Removing Hard Water stains
If you have a glass shower you’ve probably seen the build up of hard water and soap scum. Maybe your beautiful window gets hit with the sprinkler and now its not so beautiful. These things happen and over time layer upon layer gets built up until your glass reaches what we call the restoration side of Window Cleaning. With an extra step in your normal cleaning habits you can save money by curbing the damage caused by these elements.
Many times, on estimates one of the things that I pay attention to is the contamination on the glass, when it comes to hard water, we begin to leave the normal window washing, yes, we can remove it but at an additional cost. One of the steps we use is 0000 steel wool. Now this isn’t used for scrubbing pots as it is VERY fine, it also wont last more than one use, due to the fine fibers they are prone to rust at a high rate, using one after it rusts will not go well, odds are it will dissolve in your hand. Another important tip is to keep it wet, using dry can cause scratches on the glass. One recipe I find is simple is a little dish soap in water, this will provide proper lubrication as you go in a tight circular motion applying slight pressure over the area. Then clean as normal. Depending on the level of staining, you may have to repeat. For the exterior window use the exact same method, but we do recommend adjusting the sprinkler to where it no longer hits the window.
For extreme hard water, they have tools (much like a wax buffer for your car) that can be used with cerium oxide to remove the heavier levels. Regular maintenance will keep your glass looking great all year long. For service in the Knoxville area call Innovative Glass for all your window cleaning and pressure washing needs.
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As Spring approaches, we all begin to look forward to those back-yard BBQ’s, outdoor parties, gardening and just hang around outside. Then you look at your home and see green and black! It’s time to Pressure Wash!! Three ways this task can be tackled, A) buy a pressure washer and go the DIY method, B) Hire the guy down the street, C) hire a professional.
If you go the DIY method, you will find out VERY quickly that there are LOTS of choices in pressure washers, with price ranges from $300 - $1,500. Obviously, you don’t need the higher end of the spectrum, but is the lower end a good choice? Often, they do not put out enough GPM (gallons per minute) to do the job efficiently, you could spend ALL weekend cleaning your home. Then we get into chemicals, although you don’t need a degree in chemistry, using the wrong mixture can damage your home as well as the plants around. Then comes the ladder, this is VERY dangerous. Using a high-pressure wand on top of a ladder is a recipe for disaster. It won’t be a matter of if you will fall but when. The kick back can easily knock you off. Now we look at the machine, once your home is clean, there is a high probability that the next time you pull out the pressure washer, the pump will be corroded and unusable.
Hire the guy down the street may seem like a good idea, but what if he falls off the ladder? What if he uses too much pressure and damages my home? If something happens, does he have insurance, or will I be left holding the bill for damage or worst-case scenario medical bills…
Choosing a professional can be the best choice for many reasons. They have the right tools, when we pressure wash houses, we invest a lot of money to make sure your home is cleaned safely and efficiently. WE are covered under insurance if anything does go wrong. Often our machines can reach 3-4 stories from the ground. Not to mention You get to relax while We do the hard work. Every home we wash comes with a 1-year warranty from mold and algae. This route may seem expensive, but in the long run, it amounts to a few cents a day when you compare to how long a house wash will last. To learn more visit our Pressure Washing page
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