Sometimes your screens just need the screen material replaced. Over time the UV rays, weather and accidental damage cause the screening to compromise. If not repaired and you open your windows for fresh air, you could be allowing in insects or other unwanted visitors. Check your screens yearly for damage, it's not costly to remove the old screen and spline and replace with new. It also looks better too! Simply Clean uses top notch replacement screen and spline when we do repair screens.
Artillery fungus, or shotgun fungus, is a wood-decay fungus that likes to live on moist landscape mulch. The worst thing about this fungus is that it shoots spores up to 20 feet, which often land on siding, cars and anything else that surrounds the mulch. This fungus is hard to remove from vinyl, you can lighten it but not totally remove it. It will come off windows with a specialized stainless steel window scrapper. Best way to deal with it is, don't put mulch around your house, if possible.
The UV or sun is very hard on painted metals. Over time the top layer of paint gets "oxidized" and fades. You will feel and see on your hands a white chalky powder when you run your hands on the door. This is the failed paint on your door. You can remove it with a chemical and a soft brush. You have to be careful not to remove all the paint on the door by leaving the chemical on too long or brushing too aggressively. You can see the difference in the picture here, the dark color is cleaned. Wow!
Be sure straight ladders are long enough so that the side rails extend above the top support point, by at least 36 inches.
Don’t set up ladders in areas such as doorways or walkways where others may run into them, unless they are protected by barriers. Keep the area around the top and base of the ladder clear. Don’t run hoses, extension cords, or ropes on a ladder and create an obstruction.
Don’t try to increase the height of a ladder by standing it on boxes, barrels or other materials.
It's important to be sure when you have your windows cleaned that the sills or tracks get cleaned out. By doing this you allow the screen to go in and fit better and the window itself will close and latch as it suppose too. Sometimes debris will get caught in the tracks and not allow you a tight secure closing of your window. It also just looks better to have them cleaned out! At Simply Clean we do just that, cleaning of sills or tracks are part of our window cleaning process, no extra charges.
Depending on the location you live, your siding should be cleaned every 2 to 4 years. The more humid the climate, the more often it should be washed. Why? Siding tends to have mold/algae rapidly grow on the surface, and it begins on the narrow underside of each run. One it gets started it overtakes one side, and then works its way all over the house. It can grow about anywhere on your house but most prevalent on the North side of your home. Maintenance is required to keep this algae at bay!
Although these dark spots and ugly black streaks on your roof may look like dirt, mildew, soot or mold, what they really are is algae. The most common type is known as gloeocapsa magma—also known as blue green algae. This algae growth usually begins as small spots and then eventually becomes visible streaks. By the time this algae is noticed by the homeowner, it has usually been on the roof at least two or more months. It can be cleaned safely though with the proper chemicals and equipment.
Gutter brightening is when after cleaning the organic matter (mold, mildew, algae & dirt) off the gutter, your gutter still looks dingy. To get that cleaned, you have to do a process called gutter brightening or whitening. You use a special chemical (Gutter Grenade) that is used to take away the oxidation that has accumulated over many years. This can only be done if your gutters are in overall good shape paint wise. We spray the chemical on, scrub with soft brush, then rinse with clean water.
The one trouble with not getting a professional gutter cleaning each year is the damage it can cause to your roof. The sediment can build up in your gutters and drainage system overflows and has nowhere else to flow but into your roof. Over time, the shingles and wood that make up your roof can begin to decompose and cause leaks. If leaks go untreated, it could create greater problems, like damage to the interior of your home. So call a professional to make sure your gutters are in good shape!
Spring or summer are good times to get your screens washed. Over time the screen takes on dirt, dust, bird droppings, pollen and spiderwebs. To remove all that debris from the screen, its good to use a mild detergent, brush and water. We use this Screen Washer above and it does all this for us in this compact piece of equipment. This insures a really clean screen when we're done with them. Oh, let me not forget, we wipe the frames down too after we're done washing them!