Water-fed poles are used in window cleaning to get hard to reach windows or speed up the window cleaning process which ultimately saves you money. A water-fed pole system is only as good as the purity of the water being used.
There are a few processes to purify water. At ACV, we use water that has been electrically de-ionized. This means that the sediments and dissolved solids, such as calcium carbonates, iron, and silica, are removed from the water. As long as the TDS (total dissolved solids) level is lower than 10, the glass will dry spot free. Textiles and upholstery must be below 50 TDS while most home and building surfaces below 60 TDS.
For the best results, proper pole techniques of scrubbing and rinsing the glass must be followed. At the end of the process, spot free surfaces are enjoyed.
I’ve been lucky enough to clean windows in some of the most beautiful houses in Southern California. These houses range in such various styles of architecture like Colonial, Modern design, Postmodern, Log, Craftsman, Ranch, Victorian, Rustic, Art Deco, Spanish, Farm, Bungalow and so on. Some of these houses are on Estates while others are on the beach, a harbor, a cliff or located in a track. Some of them are extremely extravagant and some of them are simply quaint. All of the houses are attractive in their own way and all of them look so much better when I finished cleaning the windows. While you are standing inside your house looking out at all the beauty, take the time to enjoy what is around you…
Hard Water Spots, Calcium Deposits, and Lime Scale are just a few names for the white, crusty substances that forms, better yet, gets etched into your glass. Usually hard water spots are caused by city water, saturated with minerals such as calcium, magnesium or other compounds, drying upon your glass. This process occurring over and over, like from a sprinkler system or shower head, damages the glass surface of the window or shower door. There are different levels or stages of damage caused by hard water spotting. The majority of damage can be cleaned up with a little patience, the correct product, a 3M white scrub pad, possibly a scrapper and some arm strength.
Before spending any time, money or energy on creating a clear view through your glass; try to solve the cause of the problem. In most cases, this can be accomplished simply by redirecting your sprinklers or eliminating the water source in which makes contact with the affected glass. If redirecting or eliminating the water source is impossible, a sealant like Rain-X can be applied to the glass after the hard water spots are removed. This will not solve the problem, but it will prolong it. Moreover, water softening tanks can always be installed to help avoid the hard water spot problem.
Supposedly, there are many tricks and household remedies which can remove hard water spots. Such remedies would be by using toothpaste, various types of dishwasher detergent type products, CLR, Lime-Away, oven cleaner, metal polish, a vinegar/water mixture, Windex and so on. Good luck with those and be careful with products containing acid with a high level of concentration. We at ACV recommend going to your local janitorial supply company for some free advice and purchasing a product which is specifically made for hard water spot removal. There are many products out there that work great and are relatively cheap. Don’t forget the 3M white scrub pads while you are there.
If you still cannot remove the hard water spots, then you have the worst level of damage. Acid washing or glass buffing can usually solve the problem, but it is highly recommended to be left for the professionals to avoid possible chemical burns or causing more damage.
Sometimes your beautiful view is wrecked by a torn or weathered screen. No problem, as long as the framing of the screen is still in good shape, it can be re-screened. If the framing is bent, cracked or has weather damage; it is probably necessary to replace it. Screen work is available to existing clients or new clients scheduling one of our cleaning services.
Want simply clean blinds? Let ACV do our job and get your blinds as good as new. At ACV, we clean blinds “on-site”. The process varies depending on the type of blind being cleaned. The majority of blinds (plastic, aluminum, polyurethane) go through a step by step, pressure washing process in which it is scrubbed on all sides with a cleaning agent, rinsed with deionized water and hung to dry. This process ensures for clean strings and spotless drying. After the blinds are dried so no dripping occurs, they are re-hung. Other blinds such as wood and vertical are usually best cleaned by hand. Shutters are also cleaned by hand.
Your home is one of your largest investments… we’ll help you protect it! Our quarterly window maintenance program is our most popular and will guarantee the least amount of deterioration to your glass, frames and sills. Although the quarterly program may not be right for you, call to make an appointment for a free estimate and we can review options which best suit your individual needs. Every job requires attention in different areas. Though window cleaning is our specialty, we offer other services related to maintaining the exterior of your home and property.
With our maintenance program, we provide an affordable way to extend the life of your exterior paint on your walls, window frames, patio covers, decks, balconies, awnings and so much more. Whether your home has siting or stucco walls, we can keep everything looking so fresh and so clean by scrubbing them down with our water fed poles. It’s simple, we start at the top and wash the dirt down the walls and clean the windows also in the process. With using deionized water, it insures that all glass drys spot free and the walls are rinsed dirt free. The proper maintenance will delay costly repainting.
Water fed poles work great on walls and glass, but sometimes a pressure washer is needed for concrete, moss covered roofs, patio furniture and hard to reach areas like under eaves. Again, every job is different and requires the correct equipment.
Time is money. At ACV, we pride ourselves on reliability. At least once in life, the majority of people have experienced waiting for a service person or company to show up in a scheduled window of time and they did not. Whether the appointment be at an exact time or a four hour window of time, that person/company should show up when they say they will. Such a simple concept, but often times over looked. Your time is important to us and we know that one delayed appointment often will ruin a whole day.
We at ACV abide by a simple rule, keep the client informed. We all know that uncontrollable situations and circumstance can occur in life. If and when they do, peace of mind for the customer is just a phone call away on our part. If running behind schedule, we call before the scheduled appointment time to inform the client. If there is a scheduled window time of two hours, we call to inform the client approximately what time in that two hour window we will be arriving.
Of course, all jobs vary when it comes down to scheduling. The time of day for scheduling the majority of residential jobs is usually irrelevant to the outcome of job quality. In this case, a job is scheduled at the most convenient time for the customer. There are also some specialty jobs where the location of the sun is imperative to the job quality. Examples of such would be black glass, skylights, glass ceilings or sun rooms; and would need to be scheduled in the morning or evening hours. To scheduling a free estimate appointment, please go to contacts.
When you look good, we look good. Whether a large office building or a small storefront, ACV has the tools and experience to find the most cost effective program to satisfy your window cleaning needs. With churches, clubhouses, model homes, schools, restaurants, banks, malls and hotels; as long as they do not exceed three stories, we can take care of it. Our cleaning services include interior/exterior windows, tracks, sills, exterior pressure washing, screens pressure washed where needed, screen repair, hard water removal, mirrors, light fixtures, chandeliers, ceiling fans, blinds, verticals, awnings, skylights, sun rooms, storm windows “wind screens” and construction cleanup.
The majority of customers have individual and job specific needs. At ACV, we try to provide every customer with a variety of cost efficient options to satisfy their specific needs. With our maintenance programs, we offer many avenues in which YOU can save money and keep YOUR desires met. Due to the fact that the amount of work necessary to complete a job to a satisfactory standard varies, every job is recommended to be bid on site. This eliminates the possibility of an unhappy customer and they always know they are getting exactly what they pay for.