A.B.E. Doors & Windows Blog

22 March 2024
Spring Clean Like a Pro
Spring Clean Like a Pro

 

Get your windows sparkling like a pro this spring. Follow our tips and you’ll be enjoying all the blooms and sights in no time.

First, gather all the necessary items. This will ensure that you are prepared and not wasting time searching for supplies like extra paper towels. We recommend having the following items on hand: a bucket, sponges, squeegee, soft cloth, newspapers or paper towels and a soft bristle brush. If you are going to do the exteriors you may want to have your hose hooked up and a ladder. By having these tools ready, you can streamline the process and achieve a sparking finish.

Always check with the manufacturer to see what cleaning detergent they recommend. Some products may be too harsh for a wood trim. We like this natural solution of 2 cups water, ¼ vinegar and ½ teaspoon of dish soap. After mixing, fill a spray bottle and get ready to clean!

Window washing is most effective when done in the early morning before the temperature rises. Excessive heat can cause the detergent to dry too quickly, resulting in streaks on the windows. Before beginning the cleaning process, it is important to conduct a thorough inspection of the windows, frames, and glass to identify any signs of wear, cracks, or screen damage. Take note of any areas that may require repairs or maintenance. 

Let’s begin! Start by wiping down the window frame with a damp cloth. Open the window and clean out the sills. Your vacuum may come in handy to remove dirt or bugs. Working top to bottom, clean your glass panes with the solution we recommended. Using crumbled newspapers is a great way to achieve a non streak finish. Micro-fiber cloths are another absorbent option for drying. If you have larger window panes using a squeegee helps you remove water and dirt in one big swoop. 

Your home’s doors benefit from a bit of freshening up as well. Wipe down with a damp cloth to remove any build-up of grime. Loosen up dirt from your door’s screens with a soft bristle brush, then wipe down. Don’t use paper towels, as they can leave little bits behind. Brighten up your hardware too. Warm water and a mild soap are safe to use. Brass or other metals may benefit from a special cleaning solution to return their shine. 

24 May 2023
Our Spring Cleaning Tips
Our Spring Cleaning Tips

Our Spring Cleaning Tips

 

 

Lasting Finish!

Provia recommends using any spray-on car wax to preserve the finish and shine of their entrance doors, either steel or fiberglass. You can spray the wax directly on the door and then polish with a soft cloth or apply the wax to the cloth and then wipe down the door. It will help to keep your door looking as good as the day it was installed. 

Dirty Caulk! 

Caulk can attract gunk just like anything else in your home. There are several suggestions available on how to clean it up, but we’ve found that the best treatment is a paste of baking soda and water. Let it sit for a little while and then lightly scrub it off with a toothbrush and wet cloth. You can also use a light bleach solution mixed with water for stubborn stains. These will make your old caulk look like new again.

Uncooperative Storm Doors!

Is your storm door suddenly not latching on the inside? Most of those paddle latches have a tiny spring inside the handle to push the latch out and allow it to catch when closing. If you’re having a problem, it could be something as simple as that! We have tiny springs in stock at our temporary showroom so stop on by and we’ll replace it for you.

Streaky Windows!

There are a lot of different “hacks” on offer to get the brightest and shiniest windows in your neighborhood. Vinegar, plain water, Dawn dish soap, Windex. Using newspaper or paper towels or microfiber cloths. We’ve discovered that the biggest secret is actually the weather. If you try to clean your windows on a hot sunny day, the cleaner you’re using evaporates too fast to do its job. Instead, try washing your windows on cooler or cloudier days and you’ll find the most spotless shine. 

Garage Door Service!

The garage door is the largest moving object in your home and manufacturers recommend yearly maintenance to keep it operating smoothly. A.B.E. Doors and Windows does offer Twenty Point Service Inspections at a discounted rate if you’d like to get in the habit of giving your garage door a checkup. 

14 May 2020
Spring Cleaning, Don't Overlook These Spots
Spring Cleaning, Don't Overlook These Spots

 

The past few weeks have allowed us to really focus on some areas of our homes that we may not always get to. Many of us have been spring cleaning and getting our homes ready for warmer weather. While you've probably hit all the familiar areas, let's walk you through some spots you may have missed.

In the Kitchen

Your counters are probably wiped clean at the end of the day, but when was the last time you gave some attention to your back-splashes? No doubt they see their fair share of food, splashed beverages and dish water. Wipe them down with warm water with a few drops of soap.

The trash can see all kinds of goodies thrown in it through-out the week, and even the best liner can't stop a tear here and there. All of a sudden, that old spaghetti sauce you thought was contained is inside the can. About once a month, take a peek in there before you replace the liner. Wipe it down inside and out.

Let's take a good look at your small kitchen appliances. When was the last time you emptied the toaster of crumbs or wiped down the can opener? Keep your coffee machine running well by setting aside a morning to run a few cycles of a vinegar solution. Mix a half a cup of vinegar and 1 cup of water and run it through your normal coffee cycle. After that is done, let coffee maker cool a little and run a cycle of plain water...repeat that process at least two more times.

In the Bathroom

Tub....check, toilet.....check, sink...check.....you've hit all the major spots. Now lets look up to that exhaust fan, chances are you are going to see some built up dust. Grab your vacuum and use your hose to gently suck that dust away.

Combat hardened lime on shower heads and faucets with the vinegar solution again. Place your shower head in a small bowl and let it sit in that solution for a few hours. Use an old toothbrush to help remove the build-up from the small openings. Take some cotton balls soaked in the vinegar solution and place or mold them around any areas of your faucet that may see some build-up. After a few hours remove and wipe down with a rag.

Make-up sponges & brushes often get overlooked too. Let them soak in a warm soapy bath for about 15 minutes. Rinse well and let them stand up-right to dry. Not only will they wear better, but you are also keeping oils and harmful bacteria from entering your pores.

 

 

Other Rooms of the Home

Besides your exhaust fan in the bathroom, check out all your vents, air ducts and especially your dryer vent. Clear them all of dust or any thing that may inhibit air flow. Make sure you look at the dryer vent where it exits the home outside. It's amazing how much dust can accumulate there as well.

Look up again to ceiling fans and lighting. A wet microfiber cloth is great for catching all the little dust particles. Shades and blinds will also benefit from a gentle wipe or light vacuuming with the brush attachment. Light bulbs can collect dirt too.....wipe them very gently, when the light is turned off.

Your remote and gaming controls see a lot of action every day. A wipe that contains some disinfectant or mild bleach cleanser is safe for the devices and you.

Vacuuming your mattress every three months is important to keep it free from mites, dander and dust. It also helps to prolong the life of your mattress and the bedding.

Now your house is really sparkling! Enjoy these early days of spring.

 

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