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Is it difficult to clean 2-story windows on my own?

Posted on: August 20th, 2017 by townAdmin

 

Many people with 2-story houses wonder if it is difficult to clean 2-story windows on my own. The quick answer? Yes! Not only do you need to buy equipment, but you need some physical skill and know-how. Below are some details about what cleaning 2-story exterior windows yourself entails.

While it is handy being able to clean the outside of a window from the inside of the house, don't bank on that as a way to get out of buying a ladder. You'd have better luck at avoiding ladders by incorporating pure water and water-fed poles. Until then, plan on buying a ladder or two at heights that you are comfortable with. You will definitely need ladders for eyelids and other window types that don't open.

One idea you might consider is getting an extension pole (20+ feet) for indoor and outdoor applications. However, understand that it takes a lot of skill to use a pole effectively and get good results. You can probably pick up a 24-foot ladder used, for around $100. Also consider a ladder stabilizer, which might be another $50.

Most windows can be done with a pole on the outside, and sometimes you can get away with a few uppers using a pole on tall inside stuff. But, sometimes a pole will work on the outside, sometimes the frames weep or pull white off the vinyl. What works once won't the next time the sun is out, and vice versa. Given these details, you're going to need the ladder eventually.

For reaching high windows, your shopping list should might go like this (in order of importance):

  1. 16- to 32-foot extension ladder
  2. ladder stabilizer
  3. ladder leveler or ladder pivot
  4. Pure water/water-fed pole setup

Something to ask yourself: what percentage of my work can only be done with a ladder? Compare that figure with the percentage of your work that can only be done with a water-fed pole. Let that guide you in your first steps.

You can see that there are steps you can take to "DIY" your window-cleaning on a 2-story home. You can also sense that there is some money, knowledge and balancing/physical skill involved.

If this sounds overwhelming, consider giving Town & Country Window Cleaning a call at 847-256-5140 or email us here. We offer free estimates and can be at your house quickly!

Dirty windows affect more than just the view

Posted on: July 21st, 2017 by townAdmin

 

Does your home or business need a little TLC? Are things really clean and tidy? Sure, the floors are swept and the shelves are dusted, but are the windows being properly cleaned as often as they should? One of the most commonly overlooked and underdone maintenance task is window cleaning. The reason being is often it just finds its way on the bottom of the the priority list of things to do. Obviously you’ll take care of a sticky floor or smelly kitchen, but people tend to let windows go for a bit longer. What most don’t realize is the importance of regularly cleaning this kind of glass.

First and foremost, one of the first things a person sees on the exterior of a house, storefront, or building is the condition of the windows. It doesn't take more than a little deterioration to make a home or business unwelcoming to visitors. Not to mention the property value is greatly affected by these seemingly minor details. Unbeknownst to most, keeping up with something so simple as window cleaning actually does a lot to save money overall on utilities. When dirt particles layer on a window, it reflects the sun’s UV rays, preventing the heat from traveling inside. As a result, your furnace will end up working overtime in the colder months causing astronomical electricity and gas bills. On a larger scale, when looking at the fundamentals of glass itself, it’s in fact a porous structure. Over time, the window will end up collecting dirt that cannot be removed causing stains, breaking it down, and making it very fragile. Overall ruining the glass altogether. Elements like snow,acid rain, and hard minerals from tap water from the sprinkler play a role in slowly destroying your windows.

At Town and Country Window Cleaning, we know more than anyone the importance of keeping your glass shining and saving you money in the long run. Just like a car, regularly scheduled maintenance to your windows will have you spending less in the short run then having to replace entire windows in the long haul. Let a little light in your life. Let us love on your windows! We promise they’ll love you right back!

What types of windows do you service?

Posted on: June 23rd, 2017 by townAdmin

 

Here at Town & Country Window Cleaning, we don’t just clean regular old windows, we clean ANY windows in your home you may need washed! We can do anything from the funny looking window in your front door to the open glass gazing over the horizon in your living room. Listed below are just a few of the different types of windows we service in your home that you may or may not have realized need regular cleaning;

  1. Awning Windows- Do you have big, beautiful windows overlooking the outside of your home? T&C Window Cleaning wants to make sure those windows are properly cleaned and difficult to tell the difference of an actual window, or an open space in your home.

  2. Bay Windows- Many people believe they can get these very large windows clean on their own, but come to realize mid-job that it can turn out to be treacherous work.

  3. Slider Windows- These can get dirty, FAST. You don’t realize how often you aren’t opening the window by the designated area and end up pushing directly on the glass. This is not only hazardous to the window and yourself, but will make for a necessary cleaning weekly.

  4. Casement Windows- These are the windows that open with the turn of a crank. They can have hard to reach places and spots that you might not be able to get to on your own.

  5. Picture Windows- These are large stationary windows that let the maximum amount of light into your home or office.

Don’t let dirty windows take away from the integrity of your home or office. Town &Country Window Cleaning can make your windows look and feel like new again!

 

How are my windows always so dirty?

Posted on: May 4th, 2017 by townAdmin

 

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You spend every Saturday morning doing your weekly cleaning. You spend hours cleaning the windows and just can’t seem to get those streaks off! Did you know that there are many factors that play into making your windows in your home so dirty?

  • The environment is clearly a factor. Wind blows dirt, dust, leaves and other debris onto the window that you may not always realize is there on the outside of your home.

  • Screens are protective for so many things for your windows, but they are a DIRT MAGNET. Anything that the wind didn’t get to blow through to the window, the screen is now holding on tight to all the debris and slowly seeping in and sticking to your window.

Keeping your windows clean can prolong the lifetime of your windows and the quality of the glass. Schedule a regular cleaning with us and keep your glass in perfect shape and ready for whatever the environment has to throw at it!

Take Your Spring Cleaning to the Next Level!

Posted on: April 28th, 2017 by townAdmin

 

 

Spring is here, and it is time to do some overall cleaning. We admit there is nothing glamourous about cleaning, but when you have the help of Town & Country Window Cleaning you can rest easy knowing your windows in your home will be taken care of and checked off the list!

Do you know why it can be important to have your windows professionally cleaned? There are multiple reasons why hiring a window cleaning company instead of doing it yourself can be beneficial for you!

  1. Glass is porous and collects dirt! Acid rain, sea spray, over spray and hard minerals can begin to ruin the structure of your glass and windows. Our thorough cleaning of your windows guarantees that none of these hazardous particles are left behind and your glass is protected.

  2. It may seem hard to believe, but dirty windows can cause a heat efficiency in your home. Particles on the surface and in the pores of the glass simply reflect more UV light, preventing the sun from warming up your home the way it naturally would.

  3. Windows can significantly affect the way visitors see the credibility of a business! Subliminally or completely consciously, the majority of people will pay attention to the cleanliness of your glass front when visiting a store. Dirty windows will testify careless attitude and represent a business as less trustworthy and attractive overall. Clean windows, on the other hand, attract more visitors to the stores.

Let Town & Country Window Cleaning give your home or business the fresh start it deserves. Check out our list of services we offer here and feel free to contact us with ANY questions you may have!

WE LOVE YOUR FEEDBACK!

Posted on: March 15th, 2017 by townAdmin

 

Finding the right company to keep your home looking great can be difficult! We know how important it is to make sure that you’re finding the right people you can trust to take care of your home. Here with Town & Country, we are dedicated to giving you the best quality care and attention to the windows in your home.

 

 

Town & Country Window Cleaning is ALWAYS looking for areas to improve in, please take a moment to tell us how we’re doing. It is crucial for any business to know from every direction how things are going, good or bad. Here are a few helpful links to get you going, we look forward to hearing from you!

Yelp - Yelp can be an extremely helpful place to look for home maintenance, make sure you leave a review here so others can see what a great experience you had!

Google - The first place we almost all search for help! Help make Town & Country office shine on Google!

Angie’s List - Angie’s List has boomed since its start up and has helped thousands find the right services they need, make sure they see how great we are here!

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Now is the Time to Clean Your Gutters

Posted on: October 7th, 2016 by townAdmin

 

Now that autumn is here it is a great time to do some maintenance on your home to withstand the coming winter. One of the tasks people avoid or put off most often is cleaning their gutters and downspouts. Although it is not the most pleasant of work, it plays a very important part in protecting your siding and landscaping and keeping your foundation in its best possible condition. A damaged foundation due to a downpour in ill kept gutters could set a homeowner back by $10,000 or more in repairs.

Gutters should be cleaned at least once a year — twice a year or more if you have overhanging trees which can deposit leaves and other debris. Also, gutters often clog after big storms. It is a good idea to examine them after a heavy rain to see if they are clogged or need attention. Clogs often occur where downspouts connect to the gutter system — you will want to check these areas closely.

If you are venturing out to check or clean your gutters, take the necessary precautions. Dress appropriately by wearing rubber gloves, long pants and a comfortable long sleeved shirt or jacket. Cleaning can be dirty and messy so you want to make sure you are protected.

Also make sure you have the proper tools: a sturdy, quality ladder capable of reaching the necessary height, a gutter scoop or small shovel, a tarp where you can dump your debris (rather than your lawn) and a high quality garden hose. After you have cleaned out all the dirt, flushing the gutters and downspouts with a hose is a great way to see if you have any leaks or other issues.

Another option for dealing with chronically clogged gutters is to outfit them with gutter covers. These include mesh screens, clip-on grates, and porous foam.

If cleaning clogged gutters or maintaining them is something you would prefer be done professionally, Town and Country Professional Window Cleaning is a smart choice. They have over 40 years of experience working with windows and gutters and can take care of all your needs.

They can be reached at 847-256-5140.

Don’t wait until the snow flies, get your gutters inspected today!

Keep Your Costs Down – Get Those Leaky Windows in Shape!

Posted on: September 15th, 2016 by townAdmin

 

You may be thinking – wow, what a hot summer we just completed. The heat and humidity were really something and I cannot imagine the cold drafts of winter being anywhere around the corner. Although this may be true to a certain extent, it is also a fact that cold air will once again be in our forecast in the not too distant future. It happens every year, right?

So instead of waiting until the last minute, right now is the best time to think about getting your windows free of leaky drafts before you have your house filled with Thanksgiving or Christmas guests. (Remember, the only cold drafts your guests want to speak of are mugs of holiday brew)!  In fact, it has been estimated that on average, 10 to 25 percent of a home's heat escapes through its windows. So by repairing these leaks, not only will you and yours be able to live in comfort but you will also be able to reap the savings to your fuel bill.

In many instances some of this work can be completed fairly easily by purchasing some caulk and weather stripping from your local hardware store.  A stiff bladed putty knife can be used to remove peeled paint from around the outside frame of your window. Then just dip a scrub brush in some soapy warm water, apply to the surface and dry with a cloth.

You will then want to dabble some fresh caulk around the outside of the window, making sure to create a continuous wind-blocking seal between the window frame and any siding. Always make sure the caulk is intended for the exterior surface of the window before using. Then go inside and use your weather stripping to seal up the window around the sash. When completed, this simple procedure should go a long way in eliminating any drafts and keeping your home very comfortable.

Of course there are times when we cannot do the work ourselves due to time constraints or other issues. If this is your situation and you reside in the Chicago area, Town and Country Window Cleaning is there to help. They will fix or replace any nagging window problems that you may have and make sure your home is ready for winter. Call Town and Country today at 847-256-5140

Get Your Windows Ready for the Splendor of Autumn

Posted on: August 7th, 2016 by townAdmin

 

The dog days of summer are nearing their conclusion as we notice the ever shortening hours of daylight and more frequent bouts of cooler, breezy weather. This can only mean one thing – like it or not, autumn (and then winter!) will soon be here in full force, along with some necessary maintenance to your home for the change of seasons.

Before we get too far along into Halloween, homecoming games and football mode, it is a great idea to consider what work needs to be completed for your home.

A great first chore to tackle (especially if you’re into football!) is to clean all your windows and screens. Washing windows with warm, soapy water and a soft rag and quality drying towel are all that is required. Unfortunately there really is no quick and simple method for cleaning screens for the windows, but it is definitely worth your time to clean up all the grime that accumulates during the warm weather months. You can clean the screen by using the brush attachment of your vacuum cleaner. It will then be much easier to remove the dirt simply by using a hose or wet rag. Rinse well, remove all soap and you will be amazed at how much better your windows and screens look!

To keep screens in their best possible condition, remove them from the outside of your home and store them in a dry place until spring arrives. Of course, if you discover any holes or punctures in a screen it is advisable to get it repaired now so you will not have to deal with it six months down the line.

Other tasks, such as cleaning out your gutters, having the chimney swept and getting your furnace checked before the cold winds of November and December set in are also essential to surviving the colder months in the most possible amount of comfort.

By completing these common chores your home will look its best and inviting for trick-or-treaters, holiday visitors and all your friends who may be coming to your Super Bowl bash!

Visit TownandCountryWindowCleaning.com today to schedule an appointment and discover all the useful and important services they provide to keep your windows looking their very best!

What Goes Into Power Washing

Posted on: July 18th, 2016 by townAdmin

 

One of the house cleaning services we provide at Town & Country Professional Window Cleaning is known as power washing. This is one of our most comprehensive cleaning services in which we leave nothing unwashed or unprepared for the harsh fall and winter ahead - especially in the Chicagoland area.

Summer is the perfect time for power washing because it's sunny and bright outside, allowing us to see every possible nook and cranny around your property that could use a thorough cleaning. Here is how we approach power washing and why you should consider making an appointment for one today!

Steps behind power washing

First, we evaluate your home and tease out any areas normally hidden to the human eye. We assess what type of dirt and build-up is on your home so that we can determine what type of power washing equipment will be most up-to-task for the job.

Then, we go ahead and start power washing using our high-powered hoses. We don't use any harmful chemicals in our power washing, ensuring that cleaning your home doesn't result in an allergy-inducing mishap.

We'll wash the main exteriors of your house and garage (if present), then tackle your porch, deck and wherever else dirt and algae can accumulate on your property.

For the average-sized Chicago area home, we can typically complete power washing in about a day, or longer for larger homes.

Why you should go with a professional

You may have seen power washing equipment at popular home improvement stores, or even seen ads for power washing equipment rentals. It may be tempting to try power washing on your own, but here are some reasons why that may not be a wise choice.

  • Safety equipment - Power washing can be dangerous if you don't have proper safety equipment, from gloves to certified eye protection. Purchasing this safety equipment can be expensive, whereas we have everything we need for each job.
  • Determining water pressure - If you use too much pressure you can end up harming your property's exterior; and not using enough pressure could result in a lackluster clean. On the contrary, our seasoned pros have an eye for what water pressure is necessary.

Order your professional power washing today

Has it been more than a year since you thoroughly cleaned the outside of your property? Is the side of your how so dirty and dusty it's begun to change colors?

If so, don't wait any longer and set up an appointment for your property's power cleaning today. It's easy - give us a call at 847-256-5140. You can also visit us at TownandCountryWindowCleaning.com or use our scheduling page to set up an appointment.