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Professional Window Cleaning Tips - Gilkey Windows in Lexington, KY

  • By Michel Bayard
  • 06 Dec, 2015
Your home’s windows allow you to enjoy natural lighting and a clear view outside your house. They can also be one of the hardest areas of your home to keep clean. “I Don’t Do Windows!” used to be a joke we often told about the maid who didn’t want to tackle a hard task. We can help you keep your windows clean without all the hassle with these professional window cleaning tips.

Remove the Screens

Don’t attempt to clean your windows without removing the screens first. You should remove screens and clean them separately at least once or twice a year. You can thoroughly clean your screens by soaking them in soapy water and then rinsing them with a hose.

Hose Your Windows Down First

Before attempting to wash your windows, rinse them with plenty of water. This will dislodge some of the debris like spider webs and dirt or dust. You can rinse them with the hose by spraying them. Don’t spray a heavy stream directly at the window but spray at an angle or with a soft spray. This will protect your windows. You can also use a bucket of water to rinse the windows.

Separate Removable Panels

If your windows have panes that can be removed from the frame, go ahead and remove them before you begin the cleaning process. Be careful as you handle the glass panes. Wash them thoroughly with low-suds soapy water or glass cleaner. Too much soap can leave a soap residue or cause a dingy film to appear on your windows when they dry.

Cleaning the Outside of Your Windows

The outsides of your windows are normally the dirtiest and hardest to clean. Avoid using paper towels that will leave behind fibers that attract dirt. Instead apply the soap or detergent with a rag or sponge. Scrub the window to dislodge any remaining dirt. Once your windowpane is clean, you can hose it down to remove the suds. Use a squeegee to remove the water or remaining suds. Squeegees come in many different sizes and have different handle lengths to help with tall or wide windows.

Cleaning the Inside of Your Windows

The inside is easier to clean and often is best cleaned with a rag and window cleaner. You will find paper towels can leave behind lint but in the inside windowpanes, it rarely causes a problem. Avoid over soaping your windows as too much detergent or cleaner will leave a residue. If you have modern windows they will tilt down for easy cleaning.

Professional Window Cleaning Tips

If you have oversized windows or you have a problem cleaning some of your windows, you can ask your window replacement company if they have any suggestions for cleaning these windows. Gilkey Windows and Exterior Solutions will be happy to answer any questions you might have. 

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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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