Preventing Carpet Stains Before They Happen

February 20, 2018 | Posted in American Window Cleaning | By

Carpets need to be cleaned from time to time no matter what. Even if they seem clean and you can’t recall ever spilling anything on them, they acquire dirt, dust, bacteria, and more over the years. Vacuuming helps, but a more deep, professional clean needs to happen, too. Taking action and preventing stains before they happen is worth the effort, too. Prevention makes carpet care much better in the long term.

Invest in Protectant

Most carpets come with some stain defense. You can have more added, however. In fact, it’s a good idea to check with your carpet manufacturer about when to re-apply carpet protection, and what kind. You can also talk to your carpet cleaning pros about what sort of protection to use.

Immediate Clean-Up

Never let spills sit for long if you can help it. Get up and get that spilled wine immediately. The longer it sits, the more chance it has to soak in, and the harder it is to get out. Even if you have carpet protection, it’s not fool-proof. You still need to get to that stain as soon as possible.

Blot, Don’t Scrub

Scrubbing out spots from the carpet is almost a reflex. Try to resist. Blot that newly-spilled spot. When you apply cleaner, let is sit, and then blot again. Make sure you always rinse, too. Finally, dry thoroughly. You want everything to come out somehow.

Hire Professionals

If you got your stains out, great. Preventing carpet stains goes a long way, too. However, your carpet still needs to be cleaned. You can invest in your own washer, but for that deep-clean once in a while, you need pros. That’s where American Window Cleaning comes in. We specialize in upholstery and carpet cleaning, too. Call us when your carpet needs a real clean.

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Professional Window Cleaning vs. Professional Maid Services

February 12, 2018 | Posted in American Window Cleaning | By

There are a lot of available cleaning services out there to make your life easier. You can hire professionals to clean almost anything in your home or workplace. They may specialize in a single task, or a few tasks, or they may offer an overall clean. Maid services generally do the latter, and they can offer very helpful services that make life a lot easier. There is a difference, however, between the sort of window cleaning your standard maid services might perform, and what professional window cleaners like those from American Window Cleaning offer.

Standard vs. Thorough

Your maid service will do an excellent job at whatever they do. However, their services only extend so far because they have to cover so much ground. They simply can’t spend a lot of time on one single task. So, while your windows will look a bit better when they’re finished, they won’t be cleaned as thoroughly as they would if a professional window cleaning service cleaned them.

Professional window cleaners have equipment and techniques for a much more thorough, lasting clean. Plus, their job is to spend all their time on those windows. That means more work done in general. They will go much deeper than standard cleaning jobs.

Plus, the tools professionals use are much better suited for that deep clean. While even time-tested cleaning solutions—trusted over-the-counter brands, vinegar, newspaper, lint-free paper towels, etc.—can leave streaks and dirt, those who specialize in cleaning windows know how to avoid those streaks. They get at all the dirt hiding where your other services simply don’t have time to clean.

When you need help cleaning your entire home, turn to your favorite maid service. When you need your windows cleaned so that they are almost new, call for professional window cleaning from American Window Cleaning.

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Reasons to Hire Professional Glass Cleaning Services

January 27, 2018 | Posted in American Window Cleaning | By

Unless you enjoy cleaning generally—which some people do—the idea of cleaning glass is probably not a fun one. It’s extra effort, and since you probably have a lot of glass in your home—windows, shower stalls, TVs, tables, and more—you could be in for a lot of work if you plan on cleaning all your glass thoroughly. Easing your workload is just one reason to hire professional glass cleaning services.

Sticky Residues

Have you ever tried to scrape stickers off of glass? It can be a frustrating mess. Often, water simply won’t do the trick. You need extra cleaners, or special substances to help you. Sometimes, however, those substances only make things sticker, and messier. You could end up merely spreading things around and dirtying the glass. A professional knows how to skip all those problematic steps and get glass clean the first time.

Streaks

Everyone has their preferred methods for cleaning glass. Some insist that vinegar and newspaper are the best options. Others love certain brands of glass cleaners. There are innumerable blogs online insisting they have the secrets to clean glass. In the end, streaks are still possible, no matter what you use. Some things work better than others, but it depends upon what makes the glass dirty to start. Let a professional worry about making sure that the glass is streak-free, not matter how much cleaning it takes.

Lasting Effects

Does it ever seem as though your glass never stays clean? One moment, you think you have cleaned it perfectly, the very next day, it’s back to being dirty. It’s frustrating. Let professionals clean your glass, and that clean will last longer. Not only that, you’ve saved yourself the energy so that it doesn’t seem quite so bad if it gets dirty again.

This is all why we offer professional glass cleaning services. Call American Window and Carpet Cleaning today.

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Hire a Professional for Power Washing

January 21, 2018 | Posted in American Window Cleaning | By

Have you noticed that things around your home have become dingy? Take a look at your home’s siding, your walkways and driveways, your garage doors, etc. Does looking at it make you wish you could scrub it all away? You can; power washing is capable. Of course, you could try to power wash your home yourself, but there are so many benefits to hiring a professional for your power washing.

A Dark Driveway

Do you see dark spots and patches on your driveway? You probably don’t need a new driveway, you just need a good power washing. A strong power rinse can remove even the darkest stains on concrete. Whether it’s mildew, layers of dirt, oil, grime, and anything else the environment or cars have deposited on your driveway, a professional can powerwash those things away. You might be surprised how much of a difference it could make in your home’s exterior appearance.

Slimy Siding

Is your home’s siding looking a bit overgrown by moss, or mold? Is it simply dirty-looking? Pressure washing acts liking siding restoration when done properly. Mold and mildew can build on your home, and other buildings. However, with professional pressure washing, your siding can look entirely new.

Our power washing services are thorough. Our team members know how to use the equipment for the best possible results. When necessary, we use cleansers, but they are gentle and safe so as not to harm your home or driveway, or any other place to be washed. We never leaves residues. We always rinse things clean.

Call American Window and Carpet Cleaning. We clean more than windows and carpets. We will power wash your driveway, patio, siding, and anywhere that needs it. Our power washing services will keep your home’s exterior looking bright and clean.

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Carpet Cleaning in Winter

December 30, 2017 | Posted in American Window Cleaning | By

The winter, like any season, brings new things into your home and your carpet. Moisture, dirt, and more will get tracked into your home. Your carpet could get pretty dirty, which is a problem since the holidays are a time when you want to stay home with family. Even if your winter is not very cold, carpet cleaning in winter is still a good idea.

Benefits of Winter Carpet Care

When the weather is cooler, you’ll work up less of a sweat cleaning your home. If you have your carpet cleaned, those cool temperatures facilitate faster drying times. In fact, drying times could go down by half, which means you can enjoy your clean carpet sooner.

Most of us spend our holidays with loved ones. You want anyone in your home to feel comfortable, which means having a clean home. Clean carpets not only look nice, they feel nice, too. The act of cleaning also improved air quality and scent, which is great for anyone in your home.

A professional clean is always a great thing. Of course, it can be more difficult to book that cleaning appointment because of the holidays; sometimes because appointments are taken, and sometimes because your professional carpet cleaners need time off to spend with their own families, too. When the new year comes, they’ll be busy with appointments for people who want to start the new year with a clean carpet. So, don’t wait; book that carpet cleaning appointment as soon as possible.

Consider carpet cleaning in winter. Enjoy your holidays in a little more comfort and start your new year with better-looking, smelling, and feeling carpet. You and your family will appreciate it, and it will be one less thing to do while you’re starting your year. Let American Window and Carpet Cleaning help.

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Fixing Window Drafts

December 23, 2017 | Posted in American Window Cleaning | By

Cool and cold weather that comes with winter can be a nice break from the warmer temperatures. Of course, you don’t want to sit in the cold all the time. You also don’t want to overwork your heater. Window drafts can cause both of these things. Have you checked your windows for leaks and drafts, lately? They could be affecting your home’s warmth and your utility bills. Try these tips for repairing window drafts.

Weatherstripping

Weatherstrips are classic and easy ways to block those drafts. You can find them at any hardware store and they are very easy to use. All you need is to read a few instructions; they’re often so simple that you don’t need to read much. Sometimes, they are all you need to stop those cold drafts.

Foam Tape

Foam tape is another easy method for blocking cold air. It is self-adhesive and it’s particularly useful if your window or frame has warped at all. It flexes to fit the space and creates a snug blockage against the wind.

Thick Curtains

You want to get those drafts fixed at some point; it’s not good for that extra air to make its way into your home. However, sometimes you need a more temporary solution. Thick curtains are just that. They block the cold air and help retain heat. They can also be a nice decorative addition to your windows.

A Fabric Snake

A tube of cloth and some rice also make a good temporary solution. If your drafty window leaks at the bottom, place a fabric snake, or draft snake there. It’s a simple, quick fix—a weighted tube of fabric that stays there and blocks the air.

There are plenty of ways to fix those window drafts. And, remember to call American Window and Carpet Cleaning to help keep your windows looking their best.

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Cleaning Windows in Fall and Preparing for Winter

November 30, 2017 | Posted in American Window Cleaning | By

Fall is here and winter is well on its way. Both seasons bring about environment changes that affect all parts of your life in some way. It’s time to start cleaning windows and clearing up the messes of falling leaves, and the dirt and grime in gutters, and window sills and tracks. You do this to prevent bigger, more lasting grime on your windows, but to be ready for potential drops in temperature over the winter.

Do a Thorough Wash

No one wants to be outside cleaning windows in the cold weather. So, do it now. If you don’t, the dirt and debris will collect, and possible gather moisture, and may freeze over the winter. This can cause scratches on your windows, too. For big window washing jobs, hire a professional to clean them before the temperatures start dropping.

Leaks and Sealing

A cold draft can prevent you from getting warm and comfortable when it’s cold outside. Drafts are not only annoying, they can throw off your home’s overall temperature and affect your utility bills. As you clean your windows, check for leaks and escaping, or incoming air. You can use a candle to sense small drafts. Have any leaks you may find sealed immediately so you can focus on staying warm this winter.

Other Problems

As you clean and check for leaks, you may discover other problems. Do not wait until spring to fix those. Even if you have to apply temporary solutions to get you through the winter, do something immediately. You do not want cold weather, frost, ice, and other related problems to worsen whatever issue you find; it may only cost you more to fix, later.

We clean your windows so that you don’t have to, and that includes preparing them for winter. Call American Window today and schedule your pre-winter window cleaning.

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Try a Professional Sofa Cleaning for Your Old Couch

November 26, 2017 | Posted in American Window Cleaning | By

Do you ever look at your sofa and wish you could replace it because it’s so old, or dirty? Investing in a new sofa is often expensive, and so you may be avoiding the purchase and trying to ignore how filthy your sofa seems to you. There is another option, however–professional sofa cleaning.

Professional Sofa Cleaning

You can have a much cleaner sofa with the help of professional cleaners. Unless your sofa is in the worst possible condition, most old, dirty couches can be cleaned and made to appear almost new. Professional cleaners can take your filthy sofa and deep clean it. Though well-used sofas take some of the hardest abuse of all furniture in our lives and collect a lot of dirt, dust, and more, this filth can be overcome by a thorough professional clean.

Professionals will perform what measures are needed to clean your sofa thoroughly, but also safely so as not to cause damage. A dry vacuuming picks up dust on and near the surface of the sofa. Professionals have powerful vacuums that reach places yours may not.

Once the sofa is vacuumed, it can be cleansed with water and a cleaning solution. Getting a piece of furniture wet can cause additional damage, which is why it is best to let the professionals handle it. Your technician can wash the sofa and then dry it with tools that extract the moisture better than you might be able to with your standard materials.

Once the sofa is cleaned, a protective coating is often applied to protect it from further stains. Then, you no longer have your comfy old couch; you have your clean, comfy old couch. At American Window and Carpet Cleaning, we do more that windows and carpets. We’ll tack your upholstery and sofa, too. Calls us today and let us renew your old couch.

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The Basics of Carpet Stain Defense

October 12, 2017 | Posted in American Window Cleaning | By

Stains are among the top concerns for carpet owners. Sometimes, the very possibility of those stains puts people off owning carpets at all. That is why carpet manufacturers advertise carpet stain defense. There are a number of protection brands on the market—Scotchguard, Teflon, etc. The question is: do they work?

They’re not magic.

It is important to understand that, like any other service or product, carpet protection is never perfect. It only works well if it is applied and used properly. Protects work by clinging to the carpet or upholstery fibers. It is meant to form a soft coating so that the carpet’s texture and feel isn’t affected. While the protection can be very helpful, the softness creates a downside, too; the coating will not last forever and it’s only helpful to a degree.

Carpet stain defense works by creating a barrier between liquids and other things that may stain, and the carpet. It gives you more time to blot and clean. Your carpet can still be stained if the spill is left too long, and liquids can still affect it. The stain, however, will probably not be permanent, or as difficult to clean, assuming you reach it within a reasonable amount of time.

Some liquids might even bead on the surface, depending upon their density, which makes for very easy cleanup. Overall, carpet stain defense can be a great addition to your carpet. Some carpets come with it, others you must apply yourself. For the best results, you should reapply as often as is recommended by the manufacturer.

Have stains make it past your carpet’s defense. Call us at American Window and Carpet Cleaning.

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Keeping Windows Clean When Professionals Aren’t Around

September 29, 2017 | Posted in American Window Cleaning | By

If people could afford to hire a professional to keep up with all cleaning tasks at their homes every single day, they might. However, most people cannot. That is why they hire someone when they can, and do the rest themselves between visits. So, for those days when you have to keep those windows clean on your own, here are some tips.

Find a cleaning solution that works for you.

Often, different people swear by different products. Some claim that the standard, well-known brands of glass cleaner work well for them. Others love vinegar, and other home-made, natural cleaners. You should use whatever makes you comfortable and does the job to your satisfaction.

Get a good squeegee.

Though cloth and paper towels, and even newspaper will make your windows look a bit better with the right solution, they can still leave streaks and residue. A good squeegee is often more useful. It also requires less work on your part; rather than rubbing up and down, back and forth, and in circles, you can get almost every drop off the glass with a single swipe, and then move to the next part of the window.

Clean other parts of the window.

Dirt travels, and when you clean your window, there will be wet corners and crevices full of dirt and debris. Make certain to clean those areas, too. It will help your freshly cleaned windows remain that way longer.

Start with a professional clean.

If you do need to clean your windows between visits from a professional cleaner, the job will be much easier for you if your windows started out with a professional clean. The more thoroughly you clean your windows, the longer they will remain so. When the time comes for an intense, lasting clean, call us at American Window. We know how to give you a truly great clean that will leave you with little to nothing to clean until our next visit.

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