Category Archives: Window Cleaning

Ask the Cleaning Experts – Cleaning Low-E Windows

The Cleaning Experts at  A Clean Streak answer your toughest cleaning questions.

Low-E Window needs cleaningMargaret T. from Burlington asks: My friends and I rented a cute little single story refurbished house 3 months ago. The property management company told us that the windows had been replaced with something called “Hard-Coated Low-E Glass” about a year ago, and that we’ll notice the savings on our heating and cooling bills. We’re all for energy efficiency, but we’ve noticed that the windows are getting really dirty. We’re afraid to touch them as we don’t want to destroy whatever that “magical” Low-E coating is (plus, one of my housemates clearly remembers the property agent telling us not to use a squeegee to clean the glass). You’re our only hope…please tell us…are we destined to spend the rest of our lease looking through dust and dirt?

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Ask the Cleaning Experts – Cleaning up Smoke Damage

The Cleaning Experts at  A Clean Streak answer your toughest cleaning questions.

Smoke Stained WindowRyan S. from Skagit asks: Several years ago, my wife and I bought a lovely one bedroom/one bath home as an investment property. Over the years, we’ve rented it out to a succession of nice folks, and always included a “No Smoking Addendum” as part of the lease agreement. Our most recent tenants just moved out, and though they left the house in good condition, it’s very apparent that one (or both) of them had a secret smoking habit. Of course we’ve dealt with the security deposit issues, and we’ve cleaned the house thoroughly and repainted, but the inside of the windows are coated with a very stubborn yellowish film. Nothing we’ve tried (including white vinegar mixed with water) has been effective in getting our windows clean. Can you help?

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Ask the Cleaning Experts – Help Me Remove My Window Mural!

The Cleaning Experts at  A Clean Streak answer your toughest cleaning questions.

Help me remove my window mural!Lynn D. from Skagit writes: I have a slightly embarrassing situation I’m hoping you can help with. This past St. Patrick’s Day, I commissioned a local artist (who’s since left our area for Sedona) to paint a fun Saint Patrick’s Day mural on my large living room window at the front of my house. Well…I loved the colors so much that I procrastinated on removing the artwork until last week when I went outside with a hose. Much to my dismay, the paint didn’t dissolve and I’m not sure what to do with my outdated mural! My neighbor suggested I take a razor blade to it…but based on the size of my window, this would take forever to accomplish (plus, I’m worried I’d scratch the glass). Can you offer any suggestions?

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Ask the Experts – Cleaning Dog-Drool from Windows

The Cleaning Experts at  A Clean Streak answer your toughest cleaning questions.

Drooling Newfoundland

Drooling Newfoundland

Diane F. from Coupeville asks: Hi…I have a very unique problem that I’m hoping you can help me solve. This autumn we adopted a 2 year old, 143 lb. Newfoundland named Barney. Barney is the love of our lives, but like all dogs in his breed, he can’t control his slobbering, and his favorite place to sit (inside or out) is right against our patio door. Not only does he stick half his head into his water bowl when he’s drinking, but after drinking he’ll shake off all that water…and this, combined with his natural slobber, and his “nose art”, has created a sticky mess on our windows. We’ve tried using commercial window cleaners, and even simple soap and water, but everything we’ve tried just seems to compound the problem. We don’t want to use harsh chemicals because we’re afraid Barney might just give those windows a taste when we’re not watching. Any tips you could share to help us get rid of this mess?

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Ask the Experts – Cold Weather Cleaning

The Cleaning Experts at  A Clean Streak answer your toughest cleaning questions.

Dirty Windows need CleaningAndrea H. from Island County asks: I was on an extended leave of absence from my home this autumn and came back to some really filthy living room windows. With holiday entertaining in my near future, I thought I’d get outside and clean them myself. Unfortunately, with the cold temperatures we’ve been experiencing, I just can’t seem to get those windows clean. Do you have any cold weather cleaning tips you can share with me?

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Ask the Experts – Getting Sap off Windows

The Cleaning Experts at  A Clean Streak answer your toughest cleaning questions.

Get Rid of Sap on WindowsAndy W. from Skagit County asks: We have a beautiful one-story summer cabin surrounded by trees. I’m not sure if it was due to our hot spring weather this year, or if our trees are just getting older, but the past couple of weeks those darned trees seem to be dripping sap onto our windows at a rate we’ve never seen before! My wife and I tried washing the sap off with soap and water…but that just seemed to spread the sap around. My brother-in-law recommended we get out there with a razor and scrape it all off. We tried that, but there are too many windows and not enough time…and we really don’t want to risk cutting ourselves or scratching the glass! Do you have any tricks you could share to get rid of the sap safely and easily?

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Ask the Experts – Cleaning Stained Glass

The Cleaning Experts at  A Clean Streak answer your toughest cleaning questions.

Retro Stained Glass DoorErich M. from WA asks: My family and I have a wonderful little home on Whidbey Island that includes a retro style front door. I call it “retro’ because there’s a pie-shaped stained-glass panel inset at the top of our east facing door. We’ve always loved how it “glows” with the morning light – especially during the summertime –  but recently, we’ve noticed that the outside of the pane has some spotting, and the metal framework used between the individual pieces of glass looks really dull. We’d like to give it a thorough cleaning, but we’re concerned we’ll damage it. Do you have any professional tips you could share with us on how to clean stained glass?

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Ask the Experts – Hiring a Registered Contractor

The Cleaning Experts at  A Clean Streak answer your toughest cleaning questions.

Hire a Registered ContractorAmanda B. from Oak Harbor asks: I have a two story home with lots of big picture windows on the first floor, and several 4 pane windows installed in the second floor bedrooms. Last weekend, I was approached by a nice young couple claiming to be contractors who offered window and gutter cleaning services for a reduced price if I “signed today”. I told them I had to think about it, and asked them for their business card. The card did list their names, but I couldn’t find any other information on them – like a WA Contractor license number. In your opinion, is it necessary to hire a Contractor registered with the state for window or gutter cleaning?

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Ask the Experts – Cleaning Window Tracks

The Cleaning Experts at  A Clean Streak answer your toughest cleaning questions.

 Window Tracks Need Cleaning

Help! My window tracks need cleaning!

Malinda A from Burlington asks: Your blog post last month about cleaning window screens was really helpful. I used your tricks, my screens are looking great, and my house is lighter and brighter (well, it least it is when the sun peeks out from behind these rain clouds). But I still have a cleaning problem – my window tracks are filthy. I’ve tried wiping them with paper towels, I’ve tried using a “magic sponge”, and I’ve even tried vacuuming them, but no matter what I do, there are still deposits of icky hard dirt in the cracks and corners that I can’t seem to loosen up. I’m thinking that a spray on oven-cleaner might do the trick, but I really don’t want to use that kind of chemical in my house. Do you have any special secrets you could share with me?

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Ask the Experts – Cleaning Window Screens

The Cleaning Experts at  A Clean Streak answer your toughest cleaning questions.

Cleaning Window ScreensSamantha M. from Anacortes asks: Now that winter is almost over (I hope), I really want to let the sunshine in…but my window screens are just filthy. I know that the best way to clean them is to take them out, but some of them just won’t budge. Do you have any tips you can share to help me clean my screens while they’re still in place?

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