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THOSE DOG DAYS…

 

 

 

If asked, the dog that resides at my house would certainly agree that the dog days of summer have arrived.

It has been hot and humid (even here in Albuquerque) for days. Afternoons call out loud for a person to nap along with those dogs. Before I heed to that invitation, I want to remind all readers that the online places we refer you to have great ideas for summertime.

mypotsandplanters.com  decor for the patio and indoors – FREE SHIPPING on orders over $49

bloomingbulb.com fall planting ideas – up to 60% OFF

wallpaperforwindows.com  privacy and decor for your windows

blindsexpress.com blinds and shades at discounted prices – FREE SHIPPING ( up to 94″ wide)

sunglasswarehouse.com great styles – super prices – FREE SHIPPING on orders over $25

And if your windows are dirty, I always suggest that you HIRE A PROFESSIONAL. 

If you insist on washing your own windows, please use a squeegee and a wetbar. And, the suggestion of using vinegar and wadded up newspapers that you see in a lot of “how to” info is really not a good one.Best tip…HIRE A PROFESSIONAL. They are not expensive and it really does improve your outlook on life!

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No Streaking For Your Windows!

Working for My Window Man in Albuquerque, and always up for a challenge, my son said, “Of course I can do these windows with a long pole, and have no streaks.” Without a special ladder that was the solution for sure.

When ya want life easier always HIRE A PROFESSIONAL!

 

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The Five Most Important Tips Regarding Clean Windows

A few spring cleaning tips regarding your windows.

Make sure the sprinklers are turned away from the glass

Hire a professional to clean them

If you insist doing them yourself, use a mild degreasant and a squeegee please

Make sure you keep the screens clean

Hire a professional to clean them … did I already say that?

Oh, how I love the sight of a professional with a squeegee outside my windows.

And this one even cleaned my very dirty blinds (but still usable) from my bedroom, that is getting a make-over.

Thank you, My Window Man in Albuquerque. You do great work!

 

Just to name a few others:

VENTURA COUNTY:      My Window Man

PORTLAND, OREGON:    See Clearly Window Cleaning

SAN DIEGO:   My Window Man

SAN FRANCISCO:  Window Doctor

SEATTLE:   Powerhouse Cleaners

KENTUCKY/INDIANA:      Rob’s Window Cleaning

If you do not know who to call in your area, ask me here in the comments, and I will find you one to hire.

      (If you are a professional to hire, tell me here so I can add you to my suggestions)

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Daylight With A Side of Windows Please

on sale now at  My Pots and Planters

I have always loved daylight. That love led to windows, which led to clean windows, and carried on to decorating windows. Oh, and let’s not forget enjoying what is outside windows! Finally, I have sorted through and handpicked places to find the best deals to enhance that wonderful daylight. Be sure to check each one out for their springtime specials!

Let’s decorate:

Wallpaper For Windows   –  they will even do the trimming

Blinds Express  – all your favorite brands discounted

Best Home Fashion  –  Mother’s Day Sale

Outside our windows:

Blooming Bulb  – up to 81 % off

My Pots and Planters   – free shipping on orders over $49

Sunglass Warehouse  –  free shipping on orders over 

Remember to HIRE A PROFESSIONAL to clean those windows. You deserve all the daylight you can get.

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Gotcha Covered!

woodblind

Okay, you have probably already scheduled a professional to clean your windows for fall – definitely my choice. Well, at least you have planned on cleaning them yourself. Right? Either way, you might have some clean and/or naked windows that need window coverings. 

Before you go to the local box store, and pay sales tax, consider visiting BlindsExpress.com online to take advantage of their fall specials. They have blinds, shades, cellular shades and many other options to cover up those naked windows, or those ones that suffer from dilapidated old stuff. They offer great customer service and have quick delivery. They even show you how to measure correctly.

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If you have already shopped and know what brand you want, you can probably find it at BlindsExpress.com. They have all the name brands and that is backed up with 45 years of experience. I bet you will find exactly what you want to dress up your windows!

Top picture: MAR 2 inch wood blind.

Bottom picture: Roman shade.

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The Easy Wheelie!

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I know for sure one of my besties (you know who you are) would have appreciated this gem last year when we hauled heavy bags of rocks from the front driveway to the back patio at my wheelbarrow-less home. We got so worn out we ended up using the top of a lawn mower to stack the last bag or two. Awkward, but it sorta worked. The WheelEasy™, available online at Allsop Home and Garden, would have been even better than a wheelbarrow because most of the lifting would have been eliminated! And, if I need to be on the outside of my windows doing the work, I don’t want it to be painful.

The larger model is pictured above, but there is also a smaller version, The WheelEasy™ LE, available. It is the perfect choice for those with less storage space, although either model takes up less room than a wheelbarrow.  Both fold up for storage or transport.{52FE0FD7-B635-465B-A044-803AA823E540}_Weeding_small

Both of these nifty yard carts make moving rocks and gravel, collecting weeds or spreading bark a whole lot easier. Because the handles drop to the ground, you do not have to lift. Are you ready to harvest some veggies? The WheelEasy™ LE  will make the job so easy. And, when fall leaves drop, just rake them into the cart and haul them wherever.

The WheelEasy™ LE holds up to 150 lbs  ($119.99)

The WheelEasy™  holds up to 350 lbs.  ($159.99)

Visit Allsops and make your yard and garden activities a lot more efficient.

 

 

 

 

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FALL CLEANING

Where did 2011 go?

Here I am talking about cleaning for the holiday season, but it is that time. Now, if you are really set on washing your own windows, please use a mild degreasant, clean water and a real squeegee. Otherwise, you end up with a mess and streaks. Keep in mind, you might find yourself like this…

If you have never had them done professionally, treat yourself and HIRE A PROFESSIONAL. Over the next month, I will remind you of a few favorites around the US. If I don’t hit your area, request in the comments and I will find you one.

Albuquerque, NM                            MY WINDOW MAN   

Ventura County, CA                      MY WINDOW MAN  

San Diego, CA                                    MY WINDOW MAN  

PENNSYLVANIA                          Noble Window Cleaning

MINNEAPOLIS/ST PAUL            Freedom Cleaning

SOUTHERN CALIF                   PacifiClear Window Cleaning  

This is just a start – I will add more later. Plan ahead, schedule soon.

If you need to dress them up with blinds, shades, curtains or window wallpaper, For Your Windows is ready to serve you online.

And, remember to subscribe to this blog and enter the SEARS $75 giveaway by following the easy entry rules.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“A STITCH IN TIME SAVES NINE”

I ran into an article recently concerning what happens, or doesn’t happen, when working on plans for building. Anyone who has worked in janitorial or window cleaning has probably asked at least once, “What were they thinking?” Sometimes windows stay dirty for many years because nobody figures out how to get to them.

In that same article there was a great list put together by an insurance specialist who really did his homework.  I found it amazing that architects never get asked the right questions to make sure the building can be maintained. Planning ahead can be very helpful.

Design Flaw Sampler/Housekeeping

  1. Installing doors and elevators that are too narrow to accommodate service equipment.
  2. Installing discontinued or obsolete equipment.
  3. Making entryways too small to handle foot traffic.
  4. Installing lighting that is impossible to service.
  5. A 3-foot-by-5-foot janitor closet with a 3-foot-wide door that opens in.
  6. Installing window systems that cannot be cleaned or serviced easily.
  7. Installing cheap paint that cannot be cleaned.
  8. Failure to install floor drains.
  9. Failure to install appropriate water and snow deflection systems at entrances.
  10. Installing carpet or flooring that shows dirt daily or blue carpet with an asphalt parking lot.

— Steve Spencer, Facilities Specialist in Cleaning and Maintenance State Farm Insurance, Bloomington, Ill.

Homeowners could get some ideas from this too, especially if they are building a dream house. 

Meanwhile, here is a great example of someone solving the problem after the fact.

 

 

 


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TRY TO ENJOY YOUR BATH

A woman was taking a bath when she heard her doorbell ring.  “Who is it?” she said. “Blind man,” was the answer.  “I’ll be right there,” she said.
Without putting clothes on, she went to the door. A surprised man said,
“where do you want these venetian blinds?”
Hey, not so far fetched. The first sign we ever had professionally done, when we owned My Window Man, had to be redone.  The window cleaning fellow I am married to, well he used to work a squeegee anyway, was so proud of his new sign.  He parked the pickup so he could show it to me, and I sorta gasped. It read:
PROFESSIONAL WINDOW AND BLIND CLEANING
Looking back at the scenario now, I guess it would have been okay, but there was something about it that worried me in terms of doing a perfect job.
 
To even make this whole blind and bathtub thing funnier, it was not that far back that taking your Venetian blinds to the bathtub to clean them was the obvious solution. I would not recommend this now, especially if you are visually impaired. In fact, I would not suggest it even if your eye sight is perfect. Why not HIRE A PROFESSIONAL!  My Window Man in Albuquerque will clean them for you.  I am sure you can find a service that does them in your area too.
If yours are a lost cause, check out some quality, cheap, new ones to replace those that are not worth cleaning.  For Your Windows solves that problem, and we ship NATIONWIDE.
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AN EXTREME CLEAN

Seems like just yesterday that I first visited the Space Needle in Seattle. It was actually in 1967, 5 years after it made its debut at the 1962 World’s Fair. This blog post was suppose to be up yesterday, but I got side-tracked looking for pictures of that trip. Darn, I never did find the one I wanted, but because I looked for so long I am going to include this one. There I am standing at the bottom in my brushed corduroy print suit and orange shoes. I know, it is at the bottom not the top, and I did go to the top, but the only picture I managed to find of that is even more boring than this one.

Okay, now my searching at least seems somewhat worthwhile.

The first time the Space Needle had its windows washed was in 2008 (46 years) when a very professional cleaning crew literally hung around for several overnight gigs to clean the structure.

The team who did the work said it was actually a very safe project thanks to a lot of preparation.

Yeah, and a crazy desire for adrenaline rushes me thinks.

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