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Ask the Cleaning Expert – 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 Much to my dismay, the paint didn’t dissolve and I’m not sure what to do with my outdated mural!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 Expert – Roof Woes

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

Bird on RoofJason B. from Skagit County asks: When I was raking all that snow off my roof a few weeks ago, I noticed a lot of white spots on my asphalt shingles. Upon closer inspection, I realized that those spots were bird droppings. I’m guessing that I should do something to clean the shingles, but I’m not sure what method would work best. What do you think? Should I pull out the pressure washer as soon as it’s warm enough? Or just let my roof stay as it is?

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Ask the Experts – Icy Gutter Solutions

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

Icy DownspoutRay G. from Anacortes asks: After that long stretch of mild weather we had this winter, I didn’t think I’d encounter this problem. But the recent onslaught of snow, rain, and wind has created a logjam of ice and debris (mostly pine twigs and needles) in my gutters and downspouts, and I really need to free them up to handle what’s to come when we get our first thaw. My wife’s not supportive of any of my ideas (I’m thinking of climbing up on to the roof with an ice pick and some salt)…do you have any expert tips you could share for cleaning gutters in winter? Continue reading

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 – 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 – 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: Holiday Cleaning Dilemma

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

Eric H. from Coupeville asks: Now that the holidays are upon us, I’m hoping you can help me How to Clean Windowswith a seasonal cleaning question. Each year, my wife LOVES to beautify our windows with all of the kids’ holiday art projects — paper snowflakes, sparkly cut-out ornaments, cotton-ball snowmen, and even paper chains.  While I appreciate the efforts of my budding Picassos, to be honest, I’m dreading the January clean-up so much that I’m thinking of placing a ban on any displays requiring tape on our windows! Do you have any tips you can share to help me remove stuck-on adhesives so I don’t turn into a modern day Scrooge?

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