company each time you have work to be done. You can also have more confidence knowing that the technicians washing your windows are skilled at what they do and have extended knowledge about caring for all things related to windows. Now that your windows are squeaky clean, what about your fence and deck? Window Genie offers pressure washing services that can get your deck and/or fence clean and ready for a fresh coat of paint. Once that job is done, consider Five Star Painting for your fence and deck painting needs.
Never Have Dirty Windows AgainWeeding through all the companies to find one that is skilled, reliable, and offers cost-effective service can sometimes be a headache. While there are several questions you can ask to see if a company is a good fit for you, make sure they are transparent with their pricing and have positive customer reviews to prove they provide good service. It's also important to evaluate their business experience to assess how trustworthy they will be with your home. Your local pros at Window Genie do their best to make the entire process as effortless as possible for you. You can trust our experience and exceptional service to keep your home looking it's absolute best. To learn more, give us a call at 877-243-8624 or request a quote online today.
This new year is ushering in a simplified and more relaxed trend in window treatments. With people spending more time at home, they are turning to minimalistic looks that soothe the eye. Warm neutral colors are also on the rise as opposed to the cool grays we’ve seen in the past few years. Another theme homeowners are embracing is sustainability. They’re choosing recycled and natural materials, such as cotton, linen, and wood. Homeowners and interior designers are also using bold shapes and patterns, including vintage floral patterns, as accents to give interior spaces personality and texture. Related Topic: Window Treatment Ideas for Sliding Glass Doors
Current Window Treatment Trends for Your HomeWe’re letting go of perfection this year. Your home doesn’t need to look like something out of Better Homes and Gardens. Rather, it should embody what feels relaxing, energizing, or homey for you and your family. If you’re looking for new ideas to inspire you this year, these top window treatment trends are definitely worth considering: Embrace minimalism: Bring peace to your space by opting for a modern look with clean lines and neutral colors. Some homeowners are employing Roman shades for smaller kitchen windows and Japanese blinds for larger or floor-length windows. Focus on natural light: Natural light maximizes our intake of vitamin D and may increase productivity for those working from home. However, with natural light comes issues of privacy, glare, and damaging UV rays. That’s where light filtering treatments come in: Tinting your windows or adding sheer shades or sheer curtains can offer some privacy and protection from UV rays, while not damping your natural light. Choose natural materials: Choosing classic materials, such as cotton and linen, for window shades and drapes is popular this season. This embrace of a natural look also protects indoor air quality (from the off-gassing that can come from artificial materials). Wood and faux wood blinds are also popular choices—with an emphasis on lighter woods that provides an easy, airy feel. Recycled and sustainable products are in demand this year as homeowners want to feel good about their home’s impact on the world. The colors to highlight: As with the choice in wood tone, the larger trend in 2022 is leaning toward more neutral colors, but not the dull grays you’ve become bored with. The hot neutrals for 20222 are lively and warm, making the home feel like a soft burrito blanket you could roll yourself up in. Buttery creams, milky tones, and soft beiges are on the rise. But that’s not all. Designers are using natural greens, browns, purples, and blues to emphasize the beauty of nature. Bold accent colors are also popular. For instance, using chocolate tones, deep blues, and peach colors to make a statement. Now that you’ve spruced up your windows, it might be a good time to make the rest of your home match. Our friends at your local Five Star Painting can help. They offer expert painting services, for both the exterior and interior of your home.
Get the Help You Need to Bring Your Window Treatment Ideas to LifeGiving your windows a fresh look can transform a few rooms and your entire home—and things like window tinting can even help improve energy efficiency. If you would like to learn more about window tinting and some of the other services we offer, contact your local Window Genie today. You can request a quote online or give us a call us at 877-243-8624.
As a child, it seemed like the time between the beginning of the school year and the holidays was an eternity. The days, weeks, and months seemed to drag on endlessly as you waited with anticipation for the holidays to finally arrive. Fast forward 20 years. Now an adult, you’ve come to the realization that once the school year starts, the holidays come and go at warp speed. Whoosh, Happy New Year! If you enjoy the holidays and all the trimmings associated with them, this change in perspective begs the question, “How soon should you start decorating for the holidays?” Well, if you revel in the holiday spirit and enjoy putting your spirit on display, we have some good news. You can start getting your holiday boxes down from the attic or bring them up from the basement because decorating for the holidays can begin in early November.
Decorating Before ThanksgivingFor many people, Thanksgiving traditionally marks the beginning of the holiday season. However, if you’re one of the many people who really get into decorating for the holidays, you’re probably anxious to get some decorations up sooner to maximize the enjoyment. However, putting decorations up too early means you run the risk of being labeled a holiday fanatic (is that a bad thing?). There are ways you can start decorating without going into full-blown holiday mode. Using clear lights instead of the more traditional multicolored lights can help you make a subtle transition into the holiday season. You can start decorating with clear lights on both the interior and exterior of your home. Hanging some clear lights from your gutters and around windows can set a festive mood without screaming, “the holidays are here!” Depending on the tone you want to set, you can start with a few strands and continue to add more as the holidays get closer, or you can put them all up at once and add more colorful lights later. By the time the holidays do arrive, you’ll have a dazzling light display your family, friends, and neighbors can enjoy.
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Holiday-Neutral DecorationsYou can take the same approach you used for putting up holiday lights and apply it to your decorations. Decorating can start in early fall with some pumpkins, a wreath or two, and fall colors throughout your home (think browns, orange, yellow, and red). A splash of fall colors throughout your home can really set a festive fall mood and serve as a reminder that the holidays are approaching. If you live in a cold climate, gathering some colorful leaves and a few pinecones and placing them around a pumpkin makes a great centerpiece for your fall table. As the holidays get closer, you can follow the seasonal pattern and transition from fall colors into more traditional holiday colors throughout the house. Once Thanksgiving arrives, you can take your holiday decorating into full gear with colorful lights and decorations, both inside and outside of the house.
Holiday-Specific DecorationsAfter Thanksgiving it’s, “game on” as far as holiday decorating is concerned. You can start swapping out those pumpkins and fall colors for the more traditional holiday items. As for your holiday lights, you can either swap out your holiday-neutral clear lights for more colorful ones, add some color to the ones you already have, or just leave up what you have and decorate around them. That's the beauty of decorating a little early with holiday-neutral lighting—you have some options based on your preference and availability. And with so many other things to do during the holidays, you might welcome the opportunity to have a few things already checked off your holiday decorating list.
Related Topic: How to Decorate Your Windows for the HolidaysIf you celebrate Christmas, putting up your holiday tree and other holiday-specific decorations right after Thanksgiving is a great way to maximize the enjoyment of the entire holiday season. Since many people start packing holiday items away after the New Year, putting up your decorations on or around Thanksgiving will provide you with two months of solid holiday joy.
Getting It All DoneAlthough the holidays seem to come and go so quickly, it’s still nice to display your spirit and love for the holidays with decorations. Afterall, when it comes to the holiday, most of us are still kids at heart. But with shopping, wrapping, baking, and so many other things to get done during the holidays, even a relatively small amount of decorating can seem overwhelming. If you love the holidays, but aren’t sure if you have the time to go all out with decorations this year, Window Genie can help decorate your home for the holidays.
As the seasons change, winter into spring, spring into summer, we often get the urge to change up the look and feel of our home. Rejuvenating your home is a fantastic idea that can take many different forms. One way to accomplish this goal is to give your homes’ exterior a fresh, new look. We have some ways you can do it without spending a small fortune. We’ll share some tips to help get your creative juices flowing and add some pizzazz to your home without breaking the bank. These simple ideas don’t take much time and won’t break your budget for the year. So, if you’ve been wondering how you can change things up a little, we have you covered.
Decorative Window FilmDecorative Window Film is a simple alternative to etched or stained glass. It can enhance the look of your windows and provide some extra privacy at the same time. Although etched and stained glass is beautiful, it can also be very expensive. Artisan glass is also very nice, but incredibly expensive too. A window film can give you a similar look, and the privacy you want, at a fraction of the price. You also have more freedom to change up the patterns and colors more easily when the mood strikes you. Decorative film is a fantastic temporary or permanent solution to jazz up the glass and gives the exterior of your home a new, different look.
Give Your House a BathPressure washing the exterior of your home is another great way to make it sparkle and let its natural beauty shine through. Just like anything else that is constantly exposed to the elements, your home can get dirty, and sometimes you don’t even notice because it happens gradually over time. A thorough pressure wash can yield some surprising results, especially if it’s been several months since the exterior has been cleaned. Pressure washing is also an excellent preventative measure against things like mold and rot. When dirt or mud stays on the surface of your home for a long time, it can become a breeding ground for bacteria and fungus. This can eventually lead to structural damage. Pressure washing helps loosen and remove debris and bacteria, which in turn will help safeguard your home. Related Topic: 3 Reasons to Clean and Secure Your Gutters
Revive Your Driveway and SidewalksThe concrete around your home is another area that can get dirty and discolored over time. Meticulous concrete cleaning can reinvigorate the walkways and driveway in front of your home and have an amazing effect on the overall appearance of your home. You might be surprised just how bright and sparkling your driveway can look after a proper cleaning. Cleaning the hard surfaces around your home can also prevent the proliferation of mold and mildew, just like it can with your home’s exterior. Getting rid of dirt and grime on your walkways and driveways can eliminate any buildup and keep you from slipping when the surface is wet. It can also prevent damage and deterioration of those surfaces over time. These simple yet cost-effective ideas can really help give your home the fresh, new look you’re looking for. And if you need a little help, Window Genie can take care of some or all the projects on your ‘to do’ list. They can have your house looking it's absolute best in no time. Window Genie professionals have the experience and expertise to refresh your home exterior so you can start thinking about what you want to change inside your house...it’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint will do.
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