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How To Properly Clean Window Tracks

Cleaning Window Tracks

The typical window track never gets cleaned and 99 percent of the time it has at least one dried dead fly or bug. Window tracks are rarely cleaned and often neglected because most people just don’t have the time to spend or don’t know an efficient way to make them look new again. By having the right window cleaning tools and systematic approach, you too can be a professional window track cleaner.

Get the right tools.

 

  1. A good vacuum cleaner with the right the crevice tool or brush attachment. Most standard retail vacuum cleaners come with attachment tools but if you don’t have an attachment, no worries!  Just use the end of the vacuum hose and get as close to the base of the window track as possible.
  2. A thin cleaning brush or an old toothbrush.
  3. A clean bucket of warm water with a slight squeeze of dish soap or Dawn Soap – GO GREEN!
  4. And finally two towels or two old rags. One towel will be a wet towel to clean excess dirt and the other towel will be designated to dry.  Make sure these two towels stay separate.
  • Take your vacuum + attachment and suck out all the loose debris in the window track. This includes all..

    1. Dead Flies
    2. Bugs
    3. Cob-webs
    4. Dust
    5. Dirt

Dip your skinny brush or old toothbrush in the soapy water. Use the wet brush and scrub the inside of the window track to loosen the dirt & debris.  Pay special attention to the corners to ensure all dirt is properly loosened by the soapy brush.

  • Then take your first towel and moisten in the soapy water. Make sure you squeeze all the excess water out. You don’t want to have the towel soaking wet, just damp enough to collect the loose dirt and dust.

    1. Take the moist towel and wipe down the inside of the window track where you previously used the brush to loosen the dirt.
    2. You may have to circle back and use the brush to loosen the dirt as you wipe down the window track with your wet towel.
    3. Repeat this step until you reach your desired results.

Take the dry towel and wipe down any water drips or wet spots in the window track. Then move to the next window in the room.

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Window and Glass Restoration

WINDOW RESTORATION:

Mineral Stain Removal

Not all glass windows can be restored when mineral staining and corrosion occurs, but Worried Bird Window Washing has products available that will almost certainly remove the entire window mineral staining problem.  However, if the glass is in Stage II corrosion, some of the panes may have to be replaced, but generally, our professional team of experts can save glass and restore windows.

Three window restoration choices:

  1. Do nothing, replace the glass later.
  2. “Clear” and “restore” all of the glass.
  3. “Clear” and possibly have to replace a few panes later, especially the ones that have progressed onto Stage II corrosion.

The 1st option is definitely going to be the most costly option out of the three, but Worried Bird wants to give the decision to the owners and property managers. Remember that the glass is already beyond normal cleaning methods and that window restoration and window clearing is the solution.   To prevent glass corrosion and mineral staining in the future, it is recommended to have proper window washing services be performed regularly. At Worried Bird, we are happy to set all of our customers up on a service plan. Not only will your windows last longer and look nicer the more often they are serviced, but you’ll save money from choosing one of our packages.   https://worriedbird.com/packages/

Q: How does corrosion occur?

A: Corrosion occurs when the pH (degree of alkalinity with seven as neutral) becomes too high (above nine). Hydrogen from water will mix with the sodium of soda lime glass to form sodium hydroxide, a strong alkali. Mineral deposits (lime, calcium, lead and salts), even detergent not thoroughly rinsed, will react with the chemical makeup of the glass causing corrosion. Acids are used to return the pH to neutral. There are two types of corrosion Stage I (light corrosion, little or no damage to glass) and Stage II (severe corrosion, damaged glass, etched glass).

Q: What is Stage II corrosion?

A: When the mineral deposits are no longer on the surface of the glass. The deposit has started to break down the molecular structure of the glass. This is evident when you remove the surface stain and etching or white hazing appears. This stage of window corrosion is also called glass “falling apart”.

Window Restoration – Professional Solutions:

Q: What type of products do you use to remove corrosion from glass?

A: We use a blend of acids and other specific proprietary ingredients that safely and effectively remove corrosion from glass.

Q: What is the product used for?

A: The product will remove hard water marks, exhaust from car and aircraft, run-off from unsealed masonry, acid rain, airborne pollution, and just about anything that has caused corrosion of the glass. The product is specifically used as a glass clearing agent and is not to be used as a window cleaner. The service performed is a window restoration service and should be treated as such.

Q: When does a window need to be replaced or window restoration ineffective?

A: If the damage to the glass is severe or if the corrosion has reached Stage II, there may be little any product can do to restore clarity to the glass. Most glass manufacturers recommend replacement when Stage II is reached.

Q: What can be done about Stage II corrosion?

A: Options are limited, remember, the damage is already done. The owner can replace the glass or you can use a rubbing compound that is time-consuming and labor-intensive. Both are expensive options.

 

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How To Tackle Hard Water Stains!

SICK OF THOSE HARD WATER STAINS ON YOUR GLASS SHOWER DOORS?

Stop staring at permanent mineral build-up that looks like irremovable scum and start staring through the glass as it was intended because glass maintenance works!

Here’s your MOST AFFORDABLE solution!

Worried Bird Window Washing glass restoration system will restore your badly damaged shower doors back to their original condition, saving you hundreds if not thousands of dollars.

  • Stop struggling with chemical cleaners that don’t work
  • Get rid of the stains instead of the glass doors
  • Show your bathroom guests that you care about your house
  • Look forward to taking a shower in a clean looking bathroom
  • Save yourself time and elbow grease from scrubbing without lasting results

 

After removing the hard water stains, we’ll leave your glass doors sparkling like freshly cleaned windows!
If your shower walls and doors used to be clear but no longer are, you should act quickly!

Calcium and magnesium deposits make up that gray haze you’re seeing and they’re not planning on going anywhere. Your glass can be or may already be permanently damaged.

 

Our glass restoration service will remove all surface stains including:

  • Lime
  • Mineral build-up
  • Soap scum
  • Surface hazing

Sealing your glass prevents new stains from forming and reduces cleaning time by as much as 90 percent. Check out the “EnduroShield” portion on our website. Our glass restoration service is an excellent way to protect your glass, enhance your shower experience, and maintain the equity in your home.

If you are selling your home, a shower door restoration is almost a necessity.  With the growing number of restorations Worried Bird Window Washing has performed, you cannot afford to show your home without first having your shower door restored.

Bring back the shower you deserve with Worried Bird Window Washing today!

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Make Your Home Look Ten Years Newer

Want to know a secret to make your home look ten years newer?  It’s screen repair. Yes, that’s right, screen repair. You know that screen door that has been ripped from your kids or dogs for a while now or the windows screens that are old and torn — those are the screens I am talking about.  You notice them and so does everybody else.

You will need to replace your window screen if it has been damaged or if it is close to breaking. Inspect the screen carefully, because it might have small holes that you can only see up close.  If the screen color has faded from black to gray, it needs to be replaced. The mesh screen should also be tight and not loose. These are all signs that your screen mesh should be replaced.

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We’ve asked dozens of clients how many years newer their homes looked after a screen repair was completed on 5 or more screens. 90% of those surveyed said 8-10 years newer!

This is a quick way to boost curb appeal & perceived equity in your home. If you have more than 3 screens on the front of your home a quick re-screening only costs about $25/screen and can be done in less than 30 mins.

Who knew for so little you could do so much??

Contact Worried Bird Window Washing for more information on screen repair!

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5 Benefits of Commercial Window Cleaning

The appearance of a storefront or facility is an important aspect of any business. And, commercial window cleaning services are a prime solution for enhancing the appeal of your company. By utilizing the right equipment and skills, professional cleaners can efficiently and effectively make your windows crisp, clear, and free of smears, but aesthetics aren’t the only advantage of properly cleaned glass. Here are five other benefits that should encourage every manager and entrepreneur to use a commercial and professional window cleaning provider.

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Enhance Productivity

If you task your employees with the responsibility of window cleaning, you take their focus away from the primary duties of their job, thus, they are less productive. Having a commercial window cleaning service do the job will allow those who work for you work without interruption for cleaning tasks.

Furthermore, it is difficult to work when there is dirt or clutter in the office. Employees will have to manage allergies, illness, and other reactions to these conditions, even affecting the number of sick days they utilize throughout the year.

Create a Positive Impression

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The first thing that a customer will notice about an office is its appearance. And, like it or not, appearances do matter in business. Cleanliness, or lack thereof, is often considered a reflection of how the office operates; so, if your facility is sloppy, how are your business practices?

Crisp and clear windows project an air of class, sophistication, and orderliness. They help create a positive and lasting impression with your customer or client and you can achieve this with help from professional commercial window cleaners.

Enhance Safety

Commercial cleaners are a prime resource for businesses because they are professionally trained and skilled for this type of task. In addition to this, they also own the proper equipment to perform the cleaning in a safe and efficient manner. They are knowledgeable about how to prep an area to prevent accidents, such as falling off of a ladder or breaking the glass of a window pane.

Asking your employees, who do not have the requisite knowledge to protect themselves, to clean windows can turn into a liability.

Promote Good Health

It should come as no surprise that a clean office is a healthy office. By maintaining clean windows, you remove the dust and dirt that glass panes often accumulate, which helps employees avoid complications of allergies or asthma. And, people are more willing to do more work when their environment is clean.

One of the most influential factors of employees’ health is indoor air quality (IAQ). The IAQ is what describes the impact of inside air on a person’s health, comfort, and ability to work. Temperature, humidity, poor ventilation, mold, or exposure to other chemicals, dirt, and grime are all contributing factors toward low IAQ. Clean windows are one way to mitigate risk of these indoor contaminants.

Proper Maintenance

Whether you own the building or lease it, proper maintenance is a key facet of operating a business. A window cleaning provider can help you successfully meet lease requirements.

Worried Bird Window Washing Can Help Your Business

Worried Bird can help your business—whether it’s a storefront, University campus or Business Complex—by providing premium commercial window cleaning services as well as other services that can further boost curb appeal.

Contact us today for a free estimate!

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Reasons to Hire a Professional Window Cleaner

One of the first things people notice about your home are the windows, and if you have dirty windows, it is extremely obvious! Having a professional window cleaning service increases the appearance of your home, which can be crucial when you’re trying to increase your curb appeal to sell your home or simply to wow your guests.

Worried Bird Window Washing Offers Unparalleled Residential Window Cleaning Services

The Worried Bird team has worked hard over the years to establish a name associated with trust, customer satisfaction, and clean windows to brighten your day!

Residential Window Cleaning Extends the Life of Your Windows

Cleaning your windows helps them last longer. Removing everyday dirt and grime will increase the lifespan of your windows. Over time, hard water, dirt and grime buildup can turn your windows cloudy. Regular cleaning will keep your windows clean and will help keep the build up away. Do you already have a hard time removing water, dirt, and grime buildup from your windows? We have a solution for that! We offer window restorations to make your windows look like new and save you thousands of dollars versus replacing them. Old aluminum screens will also gradually deteriorate over time as well, so you’ll need us to help keep them in tip-top shape! We can rescreen your window or door screens on site while we are there to clean your windows for you.

 

Window Cleaning is Tough!

Most importantly, window cleaning is a tough chore! It is usually procrastinated as much as possible since nobody wants to spend a day lugging a ladder around the home with a squeegee and mop bucket in tow. Worst of all, at the end of your long and labor-intensive day, you might end up staring up at windows stripped with ugly streaks. Squeegeeing requires more skill than you might think, and learning a new skill isn’t easy when you are already tiring yourself out moving your ladder and supplies into position.

Save yourself the trouble and the safety hazard by calling Worried Bird Window Washing.

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Get Ready for Winter

Get Ready For Winter 

Tip # 1 Mind Your Gutters

Cleaning your gutters is a small task that can prevent big problems later on.

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Did you know??

Clogged rain gutters can cause water damage to not only your roof, but your fascia (the board behind the gutter) and flood your basement as well. It will also prevent proper drainage so icy conditions are likely to occur on walk ways during the wintertime.
Clean them out now before undrained water freezes. This makes it almost impossible to scoop out after freezing temps occur regularly.

This dirty job can be hired out for only $1.5/ft to save you time and energy and putting your safety at risk. Only pay for the areas cleaned.

 

 

Tip # 2 – Latch all Windows & Open Draperies

This simple tip can save you $$$

By simply tightly latching the windows and opening your drapers at the correct time of day you can save as much as 25% of your heating costs. (Energy.Gov)

Just let the light in when the sun will shine directly inside and the close the drapers when they is NOT direct sunlight.

 

 

Tip # 3 – Turn Off Your Sprinklers

Now is the time to make adjustments

Spring will be a breeze if your sprinklers are working well. So take the time to winterize & drain the lines. While you’re at it, mark the heads along your driveway so the snowblower doesn’t take those babies out.

Adjust any that are spraying your windows too!
Hard water is ruining them right now if the overspray continues.

 

Tip # 4 – Pull in All your Screens

Make your home look 10 years newer

Increase their life span by keeping them out of the sun & extreme temperatures

Ice accelerates the deterioration of the protective coating around each fiberglass strand (Are yours going gray? Then pull them inside)

Get increased solar heat gain (more sunlight coming inside)

Solar heat gain helps reduce the workload of your heating system and can help save money on the seasonal heating costs.

 

 

Tip # 5 – Disconnect Your Hose

Don’t get caught leaving your hose connected

 

 

 

 

Disconnect

Drain

Protect, with a hose bib cover. These can be found at the local hardware store for a few dollars and will help insulate the faucet from the extreme cold.

 

 

 

Wishing You The Best This Holiday Season

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