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 – Dried Egg Cleaning Tips

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

Scott from WA asks: After our beautiful autumn wedding, my new bride and I spent our fantasticDried Egg on Stucco honeymoon in Hawaii – only to come home to a royal mess. It seems like some of the neighborhood hooligans weren’t too happy that we weren’t there to offer them treats on Halloween and they egged our house! Unfortunately the eggs had time to dry — and I’m really not sure what the best way is to remove the stains without damaging the stucco. Do you have any tips you could share with me?

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Ask the Experts – Foliage “Leaving” a Problem

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

Cleaning stained concreteJillian from Whidbey Island asks: I just LOVE autumn – the trees around our house turn such beautiful colors! But once those leaves start to fall, they create a huge problem for me. With all the rain we’ve been getting, I can’t seem to keep up with the endless cycle of raking and sweeping, and the leaves are staining our concrete sidewalks and steps. Any pro tips you could share with me to get rid of the stains?

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Ask the Experts – A “Salty” Problem

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

Cleaning salt from boat windowsMike S. from Anacortes asks: I’ve been a big fan of your blog ever since I came across it while looking for advice about cleaning out my downspouts and gutters. So I was hoping that you may be able to provide a few tips for getting my boat windows clean before I store her for the winter.

After a summer of running hard, I’ve got some stubborn salt deposits on my glass windows that just won’t come off…even with a good soaking and soaping. Are there any environmentally safe chemicals out there that you could recommend to get the job done?

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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 — Pressure Washer Purchase

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

Purchasng a Pressure WasherKay B. from Island County asks: Now that summer has finally arrived, I realized I have some major clean-up projects that need doing – everything from deck washing, to driveway cleaning, to cleaning my home’s siding (and maybe even the roof). I’m thinking of buying a pressure washer to help speed up all those tasks, but there are so many options out there. Trying to decide between a gas or electric powered washer…psi…gpm…it’s all making my head spin!
Do you have any advice on the best pressure washer for me?

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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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