window cleaning in winterThe coldest days of the year typically mean less time spent outdoors, but there still are exterior chores that need to be done and that includes window cleaning. Winter window cleaning comes with its own set of challenges due to the colder temperatures and in our Cincinnati area, the likelihood of snow cover. The good news is that Cincinnati sees more than 2,500 hours of sunshine annually and there are more days with rain than snow. On average, we see about 14-inches of snow each year, so it’s possible to get outside even during the bitter cold days of January and get those windows clean.

Reasons Why Winter Window Cleaning Is Important

Dirt and grime accumulate on window glass year-round. In winter, there’s the added detriment of salt spray as well depending on the window’s location. Any debris that lands on windows can cause etching and damage to the glass which can lead to expensive repairs. Removing these particulates from the glass has many advantages. Clean windows brighten the inside of the home during the short days of winter and the natural light helps add cheer. More natural light also means less need for artificial light, helping to reduce energy consumption. Read more »

The changing colors of the leaves in autumn usher in more than just a new season. It’s a time for football, bonfires, and pumpkin spice everything. Fall also is the perfect time to take care of a few essential home chores, including window cleaning before the hectic days of the holiday season arrive.

At United Window Cleaning, we know that from the onset of autumn through the new year can be one of the busiest times of the year. That’s why we’ve put together this residential window cleaning checklist.

1. Vacuum/Dust Blinds and Shades

Window blinds and shades of all materials and styles collect dust regularly. Remove the dust and it helps cut down on allergens in the home, especially important during the colder months when you spend more time inside. A vacuum with extendable wand and soft brush attachment may work better than a dust rag. The vacuum will trap more dust than the rag and help keep it from wafting into the room.

2. Wash/Dry Clean Drapes and Curtains

Drapes and curtains collect dust just like blinds and shades. Fall is a great time to take them down and refreshen everything with a thorough washing. For those materials that can’t be tossed into the washer, dry cleaning gets the job done as well.

3. Clean Interior Window Glass

Window cleaning doesn’t mean only the outside panes of glass. The inside glass also becomes dusty and dirty throughout daily living. With pets in the house, it’s likely there are nose prints as well. If cleaning the interior windows on your own, opt for a residue and streak-free glass cleaner plus dust-free microfiber cloth. However, this is one chore that can be done quickly and efficiently by professionals. Professional window cleaning isn’t just for the outside.

4. Wash Window Sills and Tracks

Dirt, dust, and other particulates accumulate in the window tracks and should be cleaned at least twice a year. This is also a good time to clean the window sills as well. Soapy water and a rag can get it done, but you can opt to have this chore handled by professionals when hiring a window cleaning team.

5. Remove and Clean Window Screens

It’s often surprising how big a difference it makes when the window screens are clean. It’s an important step in window cleaning that shouldn’t be ignored. If outdoor space is available, a garden hose can be used to clean the screens, simply spray off the dirt and grime and allow to dry in the sun. In addition, be sure to check for any tears and replace any screens as needed.

6. Clean and Insert Storm Windows

Before the temperatures dip too far, storm windows should be cleaned and inserted. Whether triple-track or piggyback storm windows, United Window Cleaning can take care of this chore for you. If you opt to do this on your own, be sure to keep track which storm window goes in which track after it’s been cleaned. Some wood storm windows may not be removable, especially in an older home. If this is case, then they’ll need to be cleaned from the outside.

7. Check for Leaks and Cracks

A visual inspection usually can reveal if there are any cracks in the windows, and if you can see daylight around the window frame it’s likely there’s a leak. Caulk and weatherstripping can help reduce leaks, but cracks may mean a replacement window.

8. Clean Exterior Window Glass

Exterior window cleaning requires materials and equipment such as clean cloths, window cleaning products, squeegees, and often a ladder and/or extension poles to reach upper levels. Consider leaving this to the professionals from United Window Cleaning. We can take care of your home, any size, thoroughly cleaning every window with effective and safe products.

United Window Cleaning serves the greater Cincinnati area, offering a full range of services from window cleaning to skylights and even mirrors, chandeliers, and coach lights. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

clean windowsAs a homeowner, DIY projects are tackled regularly and often with great success. However, certain home maintenance chores are best left to the professionals and this typically includes window cleaning. Hiring professionals like United Window Cleaning means you get peace of mind knowing the job will be done safely, on-time, and with the right products to ensure the best results. The benefits of a professional window cleaner for your home are numerous.

Extends Life of Windows

Regular window cleaning helps prevent scratches and pitting from dirt, debris, and other contaminants that can coat the glass. Dirt and dust easily collect on windows, etching into the glass and over time doing damage that can result in the need to replace the window. Keep those windows clean, and they can last longer. Read more »

house end of summerThe end of the summer is one of the best times to clean the gutters of your home or business. Addressing any potential issues before the fall and winter seasons is essential. Look to a professional team, like United Window Cleaning, for comprehensive gutter cleaning. When it’s time for gutter cleaning at the end of summer, certain issues must be addressed.

Check for and Remove Nests
It’s not uncommon for birds and other small critters to build nests in gutters. These nests create a dam, causing problems when it rains. The nest blocks the water from flowing to the downspout and away from the house. Instead, water backs up and runs over the side of the gutter and down the house. In a heavy rainstorm, this excess of water near the home’s foundation can seep into the basement or crawlspace causing water damage. Nests also can force water to back up under shingles, creating issues in the attic. Read more »

United Window Cleaning now has openings for a Window Cleaning Specialist and a Gutter Cleaning Specialist. This is an opportunity to become a team member with one of Cincinnati’s oldest family businesses. It’s a chance to work with an established company that provides high-quality service to the Greater Cincinnati region and have access to the state-of-the art equipment and products that make United Window Cleaning stand out in the crowd.

Founded in 1919 by Leroy E. Reinshagen, United Window Cleaning is still a Reinshagen family business in its fourth generation. Currently led by Leroy’s great-grandson, R. Douglas Reinshagen, United Window Cleaning holds true to its almost-100 year core purpose:

“To provide quality window cleaning services at an affordable price, using the most up-to-date technology.” Read more »

commercial business windowsFirst impressions are important. When guests and customers visit your business, it’s essential to make a positive first impression. Exterior and interior property maintenance, including professional window cleaning, is key for your commercial property. Professional window cleaning offers multiple benefits for your business.

Curb Appeal

Whether impressing a new client, attracting foot traffic, or even when recruiting new talent, the exterior of the business must have curb appeal. Dirty windows in particular create a poor impression, one that suggests you don’t care. Scheduling routine commercial window cleaning keeps the curb appeal fresh, bright, and welcoming. Read more »

gutters, in the rainSpring in the Midwest means rain. In our greater Cincinnati region, we average about 42-inches of rain each year, with April, May, and June seeing the most days of precipitation. While rain brings flowers and a freshness after the gray days of winter, it also means it’s time to think about seasonal chores that include the cleaning of your home’s gutters and downspouts.

Gutters and downspouts play a vital role for your home. If the gutters become clogged and the downspouts don’t divert water away from the house, problems happen—often costly problems. Read more »

window cleaningSpring officially arrived on March 20. Despite the lingering snow and chilly temperatures, spring is here and warmer days are in the forecast. It’s the perfect time to wipe away winter from your home, and refresh with some serious spring cleaning, a seasonal ritual with its own origin story.

Spring Cleaning and Human Biology

Exposure to fewer hours of sunlight during the long winter season may have a direct effect on our inclination to throw open the windows and sweep out the dust when spring arrives. According to How Stuff Works, the human pineal gland produces melatonin when suffering from a lack of exposure to light. Melatonin increases the feeling of sleepiness. When spring arrives, ushering in longer days and averaging more hours of sunshine, we essentially wake up. This biological experience often results in more energy and desire to spring clean. Read more »

caring for guttersGutter cleaning often falls to the bottom of the chore list, something that’s a hassle to do. Professional gutter cleaning by companies like United Window Cleaning take the stress out of gutter care, getting the job done safely and right the first time. When gutter care is ignored, serious consequences can occur.

Winter Ice Dams

Melting snow, sleet, and rain, plus a clogged gutter can lead to ice dams.

The University of Minnesota Extension Office defines ice dams as, “a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow (water) from draining off the roof. The water that backs up behind the dam can leak into a home and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and other areas.” Read more »

condensationWater droplets on your iced tea glass in the heat of summer is a common sight and certainly never something to cause worry. However, water droplets or condensation on your home’s windows during the colder months of year can be a problem. If you’re noticing condensation on windows when the temperatures drop, it’s time to take a look at why it’s happening, the problems condensation can cause, and potential ways to eliminate interior window condensation in your home.

Condensation is defined as “the act or process of reducing a gas or vapor to a liquid or solid form”.
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