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Dirty windows in the springtime: The major culprits

Posted on: May 10th, 2014 by townAdmin

 

One of the best parts about spring in the Chicagoland area is that you can finally walk outside without a coat (and thermal underwear, with how cold things got this past winter!) However, a major downside is how dirty your house’s windows get during the spring – and how quickly it can start.

What’s making our windows so grimy and dirty?

 

Bugs, bugs and bugs

Yuck! One of the most significant culprits for dirty windows are insects, and there’s no other season they like more than the spring (with summer a close second). Creepy-crawlies can dirty up your windows by smashing into ‘em, leaving residue as they attempt to climb into your house, and you can even expect some bug guts to be present as well – spilling their guts is how flies eat, after all.

 

Droppings – and lots of it

Another thing you can expect bugs to leave behind is droppings, but it’s not just bugs. Birds, small animals and just about any other critter can leave behind the smelly stuff just by perching on your windowsill or taking a rest against the side of your house. Not only is it dirty and hard to clean, but be careful about the bacteria too – that’s why you should wear gloves and use disinfectant when cleaning your windows when animals and bugs are around.

 

Pollen and dirt

When trees and flowers begin to blossom, you know that spring has finally arrived. However, it also means that seasonal allergies – and pollen – are on their way. Pollen can easily get stuck on your windows, and not only does it leave a mark, it can streak when you try and wipe it away if you don’t clean thoroughly with soap and water. The same can happen with dirt, which also begins cropping up when you begin planting flowers and vegetables in the front and back of house. (Dirt is also another reason to prevent the family dog from digging holes near the house!)

 

Rain

Another common arrival with spring is the spring shower, and with it, lots and lots of rain. While you’d think that rain would help keep windows clean, that’s usually only the case when windows are relatively poop-, pollen- and dirt-free to begin with. If any of those are present on your windows to begin with, the rain can make all that gunk moist, streaky and even grimier. That’s why you should keep windows clean throughout the spring, or at least give them a wipe-down when the skies start turning gray.

 

For more information on keeping your windows clean with spring – into the summer – contact us today at our website!

 

Clean your windows for more sunshine

Posted on: May 2nd, 2014 by townAdmin

 

Know the phrase “A morning without orange juice is like a day without sunshine?”

Like getting a jolt of vitamin C to start you day, getting your daily dose of sunshine is just as crucial to starting your day off right.

There are many benefits to getting sunlight, and luckily, you don’t always have to be indoors to get them.

Waking up

Did you know that sunshine is essential to helping you wake up? When you’re exposed to light first-thing in the morning, this sends a signal to your body to produce the chemical serotonin and reduce its production of melatonin, the hormone that helps you fall asleep. A jolt of sunshine-induced serotonin energizes you and provides you feelings of productivity, and the less melatonin in your body, the less sleepy you’ll be!

Staying happy

Heard of seasonal effective disorder? It’s the type of low-grade depression that can occur during the winter months when we are less likely to get sunshine. That’s right – without sunshine, your entire mood and outlook on life can be dramatically affected.

Losing weight and keeping it off

Did you know that sunshine can affect your waistline too? Sunshine is essential for your body’s sleep/awake cycle, and getting a proper night’s sleep is important for maintaining a healthy weight. A recent study confirmed that morning exposure to sunlight, and the healthy sleep/awake cycle that results, has been linked to slight weight loss.

To make sure your home’s windows are sufficiently cleaned to let in as much sunshine as possible, contact us today at our website!

 

Spring!!!

Posted on: April 29th, 2014 by townAdmin

 

We can't believe it! Spring is actually here!

And it's worth blogging about twice! We encourage you to give us a call today to clean your windows in your home. We can take care of inside and out and multiple stories. You know this is one of the harder jobs to do it yourself when you're doing spring cleaning. So take the safe and easy road and give Town & Country window cleaners a call today. We can come out right away give you a quote and get to work.

Spring is finally here so why wait? Let's get it done! Call us today.

Get our two-for-one window washing special

Posted on: April 8th, 2014 by townAdmin

 

Town & Country is officially offering it's 2-for-1 window cleaning special again for 2014. If you book our services we will come out to your home and do a complete interior and exterior window cleaning. Then, as an added bonus, we will return when it is convenient for you and do a second cleaning of your first floor exterior windows – for free!

Call today to set up your two-for-one special!

Spring is finally here

Posted on: April 5th, 2014 by townAdmin

 

After a brutal winter in the Chicago area spring is finally here. It's time for cleaning, spring cleaning!

We at Town & Country window cleaning would love to help you make your house sparkle for the new season. Since 1972, we specialize in window cleaning in Chicago and especially the North Shore area. Ask around – your neighbors have probably used us already!

We handle all residential homes, and multiple levels are our speciality. Our professional crew is insured and reputable, you will have no issues – just clean windows!

Give us a call today as our schedule gets booked fast in the spring.

 

Don’t try this at home

Posted on: April 2nd, 2014 by townAdmin

 

If you have a two-story home in the North Shore of Chicago you know how difficult it is to do some of your external maintenance. For decades, Town & Country window cleaning has helped alleviate the problem of second and third story window cleaning.

We have a staff of licensed and insured window cleaners know how to clean your windows safely and efficiently

So don't go fumbling with that extension ladder or risk climbing out your bedroom onto your roof to clean your windows. Town & Country will take care of you right away and alleviate all of your worries.

Call today--our schedule is booking fast for the spring.

Respecting your home

Posted on: March 31st, 2014 by townAdmin

 

We know how annoying it is when maintenance professionals come into your home. From muddy shoes to an unprofessional appearance to just plain grumpiness, we know calling the contractor in is always a big question mark.

You won't have to worry about any of those things with Town & Country window cleaning.  We have been around since 1972, and that would never happen if we didn't respect and value our customers.

We specialize in serving North Shore families that typically keep their home beautiful and well cared for. Our trained, professional and shirt staff are trained ahead of time you right. Our goal is to leave your home better than when we came in.

Take our word for it. Call now for your first spring cleaning and even take advantage of a two-for-one special. We're so confident that our team will treat you right, we know giving you a big value now will pay off for all of us in the long run.

Cold home? Could be leaky windows

Posted on: January 14th, 2014 by townAdmin

 

You pay enough for gas bills to deal with a cold house.

But alas, many of us will face just this scenario during the upcoming brisk Chicagoland winter.

You may be having a more house-wide problem such as a faulty thermostat, insufficient insulation or a broken furnace. But most likely, it’s something much smaller than is causing your house to feel like a refrigerator: A leaky window.

How to find a leaky window

Even if you don’t have many windows in the house, it can be tricky to find the culprit to a frigid house. It also may be more than one window; but if this isn’t a common occurrence in your home, this is most likely a one-window affair. This also shouldn’t be an overly complicated or pricey process, so we’ll walk you through the commonsense approach to finding that leaky culprit.

To find the guilty party, you should start by closing the doors to all rooms in the house. Then, make a sandwich and wait 10 minutes. Now, carefully enter each room and notice what you feel. Do you feel that the room is colder than the rest of the house? Are you feeling dryer? Do you feel a light breeze? Do this for each room.

At this point, it should be clearly obvious which room has the leaky window. Now, to find the window in question, use another commonsense method: The touch-test. Go to each window and slide your hand on the inside windowsill. Repeat for each window.

Do you feel any moisture on any of the windowsills? Do any of them seem colder than the others? If there’s only one leaky window – which is most likely the case – you’ll be able to figure this out pretty easily. If you don’t notice that one window feels noticeable different than the others, compare how the windows feel in this room to the windows in another room in the house that isn’t noticeably colder. It may be the case that all the window in that particular room are leaky!

What next?

You can purchase plastic coverings for you windows to block out the leaks, but this is a temporary fix – and may not capture all the heat-spilling that occurs at this window. That’s why you should consider having a professional come it to help and get this fixed the right way.

Visit TownandCountryWindowCleaning.com today to schedule an appointment. Window leaks make the heating bill go up, so make sure you get the best help you can!