Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Professional Window Cleaning Company Video

I figured some of you are just foaming at the mouth and begging for a window cleaning video. Now go get yourself a nice beverage and raise your expectations because this window cleaning video is gonna be EPIC!  BTW, your natural inclination is to try not to tap your toes to the music...resistance is futile.

Side note: for some reason Google will  not allow me to post pictures or videos so let's see if I can work around that issue...and here we go.

Salida Window Cleaning on PhotoPeach

Monday, November 30, 2015

Winter is Here!

Did you enjoy the recent snow fall in the area?  It did get a bit cold at night but look how beautiful the mountains are. So beautiful!!!  If you are having trouble enjoying the view due to dusty, dirty windows then perhaps it is time to do something about it.

Recently we cleaned the windows in a residence and the homeowner exclaimed, "I had no idea my windows were THAT dirty!"  See, she had grown accustomed to the film covering the windows. Once the windows were cleaned AND polished only then could she grasp the magnitude of what she had been visually experiencing.  Between you and me though the biggest effect came once she saw how clean we got the screens.  It is one thing to look through an "invisible" glass but when the screen is not much farther behind that, the WOW factor kicks in hard.

Our regular 10 Step Service includes:

1.  screen removal
2.  sweeping the eaves, window frame (inside and out)
3.  vacuuming the window frame, window channel, sills and jambs
4.  wash the window with our soapy mop...smiley face included
5.  squeegee away the dirtiness
6.  polish the window with our special formula leaving zero streaks, swirls, whatever.
7.  wash the screen with our soapy mop then rinse and dry it
8.  put it all back together
9.  walk through with you
10. watch your face light up when you see how beautiful your windows are!

Two things to expect when we are done:
1.  the windows will appear invisible if there is no reflection happening due to room lighting
2.  when the room lighting is just right (this is usually at night) the windows will sparkle like diamonds...beautiful

If you want to experience window cleaning on an entirely different level, call us today at 719-293-1163.

Monday, November 23, 2015

How to have Windows that Sparkle like Diamonds

You think that title is crazy don't you? You think to yourself...."hmmm, I've cleaned my windows plenty of times and they were clean but never looked like DIAMONDS!"  Well, don't go blaming yourself afterall you are not a professional window cleaner.

Have you ever noticed how nice a car looks when you clean it and dry it?  Windows are the same way.  But going back to a car, what happens to the appearance of a freshly cleaned car after it has been waxed? !!!!BAM!!!!  It looks awesome doesn't it?

Windows are no different.  First you have to clean them thoroughly...thoroughly.  A touch of OCD related issues comes in handy at this point. In order to have really clean windows there can be NO hard water spots or mineral spots, these must be removed. This process can sometimes take 30 minutes per window.  It is a pain or is it pane?  Window cleaner humor...it just isn't what it used to be!

Anyhoo, once the window is amazingly clean it has to be polished just like a car. Unfortunately, I cannot divulge the ingredients in the polishing compound as it would violate the Window Cleaners Alliance.

The best way to accomplish the task of having your windows sparkle like diamonds is to call us today. You will have the best windows in the neighborhood regardless of where you live. We are a professional window cleaning company that services the following areas:  Salida, Buena Vista, Leadville, Aspen Breckenridge, Gunnison, Crested Butte, Canon City and Woodland Park.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Impression of a Dirty Building on a Customer

Customer Perception of Your Business from the Street

Business owners I have a question for you. But before I ask the question let's throw some things into the mix...you have a successful business selling widgets. Your staff is trained in all the features and benefits of the mighty widget. More importantly, your staff offers excellent customer service and it shows on their faces. You feel you have an abundance of satisfied customers. So here is the question.

Do you feel a customer will base his or her decision of entering your business by how the exterior of the building looks? And not just the exterior as a whole but possibly anything specific.

In 2011, Morpace, a global market research and consulting firm performed a survey of 1,000 customers and asked them that same question. They wanted to know if the cleanliness and overall appearance of a building was as important as the level of service offered or the cost of the product or service offered.

The results? It played a significant determining factor whether or not a consumer chose a business or went to the competition.

Images probably come into your mind of a convenience store in a big city. Filthy parking lots that have not been power washed in years. Cigarette butts, chewing gum on the ground. A dirty trash can for the customers to use.

Listen to the Numbers because they Do Not Lie

The funny part about the Morpace survey was that all businesses and industries were susceptible. Car dealerships, restaurants, grocery stores and more. Approximately two thirds of those surveyed said they had avoided a business in the past based solely on the exterior appearance...from the street. They didn't even get out of the car to give the business a chance to compete. 95% of all customers agreed that the exterior of a business is important enough for them to base their shopping experience on it alone.

You may argue “but my customers are loyal”. Really? 80% of all customers are open to shopping at a new place. And that's if everything is fine, nothing wrong with the outside of the building.

Today's consumers are more finicky than ever. To make matters worse, everyone carries a smart phone and adds their opinion about where they eat, shop, whatever. Customer perception is unpredictable so you need to do your utmost to excel. Exterior building appearance is crucial.

One area that is often overlooked is clean windows. A professional window cleaning company will change the exterior of the building significantly not only by cleaning and polishing the windows but by sweeping the cob and spider webs down. Sprucing up the entry to the building, etc.

Call us today at 719-568-8950 and let us show you how we can help!

Friday, November 13, 2015

The Importance of Energy Efficient Windows: Are YOU Doing Your Part?

What this article does is give you a very brief description of the types of windows and tints used for modern day windows in either commercial or residential settings.  Many people want to do what's right for the environment but think the only way to do so is by driving a more fuel efficient automobile such as a hybrid or electric.  Is that true?  Please consider the following...

Windows or Oil Wells? 

"Consider the following argument. An investment of $8M in a low-emissivity (low-E) coating system permits a manufacturer to produce 1.86 Mm2 (20 Mft2) of glass per year for 10 years and accumulate energy savings during the 20-year life of the window. The result is a savings of 36 M barrels of oil equivalent. 

On the other hand, for an investment of $300M, a 10-well, 213-m (700 ft)- high oil platform off the coast of Santa Barbara can produce 10 K barrels per day for ten years. The result is a depletable supply of 36 M barrels of oil with consequences of oil spills, global warming, and environmental pollution."

Powerful indeed.

Professional window cleaners come across many types of windows  We thought we would give you a sample of what we deal with when we clean the windows at your home or business.  Technology has been evolving since windows were created and since building ages vary, we see them all.

There are 6 different types of glass used in the in glass industry.  Please note how similar the benefits of these types of windows are.  They all pretty much do the same thing; benefit the environment by allowing natural sunshine in but limit heat loss.  So what are they?

The 6 Types of Glass 

1.  Gas Fills
This type of glass is very good for the homeowner who is concerned about the heating bill.  Very good for limiting heat loss.  Argon is used to improve thermal performance because it is approximately 30% more dense than oxygen.  Argon offers sound proofing as well as a barrier for heat loss or heat transfer.

2.  Heat-absorbing Tints
As you can imagine, this type of window is tinted so the sun's radiation is absorbed rather than penetrate the glass.  This is a chemically treated window that reacts to heat. Various intensities are used to allow or limit the amount of light into a room.

3.  Insulated
Double and triple paned glass separated by either gas filled or dead air space allows limited heat loss. Very good choice for homeowner concerned about an electricity bill.

4.  Low emissivity also known as Low-E
If there is such a thing as a "smart glass" this is it.  Why?  It allows the warmth of the sun through in the winter but in the summer it rejects the heat.  How?  It filters long wave radiation.

5.  Reflective
This is a metallic treated window that often has a mirror finish but not always.  Best used in situations where the room temperature MUST be controlled.

6.  Spectrally Sensitive 
A microscopically thin layer glaze is put on the glass to allow light in but limit heat loss. What makes this type of glass unique is that the window is very close to clear, no visible tinting.

If you are contemplating a window upgrade in your home you probably are doing a considerable amount of research.  I recommend going to www.energy.gov and doing a little more research.  There is plenty of material there to get your mind thinking.

As always, if you are thinking about hiring a window cleaning company, call us today at 719-568-8950 and ask about our Winter Specials we are running.

Serving the most beautiful area in Colorado...Salida, Buena Vista, Leadville and all surrounding areas!

Monday, November 9, 2015

2 Ways to Soften the Effects of Winter Depression

I guess I am not the only one who does not understand why we make the days shorter by turning the clocks BACK and make the days even darker.  That being the case, winter is now upon us and not only are the days much shorter it is getting cold.  This week we are supposed to get 4" to 8" of snow.

Personally I absolutely love cold weather and snow even more.  However, there are many individuals who are seriously affected by a winter climate.  Seasonal depression can be a real problem so let's see if we can offer some assistance in bringing some relief.

Chaffee and Lake counties are very fortunate in one aspect of cold winters. They have an abundance of sunshine.  Just imagine living in Indiana or Michigan; wet cold and far less sunshine.  How do we benefit from the cold weather here in Chaffee and Lake counties with all of this sunshine?  There are really only two ways.

1.  go outside even if you are only driving around.

Living in Salida, Buena Vista or Leadville is amazing and you know it.  Any of those three towns offer breath taking views but you have to get to those locations.  Bundle up and go for a drive.  Feel the sunshine on your hands and arms.  Soak it up.  Turn the music up and go for a nice long drive with the heater on as high as you like.  YES, THIS IS ALL ABOUT YOU.  Benefit from it.

Now if you can stand the cold, by all means, go for a walk in the sunshine and breath in the fresh mountain air.  One thing I love about winter is that there is no pollen so I can breathe easily without a sore throat.  Perhaps you will enjoy that benefit too.

2.  open your curtains and mini blinds.

Unfortunately, in the winter we spend far more time indoors than out.  So let's look at how we can turn our home and office environments into a positive living area.  Feel free to research serotonin and Seasonal Affective Disorder what you could be experiencing. Many times it is directly tied to not enough sunlight exposure.  It's complicated and a subject for a doctor to have with a patient but the Cliff notes are this: sunlight needs to pass through the retina to trigger the release of serotonin.  Not enough sunshine and low levels of serotonin can become a trigger for seasonal depression.

So if you're stuck indoors what can you do?  Open the curtains and the mini blinds, specifically on the south side of your home.  Dirty windows must be cleaned.  Why?  One is a purely psychological benefit.  When you look out a super clean window with no streaks or swirls it is seriously refreshing. It's clean and beautiful.

The other reason you want clean windows is to maximize the amount of sunshine that penetrates the window and warms the room.  Dirty windows do not allow the full strength of the sunshine to bring the natural benefits to the home, office or the individual, specifically the person suffering from seasonal depression.

Window cleaning is a passion for us.  It's both serious (as noted by this article) but also fun because we get to make people happy.

Call us at 719-568-8950 for more information or fill out the contact box.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Window Cleaning: Custom Homes and the Challenge of High Windows

Single Biggest Problem with Cleaning Tall Buildings

When it comes to cleaning a building the first obstacle a window cleaning company has to overcome is the height issue.  If the building is very tall, typically anything over four stories, the window cleaning crew must repel down using anchors and harnesses.  Their equipment, attention to detail, and safety are paramount.  This type of job is a large undertaking.

Smaller buildings are where the bulk of commercial jobs take place.  The vast majority of window cleaning companies prefer to clean the windows of one story buildings because they can easily complete the task with a very limited number of safety related issues.  This creates a problem...

For Every Problem there is a Solution

There are a large number of buildings that are between one and four stories that need to have their windows cleaned on a regular basis.  Most small window cleaning companies do not own the equipment necessary to clean two story buildings much less up to a four story structure.

Salida Window Cleaning has the capacity to clean the windows up to a four story building.  This is significant because so many buildings in the area fit this criteria, specifically custom homes.

If you have a building or home that meets this criteria, please consider calling us today at 719-568-8950 for all your window cleaning needs and see how we can WOW you.  We really will try to impress you!

Specializing in custom homes, vacation homes, apartments, hotels, and commercial buildings.  Serving Salida, Buena Vista and Leadville and all surrounding areas in Chaffee and Lake counties. 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Customer Perception and the Business Storefront

Clean Storefront and Customer Perception

As a business owner you strive to do whatever you can to earn a customer's trust. You have a budget in mind for what it takes to get a customer. You strive to offer an excellent product or service to develop customer loyalty. You train your staff to be as professional and courteous as possible. When your customer comes into your building, they are interested in you and your company. But once they are sitting down what do they see?

Yesterday I had to visit a friend in a local hospital. I went in concerned about the situation and was not thinking about anything related to window cleaning. After we had been in the waiting room there for a couple of hours I wanted a cup of coffee and discovered that service was no longer offered. We had to go down to the cafeteria and purchase it so we did.

Now this cafeteria was seriously nice. It had a courtyard set up for the customers that really took your mind off why you were in the hospital. Once I sat down under this huge skylight I then began to forget why I was in the hospital in the first place and focus on the windows themselves.

Hospitals are really clean places despite so many terrible diseases. Housekeeping does a very nice job typically of maintaining high standards and most appreciate that. And maybe that is why I noticed just how dirty the windows were. I'm talking dirty. Streaks. Swirls. Mold. Haze.

These windows were cleaned a very long time ago by someone who has not been trained by a professional window cleaner. And that's okay, this is not a knock against hospital housekeeping.

It really is a concern that I have with the hospital administration. Come on guys, don't you have enough money coming in each month to break down and hire a professional window cleaning company? At least you could address the areas that the public can easily see so their minds don't begin to think about a potentially unsanitary operating room or possible unclean kitchen that serves the entire hospital several times per day.

A professional window cleaning company should never leave streaks, swirls, drip marks, cob webs behind. The only thing a customer should see once the window cleaning is completed is a beautiful, super shiny window. Your customer should be impressed with everything about your company, including your clean windows!

This is why you should call Salida Window Cleaning at 719-568-8950 and let us WOW you today!

Specializing in custom homes, vacation homes, residential homes, apartments, hotels and commercial businesses. Servicing Salida, Buena Vista, Leadville and all surrounding areas in Chaffee and Lake counties.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Window Cleaning in beautiful Salida, Colorado

When you walk into a room, sunlight shining through a clean window creates a dramatic change in the appearance of a space.
Salida Window Cleaning understands the importance of achieving that only comes by detailing a window.  How is that done?  Thankfully we have a touch of OCD that really benefits you.  The window is not clean if you can see dirt and grime in the window sill.  The window is not clean if you can see spider webs all around the interior or exterior frame.  Top to bottom, inside and out we clean the frame, glass, grilles, head, jam, sash and the sill.

And then when you think it's really clean, well, that is when we separate ourselves from the others...we polish the window.  Streak free.                  

But what about the screens?  Screens are delicate but fortunately we are very sensitive to the intricacies of a screen. Yes, we clean screens too.

So why should you use us?  Your home is awesome, your business is awesome and beautiful, clean windows visually complete your hard work.  We have the equipment, the skills and the determination to compliment your efforts.
This is why you should call Salida Window Cleaning at 719-568-8950 and let us WOW you today!

Specializing in custom homes, vacation homes, residential, apartments, resorts and businesses.  Servicing Salida, Buena Vista, Leadville and all surrounding areas in Chaffee and Lake Counties.