Splash Window Cleaning Earns Esteemed 2014 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Splash Window Cleaning Earns Esteemed 2014 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

 

Angie's List 2014 Service Award

 

Splash Window Cleaning has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2014.

 

“Only about 5 percent of the Window Cleaning companies in Dunwoody, GA have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.”

 

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2014 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

 

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality. Members can find the 2014 Super Service Certification logo next to company names in search results on AngiesList.com.

 

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Angie’s List helps facilitate happy transactions between nearly 3 million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly-rated service providers in 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of authentic reviews of local service, Angie’s List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.

 

CONTACT:  Cheryl Reed, 317-396-9134, cherylr@angieslist.com

Pressure Washing Tips and Instructions

Power washing, as a cleaning method, has been increasingly popular in the past several decades and will become even more popular in years to come. A lot of times people put too much effort into cleaning their cars, boats, patios, grills and the exteriors of their houses. By practicing these pressure washing tips you will overcome the burden and you will finish any of these jobs much faster than any of your neighbors. If you just follow these simple pressure washing basics, your home exterior cleaning will be short and painless process by using the right tools. Here are some valuable power washing tips:

1. Choosing nozzles and/or tips . For using pressure washer efficiently you need to choose the correct nozzle and/or tip. The majority of our machines come with interchangeable spray tips that serve two purposes. One is to lower the pressure and draw the detergent; and the other is for high pressure rinse at the different spray angles. Our pressure washers come with several color-coded tips/nozzles (red, yellow, green, and white) that vary from 0 degrees to 40 degrees. As a general rule the smallest angle delivers the most powerful “punch.” For example, it you want to remove a stubborn smudge from you driveway you will use a 0 degree angle. However, if you want to move debris (such as leaves, sand, etc.) away from your house you will use a wider angle such as 25 or 45 degree nozzle. Caution: be sure the nozzle/tip is completely attached before using the trigger gun. Failure to do so may result in the tip becoming the projectile and may be lost or it may damage the property and/or harm persons.

2. Using chemicals. Use only chemicals and pressure washer cleaning solutions that are approved for pressure washer use. We offer a Super Film Remover and Citrus Degreaser. Super Film Remover is mainly used for car washing and light dirt or road film. Citrus Degreaser is used for removing heavy greaser and industrial cleaning. All of our pressure washers come with the detergent injector, which allows for continuous, uninterrupted flow of the cleaning solution into the water stream. If you buy unapproved detergents they may not be environmentally friendly and they may be dangerous for pressure washer components. One solution might work well for the concrete, but it could harm the wood.

3. Testing the power. Test your pressure washer for its power. The best is to start spraying few feet away from any object. Slowly bring your wand to 3-4 feet distance from the surface you want to clean. Move your wand side-to-side a couple of times and check if the surface is clean. If additional cleaning is needed, move your wand gradually closer to the surface (approx. 1-2 feet). The reason for the gradual cleaning is because pressure washers are extremely powerful and if you start too close you could damage the object instead of cleaning it.

4. Planning what to clean. Be careful when spraying around windows, postage box, flowers, vents, eaves, or light fixtures. They can break or become damaged if aimed directly at them. In addition, keep the trigger gun pointed downwards so that you don’t spray under the siding. This will prevent the siding from collapsing. Also, be cautious when cleaning the edges around the windows. Small, unnoticeable holes can leak water inside your home. In order to prevent this check for any holes, dents and scratches on the frame of the window.

5. Pressure washing. Pressure washing is similar to painting. If you get into “happy mode” you may start spraying everything and everywhere. These random power wash sprayings are not thorough and detailed, they will make you miss spots and you will waste your time by cleaning places twice. To overcome this, spray horizontally with smooth left to right movements. In one strike cover 3-4 feet wide area. To prevent streaking, start from the top and work your way down to the bottom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

6. Pausing before rinsing. Since you used the cleaning solution, you have to give time for it to do its job. You should allow 5 to 10 minutes for the detergent to start dissolving the dirt, but do not let it sit too long so that it dries out. When ready to rinse start at the top and work towards the bottom until entire area is detergent free.

Window Terminology: The Difference Between Muntins and Mullions

Window Terminology: The Difference Between Muntins and Mullions

Posted on November 21, 2012 By acarman

 

When you’re looking for new windows for your home, knowing as much as you can about windows will help you shop with confidence.  Knowing the proper terminology for the parts of a window will aid communication and understanding when you’re discussing different options for your home.

Two terms that are often confused with each other are “muntin” and “mullion.”  They refer to similar parts of the window, but once you know the difference it is easy to keep them straight.

A muntin is a strip of material, often wood, plastic, or aluminum, that holds panes of glass inside the larger frame of the window.  When window panes needed to be made of smaller pieces of glass, they were a necessary feature for holding the window together.  Today, muntins are more of a decorative feature for traditionally-styled homes rather than a necessary feature.

Additionally, today you will commonly see removable, single piece muntins as a design element to mimic the traditional look of individual lites. These one-piece muntins may be made of wood and snap over the single large piece of glass on the interior of a window to make it appear to be multiple smaller pieces of glass.

Permanently attached simulated divided lites are another design elements in today’s windows. Sierra Pacific Window’s interior simulite bars are made from clear Ponderosa Pine or Douglas Fir (or other species as requested) and  are available in either Colonial or Contemporary profiles in three widths: 7/8″, 1 5/16″ or 2″.  The exterior simulite bar is made of extruded aluminum on our clad product or the appropriate species of wood on our wood exterior products. Insulated units with simulite are standard with an internal shadow bar to give the appearance  of authentic divided lites.

Windows with Muntins

Mullions, on the other hand, refer to the joint where two or more windows are joined or “mulled” together. This joint may offer structural support between windows or may simply be an architectural design element.  Windows may be installed in a building as single units or as multiple units of two or more windows joined or “mulled” together in larger openings.

Windows with Mullions

For more information on buying new windows for your home, feel free to contact Sierra Pacific Windows at 888-612-9957 in Colorado and 800-824-7744 in the Western United States.

Cleaning Tips for Allergy and Asthma Sufferers

Cleaning Tips for Allergy and Asthma Sufferers

This article has been reviewed by Thanai Pongdee, MD, FAAAAI

These simple steps may reduce your risk of developing allergy and asthma symptoms when you clean:

Kitchen
Use an exhaust fan on a regular basis to remove cooking fumes and reduce moisture. Place garbage in a can with an insect-proof lid and empty trash daily. Store food—including pet food—in sealed containers, and discard moldy or out-of-date items.

Each week, mop the floor and wipe cabinets, backsplashes and appliances. Clean cabinets and countertops with detergent and water, and check for plumbing leaks. Wipe up moisture in the refrigerator to avoid mold growth.

Empty and clean drip pans and clean or replace moldy rubber seals around doors. Wash the dish rack, and wipe the light switch plates, phone and inside of the garbage can.

Seasonally, empty and scrub down the inside of the refrigerator and the utensil drawers. Scrub down the cupboard exteriors and clean the stove-hood filter.

Living Areas
Encase pillows, mattresses and box springs in dust-mite-proof covers. Wash sheets, pillowcases and blankets weekly in 130o F water. Remove, wash or cover comforters.

Clean carpeting weekly with a vacuum cleaner that has a small-particle or HEPA filter. Wash area rugs and floor mats, and mop hard surface flooring weekly. Use curtains made of cotton or synthetic fabric. Wash seasonally.

Keep windows closed and use air conditioning during pollen season. Clean mold and condensation from window frames and sills with a solution of chlorine bleach (3/4 cup chlorine bleach to 1 gallon of water). Always wear a protective mask when cleaning mold.

Remove anything that collects dust, such as knickknacks and books. Store toys, games and stuffed animals in plastic bins. Keep pets out of the bedroom. Bathing animals twice a month may reduce allergens.

Hot, humid houses are breeding grounds for dust mites and mold. Maintain temperature at 70o F and relative humidity at 30 to 50%. Clean or replace small-particle filters in central heating and cooling systems and in-room air conditioners at least once a month.

Control cockroaches and mice with traps from the hardware store, or hire a professional exterminator. To prevent re-infestation, seal cracks or other entryways.

Bathroom
An exhaust fan can reduce moisture while taking baths or showers. Remove carpeting if possible and use wood or linoleum flooring. Use washable rugs. Remove wallpaper and install tile, or paint walls with mold-resistant enamel paint.

Towel-dry the tub and enclosure after use. Scrub mold from tub and faucets. Clean or replace moldy shower curtains and bathmats. Quickly repair any leaks.

Basement
Basements can be a challenge. Not only can they be damp and dusty, but they can also harbor rodents or mold. Always wear gloves and a mask when cleaning a basement that has either of these problems. If vacuuming, empty the bag outside, while still wearing a mask, and place it directly into a trash bag, tie and put in the trash container immediately.

Remove moldy or water-damaged carpeting. If possible, use cement or linoleum flooring. If that isn’t an option, use low-pile instead of high-pile carpeting and use a vacuum cleaner that has a small-particle or HEPA filter weekly. Install plastic sheeting (vapor barrier) under carpeting to prevent moisture seepage.

Check for and repair any sources of leaks or water damage. A dehumidifier can reduce dampness – clean it once a week. Use an exhaust fan to vent moisture from a clothes dryer outside.

Mildew
Wash concrete floors and walls with a solution of bleach and water (see above). Allow the solution to sit for five minutes, then rinse and dry. Always wear rubber gloves when working with bleach or vinegar solutions.

If you have a section of carpet with mold or mildew, clean the back of the carpet with one part hydrogen peroxide to five parts water. If possible, remove the carpet and place it outside in the sun to dry. If not, prop the section up and use a fan to dry the area.

If you have mold or mildew on basement walls, use one of the solutions listed below to clean, but you must also remove the moisture from the area. Use a dehumidifier or fans to circulate the air, and open windows if possible.

Cleaning Option 1: Straight vinegar sprayed on the walls. Don’t rinse, just air dry.

Cleaning Option 2: Mix 2 cups vinegar, 2 cups very hot water, 1/2 cup salt and 2 cups borax. Apply solution to area and allow it to sit for 30 minutes. Apply the solution again, scrubbing with a soft bristled brush and rinse well with plain water.

Quick Tip: Cleaning Your Gutters

Whether you do it yourself or hire a pro, cleaning gutters is a critical task that can prevent future water damage.

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Don’t Ignore Your Gutters
While it’s a job many of us would love to ignore, gutter cleaning is an important twice-a-year ritual all homeowners need to adopt. When clogged gutters overflow, they can cause ice dams on the roof that force water inside your house. They can also get so heavy that they’ll pull the gutters loose and rot the trim and siding. Even if your gutter doesn’t fill to overflowing each season, leaving any decaying debris in there is an invitation to carpenter ants and mosquitoes. If you have a lot of trees around your house, you might want to clean your gutters even more frequently.

Cleaning Your Gutters
There are lots of ways to do the cleaning. You can find inventions like tongs on an extension pole, shop vacuums with gutter nozzles or even a remote-controlled gutter-running robot. But most methods eventually involve getting on a ladder. If you have gutters above the first story or aren’t comfortable on a ladder, you’re better off hiring a pro.

DIY Gutter Cleaning
To clean your gutters yourself, wear gloves, a dust mask, and safety goggles. Make sure your ladder is well-footed at all times and use a ladder stabilizer, or stand-off, to keep from denting and damaging your gutters. Scoop the debris into a garbage bag with a garden trowel, then rinse toward the downspout with a high-pressure nozzle on your hose and scrub it clean. Try to avoid spattering the siding in the process. Next, clear the downspouts with a hose or auger. Installing leaf strainers at the drain tops will cut down on the large clogs.

Maintaining Your Gutters
When it rains, check for leaks and mark them with a china marker so you can patch holes or correct pitch problems when it’s dry. There’s debate about whether gutter caps or screens are worth the investment of up to $7 a running foot. Because nothing keeps all debris out, you still have to have your gutter cleaned every couple of years at least, and screens and caps make it much more difficult and expensive to do it.

Heart Bird Feeder

Heart Bird Feeder

 

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Give your feathered friends a little love this winter with a yummy birdseed ornament. The kids will love watching the birds gobble it up, so hang this sweet tweet from a branch outside the kitchen window.

Best for kids age: 3 and up
What you’ll need: ¾ cup birdseed, 1 small packet of Knox gelatin, string or raffia, heart-shaped mold

How to make it: Dissolve the gelatin in a ¼ cup of water and bring to a simmer, stirring until dissolved. Let cool slightly. Add the birdseed and mix well. Spoon the seeds in to the mold until it’s half full and then pack it down firmly. Lay a piece of string on the seed and fill it the rest of the way. Let it dry for a few days, pop out of the mold and hang outside for the birds to enjoy.

Valentine Heart Necklaces

Valentine Heart Necklaces

Valentine Heart Necklaces

 
Original recipe makes 30 cookies

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 3 drops red food coloring
  • 2 1/4 ounces colored candy sprinkles
  • 60 long red vine licorice

Directions

  1. Cream 1 cup butter or margarine and 3/4 cup white sugar together. Blend in egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and grated lemon peel. Sift together 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour and baking powder. Add to creamed mixture and blend well. Cover and refrigerate dough for approximately 2 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  3. Roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Use a floured heart shaped 1 to 2 inch cookie cutter and cut dough into heart shapes. Place the cut-out hearts on greased cookie sheets.
  4. Using the drinking straw, make a hole at the top center of each heart before baking. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes until very lightly browned. Cool the cookies on a wire rack.
  5. To Make Butter Frosting: Mix 3 cups confectioners’ sugar and 1/3 cup butter together. Stir in 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract and 2 tablespoons milk. Beat until smooth making sure frosting is of spreading consistency. Stir in food coloring to create a pink or red colored frosting, if desired.
  6. After cookies have cooled, frost and decorate them with nonpareils, sprinkles, dragees, or colored sugar. Use a toothpick to dislodge the hole, if necessary. Let the frosting dry.
  7. To make a necklace, tie the ends off of two pieces of red colored licorice with a knot. Thread it through the hole at the top center of the cookie. Tie the other ends off with another knot to create a “chain.” Makes approximately 30 heart necklaces.

What to Look for in a Window Cleaner

What to look for in a window cleaner
We often find new customers coming to us because they have had problems with their previous window cleaner. Here is some advice and what to look for when choosing a window cleaner.

  • Reliability – Will the window cleaner turn up when they are supposed to?
  • Insurance – Does the window cleaner have adequate public liability and accident insurance?
  • Safety – Does the window cleaner take health and safety seriously?
  • Honesty – Can you trust your window cleaner to be around your property?
  • Professionalism – Does the window cleaner take the job seriously?

Reliability

This is the biggest complaint of customers. They take on a window cleaner and after a while he disappears or turns up when he likes. The weather does not make it easy to keep to a strict time table, sometimes it just is not possible to clean windows but at the same time disappearing for weeks on end is not acceptable. It shows no respect for customers leaving them wondering whether their window cleaner will turn up again. At Splash Window Cleaning we will turn up on your specific day, unless we have been beaten back by the weather. We are not ‘Jack the Lad’ who disappears when the fancy takes him. We are reliable and reliably good job.