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Is fitting gutter grids or gutter hedgehog really worth it?

Posted on May 17, 2015 at 4:14 PM Comments comments (7942)
Ok so you're fed up with going up a ladder to clear the leaves out your guttering, or you're fed up with paying someone to do it. What are the alternatives and do they really work? 

Let's get one thing clear, whatever method or device you use your gutters will still need clearing from time to time. The only way to ensure nothing ever got in your gutters would be to completely seal them off, which is obviously impractical as the water from your roof needs to drain into them. So if we need to allow the water to get in, you can be sure other debris will find a way in too. 

Some of the larger leaves that land in your gutters might be blown away again by the wind, but small particles of soil, leaves, moss and twigs will still find their way in there. 

This is a photo of a job we did recently where a customer had fitted gutter grids around a year ago. As you can see they were certainly in need of some attention!

Another point to consider is the extra time it would take to remove and then re fit the grids. If you were paying someone to do the job the chances are there would be an extra charge for labour. 

So it's important to remember the fitting of such devices will only reduce maintenance, rather than removing the need for it altogether. 

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How often should I get my windows cleaned?

Posted on April 23, 2013 at 3:23 PM Comments comments (359)
How often should I get my windows cleaned? This is a question we window cleaners get asked time and time again. It really depends on the individuals circumstances and budget, but if you really have no idea hopefully this might help a little.

Traditionally in the UK, many window cleaners used to clean residential properties once every fortnight. Nowadays it's very rare for a domestic customer to ask for fortnightly cleaning, most are happy with monthly cleaning or even once every two months for larger properties. Really it's a matter of personal choice but the vast majority of our domestic customers at Andrew's Window Cleaning have their windows washed once a month.
Commercial and industrial window cleaning can be very different. Most shops have their  
windows cleaned at least once a week. If the store is situated on a busy road they might even have their shop front windows cleaned several times a week. A high class boutique or jewellers might even require a daily window cleaning service.
For offices, places of work and public buildings, frequencies often vary between monthly and maybe just once or twice a year.
If your window cleaning budget is tight, one way of saving money could be to have the rear of the building cleaned at longer intervals than the front, after all the front is the part that most of your visitors will see first. 
One final tip, don't forget to consider internal window cleaning! This can often be overlooked but there's really no point in cleaning just one side of the glass now is there?
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Ladder safety - a simple guide

Posted on February 2, 2013 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (705)
Ladder safety do’s and don’ts 
According to the Health and Safety Executive, falls from ladders account for more than a quarter of all falls from height.The sad thing is, most of these could easily be avoided if some simple safety procedures were followed.To help make sure you aren’t the victim of an injury (or worse), here are some guidelines for using ladders from for you to follow: 

DO:  Ensure your ladders are fit for purpose before using them. Thoroughly check for any defects. 
Place ladders on a solid and even surface as possible. Whatever you do, don’t let them sit on slippery surfaces. 
When using a step ladder, lock the spreaders into place before ascending the ladder. Maintain your grip with both hands on the ladder, and face it when climbing. 
Use a tool belt or pulley system instead of carrying tools up ladders. 
Lean the ladders at the correct angle – as specified in the ladder instructions. 

DO NOT:Use the top two rungs of any ladder. If you need to go further up, just get a longer ladder. 
Allow more than one person on the ladder at a time. 
Overreach! Climb down and reposition the ladder if you feel the need to. 
Work near electricity of overhead hazards, especially with a metal ladder. 
Put the ladder in high traffic areas unless there is no alternative. If it is, make sure if is cornered off to prevent collisions. 
Lean a step ladder against a wall like you would with a normal ladder.

Following these simple rules will keep you safe and avoid costly accidents. 
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Number One tip for selling your property!

Posted on January 17, 2013 at 6:19 PM Comments comments (284)
Get your windows cleaned! 

First impressions matter and no matter how nice the inside of your property may be, the first thing any potential buyer will see is the outside of your house. Dirty windows give the impression of neglect, and that's the last thing you want your buyers thinking! 

If you don't fancy getting up a ladder yourself, call a professional window cleaning company. 

When you choose a window cleaner for the job, ask if they clean the frames and sills, as well as the glass. There's no point having nice shiny glass if your upvc is looking shabby or there are cobwebs hanging from your window sills. For a really thorough job get the insides cleaned as well, many professional window cleaners will do this for you if required.

Once your windows are clean, keep them that way for as long as your property is on the market. For only a small cost, it could make all the difference!

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Removing sellotape from a window.

Posted on July 28, 2011 at 5:58 PM Comments comments (404)
A picture showing domestic window cleaning service in nottinghamMany people don't realise the problems they are creating as they happily stick up their balloons, banners and party decorations with sellotape.

When it comes to removing any adhesive tape from glass it rarely peels of easily.

Rubbing it with a cloth or sponge rarely works either- what you really need is a scraper!

The best scraper to use is one which is specifically designed for the job. Most online window cleaning supplies shops sell scrapers. Don't forget to order some spare blades as well. 

Start by wetting the window with a little soapy water, and then, keeping the scraper almost parallel to the glass, gently start to lift the tape from one end. After the tape has been removed their is likely to be a residue left on the glass, but this can soon be cleaned off with good old fashioned elbow grease.

If you are a little apprehensive about using a scraper on glass, you should call a professional window cleaner to do the job for you. 
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Why do you use a big brush to clean my windows?

Posted on June 26, 2011 at 2:27 AM Comments comments (367)
Most of us see window cleaners from time to time as we go about our daily lives. Ladders, buckets and sponges at the ready, they've been part of the British way of life for many years. More recently, however, a new phenomenon has occurred, which has become commonly known as water fed pole (WFP) window cleaning, or pure water window cleaning.
Anyone seeing one of these "new breed" of window cleaners for the very first time, might be a little perplexed as to what is actually happening, and wonder how the windows can possibly become clean using such a method? 
The secret behind the method is in the water itself, or rather what's NOT in the water. 
Most of us aware that the water which comes out of our taps, in the UK, contains contaminants such as minerals and chemicals. You only have to look in the bottom of a well used kettle to realize this. Water fed pole window cleaners use "pure" water, from which these contaminants have been removed, to clean your windows.
Using pure water to clean your windows has two main advantages. Firstly, pure water cleans like nothing else! As there are no contaminants in the water, it's ready to dissolve dirt straight away, and carry it away from your windows and frames. Secondly it can be left to dry naturally on glass, without leaving a mark, giving an amazing finish, time and time again.
Having your windows cleaned this way also has other advantages. Previously inaccessible windows, like those over a conservatory for instance, can be reached with ease. Also, it's very easy for most WFP window cleaners to clean the window frames as well as the glass. If you have white upvc window frames, you will probably appreciate the importance of this, as they can start to look very grubby if they're not cleaned on a regular basis. 
One last thing. If you prefer not to have someone peeping into your bedrooms, this is the window cleaning method for you!
The traditional way of cleaning windows, with ladders, will probably still be a round for many years, and still has it's place. Some people prefer to stick with the old ways, and as long as ladders are used safely, there's no reason to stop using them for window cleaning.   
"What's that man doing mummy?" is something I hear a lot when I'm out working. Maybe one day mum will know the answer. 
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