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Eric Kennedy is a veteran of the window cleaning industry and co-owner of Smart Window Cleaning, a Diamond Certified company since 2011. He can be reached at (415) 938-6902 or by email.

How to Clean a Window

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

NOVATO — If you want to maintain your windows in between professional cleanings, you’ll need to have the right cleaning tools and techniques at your disposal. Start with the tools: Go to your local hardware store and pick up a strip washer (sort of like a mop that’s used on windows) and a squeegee. Once you have your tools, follow this technique:

1. Use your strip washer to wet and scrub the window. If you have baked-on dirt, you can use some #4 steel wool (the finest grade available) to get more abrasive power.

2. Starting at the top of the window, use your squeegee to “fan” the window by moving briskly from one side to the other in a downward direction. Read more

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Video: How To Clean a Window

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

NOVATO — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you want to maintain your windows between professional cleanings, you’ll need to know the proper technique. Today we’re in Novato with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Eric Kennedy of Smart Window Cleaning to see how it’s done.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Eric Kennedy: Hi, I’m here to show everybody how to clean a window professionally. A lot of people have a long time between professional cleanings and they want to clean their kitchen window, the living room, or whatever it is. So, I’m here to show you the right way to do it. So, I’m just going to get started.

This is called the strip washer. Read more

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Video: Cutting-Edge Cleaning Tools

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SAN RAFAEL — Host, Sarah Rutan: Just about everyone owns a broom and dustpan, but there are a few modern cleaning tools you may not have heard of. Today we’re in San Rafael with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Pat Belardi of Molly Maid to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Pat Belardi: I’d like to show you some items you probably haven’t thought about when you think about cleaning. If you think about cleaning at all. One, I’d really suggest that you try the new microfibers. You can use them wet or dry. And what’s really great about them is when you dust, whether it’s with a cloth or with a duster, Read more

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Getting Organized with Cleaning Supplies

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SAN RAFAEL– If you’re like most people, cleaning the bathroom is one of the last things you look forward to doing. Fortunately, there’s a way to remove some of the hassle from this tiresome task: having your cleaning supplies organized. You’ll be surprised how far a little organization can go toward facilitating ease and efficiency when cleaning a bathroom—or any other room for that matter.

The best way to organize your bathroom cleaning supplies is to have them all centrally located in a bucket or similar container. Keep this bucket in a bathroom cupboard or, if you don’t have space, a closet or garage area—just label it as your “bathroom bucket.” Items in your bathroom bucket should include gloves; Read more

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Video: Bathroom Cleaning Kit

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SAN RAFAEL – Host, Sarah Rutan: No one likes cleaning the bathroom, but a great way to make the process more efficient is to get organized with your cleaning tools and products. Today we’re in San Rafael with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Pat Belardi of Molly Maid to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Pat Belardi: I’m frequently asked what kinds of tips or suggestions would you give for someone who is cleaning their house, and the first thing I’d say is get organized. And a great example of that is the bathroom. Who likes to clean the bathroom? It’s about the last thing anyone of us wants to deal with. Read more

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Uncommon House Cleaning Tools

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SAN RAFAEL — When it comes to cleaning, there are plenty of common tools nearly everyone uses, like brooms, mops and sponges. However, there are a few items you may not have thought to use for cleaning your home.

One such item is a microfiber cloth or duster. What makes microfiber cleaning tools so beneficial is their ability to retain dust: unlike conventional feather dusters, which merely spread dust around, microfiber cloths and dusters attract and collect dust so it doesn’t end up back in the air. Microfiber cloths are also good for cleaning mirrors and glass, and they can be used both wet and dry.

There’s another tool you’ve probably never thought about cleaning with, Read more

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How to Prevent Water Spots on Glass

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SUNNYVALE — A common problem with glass shower doors is the formation of water spots. Not only do these spots obscure the clarity of glass, they can also become permanently etched into it over time. The good news is, if your shower door is less than two years old, it’s unlikely that your water spots are permanent, so there’s still time to take proactive measures.

Preventing permanent water spots entails just one simple step: applying Rain-X to your shower doors. Typically used on car windshields during the rainy season, Rain-X is a water repellent, which means it causes water to run off glass surfaces rather than stick to them. With the regular application of Rain-X to your shower doors, Read more

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