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How to Clean a Chandelier: DIY or Hire a Pro?
Posted on Friday, October 2nd 2020

 
 

Dining Room with Crystal ChandelierEveryone wants to impress when welcoming visitors into their home. It’s no secret that one of the grandest and brightest statement pieces in many houses is the chandelier. But in order to truly shine, chandeliers must be cared for in a way that differentiates them from other pieces in the house.

Chandelier designs can often be intricate, presenting a challenge for the everyday cleaner. It may be a job for professionals, but it’s not impossible for the DIY enthusiasts who want to learn how to clean a chandelier. Let’s take a look at what you’ll need to clean and care for these grand light fixtures.

Can I do it myself?

As with many cleaning tasks around the home, a chandelier requires effort. Not only do you have to remind yourself to simply put it on the to-do list, but you also need to know what you’re in for when it comes time to take care of the job. However, it can certainly be done.

Chandeliers may be the most detailed cleaning job you’ll encounter. Make sure to form a plan: ensuring you’ll have the lights switched off, knowing if you’ll be taking it down or using a ladder to reach it, taking pictures to ensure you put everything is back in its correct place following the cleaning, and safely using the right equipment and techniques.

Can I clean it without taking it down?

Yes, you can clean a chandelier without taking it down. They can often be heavy and difficult to lower, prompting many DIY enthusiasts to choose the easier option of cleaning their chandelier where it hangs. This does, however, mean more preparation is necessary. Always use caution when heights and ladders are involved.

The plan mentioned above is even more important. You may need to lay padding or blankets on the floor, in case pieces fall during cleaning. Also, make the effort of climbing down and moving your ladder when working on a new section. Rotating the chandelier to reach a new spot could result in problems with its ceiling support.

What’s the best way to safely clean all of the crystal prisms or glass?

One of the more intricate factors in cleaning a chandelier is properly caring for the crystal prisms. It is possible to clean the crystals while still attached to the chandelier, but it may be simpler, safer, and more thorough to detach the crystals (or glass) and clean them separately.

Either way, care is most important. Use a premade solution using one part isopropyl alcohol to four parts distilled water. Spray it on to a lint-free cloth to clean the crystal and use a different cloth to dry it, being careful to avoid streaks or spots.

As mentioned above, part of your plan may include taking photos to know where each crystal should be placed when returning it to the chandelier.

What are the benefits of having the job done professionally?

Cleaning a chandelier is a sophisticated job that includes many of the tasks that the average homeowner may not find comfortable. It is one that involves a heavy fixture, valuable pieces, heights, and special solutions.

As with many large household chores, especially those involving heights or intricacies, it may be worth your time and money to consider having it done professionally. The pros have not only done it countless times before, but they can remove the headache of having to make your own cleaning solution or forming a specified plan to clean your chandelier.

Chandelier cleaning is one of the services provided by Fish Window Cleaning, not only ensuring homeowners have the best curb appeal possible, but that the biggest statement piece inside the home shines as well.

For more information, visit www.baicheshi.com, or call 1-877-707-FISH (3474).

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9 Services Window Washers Provide that are Worth Every Penny
Posted on Tuesday, September 15th 2020

 
 

Whether you own a home or run a business, your time is precious. So is your money. Though paying for professional window washers may seem like an expense you can live without, it can actually be well worth leaving it to professionals.

Beyond the money you’d spend on necessary equipment, window washers provide more value than the simple dollars and cents that would stay in your pockets. Many of the services a professional window washer offers can save you time and stress, ensure safety, and more.

Searching for a window washer? Here are nine services Fish Window Cleaning offers to make it worth your while.

  Interior and Exterior Window Cleaning

The basics done right. We provide commercial and residential window washing inside and out, ensuring your employees get natural light in the workspace, and doing the same at home while improving curb appeal.
  Storm Window Cleaning

Surviving the elements. Debris, hail, and dirt can all damage your windows over time. Regular window washing, including caring for storm windows, can extend the life of your windows and save you money.
  Mirror Cleaning

Tired of water spots and build-up on your mirrors? Tired of leaving streaks when you clean them? This may be one of the smaller chores on your list, but one that can easily get pushed to a later date. If you’re already bringing in window washers, it may be worth your time to add the mirrors to their task list.
  Gutter Cleaning

It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it. Keeping your gutters clean, and water flowing properly, can prevent roof damage and control the distribution of water around the foundation of the home.
  Ceiling Fan Cleaning

One of those chores that may not even reach your to-do list! We often neglect ceiling fans, but they are in need of care as well. Allowing window washers to also clean your ceiling fans can prevent any accidents during a task that would make even the biggest DIY enthusiasts nervous.
  Skylight Cleaning

Keep the light streaming in by maintaining those hard-to-reach skylights! As with gutters and ceiling fans, trusting professionals to work on projects involving heights, can save both time and money, not to mention peace of mind.
  Screen Cleaning

Having a window washer clean your windows, but not the screens that block them, would leave you without much value. FISH offers screen cleaning to ensure the improvements to your windows are emphasized.
  Chandelier Cleaning

It takes care and expertise to maintain some of the more delicate lighting fixtures in a home or office. It could be well worth your time and stress to employ a professional window washer to climb the ladder and get the job done right.
  Sill Cleaning

It’s one of the areas that invites build-up of dust and grime, so don’t let your window sills ruin an otherwise clean window. Fish Window Cleaning will make certain that any dirt, small debris — or even bugs — aren’t blocking the window tracks.
In addition to these services, Fish Window Cleaning offers many more to ensure your time and money aren’t wasted. The professionals at FISH offer reliable year-round scheduling, emergency cleanings, various billing options, and customized cleaning programs for a combination of the services laid out above.

Save yourself or your employees time, stress, and risk that these jobs require. Call now or click the “Free Estimate” button below for more information.

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Supplies Needed to Start Your Own Window Cleaning Business: 9 Must-Haves
Posted on Tuesday, September 15th 2020

 
 

The pandemic is causing a lot of people to question the benefits of corporate life while dreaming of the independence of entrepreneurship. A window cleaning business can be a great way to break out of the monotony of Zoom calls and e-mails and get you outside in the fresh air. It also has a low overhead, which is always attractive to those who are just starting out in the world of business ownership.

If you are thinking of starting your own window washer business, there are 9 supplies you can buy now.

  Squeegee

The squeegee is the single most important item in a window cleaner’s tool kit. It is commonly a T-shaped tool with a rubber blade, and it provides a streak-free way to clear cleaning solution and dirt from windows.

You will want to make sure you have a quality squeegee on day one!
  Water-Fed Pole

A water-fed pole is a long, extendable pole with a brush head and internal pump, which allows water to be dispensed on demand.

There are a few factors you should consider when buying your first water-fed pole, including budget, what kinds of buildings you plan to clean, and how often you will be using it.

Water-fed poles are usually made of aluminum, fiberglass, or carbon fiber. Aluminum is the cheapest, while carbon fiber can be the most expensive. Carbon fiber is also the most rigid, allowing you to wash windows more efficiently.

If you are planning to mainly clean residential windows, you can get by with a 30–40 foot pole, while commercial buildings may require poles in the 50-foot range.


  T-Bars and Sleeves

You can think of sleeves as mops for cleaning windows. They allow you to scrub away at dirt and tough problem spots. The sleeves go on T-bars that come in different sizes so you can wash windows of all dimensions. 

The sleeves are often made of microfiber and come in different levels of abrasiveness. When choosing your sleeves, you will want to consider how absorbent they are. Sleeves that hold more water let you clean windows for a longer time between dips in the bucket.

Scrapers 

Scrapers are an important part of a window cleaning supply list because some windows cannot be cleaned using soap and scrubbing alone. Most scrapers include a razor blade, which comes in handy when you are trying to remove tape or paint from windows. 
 


 


 Belts and Holsters 

If you are going to start a successful window cleaning business, you should invest in a sturdy belt and holsters that can carry a lot of your supplies. The holsters should be able to hold dry towels, spray bottles, steel wool, your mop, and a few small squeegees. 

Wearing a belt with a holster will give you easy access to anything you may need, and it will keep your supplies clean and dry while you move around the building. 

Cleaning Solution 

The cleaning solution you choose will go a long way in determining the ease in which you can clean windows. Professionals swear by the effectiveness of dishwashing liquid! You may also want to have other solutions at your disposal. There are many new green and environmentally friendly solutions on the market. 

 

   Buckets 

It could be easy to forget about the basics as you are building your window washing business, but you can’t forget buckets! Buckets are essential to any window cleaning mission. You will want to have more than one so you can keep clean water nearby. Empty buckets can always be helpful if you are trying to keep supplies dry and away from dirt. 

Towels 

Towels are another basic that cannot be ignored. Every veteran window washer will tell you how valuable a simple towel can be. Be sure to invest in several microfiber towels that can be used for everything from drying supplies to cleaning small window corners.  
     A Sturdy Ladder 

Any professional window cleaner to needs to have one or two sturdy ladders in his or her truck. Ideally, you would be able to reach and clean all windows with your water-fed pole, but you will need a ladder from time to time. 

A ladder is not a place to cut costs. You should invest in a ladder that is sturdy and safe. Research ladders that work well in grassy areas since you will often be setting up on a lawn. 

Deciding which squeegee, water-fed pole, and other necessary equipment to buy can often be tough for a beginner. 

Franchise owners at Fish Window Cleaning receive guidance from a company that has been cleaning windows for more than four decades. Fish Window Cleaning franchisees purchase supplies from a trusted vendor that assures quality and value, so you will know you are using top-of-the-line gear. 

For more information, visit www.baicheshi.com/franchise, or call 1-877-707-FISH (3474)

5 Gutter Cleaning Tools to Make The Job Less Daunting
Posted on Wednesday, August 19th 2020

 
 

Gutter CleaningGutters catch rainwater from your roof and channel it to the downspouts. Keeping your gutters clean will allow precipitation runoff to flow freely and prevent excess water from pooling around the home, avoiding damage to the foundation.

Clogged gutters can also increase the load on roofs, causing them to sag and leak — creating an opportunity for rot and deterioration along the fascia and soffits on your home.

Cleaning your gutters is a dirty and dangerous job. You want to rid your gutters of gunk a minimum of once a year — more often if you have a lot of trees in your yard.

It is a lot harder than it might look. For one, you’ll likely need to use a ladder — which is a dangerous undertaking if you’re not used to working on one — let alone the issue of heights.

But if you are determined to try it as a DIY, here are some tools that might make the job easier.Blow Out
You can buy specially designed gutter cleaning attachments that will fit on the end of a standard Shop-Vac or leaf blower. These items will work if your gutters are filled with mostly dry debris such as leaves, small twigs, or pine needles. These attachments curve over the edge of the gutter to suck the debris into the vacuum.

Super Duper Scooper

If you aren’t afraid of heights, this handheld device requires you to get at least eye-level with the gutters you want to tackle. It looks like an elongated kiddie shovel and is the most time consuming of all the tools. You must physically scoop out the stuff from the gutters and toss it to the ground below.
Gutter Cleaning

Twig Tongs

Another device is a gutter tong. This tool is operated by a rope attached to a metal pole that can be extended up to two stories. It can be used to grasp the debris and lift it out of the gutter. This is especially helpful when the material in the gutter is too wet and heavy to be vacuumed out.

Gutter Flusher

You can also blast away debris with a special device that can turn your garden hose into a power sprayer. This is an extendable metal pole with an angled nozzle that attaches to a garden hose. The device sometimes has a detachable mirror so you can view the inside of the gutter you are cleaning.

Gutter Grinder

If you really want to get fancy, there is a device that uses a rotating brush at the end of a retractable pole to rid the gutters of gunk. This piece of equipment requires you to connect it to a drill in order to operate the bristles.

Rather than put yourself in a precarious position on a ladder, and spending your money on a tool that you might only use once a year and will take up storage space in your garage or shed, you might want to leave gutter cleaning up to the pros.

The experts at Fish Window Cleaning have ladders tall enough to safely reach rain gutters, plus they have the right tools for the job — no matter what is stuck in your downspout. The pros at FISH can also spot signs of damage.

Fish Window Cleaning has been making homes and businesses shine for more than 40 years. Not only do we have the proper tools to do the job, but we also have the proper training. We can get in those hard-to-reach places and remove any debris from your gutters and downspouts before it can cause any damage. Our services are probably more affordable than you think. So why DIY when we can do it for you?

For more information about our gutter cleaning services, visit http://www.baicheshi.com/services/gutter-cleaning.

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The Benefits of Joining a Window Cleaning Franchise
Posted on Wednesday, August 19th 2020

 
 

Fish Window Cleaning FranchiseesThe Benefits of Joining a Window Cleaning Franchise

You have been thinking for a while now about starting your own window cleaning business. But what is the best route to go? Alone or a franchise? Studies show that franchises have a success rate of approximately of businesses that are started from the ground up. With the eight items below, learn why a window cleaning franchise is a great option with a high success rate.

Track Record of Success

Many reliable window cleaning franchises have developed methods that work well and see great results. The hard part has been done for you. Buying a franchise means buying into a business with a concept that has been tried and tested. Most franchisors have already ironed out the operating kinks before deciding to franchise their business.

Ongoing Operational Support

Knowing there are people dedicated to providing you, as the franchisee, ongoing support is a huge plus. You can have peace of mind knowing you are not going through this process alone. The phrase “In business for yourself, but not by yourself” applies in this case. Not only will you have the franchisor as a resource, you also have an entire community of fellow franchisees who will have your back.

Brand Recognition

This is one of the biggest advantages of franchising. Think about it, the franchise already has an established brand, recognized on a regional and national basis. This will add value in the eyes of customers you're trying to reach, not only in name recognition but also in trustworthiness.

Training Programs

Franchise systems have similar goals, and those are to achieve consistent, sustainable replication of their brand. An important component in achieving that goal is training. A major window cleaning franchise, Fish Window Cleaning, provides extensive training to new franchisees on all aspects of the business.

Marketing Assistance

A marketing strategy is vital to a successful business. How else will customers become familiar with what you do? A franchise system has already developed a solid marketing plan, and as a franchisee, you will reap the benefits of it. If you become a Fish Window Cleaning franchisee, you will have access to marketing tools such as SEO, vehicle branding, and a corporate call center.

Proven Business Plan

Having a business plan can help companies grow . As a business owner that opts to purchase a franchise, you will have a business plan already in place. This alone could save you so many sleepless nights at the beginning of your young entrepreneurship.

Purchasing Power

Obviously, everything has a price. For example, a window cleaning franchise will need equipment to get the job done. A franchise has the buying power to negotiate prices for everything you need; at lower costs than you could achieve as an independent operator.

Risk Avoidance

The biggest reason, for most people, to purchase a franchise is that it will help you avoid the risk of starting a new business. That doesn’t mean you are 100 percent in the clear, though. Researching and doing your due diligence will help you understand the complete process of becoming a new franchisee.

Fish Window Cleaning has been making homes and businesses shine for more than 40 years. We are here to help you through every step of becoming a franchisee. Not only do we have the proper tools to do the job, but we also have the proper training and marketing assistance that will launch your business to the top. The window cleaning franchise to be a part of is Fish Window Cleaning.

For more information, visit www.baicheshi.com/franchise, or call 1-877-707-FISH (3474).

Window Washing Tools: 6 Tools You Need for Spotless Windows
Posted on Wednesday, August 12th 2020

 
 

Cleaning windows is not an easy task. It is a big job, especially if you have a two-story home. In order to get good results, you have to have the right tools. Professional window cleaners have a lot of tools in their arsenal to get those panes perfectly clean.

If you decide to do it yourself, here are just a few of the tools you should consider buying.

Fish Window CleanerSqueegee

This is a great tool for removing water from your windows. Choose a high-quality sturdy squeegee with a replaceable rubber blade. The size of the squeegee depends on the size of the window. If you have multi-pane windows, measure the pane before you buy the squeegee to ensure it will fit inside.

T-bar and Mop

This tool looks very similar to a squeegee. Instead of a rubber strip, it has a mop head that allows you to wet the window to dampen bits of dirt and residue that may be stuck to the glass. Some strip applicators come with an optional nylon scrubbing pad to help with the removal of more difficult substances.

Fish Window Cleaning BucketBucket

The size of your bucket will depend on the size of the t-bar and mop you will be using. You want the head of those tools to fit into the bucket. You need to make sure you will be able to move it around when filled with water.

Ladder

There are a few things to consider when selecting a ladder. Choose a ladder that is tall enough to allow you to easily reach the windows you are trying to clean. The ladder should be sturdy and thoroughly inspected before use.

Sponge

A large sponge is great for getting into corners to remove any trapped dirt. It also holds a lot of water, which reduces the need to keep dipping into the bucket.

Fish Window CleanerLint-Free Cloths

Soft lint-free towels are great for drying any last spots on your windows that might be left behind from the squeegee. You’ll want to have several cloths on hand and switch to a dry one as the one before gets damp to avoid streaks.

If that shopping list seems too long and expensive, consider leaving this tedious task up to the professionals. There is value in hiring a window washing service.

Fish Window Cleaning has been making homes and businesses shine for more than 40 years. Not only do we have the proper tools to do the job, but we also have the proper training. We can get in those hard-to-reach places and remove those stubborn spots and buildup. Our services are probably more affordable than you think. So why DIY when we can do it for you.

For more information, visit www.baicheshi.com, or call 1-877-707-FISH (3474).

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