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    Picking the Right Exterior Paint Color

    Last updated 2 days 23 hours ago

    At Crystal Clear Window Washing of Chicago, we offer a range of services that will keep your home clean and beautiful. In addition to window cleaning, we offer power washing, gutter cleaning, and painting services. If you are considering changing your home’s exterior paint color, read on for tips on picking the right hue. 

    Look to Your Community for Inspiration
    First we recommend looking to your neighborhood for ideas on what color to choose. Some people like to blend in with the other homes in the neighborhood, while others prefer to stand out. If your home is part of a neighborhood association (NA), be sure to check with them to see if there are any rules on the type of paint color that must be used. If you choose an exterior paint color that is not approved by your NA, you may receive a fine and be forced to re-paint your home.

    Keep the Exterior Simple
    In general, it’s best to keep your home’s exterior color simple. If you want to be expressive with a bold color, paint the window frames or the front door a stronger color rather than the entire house. The reason why we recommend this is because strong colors can be polarizing. For example, many homeowners who paint their home a striking color decide a year or two later that they don’t like it anymore.

    Take Advantage of Digital Aids
    These days it’s easy to go online and compare different paint colors for your home. Simply go online and search for free online color visualizers. Check to see if your paint company has this tool on their website. Olympic, for example, has a tool on their website and mobile app that allows you to post palettes on Facebook and other social media sites to see what your friends think about your color choices.

    If you need exterior painting services, window washing, power washing, or other cleaning services for your home or commercial property, give Crystal Clear Window Washing a call at (773) 649-4642. For more information, visit our website.

    How Air Duct Cleaning Can Enhance Your Health

    Last updated 9 days ago

    Have you noticed indoor allergy symptoms when you are at home or at the office? At Crystal Clear Window Washing, our professionals have used commercial equipment to clean the air ducts inside many businesses and homes in the Chicagoland area. Air duct cleaning can help reduce your allergy symptoms indoors. It can even increase the efficiency of your air conditioner, which can make your home more comfortable. To learn more about air duct cleaning, watch this video clip.

    Find out more about the air duct cleaning services we offer by visiting our website or by calling us at (773) 942-6765. We will clean the register covers to remove cooking oil film and dust-collecting substances. Our professional air duct cleaners will clean the blower, return air supply, and condensation pan. Then we will brush vacuum the ducts clean to ensure that contaminants are removed from your air ducts.

    Debunking Common Household Cleaning Myths

    Last updated 16 days ago

    There are lots of tips out there about how to best clean your house. Some of them—such as the idea that newspaper should be used for window cleaning—are false and misleading. To find out which household cleaning tips are effective and which tips are just myths, keep reading. 

    Hair Spray is an Effective Way to Remove Ink Stains
    It’s true that hair spray will remove ink stains. But this is only because hair spray contains alcohol. We recommend using rubbing alcohol to blot out ink instead. Using rubbing alcohol is cheaper and more effective, as most new hair spray products are low-alcohol.

    Vinegar is a Great All-Purpose Cleaner
    Vinegar is often hailed as the natural cleaner that can be used on any surface. And while it’s great at cleaning and deodorizing surfaces such as plastic, glass, and ceramic, it can damage others. For instance, do not use vinegar on porous surfaces such as grout and unsealed grout. The acid in vinegar can also damage hardwood flooring.

    Newspaper Should be Used to Clean Windows
    Using newspaper to clean your windows has benefits and drawbacks. One of the advantages is that newspaper does not have much lint. But one of the disadvantages is that it can leave smeared newspaper ink on the glass and the window frames.

    Use Furniture Polish to Clean Wood
    We recommend dusting your wood surfaces with a lint-free microfiber cloth. Do not use furniture polish very often, if ever, because furniture polishes contain oils that attract dust.

    Bleach is an Ideal Cleaner
    Many people use bleach as a cleaner. Bleach is a very effective disinfectant, but it’s not actually a good cleaner. Instead, it’s best to use a gentle cleanser to clean the surface before you apply a disinfectant such as bleach.

    If you need your windows cleaned professionally, contact Crystal Clear Window Washing. Give us a call at (773) 942-6765 if you have any questions, and visit our website to learn about the window cleaning and other cleaning services we offer.

    Is it Time to Schedule Air Duct Cleaning?

    Last updated 29 days ago

    Hidden from view in most Chicagoland homes, air ducts are an area that many homeowners rarely think about cleaning. Seeing as dust and other particulate matter accumulate inside a home’s ductwork, homeowners who have their air ducts cleaned annually can enjoy cleaner air at home than those who do not. Air duct cleaning professionals recommend having your ducts cleaned annually, but there are also few signs that you should schedule an air duct cleaning in the coming days regardless of when your last cleaning was.

    Rodent Infestation
    Mice and rats love air ducts. If you have recently endured a rodent infestation, it is likely that the rodents wrought havoc into your ductwork. Since rodents are unhygienic, and contact with their excrement can lead to rodent-borne viruses such as Hantavirus and rat-bite fever, you should hire an air duct cleaning professional to remove any traces the rodents left behind.

    Duct Clogs
    If dust or debris is practically falling out of your air supply registers, it is a sign that particle buildup is such that you should have your air ducts cleaned as soon as possible. Hire an air duct cleaning professional to free your air ducts of all dust and debris, and you may soon notice that your allergies or asthma symptoms are far less irritating and persistent than they have been lately.

    Mold Growth
    Mold growth in your ductwork is a sign that you should have your air ducts cleaned as soon as possible. If the mold is related to your duct insulation, you should remove and replace the insulation. Since many components of your ductwork are not readily visible, you should enquire about the presence of mold any time an HVAC professional is working in your home.

    Proudly serving Naperville, Northbrook, Hinsdale, and Chicago, Crystal Clear Window Washing offers thorough air duct cleaning services at competitive prices. To arrange to have an efficient and experienced technician remove dust, debris, mold, and mildew from your home’s air ducts, call (773) 942-6765. After our visit, your air ducts will be as clean as they were when they were new and you will be breathing high-quality air in your home once again.

    What it Takes to Clean an Air Conditioner Condensing Unit

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Keeping up with routine maintenance is essential if you are to maximize the life of your air conditioner. Since cleaning the condensing unit it one of the most important aspects of maintaining your air conditioner, it is a task that every homeowner should learn how to carry out properly.

    You should clean your air conditioner condenser coils monthly during the air conditioning season and thoroughly clean the entire unit and the area around it at least once a year. Before you start cleaning, make sure you have coil cleaner, a soft brush and fin comb, a carpenter’s level, and gravel or rocks. To trim any brush that has grown too close to the condenser unit, you should also collect a pair of grass shears or pruners.

    In order to ensure that your air conditioner is working at optimal efficiency, you should also have your air ducts cleaned each year. If you are looking to tackle some home maintenance responsibilities before the winter arrives and would live to hire a professional air duct and gutter cleaning professional in the Chicago area, call Crystal Clear Window Washing at (773) 942-6765.

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