Wednesday, April 22

Five Signs of an Excellent Professional Window Cleaner

Location: Atlanta, GA, USA
Improve the safety of your home
 by having professional window
 cleaners make all your openings
 both sparkly and functional.
Anyone with a bucket, squeegee and window mop can call themselves a window cleaner.

Ask questions before you hire just anyone.

A true professional will make sure your windows are not only clean, but functional and will advise you on ways to protect the biggest investment most people ever make – their home. 

Here are five things a truly professional window cleaning service should be able to do for you:

  1. SPOT GENERAL PROBLEMS: First and foremost is identifying problems that need correction. Sashes painted shut, ill-fitting screens, damaged or non-functional window weights in older double hung windows and wood rot on sills are just a few problems that if spotted early can save big expense later.
  2. REMOVE INSECT INFESTATIONS: Bees and hornets build nests behind shutters, wasps build paper nests in between older three-piece storm windows and ladybugs also build nests in channels to winter over, making the window hard to operate.
  3. EXTEND THE LIFE OF YOUR WINDOWS: Old aluminum screens left in place for years gradually etch a pattern of deposits on the glass, much like lime deposits in the shower. Not only is it unattractive, the etched glass is more prone to cracks and chips. A simple treatment of muriatic acid can restore the glass to gleaming brilliance and add years to the working life of the window.
  4. PROVIDE PROPER CLEANING PRODUCTS: If you have leaded glass or stained glass you may be unintentionally damaging it by cleaning it with an ammonia based store brand. Ammonia is a liquid abrasive and the main ingredient in a process called wet sanding. With repeated use, it clouds leaded and stained glass and that damage cannot be repaired. By having a professional look at your windows, you will learn what is safe to use to touch up your own windows.
  5. FIND THE CAUSES OF WINDOW SPOTS: Spots on your glass? Your mulch may be to blame. Cheap mulches often are infested with a fungus aptly named shotgun fungus. When mature, the fungus shoots out black spores that glue themselves to glass and vinyl siding and are very hard to remove completely. A professional window cleaning service will point this out to you and the mulch can be replaced with some of higher quality and your windows and siding will stay cleaner and more attractive longer.

A.L. House Painting and Pressure Washing also offers staining services for decks, porches, patios, stairs and the house itself (interior and exterior).  All your home renovation needs.

Wednesday, April 8

Lighten and Brighten Your Kitchen

Location: Atlanta, GA, USA
Painting cabinets white is tasteful
 and brightens a dark kitchen.
Kitchens are often one of the most utilized areas of a home, so their decoration requires a lot of thought. Dark kitchen designs are usually not as visually pleasing as light-filled decors.

You can illuminate your kitchen in multiple ways, ranging from painting existing walls and cabinetry to adding colorful accessories and mirrors.

Bright kitchens sometimes feel larger, which is an added benefit, especially for a small room.

A Few Ideas:

  • Use a light color palette to create a light kitchen decor. Paint the walls a light hue, such as soft tan, creamy white or buttercup yellow, to help reflect the light in the room and give the entire space a light-filled backdrop.
  • Incorporate myriad lighting fixtures into the bright kitchen design. Use under-the-cabinet lights to illuminate dark countertop areas. These specialty fixtures provide much-needed light to the countertop surfaces.
  • Add a mirror to a sink area with no window to instantly brighten the space and give it added dimension. Coordinate the mirror frames with the colors and style of the room for best visual appeal.
  • Display a group of vintage aprons on a peg shelf to add color to the space. Showcase a collection of brightly hued dishes in an open cabinet or hang colored plates on a soffit area to add light, height and design to the kitchen.

Contact us today to set up an appointment!

Wednesday, April 1

Is There a Difference Between Power Washing and Pressure Washing?

Location: Atlanta, GA, USA
Nothing knocks dirt off homes
 like water-streams delivering
 up to 2,000 pounds of force.
Although the two are used almost interchangeably, the answer here is technically yes.

Pressure washing and power washing are different in one major way: A power washer lets you control the temperature of the water; pressure washers do not.

Both, however, are capable of delivering the same water velocity.

Whether you need a power washer or pressure washer depends on what you're cleaning from a surface:

  • POWER WASHING- A power washer provides steady streams of heated water, which works well to rid surfaces of mold, mildew and thick clumps of dirt. The more stuff you have stuck on whatever you're cleaning, the more you'll benefit from power washing.
  • PRESSURE WASHING- Pressure washers clean through water pressure alone. Pressure washers work well on masonry, brick and concrete.
Whether you hire someone depends on your level of comfort with operating a pressure washing machine, as well as the area you want to have cleaned. Generally, the bigger the job, the more benefit you'll get out of hiring someone. The amount of time it takes a pro to do a job will drive most of the price. Contractors can estimate the amount of time their work will take based on the size of the area to be cleaned.


A.L. House Painting and Pressure Washing also offers staining services for decks, porches, patios, stairs and the house itself (interior and exterior).  All your home renovation needs.
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