Washing windows without streaks – dream or reality?

Washing windows without streaks is the dream of every housewife. Wet cleaning of windows is recommended once every three months. However, if the apartment is not happy with its location on the ground floor, or there is an industrial zone near the dwelling, window cleaning will have to be carried out much more often.

How to choose a detergent?

Washing windows without streaks means choosing the right detergent. The modern market now provides housewives with a huge variety of them, so the choice should depend on the type of windows:

  • For windows with painted wood frames, soapy water, liquid soap, or any liquid cleaner will work. Housewives who are fans of folk methods, or those who are concerned about the question of how to wash windows without detergent, can opt for an ordinary aqueous solution of ammonia (in a liter of water – 2 tablespoons). Avoid using baking soda as it makes the paint fade.
  • If the windows in the house or apartment are plastic, then you will have to abandon the coarse washcloth and abrasive powders – they can damage the sensitive material, which is vulnerable to mechanical stress.
  • Washing plastic windows without streaks requires a special approach, it is better to entrust this mission with a liquid detergent.

Window cleaning accessories

The work uses a regular sponge and a solution with a cleaning agent.

The second in line is window glass. This stage involves removing the main contaminants from the glass. To do this, prepare a new solution, add detergent and foam. Then apply it with a rag, sponge or window squeegee to the glass part of the window. Particularly persistent and stubborn dirt is soaked for 2-3 minutes.

The next step is to change the water to clean water and thoroughly wash off all the dirty foam from the glass. Dirt should be tried to be driven down with a sponge or rag. At the end of the work, it is recommended to run a rag along the entire perimeter of the window – this will help get rid of dirt accumulated at the junction of the frame and glass.

The next step is to remove moisture and dry the glass. To do this, you can use a window mop with various attachments: a rubberized one will help get rid of excess moisture, a soft one – wipe dry. If this tool is not available, you can use flannel dry rags or rags of any soft, lint-free material, only they will need a sufficiently large number. At the same stage, you can apply another time-tested method – washing the windows with a newspaper. Rubbing the windows with crumpled newspapers will help remove streaks, sand the glass surface and contribute to a beautiful shine.

Exterior Window Cleaning with Guarantee

Exterior Window Cleaning with Guarantee

Excellent services to make windows clean from outside is just near you to solve this bothersome domestic problem! Let yourself focus on some more important things instead of climbing ladders and washing windows. Rejuvenate your house with the experienced team of Big Apple!

Let’s admit this fact: exterior windows cleaning is a laborious, tough, risky and time-consuming job. And even if you finally find time, buy cleaning products and prepare necessary tools to tackle this task, you will hardly be fully satisfied with the result. The most obvious solution is professional services covered by warrantee. It’s not so expensive to make your house more appealing! And quite often – less expensive than dealing with the aftermath of DIY washing…

Why ordering from Big Apple?

Exterior Window Cleaning with Guarantee
  • Properly licensed and insured

The company of your choice should be responsible enough to get through the trouble of getting a license. If it did, it means that the company truly cares about its business and clients, and also plans to keep its position in the market for long. Do not also hesitate to ask if the workers are properly insured. Exterior windows cleaning is a risky undertaking and incidents are possible, although rare. If it happens on your territory with the worker who is not covered by insurance, who do you think he will come after? The company that refused to compensate this risk? Nope!

  • Feedback from clients

It’s always best to find out about the service provider from your friend, colleague or a family member. The one you can trust. Always pay attention to the impression of previous customers when you choose the service provider. Reliable firms that entered the market years ago are always covered by reviews in the web. In New York Big Apple company has a wonderful reputation confirmed by positive testimonials on review sites and its own official website. To have even more confidence, do contact some authors of positive reviews via emails or phone.

  • History of the company

Avoid firms that opened just yesterday. The results of their work can be disastrous. And it will be you to deal with the aftermath as the firm can simply disappear the following day. The longer a company is in business, the bigger the chances are to be satisfied with the job. Such companies, as Big Apple, already know how to meet expectations of customers, avoid risks and incidents, optimize logistics, choose the best cleaning products and tools. To put it shortly, it knows how to make you happy.

  • Services Included

When you hire residential cleaning services, you should know what you pay for and protect yourself from extra fees. In Big Apple you always get the final cost before the arrival of the working team to your location.

  • Background check for employees

Even if those guys simply come, do their work and leave, clients want them to be punctual, polite and neat, not only qualified to do this job. We always check the background of our workers before sending them to your property. Besides, Big Apple does not have staff turnover – our employees are motivated to stay.

  • Safety training for employees

Exterior window cleaning is a risky job. It does not happen often but people are not 100% safe from falling off ladders. Big Apple cares about its team and does everything to do windows cleaning in a safe manner. All employees are properly trained and provided with safety equipment.

Safe, efficient and affordable windows cleaning in NY

The result of our work is always a better-looking home. At the same time, we also take measures to ensure a smooth and safe working process. We fully trust our workers as they have been helping to make your living spaces look brighter and cleaner for years. If you still have any questions related to this type of services, do contact us via email or phone! Get the job done and covered by the guarantee of the perfect result – safely, efficiently and at fair price!

Outdoor Window Cleaning – Quick and Reliable Services From Big Apple

Outdoor Window Cleaning – Quick and Reliable Services From Big Apple

Do you want to see through your windows as if no glass between you and the surrounding landscape? Let us make the eyes of your house clean and absolutely transparent – your house is going to be as cozy as ever. You can truly let that sunshine in!

Freshly cleaned windows make any house brighter and more inviting. But residents often ignore this part of work when they do the house. It’s not hard to understand though. Windows cleaning is the laborious work that takes hours when done by home owners. The worst thing that soon after they finish the work, they see stains on the glass and either give up or repeat all the stages of the cleaning process. Why would certainly envy those who got used to trust this time-consuming job to a specialized team – their perfectly clean windows are in the optimal condition!

Residential window washing you can afford

No, seriously! You surely have many other important things to do! Spending time with a family, finishing some business projects, seeing those you haven’t see for ages. Do you really want to waste this time on cleaning those dirty windows? Our company is a well-reputed New York based company that will always save you from windows cleaning routine. The process does not take much time when performed by our guys. It is fully tailored to your lifestyle.

Okay, how much?

The main factor to influence the final cost of windows cleaning is time, of course. If you want the job to be done faster, please, remove all those souvenirs, cacti, books and toys from the sills in advance. No! We don’t mind to do this too as well as to bring them back when the work is done but it will make the process longer and the services – more expensive. These are some other factors that can influence the cost:

  • Special equipment required for safety of workers.

Safety truly goes first. Some projects cannot be implemented in the absence of special fall restraint equipment – belts, harnesses, door stoppers etc. It takes time to prepare these things. No so long, though.

  • Obstacles or other factors preventing windows from opening

When windows do not properly open due to any reason (stuck, painted, damaged, neglected for long etc.), our specialists will initially need to solve this problem before they start cleaning. So it means they spend more time you have to pay for.

  • Type of glass

Cleaning windows with plain glass is cheaper than ones with multi-plane glass. Be ready to pay a higher price for cleaning French-style windows or other types of windows with multiple panes.

  • Level of contamination

Those windows that have not been cleaned for years need more attention and care now. Long exposed to dirt accumulation and chemical reactions, they may need not only cleaning but also some restoration. Wash your windows on a regular basis to avoid damages and prolong the service life of the windows.

  • Project location

Logistics also influences the final cost of the services. Please, be ready to provide the access to the windows as soon as our workers arrive.

Some additional indirect factors also influence the final cost. When you pay for windows cleaning, you also pay for qualification of workers – as they were properly trained to do this job professionally; efficiency of management; coverage of insurance and marketing costs that make up 5-10% from the total cost of the services. In Big Apple regular customers can count on tangible discounts.

Get the job estimated by contacting our specialists. Get also informed on how you can save on using our services. Big Apple is a very flexible and client-oriented company – the more frequent your orders are, the more you save!

Get your windows cleaned with Big Apple

If you still hesitate about residential windows cleaning services, just try it once with our company to never come back to this work by your own efforts. We can show and prove all the benefits of this solution to you. Big Apple cleaning services in NY is a smart, affordable and convenient choice for your windows!

Storm Window Cleaning: No Problem For Big Apple!

Storm Window Cleaning: No Problem For Big Apple!

You have storm windows in your house and it’s great because such windows perfectly keep all unwanted elements our while holding the warmth in. Besides, storms help to collect dirt, grime and cobwebs. At the same time, serving to protect your home from dirt, storm windows themselves often look far from tidy. And if you try to wash them by yourself, you will soon realize it’s almost impossible to make all their sides clean. This is the issue where Big Apple can help you at the high professional level.

Professional cleaning of storm windows in residential houses

Big Apple is the firm based in NY offering professional care for all types of windows in any locations. Our team relies upon the latest window cleaning techniques, in most cases we do the job without ladders. Big Apple stands for safe environment and provides full insurance coverage to all workers.

Storm windows cleaning services, ordered from Big Apple, include cleaning of a roof gutter. It’s also important to remove all debris from roof gutters and make them clean to maintain the optimal condition of buildings. Clogged debris are removed by means of long extension poles – we do not use ladders for this task. This solution is more efficient and safer.

Our company will always take care of solar panels on the roof of your house. We apply soft and delicate brushes to remove all the dirt, dust and traffic film from their surface. Regular solar panel maintenance can significantly prolong the life service of this roof element. Big Apple works with both domestic solar panels and PV panel installations. Make your storm windows and solar panels stainless and clean with our company at affordable price.

Clean Storm Windows For Brighter Interior

How often do storm windows need to be cleaned? It’s good if you do this at least once a year. Even better if you clean storm windows every autumn and spring. This task should not be ignored – not only because of aesthetics of the interior but also because of energy efficiency inside the house. Take this as a tradition to order storm windows cleaning services twice a year to live in a cozy and warm place.

Storm windows play the important role of additional insulation and extra protection to other windows and doors in the house. They also make your home a more secure place. At the same time, it’s hard to clean storms without professional help. Wooden, aluminium, vinyl ones – all storm windows like to be regularly maintained and cleaned. For better results, storm windows should be removed before cleaning. As the glass is rather thin, this part of the work should be done with caution. Windows made from wood are very difficult to remove or even impossible. But even when cleaned only from outside, they make the living space much more appealing.

It’s very important to protect yourself when you maintain or clean storm windows and remove them. Our specialists always use protective gears to cover their eyes, hands and arms as the glass can easily break, although it happens seldom. The job requires special tools to be used for removal of windows. We always warn home owners if any cracks or chips are revealed on the glass – such storms are more likely to break and cause unpleasant incidents. So, it’s best to be safe than sorry.

Storm windows cleaning at its best

Big Apple works with residential houses and provides cleaning for sliding triple track aluminium windows, single pane storm windows and any other types of windows including wood storms. We value every client and offer regular customers more flexible and beneficial conditions. Once you try our services, you will acquire a new tradition – to make your windows clean on a regular basis. Because it’s so much satisfying to look through transparent, beautifully clean windows. Contact our managers to estimate your project and get information about special offers and bonuses for regular customers. Get your windows ready for the next season!

Skylight Cleaning: Professional Services From Big Apple

Skylight Cleaning: Professional Services From Big Apple

A house with skylights is a dream of many people. But when the dream comes true, it requires care and attention to shine bright as long as possible. It’s hardly possible to connect your home to the outside when the skylight is neglected for years. Just like rooms in a house and windows, skylights also require cleaning and maintenance. However, not so many companies that specialize in window cleaning also agree to take care of a skylight. Big Apple is one of those companies in New York that undertakes this task professionally on flexible client-oriented terms.

How often do you need to clean the skylight in your house?

Skylight which is also called a rooflight is a structure that occupies the entire roof space or its part. The best thing about skylights is the daylight naturally let in the house and making the living space cozier. At the same time this structure is directly exposed to the sun, rain and all possible debris. Environmental factors are aggressive for the glass, in the absence of regular maintenance skylights deteriorate and lose their appeal. No matter how splendid the interior of your house is, bird’s poo, dirt, water stains or debris on the skylight will ruin all the enjoyment. And the longer you ignore the cleaning task, the harder it will be to make it shine again.

Skylights need to be cleaned both from inside and outside. When ignored from the inside, they often become the place for mold spores to appear. And you surely know how harmful they are for your health. So how often do you need to provide care to skylights?

Skylights are recommended to be cleaned once or twice a year. Regular care and maintenance will make your home beautiful, filled with light and safe for residents.

The process of skylight cleaning

The glass used for making skylights is normally toughened to withstand aggressive impacts. The same is about atriums and glass awnings. But the process of their cleaning is not much different from cleaning windows. The only secret for better results is a coarse pad for scrubbing. The pad should also be scratch proof to protect the glass of the skylight. Some cases require more serious instruments like a pro cleaning blade. It helps to remove debris and mineral residues in a safe but effective manner. Old residues may also require special cleaning products based on chemicals, otherwise it’s hard to dissolve them. And better forget about “granny’s methods” for windows cleaning when you deal with a long-neglected dirty skylight.

When you order the skylight cleaning surfaces, prepare the space and the access to the roof for workers in advance. It will ensure due safety for specialists and reduce costs of the services.

When we say we clean “skylights”, what types of roof windows do we mean?

Big Apple is a New York based company that, additionally to windows cleaning services, also provides skylights cleaning services. No matter where the windows are positioned in your house, we will undertake ourselves to clean them all! As for roof glass, Big Apple professionally cleans:

  • awnings;
  • rooflights or skylights;
  • balustrading on a roof;
  • glass atriums;
  • conservatorium glass etc.

Any glass is going to shine again – both from inside and outside!

What if your skylight is too dirty to believe it can be clean again?

Yes, it happens often. But the team of Big Apple has never left the client hopelessly with a dirty window glass. If required, we can use the special arsenal of cleaners and equipment: compounds to remove hard calcium stains, mineral residues, paint and dirt, and a buffing machine. But we can assure you, it’s only 1% out of 100% when these measures are really necessary.

Before cleaning, our specialists make sure that the glass is free from cracks and damages. If any cracks are noticed on the surface, they take a picture of the crack with a smartphone and show it to the client. In Big Apple you can order skylight cleaning services together with standard windows cleaning works. We can also send you a team for cleaning only the skylight.

Window cleaning equipment

  1. 4 cm retractable scraper for removing small-sized dirt and cleaning frames from films and stickers.
  2. 15 cm scraper for cleaning glass from paint, cement, limescale.
  3. Holder with a fur coat. You need several coats with you for different degrees of glass pollution. For example, for street and household pollution, a conventional fur coat is used, for severe pollution, a fur coat with an abrasive insert or interspersed with a hard nap is already needed.
  4. Slide (squeegee, squidge) for driving water from glass.
  5. Telescopic pole that fits both the holder with the fur coat and the squeegee. Useful for high-glazed work.
  6. Microfiber napkin with a density of 300-360 g / m2. for cleaning frames and interframe spaces.
  7. Smooth microfiber cloth to wipe away marks that may remain after bending over the frame. You need to have about 10 of these napkins with you because it is advisable to use it only dry to avoid stains on the glass.
  8. White pad paired with a manual pad holder for tricky glasses. Red or green pad for cleaning frames and inter-frame spaces, slopes, and window sills.
  9. Bucket.

For what purposes are rotary and non-rotary slides needed?

Slide or, as it is also called, the squeegee consists of a chute with rubber and a handle. A slide with a non-rotating handle works only in one plane. With a complex glazing design, for example, a blind loggia or arched windows, it will be more convenient to use a rotary slide. It can also be locked in a straight position with an adjusting screw, and also gives you the ability to set the angle of inclination that you need.

Slide 30 degrees and straight (zero), what’s the difference?

The slide with a 30-degree handle can be used both for manual window cleaning and for working at height using a telescopic pole. Straight (zero) handles are only used in conjunction with a telescopic pole. It is convenient to wash large showcases with such squeegees. Another distinctive feature is that the zero handle does not have a button for attaching the chute, like the handle at 30 degrees. Therefore, to secure the channel to the handle, you need a screwdriver and pliers.

What is the difference between soft and hard rubber?

Hard rubber is used in most cases at high ambient temperatures from 30 ° C. Under these conditions, it has good contact with the glass, while the soft rubber will adhere slightly to the glass. In other cases, soft rubber wins, as it works well on both smooth and rough surfaces, while hard rubber will leave some streaks and not completely driven water. That is why soft rubber is most often acquired in our climate. It is versatile and suitable for all workloads. The rubber changes as it starts to leave streaks. With daily use, the rubber usually lasts for 1-2 months.

4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Miss Biannual Window Cleanings

While window cleaning is an integral part of house maintenance, many people avoid doing it for different reasons. Some homeowners simply forget to set up an appointment. Others don’t like working at heights. 

Collaborating with a window cleaning company can solve both problems. Overlooking the importance of window cleaning is out of the question for the following reasons.

  1. Glass Requires Regular Cleaning

While it’s hard to see, the structure of the window glass is porous. These pores collect dirt. Over time, if you don’t take care of the grime, it etches into the glass and affects the transparency. Such a problem is almost impossible to fix. The only way out is replacing windows.

Hard water from sprinkler systems can cause hard water stains. If not removed timely, they stay on the glass forever. 

Other things that can cause irreversible glass damage are oxidization (for windows with metal frames), acid rain, and sea spray. 

If you notice the glass losing its transparency, it may be too late to fix. Take preventive measures by booking biannual window cleaning sessions. 

  • Clean Windows Improve Heat Efficiency

Dirty windows affect the temperatures in your home or apartment. The dirtier the glass is, the fewer UV rays can enter your home. 

Sun rays are a free source of heat you can use in the winter to reduce your heating bills. You can enjoy comfortable temperatures without adjusting the thermostat. 

If you have low-efficiency windows, the effect of the dirty glass is even worse. By cleaning your windows right before the cold season starts, you can improve their heat efficiency and cut heating expenses. 

  • Regular Cleaning Reduces Maintenance Costs

Restoring glass that suffers from hard water stains and etched dirt can be difficult. Cleaning windows that haven’t been washed for years may take too much time. All of the above comes with extra costs. 

When you don’t clean your windows regularly, it’s easy to miss micro cracks, scratches, mold formation, and other problems. The later you notice issues with your windows, the harder and more expensive they are to fix.

  • Clean Windows Look Nice 

One of the most important reasons why you should consider a regular window cleaning schedule is appearance. Clean windows look nice. They improve the curb appeal of your home and boost your mood.

Final Thoughts 

If you want to keep your windows in top shape and avoid unexpected maintenance expenses, schedule regular window cleaning sessions. 

Spring Cleaning During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Stay-at-home orders created a huge amount of free time for many homeowners. While some people are still working remotely, they can spend the time they used for commuting to work on spring cleaning. 

Even though the world is changing rapidly, many things stay the same. One of them is seasonal cleanings. Let’s look at what you can do while waiting for life to get back to normal.

  1. Wash Windows

Even if you’ve already booked a professional window cleaning in the fall or winter, you can do some touching up. Make sure you don’t climb heights or try to wash anything that is out of reach. 

Cleaning windowsills and window frames is an important part of window washing. It can help keep the air in your home clean, thus keeping your immune system in good shape. 

  • Declutter Your Kitchen 

The kitchen is the dirtiest place in your home. Grease, grime, and dirt land on walls and windows when you cook. They also settle on surfaces and equipment. The more stuff you have in your kitchen, the more likely it is to harbor bacteria.

If you are under stay-at-home orders, you are probably spending more time in the kitchen than you used to. Take the opportunity to evaluate what you really need there. 

  • Perhaps you can store some of the things in cabinets or drawers rather than leaving them on the surfaces to collect dirt.
  • Or maybe you should rethink decorative elements, such as statuettes and vases that don’t contribute to the kitchen’s functionality. 
  • Re-Think Your Bathroom

Bathrooms are breeding grounds for germs. Make sure you don’t have to struggle with cleaning small decorative pieces. Simply remove them. If you store towels or other fabrics in the bathroom, wash them. 

Invisible viruses and bacteria settle on anything you leave in the bathroom and make their way into your body. 

  • Old shower curtains can be covered by mold and mildew.
  • Toothbrush and soap holders need a thorough cleaning. 
  • Trashcan must be washed and disinfected properly. 
  • Improve Your Work Station

If you need to work remotely, pay special attention to your workstation. It has to be free of clutter. If you can, place your desk near a window to enjoy natural light and fresh air. 

Pay attention to the unnecessary items on the desk and in drawers. When it comes to a comfortable and productive workspace, minimalism is the key. 

Final Thoughts

Just because the world is changing, some of the habits don’t need to follow suit. Start spring cleaning today to enjoy a comfortable and orderly life tomorrow. 

4 Ways to Make Your Windows Allergy-Proof

As the sneezing season is coming closer, it’s time to think about allergy-proofing your home. Since windows provide direct access to the outdoors, it’s important to pay special attention to their maintenance. Take advantage of the following tips to keep as many allergens out as possible.

  1. Washing Your Windows Frequently

When windows and frames are covered in dust and grime, they create an excellent environment for dust mites. No matter what type or size windows you have, they tend to attract plenty of dust all season long. 

Making sure windows are clean both inside and out removes dust mites and mold spores, keeping the air in your home clean. You can wipe the windowsills and frames with a 5% bleach-to-water solution for the best results. 

  • Move Your Air Purifier Closer to the Window 

Air purifiers do an excellent job keeping mold spores, dust mites, and other allergens at bay. The closer you place the appliance to the source of these contaminants, the fewer chances you have of encountering them in your room. 

Make sure you are using a purifier with a HEPA filter. It can battle up to 99.97% of particles 0.3 microns in diameter. Some purifiers have additional filters designed specifically to capture allergens.

  • Invest in Synthetic Curtains

Heavy drapes and slatted blinds are excellent dust collectors. When the allergy season rolls around, these window covers make it hard to battle airborne contaminants. They collect dust, pollen, and mold spores while being tough to clean.

Ideally, you should invest in synthetic curtains. If you are a fan or shutters, make sure the slats are large enough for easy vacuuming. Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter. 

When washing curtains, use hot water so it kills all the dust mites and mold spores, clinging to it. 

Consider investing in window film and removing curtains altogether. 

  • Fill in the Cracks

Check your window frames carefully for any cracks or gaps. No matter how well you treat your windows, one little crack can let all the unwanted particles enter your home. Inspect the caulking around your windows for any visible damage. Replace damaged frames and windowsills. 

When you hire professional window cleaners, ask them to inspect windows carefully. They may discover problems that you’ve overlooked. 

Final Thoughts

Your main goal is to keep allergens from entering your home. However, since it’s impossible to keep windows closed at all times, make it harder for them to stay inside.  

Why New Yorkers Need Energy Efficient Windows

Weather fluctuations in New York aren’t a surprise. It can get extremely hot in the summer and extremely cold in the winter. Talking about the weather is only fun when you know your home is protected.

One of the simplest ways to keep hot and cold air from escaping your property is energy-efficient windows. Old single-pane windows suffer the impact of weather changes and eventually turn into an excellent airflow outlet. 

Why Energy Efficient is Important for New Yorkers

If you have an old house, windows are likely to be old as well. Even if they look durable, these windows have the potential of becoming problematic in the nearest year or two. As they start to let the air in and out, the energy efficiency of your house goes down. Drafts mean higher energy bills and lower comfort levels. 

At some point, no matter how much you adjust your thermostat, you are likely to face problems with maintaining a comfortable temperature. Heating and cooling costs in New York can be rather high. If you add HVAC system maintenance, you end up paying a hefty sum to keep your house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. 

Replacing Windows Could Help You Save Money

Windows are generally responsible for about 30% of residential heating and cooling energy consumption. If you have old windows, you may be surprised to learn how far the window manufacturing industry has come since the last time you considered a replacement.

Today, double and triple-pane windows offer your house high-quality draft protection. Meanwhile, different types of coating could deflect sunrays from your windows, thus keeping your house cool during the summer and preventing furniture fading. 

Why Energy Efficient Windows Are Important

Energy star rated windows could be up to three times more energy-efficient than their old counterparts are. If your windows are older than 15 years, you may want to consider replacing them. 

New windows don’t just save you energy, they improve curb appeal, make window cleaning easier, toughen your home’s security, and boost the house’s resale value. 

If you decide to replace your windows, look for a manufacturing company that offers products with an Energy Star certification. If you choose such windows, you could be eligible for a tax credit. 

While window replacement could be expensive, it can save you money in the long run. It’s better to replace the windows room by room than to put off the replacement until you have enough money for an entire home.

Make sure to keep your new windows clean to enjoy the highest rate of energy efficiency all year round.