Beautiful Views on an Ugly Day!

It wasn't a pretty day, but the views are beautiful at this home and we made the views even better!

It wasn’t a pretty day, but the views are beautiful at this home and we made the views even better!

Most people don’t think about their view on the ugly days. This time of year, we can have a big mix of ugly days and spectacular days. Sometimes, the worst days for views are the best days to make them better. We spent the day at this home in Rob Roy getting things looking great for Christmas guests that are on their way. Everyone will be able to clearly see the great views at this home now that the sun is shining again!

Washing Pella Windows

We just washed the windows on a ranch house out in the Round Mountain area. The windows are all insulated Pella windows with the window treatments in between the panes. As is typical, a haze begins to build up inside the window unit and it must be opened to clean all 4 sides of glass on the window. This can be a tricky proposition! What makes this project even more difficult is that the window blinds are in between the panes and we had to be very careful to keep from getting the blinds dirty while washing the glass. It is not difficult, it just takes a lot of time and patience. We had to hold the blind away from the glass, clean the window, wipe all of the moisture away without leaving any smudges or smears and then gently place the blind back in place. We would leave the insulated part of the window open for a while to ensure that all of the moisture evaporated before closing them up. If you close these insulated units too soon, they will fog up and look horrible. Give us a call if you are not patient enough to wash your windows. 512-926-7000.

The details are real important when cleaning the inside portion of storm windows; especially the Pella type that can be opening and have blinds in between the panes.

The details are real important when cleaning the inside portion of storm windows; especially the Pella type that can be opening and have blinds in between the panes.

How to Remove Hard Water Stains

Stains on glass from sprinklers, showers and run-off look just horrible on glass and they don’t just clean off. We always include a disclaimer in our proposals that states we are bidding a regular window cleaning and that removal of hard water staining is NOT included. We do this because when the windows are dirty, we usually can’t see if there are hard water stains and because removing of those stains does not happen when using traditional cleaning methods. The stains are not actually sitting on the surface just waiting to be wiped or scrubbed off, or even scraped off. They are actually chemically bonded to the glass and have changed the molecular structure of the surface of the glass. You can read more about the technical issues here.

These white hard water stains on the window and frame from the sprinkler system were easy to see when we quoted this cleaning.

These white hard water stains on the window and frame from the sprinkler system were easy to see when we quoted this cleaning.

We do our best to identify the staining when giving a proposal, but sometimes people are still surprised and disappointed when we have cleaned their windows, but they still have spots. People will ask, “Why didn’t you just use vinegar, I hear that works?” or, “Can’t you just rub some lemon juice or CLR on it?” In our experience, these methods typically don’t work and some methods can actually cause damage to the glass or to the surround framework or weatherproofing.

Restoration of glass and frames is also very time consuming and therefore, much more expensive than window cleaning. As the saying goes, “Time is Money!” We have found that stains can have different compositions and sometimes need a different approach to restore, so our “Go To” solution does not always work and is not always the quickest, but it may help you, if you want to do it yourself. Some of the quicker methods involve using acids that “can” damage other surrounding surfaces and be a health hazard.

We use Bar Keepers Friend – Cleanser and Polish. We have not had much success with Bar Keepers Friend – Soft Cleanser. Use a cotton rag, get it damp, but not soaked, and sprinkle some Bar Keepers Friend on the damp part of the rag. Use it to vigorously scrub the affected area. Rinse and repeat if necessary. It is not a fun process and depending on the severity of the stain can take a lot of time. Once you try it yourself, you will understand why we don’t include restoration in a regular cleaning price and why we may charge a significant amount for restoration. Hopefully you will get results similar to this “after” picture:

This is the same window as the "before" picture above.

This is the same window as the “before” picture above.

Give it a try, or give us a call: 512-926-7000

Removing Acorn Stains from Stonework

Before removing the stains

Before removing the stains

Those of us who have oak trees can really enjoy the beauty of the tree. But with that come the acorns that leave nasty stains on our sidewalks and driveways. It would seem simple to just get out a pressure washer and remove them quickly, but it doesn’t work that way. Cranking up the pressure doesn’t help either and can actually cause damage. But the solution is actually pretty simple.

Step 1: pressure wash the area to remove all other dirt and debris

Step 2: use a 50:50 mixture of household bleach (always add bleach to water and not water to bleach) in a pump up sprayer and soak the stained areas. Be sure to wear gloves, protective eye wear, rubber boots and rain pants when handling the bleach.

Step 3: scrub the area with a stiff bristle brush

Step 4: pressure wash the area again

Step 5: repeat steps 2 – 4 if necessary

You should get some beautiful results like these!

Acorn Stains No More!

Working Non-Stop!

Well, Thanksgiving is over, today is Black Friday and Christmas is just around the corner. Are you ready?

It seemed like we were working non-stop the past couple of weeks trying to get as many homes as possible looking beautiful for family and friends coming to visit for dinner. We had crews in Circle C, The Village of the Hills, Lakeway, Bee Cave, West Lake Hills, Rob Roy, Rob Roy on the Lake, Davenport Ranch West, Barton Hills near Zilker Park and in Downtown Austin. We were making windows shine, inside and out, cleaning screens and tracks, cleaning gutters and light fixtures and doing a little house washing.

Our calendar is already filling up with appointments for people wanting their windows to Sparkle for the holidays. For better or worse, your home reflects on you and one of the first things people notice when they walk up to your front door are your windows. Do your windows give a clear reflection of your joy to have visitors?

Call now to book your appointment and let the sun shine in! 512-926-7000

This view isn't near as nice when the windows are dirty.  Clearly these windows enhance the great view now that they are clean!

This view isn’t near as nice when the windows are dirty. Clearly these windows enhance the great view now that they are clean!

We Clean Condo Windows too!

In addition to washing windows on some of the most beautiful houses in Austin, we also clean glass on many high rise condominiums. It doesn’t matter what type of home you live in, if you want to look outside, you should want a great clear view!

We clean windows and glass handrails and a lot of other things too!

We clean windows and glass handrails and a lot of other things too!

Call 512-926-7000 now to book your December cleaning quickly. We had many people call in the last few weeks wanting their windows sparkling clean for Thanksgiving, but our calendar was already full. Don’t wait and be disappointed.

Clear Views and Reflections

We really enjoyed cleaning this home in the Amarra Villas neighborhood in Barton Creek. The home and hill country views are beautiful and the results of our work are stunning!

This family is proud to show off their home for parties and family coming to visit for the holidays. Give us a call soon to schedule your holiday window cleaning. We are already booked before Thanksgiving, but most dates are still open before Christmas and New Years.

These windows really shine and look amazing!

These windows really shine and look amazing!

You can clearly see through the clean windows and see the amazing reflections too!

You can clearly see through the clean windows and see the amazing reflections too!

Make a great impression on your guests by having us wash your windows before they arrive!

Safety While Working on a Roof

Window cleaning can be very dangerous. Ladder use brings the highest rate of accident in our injury. However, walking around on roofs is very dangerous also and most people don’t understand how to protect themselves or don’t take the time.

It can be more time consuming to be safe, no matter what type of equipment is used. We choose to work safely so that our workers can get home to their families injury free every night and so that our customers can have peace of mind.

Here is an illustration of one of our workers using proper fall protection while working on a metal roof on a home in the Barton Creek, Lost Creek area.

Using proper fall protection while working on home roofs is critical to worker safety!

Using proper fall protection while working on home roofs is critical to worker safety!

Storm Windows

Cleaning storm windows can be a very time consuming and difficult task. Most people just hate to do it. The additional pane of glass provides great energy saving benefits, but makes it a real pain to clean. It didn’t take our trained professionals very long to get this home in West Lake Hills looking great again! Give us a call for a free estimate on cleaning your windows. 512-926-7000.

Storm windows make a house more energy efficient, but most people hate to clean them!  Give us a call to get it done right.  512-926-7000

Storm windows make a house more energy efficient, but most people hate to clean them! Give us a call to get it done right. 512-926-7000

House Washing Done Right!

Is your home starting to look ugly from dirt buildup or algae growth?

You might not have the time or the right equipment or experience to do the job safely or without damage to your home or landscaping. Whatever you do, don’t use a pressure washer, because you can very quickly punch a hole in your siding and have water penetrating your home. You also have to be very careful using chemicals that could be a safety hazard for you, your pets or children or might damage your landscaping. Using the right mixture of chemicals and equipment, our experienced professionals can restore your home’s exterior look. Check out these before and after pictures on this home in the Falconhead West neighborhood near Bee Cave and Lakeway. Give us a call at 512-926-7000 for a free estimate.

The north facing sides of a lot of homes in our area look like this after a while.  Give us a call to get it cleaned right.  512-926-7000

The north facing sides of a lot of homes in our area look like this after a while. Give us a call to get it cleaned right. 512-926-7000

Using the right chemicals instead of a pressure washer is the safest way to clean up most exterior home surfaces without damaging the home or the landscaping.

Using the right chemicals instead of a pressure washer is the safest way to clean up most exterior home surfaces without damaging the home or the landscaping.