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    How Often Should Your Windows Be Cleaned?

    Last updated 4 days ago

    Your windows serve as a portal between your home and the outside world. Keeping them clean enhances any views you may have and improve curb appeal. Window washing, however, is either a serious chore for you or another expense if you hire a window cleaning professional to do it for you. To determine how frequently your windows should be cleaned, ask yourself the following questions.

    What Kind of Windows Do You Have?
    Some types of window glass collect dust or pollen more quickly or make accumulated debris more easily visible than other windows do. If you have this type of window, you will probably want to have them cleaned every three or four months. Most types of windows should be cleaned at least twice a year. “Self-cleaning” windows, which do clean themselves to an extent, still collect grime and are the only type of window that can get away with being cleaned once a year and still generally look great.

    Where Do You Live?
    The climate in which you live also impacts the frequency with which you should clean your windows. If you live in a city with harsh winters such as Chicago, you should clean your windows at least once every season. Homeowners in sunny areas, on the other hand, may only need to hire a window washing professional once a year.

    How Are You Cleaning Your Windows?
    What cleaning supplies and techniques do you use when cleaning your windows? A good, thorough cleaning with the right supplies gives a window a deeper clean than can last longer than a quick window washing carried out with an old squeegee.

    Cleaning your windows at least twice a year can keep your curb appeal high and your windows functioning as efficiently as possible. If you live in the Chicagoland area and are looking to have your windows cleaned by an experienced window washer who is licensed, insured, and bonded, call Crystal Clear Window Washing at (773) 649-4642. We also offer air duct cleaning, gutter cleaning, and power washing services.

    Understanding How Power Washing Works

    Last updated 12 days ago

    Power washers can be extremely useful tools when it comes to cleaning a variety of outdoor areas, including fences, decks, and siding. However, some people do not know how power washing differs from other types of cleaning.

    A power washer uses a combination of pressure, heat, detergent, and water to provide a strong cleaning force. Power washers differ in their use of each of these components. A washer that does not provide much heat will need to make up for this deficit with pressure and detergent. A power washer is essentially a motorized hose with a nozzle that is designed to create pressure. After attaching your garden hose and a washing hose to opposite sides of a water pump, you can use the washing hose side to clean many outdoor surfaces.

    Are you in need of professional power washing services? If so, call Crystal Clear Window Washing at (972) 200-0437. We are Chicago’s go-to service for power washing, window washing, and gutter cleaning. You can learn more about our services by visiting our website. 

    Reasons to Leave Your Window Washing to the Professionals

    Last updated 20 days ago

    Although window washing may seem like a relatively straightforward and simple task, there are actually many benefits to having your windows washed professionally. This is especially true in a commercial setting where windows reach high above the ground. Here are a few reasons to leave your window washing to the professionals.

    Combination Services
    Professional window washing services often offer other services as well. For example, Crystal Clear Window Washing specializes in duct and gutter cleaning in addition to window washing. When you have services like these performed in addition to your window washing, you can expect a certain level of quality across the board. This saves you the time and effort of finding another company to complete these tasks.

    Professional Results
    Window washing professionals are trained to make your windows clearer than they have ever been before. While it may be possible for you to clean them, the average person will typically not be able to achieve such dazzling results. Professionals know what tools to use in any situation and they know exactly how to use their equipment. For homeowners who live in multistory houses, it may even be a hassle to simply reach the windows that they need to clean. Professionals, on the other hand, are knowledgeable, prepared, and ready to clean your largest and highest windows.

    Affordability
    When it comes to washing windows, the most affordable solution would be to wash them yourself. However, you are then responsible for purchasing the tools and materials it takes to complete this job; this includes cleaning solution, squeegees, rags, and if necessary ladders and extension poles. Even once you have purchased all of these things, you still may not achieve the same result as a professional would. A professional will come with all of these items and provide you with a pristine cleaning at a reasonable price.

    Crystal Clear Window Washing is happy to serve the Chicago area with window washing, air duct cleaning, and gutter cleaning. If you would like to learn more about our services, please feel free to visit our website or give us a call at (972) 200-0437. 

    Differences Between Oil and Latex Paints

    Last updated 27 days ago

    Different projects require different types of paints, so it is helpful to know how they vary from each other. Watch this video to learn about the differences between oil and latex paints.

    Oil paint is advantageous in that it can be applied in thick coats that cover the area thoroughly. In addition, it goes on smoother and takes more time to dry. It is typically useful for staining wood. However, oil paint creates strong fumes and is more likely to crack and yellow than latex paints. Latex paints are better for the environment and easier to clean up.

    For more information about the differences between oil and latex paints, contact Crystal Clear Window Washing or visit our website. We are proud to serve the Chicago area with a wide selection of washing and cleaning services. If you live in the area, stop by today or give us a call at (972) 200-0437.

    Deciding Whether or Not to Paint Your Brick Home

    Last updated 1 month ago

    If you are considering painting your brick home, there are several factors that you should consider before getting started. Moisture from washing the brick before painting may cause problems, and poor quality bricks may not be suitable for paint. Read on for help in deciding whether or not to paint your brick home.

    Maintenance
    A brick house can provide aesthetic appeal without requiring any maintenance at all. However, if you decide to paint your brick home, you will likely need to put in some work in the long run. Exterior brick is exposed to the elements and should be painted every three to five years. Since painting brick is not necessarily a simple task, this can be a significant undertaking. In addition, paint is not easy to remove from brick.

    Quality
    Only bricks of a certain quality should be painted; if you paint bricks that are already of poor quality, their problems are likely to get worse. Avoid painting bricks that are chipped or deteriorated. If your brick home shows white residue, wash off the residue and see if it comes back before you decide to paint. If the residue returns, your bricks should not be painted.

    Alternatives
    If you do decide to paint your brick home, make sure you use a porous, high-quality paint for the outside. However, there are other ways to recolor your brick home, such as professional staining. Whereas a layer of paint on the exterior of a brick can cause problems, stain affects the brick all the way through. In this way you can achieve the look you want without taking on the risks.

    If you decide to paint your brick home and would like it to be professionally power washed beforehand, call the washing professionals at Crystal Clear Window Washing. We provide a wide range of washing and cleaning services in the Chicago area. For more information about what we can do for you, please call us at (972) 200-0437 or visit our website. 

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