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Pro Tips for Cleaning Your Windows - Gilkey of Lexington, KY

  • By Michel Bayard
  • 19 Feb, 2016
Pro tips for cleaning your windows will make the task much easier. As a homeowner, you know how much better your home looks when the windows are clean. Experts say you should clean your window at least twice a year but if you have beautiful windows and you learn how to clean them effortlessly, I think you’ll agree cleaning them more often is ideal. Here are pro tips for cleaning your windows in a nutshell:

Use the Right Equipment

If you’re like most people you have been cleaning your windows the wrong way for a long time. Good news is you can use less elbow grease, no paper towels and get rid of the spray window cleaner. Pros who clean windows for a living often use just a few simple items.  
  • A squeegee to fit the window size A
  • A sponge or wand sponge applicator
  • Dish soap (just a drop or two) and water
  • Linen clothes, diapers or lint free rags
If you need an extension pole to reach the entire window make sure you get one. Having a small squeegee or sponge applicator can lead to back pain and more work. Too large of a handle is also a problem.

Cleaning Large Windows

Large windows get dirty quickly. You will find cleaning them a breeze when you use our pro tips for cleaning your windows. Start by using a wand sponge or similar sponge applicator to cover the windows with the cleaning solution. You don’t need a lot of bubbles and soap to get a clean look. Once you have the windows wet, allow them to sit for a minute or two then scrub the windows lightly to loosen the dirt. Now use your squeegee to remove the soapy water. You’ll start with a figure S at the top of the window and work your way down. Clean the squeegee off when it gets too wet to avoid leaving a streak. Remove water in the window edges and corners with a good absorbent rag. Once the windows are clean use your linen rag to dry the windows. Now step back and enjoy the view. Clean windows don’t require a lot of hard work or a big mess.

Cleaning Small Panes Windows

If you have windows with muntin bars separating the sash into a grid of tiny panes, you may feel like there is no easy way to wash your windows. Going back to the supply list, you need to make sure the equipment you use is the correct size for the window. This makes the job of cleaning your windows easy. The squeegee you use should be about ¼” smaller than the windowpane. Use a hand sponge to apply the soap mixture. Make sure you use a circular motion and try to loosen dirt on the muntins themselves. Squeegee the pane with a downward stroke and dry your windows. It’s as simple as that.

Examine Your Windows

When you clean your windows you have a good opportunity to examine how they are holding up. Older windows may need repaired or replaced over time. Insect damage and weathering can all have an ill effect on your windows. Gilkey Windows of Lexington can give you advise on repairing or replacing windows. Call 859-294-9393. 

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By Elizabeth Burton 11 Jul, 2017
At some point in time, we will all be faced with the hassle of dealing with a broken window. Broken windows can be a major nuisance because not only can they lead to a major mess if the window is shattered, but they can also lead to temperature leakage, water damage, and a major security issue for your home. At Gilkey Windows & Exterior Solutions of Lexington, Kentucky, we want to show you the best steps to take when dealing with a broken window, to help you make the process as simple as possible.

Determine What Caused the Break
If you believe that your window was broken because of a crime, report the incident immediately. Call the local authorities and so the issue is documented and file the appropriate papers for insurance claims. If the window was broken by a stray golf ball, baseball, or other toy, and it was not from someone in your home, try to discover where the cause originated from. If the break was accidental, make sure to report that on your insurance report as well.

If your window was shattered and there is glass in your home and outside your home, make sure you clean the area thoroughly and safely. Wear protective gloves and remove all glass shards from your home and yard. Keep animals, children, and other members of your family away from the area until you are sure it is clean. Make sure to vacuum or sweep the entire room because glass travels easily and is hard to spot.

Whether your window is shattered or just cracked, make sure that you cover and secure the window opening until someone can come and fix it. Leaving your window unsecured is dangerous, will cause you to lose money on your heating and cooling costs, and could lead to water damage if there is rain.

Call a Professional
If you have ensured the safety of your home with the above steps, and you believe that your window needs to be replaced, it is time to call a professional to have the problem resolved. Glass experts, like the professionals at Gilkey Windows & Exterior Solutions, can help you repair or replace your windows in a timely manner.

Why choose Gilkey?
Gilkey Windows & Exterior Solutions is a locally owned and operated business. When you choose Gilkey, you are choosing a company that will work for you and provide you with top quality service and products that cannot be compared. With our affordable pricing, wide range of product options, and superior service and installation process, we can guarantee that your window repair or replacement experience will be great. If you are located in Lexington or any of the surrounding areas, and are in need of a window repair, contact the experts at Gilkey Windows & Exterior Solutions today!
By Elizabeth Burton 13 Jun, 2017
Is it time to freshen up the outside of your home? If so, there’s no better place to start than where your visitors do – at the front door . Make your entryway welcoming, energy-efficient, and safe while maintaining your sense of style. Gilkey Windows and Exterior Solutions of Central Kentucky carries an extensive variety of entryway doors.

A Front Door That Meets Your Needs

Much like windows , doors to the outside can be a major drain on energy efficiency. When selecting a new front door, make sure it is the right size and have it professionally installed to ensure a proper fit to avoid air leaks.

If you have an east- or west-facing front door, take into account the large amount of sunlight it will have to tolerate each day. Steel doors easily withstand the heat and rarely require maintenance. If you don’t have a roof over your front door, consider adding a small roof or awning to cut down on the sun exposure. An added bonus: it will add curb appeal and protect visitors from the elements.

For a front door to be the right fit, it needs to fit within your budget. With the numerous materials used for doors, finding one that’s affordable for you is not hard to do. While solid wood doors tend to be the most expensive, you don’t have to forgo the wood look altogether. Fiberglass doors mimic the look of real wood but aren’t as costly. But be sure you don’t go so cheap that you are sacrificing usefulness, energy-efficiency, or safety.

A Front Door That Fits Your Style

Your front entryway is the first thing people see, even before they come into your home. Make it inviting with a door that fits the style of your home and you.

Front doors can stand alone, be doubled up for a grand entrance, or be flanked by one or two sidelights. Sidelights increase the natural light inside a home, which can be good if you want more light, or bad if you don’t want the extra heat and sunlight in the summer. Adding a new door in a different color or material can give your entryway a new look for less of an investment than changing shutters or siding. It’s also the perfect place to add a wreath or other decoration that can be changed according to the seasons.

For a cohesive look, coordinate your new door and the other items surrounding it. Match the metal finishes of your new door’s hardware with your porch lighting or house numbers if mounted nearby. If you have the space, continue the welcoming look on your front porch with plants and inviting furniture.

Gilkey Windows and Exterior Solutions in Lexington, Kentucky carries top-quality doors and sidelights from Gilkey, Marvin, and ProVia. They are available with or without glass inserts and come in so many styles there is sure to be more than one to fit your needs. If you’re not sure what you want, our expert project planners are here to help. Stop by our showroom or contact us to schedule an in-home consultation.

By Brian Dean 03 May, 2017

Your front door is often the first thing visitors notice about your home, and is quite literally how they are going to enter your home. Because of this, putting effort into the design and style of your front door is equivalent to making a good first impression on potential visitors. This can manifest in a number of ways, from the size, shape, material, color, and windows of your door, but there is one small detail you may have forgotten: how people are going to signal that they’re at your door. Most contemporary homes have doorbells, and so you may not have thought about alternatives, but the home exterior experts at Gilkey Windows of Central Kentucky are here to help you figure out the best way to deck out your front door.

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