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24 Jun 2019
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Why Hire Professional Window Cleaners?

Gold Standard Services Blog: Residential Window Cleaning in Ontario

The Benefits Of Hiring a Professional Window Cleaner?

Glass is porous, gradually the dirt will erode the surface. Window cleaning professionals have the perfect equipment to ensure there are no accidents that cause injury or damage to your home windows.

Window cleaning done regularly will extend windows lifespan, curb appeal and increase heat efficiency in your home, but is time-consuming, especially if your property has multiple levels of windows. Hiring professional window cleaners who are trained, insured and have proper equipment to limit accidents will reduce injury or damage.

The Cost of Window Cleaning in Ontario

Yes, of course, anyone with a squeegee, a bucket and a mop can call themselves a professional window cleaner. Therefore, it is vital you do your own research before hiring anyone to service your property and is important to understand that professional window cleaning companies price their services differently, with many factors altering the price of a full-house window cleaning.

Furthermore, the number of panes you need cleaned determines the cost of window cleaning. The average residential window is two panes of glass. Although window cleaning is straightforward job, below is a list of factors that will give you a better understanding of the top factors that impact costs.

  • Whether you require exterior, interior, or both window cleaning
  • The type of windows that need to be cleaned (Single or Double Pane, French Windows, Etc.)
  • The number of stories your home has and the complexity of your home (Are ladders and extension poles needed)
  • How often you need your windows cleaned
  • How dirty the glass is
  • Do you have stain glass windows

These are a few factors that will affect your home window cleaning prices.

Data shows that the average full house interior and exterior window cleaning in Ontario is $260 to $320. For best results, clean your windows twice annually, once in the spring and once in the fall. Homeowners that leave their windows contaminated will cause window damage and windows are expensive to replace.

Saves Time

No matter what size your home is, there is one thing we can all agree on, window cleaning is a pain, but when the summertime is upon us having sparkling clean windows is a MUST. Having your windows clean makes any room feel bigger, brighter, and cleaner. Not to worry. Professional cleaners love the jobs you hate. Hiring professionals can save you tons of time and hassle while minimizing accidents or injuries. Spend your beautiful weekends doing something you really enjoy, struggling to clean your windows.  

Extend your Windows Lifespan

Regular professional window cleaning keeps environmental contaminants like dirt, hard water, debris and oxidation off of your windows. Professional window cleaners are trained to spot problems with damaged glass, seals and frames and effectively take care of your home windows.

Heat Efficiency

Hiring professional window cleaners is a big investment, but an important one also. Did you know that having clean windows can actually save you tons on your energy bill? You may not know, but window cleaning can help heat your home. If dirt, grime, and dust is left on your windows it blocks the sun’s UV rays and doesn’t allow your home to generate the free heat the sun has to offer. This over time will cost you hundreds on energy bills to heat your home.

Curb Appeal

Nonetheless, your windows are a focal point of your home. Clean windows allow sunlight in your home which brightens it up and contributes to the overall curb appeal. Window cleaning professionals are capable of cleaning surfaces to restore curb appeal without the cost of repairing or replacing panes.

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DIY Tips

If you are interested in cleaning the more accessible windows in your home by yourself, remember not to use tools that can scratch or scrap the windows that could result in damages or repairs. Also, avoid washing windows in direct sunlight because although it may dry the windows faster, it means increased streaking.

Additional Add-ons

Homes that reside near saltwater may encounter more maintenance due to the salt content within the air. Thus, being located on a busy road may result in a higher level of debris on your residential windows. Moreover, the cost of window cleaning on the first two stories of your home are generally the same, but when you exceed two stories the cost can go up per pane on stories three and four.

25 Jun 2019
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Vinegar & Baking Soda – Cleaning Solutions

Gold Standard Services Blog: Residential Cleaning Tips with Vinegar and Baking Soda

Did you know that vinegar and baking soda are more effective and safer for your surfaces than most commercial cleaning products due to the chemicals they contain?

Most name brand cleaning products are advertised to promote the positives of their product, they are made with chemicals that can cause illnesses to us, while also having negative impacts on the environment. Needless to say, eco-friendly home ingredients, such as vinegar and baking soda can be used as effective cleaning solutions on windows, chandeliers, carpets, screens, tracks and many more.

These common green cleaning ingredients are used together or separately that is healthier for the environment and you. Vinegar eliminates stains, mold, and rust without being hazardous to the environment. Baking Soda cleans and removes surface stains. Furthermore, baking soda safely tackles duties above and beyond just sitting in the back of a refrigerator. Below are a few examples of how to use these two solutions to clean the toughest stains, dirt and grime on surfaces.

In the Kitchen

  • We all have unwanted refrigerator dirt that builds up from time to time. No worries, add vinegar and water into a spray bottle to clean your surfaces without all of the chemicals that leading solution brands have in their products.
  • For a spotless clean microwave and a deep clean coffee maker run vinegar through both machines monthly and remove yeast and mold build-up.
  • Baking soda cleans stained pots and pans caused by baked-on grease. Apply a light layer of baking soda, dish detergent, and hot water to remove unwanted grime from your kitchen hardware.
  • Want shining stainless-steel surfaces? Apply baking soda directly onto a clean cloth, scrub the surface, and then rinse.
  • For coffee or travel mugs and teacups vinegar and baking is a great eco-friendly way to scrub away tough to remove stains.
  • Hint: Don’t waste condiments because they are empty. Apply a few drops of vinegar into a low bottle of ketchup or mustard will help it come out easier.

In the Bathroom

  • Does your sink or windows need fresh caulking? Sprinkle baking soda into 1 cup of white vinegar and stir until it forms a consistent paste. Then add 1 tablespoon of baking soda paste onto a damp rag. Rinse the mold and baking soda paste from the sealant with a wet sponge and cool water.
  • A half-cup of baking soda is the magic trick to a sparkling toilet. Allow the baking soda to sit inside the toilet overnight, then scrub.
  • Minerals clog up all parts of the showerhead and reduce their flow. By soaking the showerhead in a mixture of half a cup of vinegar and a quarter cup of water for 15 minutes will remove all of the unwanted buildup.
  • To remove lime buildup on sink fixtures, use a vinegar and salt paste to restore your sinks appearance.

Baking Soda Vinegar Cleaning Clean Surfaces Eco-Friendly

Other uses for Vinegar and Baking Soda

  • It is recommended to clean carpets twice annually. Having your carpet cleaned every three to six months ensures that discolouration, stains, dust, and other debris are non-existent. Applying baking soda over carpets for 15 minutes in the spring and fall then vacuum.
  • Lift out multiple carpet stains with vinegar: For light carpet stains use a mixture of 2 tablespoons salt dissolved in half a cup of white vinegar. Let the solution dry, then vacuum. For tough carpet stains, add 2 tablespoons borax to the mixture and apply it in the same way.
  • Parents, have you ever had a kid color on your surfaces only to find out that you can’t remove them that easily? No worries. There are solutions. Soak a toothbrush in vinegar for 5 minutes and lightly scrub the affected surface.
  • Vinegar is also effective on sticky surfaces. Use a soaked cloth of vinegar on labels or sticky surfaces for several minutes to remove unwanted sticky residue.
  • How often do you encounter a rusted screw? Pour vinegar over the affected area and let it rest. This will help break down rust.
  • Exterior vent cleaning is important. This ultimately increases energy efficiency and ensures a healthy breathing environment. Not having your exterior vents cleaned will potentially lead to expensive repairs and health risks.
  • Does your trash every smell. That’s unpleasant. Simply sprinkle some baking soda on the bottom of your trash cans to help keep bad smells away.
  • For “whiter whites” and “brighter brights” apply your usual amount of liquid laundry detergent while adding half a cup of baking soda. Baking soda also softens the water so you can use less detergent and get better results.

Pets

  • Freshen up your pets eating area by sprinkling baking soda around a pet’s food bowl to help eliminate dirt and insects.
  • Reduce cat box odors with a layer of baking soda beneath the cat litter.
  • Spritzing dogs with white vinegar diluted with water can help repel fleas and add shine to their coats.
  • Make your own shampoo by mixing three tablespoons baking soda with one quart warm water. Wash your dog with the solution and massage it into his coat. Allow the solution to set for a few minutes to neutralize odors. After, apply your regular, vet-approved dog shampoo. Then, rinse.
20 Jun 2019

Decluttering 101 – Where To Start?

Gold Standard Services Blog: Residential Window Cleaning in Ontario

How To Declutter 101

These 5 decluttering 101 examples don’t tell you which room to begin with nor the time frame it will take you to declutter each space. Above all, these tips and tricks don’t blueprint specific decluttering techniques, or tell you what you what you should or shouldn’t own. Moreover, these decluttering 101 rules are here to assist you with:

  • Creating space in your home
  • Deciding what’s important to you
  • Making cleaning easier

Furthermore, every January the holiday decorations come down and the itch to get organized begins. It really is the perfect time to tackle those closets and drawers, to purge and declutter all the corners of your home. Gold Standard understands the frustration and tries to help the process a little by generating a list of things to throw away, donate, or recycle, based on each room in your home!

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1. Bathroom

Hence, decluttering utilizes decision-making and problem solving traits because you have only some much space for X amount of personal belongings. For example, the bathroom and usually has limited space, so to make everything fit you need quick decision making skills about whether to keep or discard items, and where to put them. Items to consider disposing in your bathroom to gain more space are:

  • Old makeup
  • Expired sunscreen
  • Expired medicine
  • Broken brushes
  • Old towels/bath mats

2. Bedroom

Generally, clutter can create stress. Having a bedroom that is clean and organized saves you time and energy each day. Also, it allows you to see what you have and need to make better shopping purchases. Furthermore, when you declutter you’re likely to find the items you have misplaced or forgotten you have. To being with, use the list below to establish what is taking up unwanted space in your bedroom.

  • Old/broken jewelry
  • Earrings without a match
  • Stained clothes
  • Clutter in nightstands
  • Old shoe boxes

3. Kitchen

In conclusion, having a clean home and especially a clean kitchen is a good thing. If you have a clean space keeping it clean is easy, but getting a cluttered space clean is a chore. However, to help improve your kitchen space try minimizing old, expired or broken things in your kitchen!

  • Plasticware with no lid
  • Expired food
  • Old cookbooks
  • Chipped plates/glasses
  • Old kitchen tools

4. Office

In short, decluttering office space is similar to any other room stated above. Once you’re convenience of what is earning its keep in your office you can make a pile of things that stay and things you’d like to get rid of. In this case, be ruthless, don’t keep anything in your space that doesn’t support your work or make you happy to see. In particular, start with these items mentioned below for a head start on a cleaner, brighter and more functional space.

  • Books
  • Magazines
  • Old receipts
  • Old notebooks
  • Outdated electronics
19 Nov 2017

How To: Make Your Home Safer For Seniors

Taking care of an elderly person? Trying to make their home safer for them to live in? Follow these simple tips to help make their home safer and more accessible.

The Bathroom

  • Install handles near the toilets to aid in getting up and down.
  • Install an emergency cord in case they need help.
  • Place a walk around tub or shower with plenty of handles and a non-slip surface.
  • Add a tub with a seat.

The Living Room

  • Install a chair lift to help get them up and down staircases.
  • Make sure that all the electrical cords are against the walls or bundled behind the furniture.
  • Remove tripping hazards by fastening all the rugs and other items to the floors that could bunch up.
  • Consider installing levers on entry doors instead of doorknobs.
  • Install night-lights throughout the house so they can see at night and early in the morning.
  • Install easy ramps over doorways that change from carpet to tile so the wheelchair or walker does not get stuck on the flooring strip.

The Kitchen

  • Get drawers that are easy to open.
  • Install shelves that slide open for easy access to dishes and other contents.
  • Lower counter tops and appliances to help seniors with wheel chairs use countertop equipment.

A safer home for seniors starts with modifying the house for accessibility and safety. Using these tips seniors will remain independent longer!

11 Nov 2017

Why Fall Is The Best Season For Gutter Cleaning

Gutter cleaning can be a hassle, but not clearing out the dirt and grime trapped in your troughs could be detrimental to your home. With Autumn in full-swing, homeowners know that tons of leaves and branches are getting buried into their gutters day after day. It is imperative to make sure that debris is removed before winter comes and here’s why.

Leaves Pile Up In Your Gutters

All those beautiful golden and red leaves stemming from the tall trees near your home will soon fall off and many will end up in your gutters. As soon as you get hit with the first heavy rain storm, your gutters won’t be able to drain the water out properly because of the leaves. This will likely cause your gutters to overflow and potentially can cause water damage to the foundation of your home.

Healthy Gutters = Happy Wallet

Gutters are not cheap to replace which is why regular gutter maintenance is so important. A small investment of time and money now will save you a ton in the future.

If you live in a place surrounded by trees, you’re definitely going to have to clean your gutters a lot more often than those who live in desert climates. Most trees lose leaves in the fall, which makes a fall cleaning essential. If you have pine or any other needle trees, you might need to clean them 3 to 4 times a year.

Winter Is On It’s Way

If you don’t clear out your gutters before winter, all that debris and water will freeze when the temperature drops. When it’s frozen, any water from melting snow has nowhere to go, and can seep through your roof, causing water damage. This can also make your gutters heavier, which could cause them to sag. The extra weight can cause your gutters to completely fall down, which would mean you will need to replace or reinstall them.

22 Oct 2017

How To: Efficient Snow Shovelling

Snow shovelling is never fun, but we all have to do it. Leaving the snow until a thick layer of ice forms on your driveway is not our most recommended tip. Rather, consult this list of snow shovelling tips to the make the job go more smoothly and to even make it a little less boring (yes, that’s possible).

1. The Prep

  • Stretch your muscles.
  • Dress in layers.
  • Take breaks: Continuous shovelling can be hazardous to the health to some people.
  • Wax your shovel with Pam spray to make it more slippery and to prevent snow from sticking to it.

2. The Technique

  • Bend your knees and lift with your legs.
  • As you lift the snow, keep the shovel as close as possible to you to reduce back strain.
  • Switch between shovelling with your right hand and your left hand to work different muscles.
  • Periodically change your grip (from palm-under to palm-over) on the hand holding the bar.
  • When the snowfall is heavy, don’t try to clean right down to the ground with a single scoop. Instead, skim the top 6 inches off, then scoop up the bottom 6 inches. Otherwise, you could be hurting yourself by lifting too much.

3. The Placement

  • Don’t create huge piles right along the edge of your driveway. Some of the chunks will end up tumbling down back into your driveway, meaning you have to remove them twice. Instead, heave each shovel-full a decent distance away from your driveway.
  • This will give your more space to shovel easily when the next snowstorm hits.

Considering Buying a Snow Blower?

Think about these things first:

  • You may not receive enough snowfall in your area to warrant the investment.
  • If you have a small driveway, a snowblower may not be worth the bother.
  • Snowblowers take up storage space year-round.
  • Snowblowers are noisy and require maintenance and fuel.

Wondering If You Need To Clear Snow From Your Vent?

Yes, you do, for two reasons:

  1. A dryer vent blocked by snow is a fire hazard.
  2. It also puts you at risk for exposure to carbon monoxide.
15 Oct 2017

How To: Creating All-Natural Cleaners At Home

Do you have a spare five-minutes? In that time, you can whip up a cleaning solution that will help bring your home to tip-top shape! Here are four cleaning solutions you can make at home:

The All-Purpose Cleaner

What you will need:

  • 3 drops liquid Castile soap
  • ¼ cup washing soda, not baking soda
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • ¼ cup vodka
  • 4 drops tea tree oil (available at most drug stores)
  • 8 drops essential oil for scent (optional)

Microwave vinegar until boiling. Add washing soda and stir until fully dissolved. Add the Castile soap, tea tree oil, vodka and essential oil. Place the mixture into a spray bottle and shake! Mix one part cleaner to four parts water. This solution works great on counter tops, sinks and more.

The Bathroom Powder Scrub

What you will need:

  • 1 cup borax
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • ½ cup sea salt (If using scrub on fiberglass tubs, omit salt to prevent scratching.)
  • 6 drops essential oils for fragrance, optional

First, mix dry ingredients. Then, add essential oils for fragrance, if desired. Store in a shaker container (e.g. an empty cheese container). Apply using a sponge. Disinfect sponges after each use by microwaving wet sponges two to three minutes.

Laundry Soap

What you will need:

  • 2 cups soap flakes
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1 cup borax powder
  • 1 cup washing soda, not baking soda

To make soap flakes, simply grate a bar of soap on the large-hole side of a grater. Now, mix all ingredients thoroughly. Place in either a plastic or glass container with a lid. This soap works best with hot water. For top-loading washing machines, use ½ to 1 cup. For front-loading and high-efficiency machines, use 2 tablespoons.

The Glass and Mirror Cleaner

What you will need:

  • 1 teaspoon dish soap
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • 3 cups distilled water

Place all ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake and then spray directly onto windows and mirrors.

08 Oct 2017

How To: Removing A Lipstick Stain From Your Carpet

Although it’s not the most common stain, people don’t know what to do when it does happen. Here are the steps to take when lipstick gets smushed into your carpet.

The Fix

Step #1: Use a spoon to scoop up any solids.

Step #2: Dab a tiny amount of cleaning solvent on a white cotton cloth.

Step #3: Blot the mark, working from the outside in and alternating between the solvent cloth and a clean towel, until every trace of colour has disappeared.

Step #4: Wait a few minutes. Fill a spray bottle with hot water and spritz the area until it’s saturated. Pat with a clean towel.

Have a disaster that needs solving? Call Gold Standard Windows, our pros will help you out!

30 Sep 2017

Want a Clean Kitchen Quick? Follow this Route

When we’re cleaning our kitchen, sometimes we’re trying to do 6 tasks at once. Follow this step-by-step route in order to get a cleaner kitchen way faster.

1. Start with clearing the counters. Get rid of anything that doesn’t belong (i.e. mail, magazines, keys, etc.)

2. Fill the sink with hot water and a few squirts of dish soap. Drop in items that need soaking.

3. Empty the refrigerator, tossing anything that has expired.

4. Dust the high zones, knocking dirt and debris to the floor, where they will be swept up later.

5. Clean the upper cabinets and anything else on the walls, including a mounted microwave.

6. Head to the microwave. Wipe the inside area using a dry cloth.

7. Spray the stovetop with all-purpose cleaner and let sit for a few minutes.

8. Load the dishwasher with the items soaking in the sink.

9. Wipe the stovetop with a clean, dry cloth and, again, just let crumbs fall to the floor.

10. Clean the coffeemaker, toaster, stand mixer, and other small appliances from top to bottom, using glass cleaner or a multisurface formula.

11. Scrub the countertops with small, circular motions, using a cleaner formulated for your surface.

12. Get the fridge doors, the front of the dishwasher, and the oven with a cloth dipped in clean, sudsy water.

13. Clean the lower cabinets and drawers with a damp, soapy cloth.

14. Drain the sink and rinse with hot water. Buff the basin with a mild abrasive cleanser and a microfiber cloth; rinse with hot water. Wipe down the faucet and the handles.

15. Empty the trash, swiping the inside of the can and the interior of the top with a cleaning wipe before replacing the bag.

16. Sweep the floor with an electro-static dry duster, like a Swiffer Sweeper.

You’re done! Voila!

22 Sep 2017

How To Whip Your Home Into Shape Before Winter Starts

We know the winter season can be a busy couple of months for homeowners. However, with fall now in full-swing, you can use your free time now to whip your home into shape before winter starts. Use these must-do fall maintenance tips to keep your house in shape and help keep you warm this winter.

1. Clean Your Gutters

  • Regularly clean gutters and downspouts. Make sure all drainage areas are unblocked by leaves and debris. Consider installing gutter guards to make the job a lot easier.

2. Re-Caulk Your Windows

  • Use a screwdriver to probe the wood trim around windows, doors, railings and decks. Use caulk to fill the holes or completely replace the wood.

3. Paint Your Home’s Exterior

  • Lower humidity and cooler temperatures make fall a good time to paint the exterior of your home.

4. Inspect Your Roof

  • Inspect your roof, or hire a licensed professional to examine your roof for wear and tear. If the shingles are curling, buckling or crackling, replace them. If you have a lot of damage, it’s time to replace the entire roof. Also, check the flashing around skylights, pipes and chimneys. If you have any leaks or gaps, heavy snow and ice will find its way in.

5. Drain Your Pipes

  • To prevent exterior water pipes from bursting when the weather gets below freezing, turn off the valves to the exterior hose bibs. Run the water until the pipes are empty. Make sure all the water is drained from the pipes, if not; the water can freeze up and damage the pipes.

6. Inspect Your Fireplace

  • Have your wood-burning fireplace inspected, cleaned and repaired to prevent chimney fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.

7. Check Your Insulation

  • Check the attic to make sure the insulation is installed properly. The vapor barrier on insulation should face down toward the living space. If it is installed incorrectly then the insulation will trap moisture and cause water problems.