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Squeegee Pros Annual Back To School Drive


The new school year is right around the corner and the mad dash for supplies has begun.  However, there are some families who are unable to afford basic school necessities.  That's why we need your help...

Squeegee Pros has been dedicated to serving the community for over 22 years.  Our wish is to be able to provide kids in need with supplies that will allow them to succeed this school year.  We are currently collecting donations from our commercial and residential clients to help make this wish a reality. 


Needed supplies include (but are not limited to) pens, pencils, paper, backpacks, and binders.
As a thank you, we have decided to run a special for International Pressure Washing Day -  August 23!  

From now until September 7th 2018 we will take $25 off any pressure washing service with the mention of this email. 

Additionally, we will personally donate school supplies to a local school in your honor.
If you'd like to donate supplies directly:

  • You may give them to the technician at the time of cleaning.
  • Drop items off at our Mooresville office.
  • Or mail the items to our office.
1219 River Highway, Mooresville NC 28117


We are thankful for your support and look forward to working with you to make this school year the best one yet!

Squeegee Pros, Inc.
704-799-0313 ext 1
www.SqueegeePros.com
Home of NC's Best Window Washers 
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What to look for when hiring a window cleaning company.

All of us at some point we all must hire a company or a contractor to perform work on our home. There are several steps you should follow when looking for a company. 

1.    Get multiple bids.  With this being said, do not always go with the cheaper price. You get what you pay for most of the time.  Price can depend on if a company has insurance or employees. 

2.    Get your estimate in writing. Also consider, it is an estimate and prices may change depending on the situation. Here at Squeegee Pros we do most of our estimating over the phone and/or internet, so our estimates are verified upon arrival. 

3.    Check reviews. Never go with a company that has all postive reviews as no one is perfect and this should be seen as a red flag if they do. But at the same time, if all the reviews are negative, well then most of us move on. Primarily positive with a handful of less than 5 Star reviews make for a good mix. This way you know the company and the reviews are for real and not manipulated. Our company has great reviews but we have some negative reviews in there as well. 

4.    Get a scheduled date and time. We stay booked out about two weeks so be prepared for that. Most reputable companies are booked several weeks out. That's a good sign! They are busy.

5.    Read the terms and conditions. This includes the warranty and the financial terms. Things like how many days to do I have to pay or is there a late fee. What is the guarantee if things don't look right? Do I need to call by a certain time?

6.    Once the company or contractor arrives go over the estimate again and get any changes in writing. 

7.    Once the project is completed, do a walk around. Make sure everything is complete as stated in the estimate and sign off that the project is done. We are 100% paperless and everything is done by our mobile tablets, so our customers can pay on-site as well. 

These are just 7 simple steps to make your project goes a little smoother as we all know projects can become a headache. At Squeegee Pros, we follow these steps for all of our services from windows to roof washing to pressure washing to gutter cleaning

Christina Burgin, President of Squeegee Pros, Inc.

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The kids are heading back to school. Time to clean house!

Summer has come to an end and the kids are leaving home! The house has been the least of your worries all summer long. All the little finger prints on the windows need to be cleaned off. The driveway and walkways are covered in chalk and dirt from playing hard. You've also realized the gutters are a mess from all the crazy Carolina weather.

Who else is there to call other than us, Squeegee Pros! Our team has an astonishing group of young men. Each one of them has a unique personality that is kind and welcoming. Your family will feel at ease with our teams. They are honest hard workers that strive to make you go "WOW"! They will take the time to clean every inch of the window where your children have smushed their little noses on the glass and pressed sticky fingers while waiting on the ice-cream truck to come by. Our team(s) work hard to be precise and not miss a spot. They will clean any window no matter the mess or height.
 
Our guys will work hard to turn that dark dirty driveway into a pretty bright white, just as if it was brand new! They will wash hard around the areas where you have tried for so long to remove the dirt stains and will get that nasty mold off as well. With all these rainy days we have had your gutters are most likely piling up with all kinds of debris. We can help with that! Our guys not only can clean out the gutters they can offer you a gutter polish treatment that will leave the outside looking better than ever! With the kids being home all summer you haven't had time to notice all this or maybe you have but have said to yourself there is no point until the kids are gone.

Well now is the perfect time! We even have a $35 off Back to school offer this month only! Call 704-799-0313 ext. 1 or email us today to save.

Top 10 Window Cleaning Myths

Top 10 Window Cleaning Myths

As long as there have been windows, there have been windows to clean, and finding the best way to clean them has been a question. There are many myths about cleaning windows and some are based in facts that used to be valid way back when. Times change, products and materials change and what once worked well, no longer works as well, and in some cases can be a problem. On the other hand, some of those myths are, in fact, true. Here, we take a look at some of the top window cleaning myths.

1.    Polish your windows with newspaper. Many decades ago that may have been true. Newspapers were thicker then and were often used in home window cleaning. Printers today need to save money so newspapers are considerably thinner. This means they tear and fall apart more easily than the papers of yesteryear. Additionally, the ink used on newspapers may discolor trim around the window. The microfiber cloths of today do a much better job at polishing windows. Chamois leather is also top-notch for window polishing.

2.    Dirty windows go unnoticed. If only that were true. Even windows that aren't being touched by people or pets get dirtier every day. Since the dirt and grime on such windows tends to be uniform, it could seem that no one notices, yet when the light hits the window at a certain angle, there it is. The haze from the dirt shows up spectacularly. When those grimy windows are cleaned, you will really be amazed at the difference. 

3.    Spot cleaning windows is good enough. For a time you may be able to spot clean your windows without them looking like you are cutting corners, but that will only work very short term. Sooner or later you are going to need to actually get the windows cleaned.

4.    Window cleaners are not good for the environment. It's a fact that we need to be more considerate of our planet-home; however, there are window cleaning solutions that will not harm the environment and are safe for humans to use. These alternatives may be more expensive, but you'll rest easy knowing that you are doing your part to protect the planet.

5.    Water and vinegar will do a great job cleaning the windows. This myth is partially true. While some sources nix the idea, others stand with it. The naysayers point out that vinegar and water smears the dirt and doesn't clean it away. The proof is in the pudding. On the other hand, just a touch of dish detergent in the water and vinegar mix seems to work wonders on inside and outside dirt and grime, leaving an unbelievably clean surface.

6.    Cleaning windows while the sun is shining is a bad idea. While this myth may sound false, it's actually true. If you've ever tried to clean a window full of sunshine you're familiar with the streaks and stripes left behind. You probably used an inordinate amount of elbow grease removing them, too! Had you left the job for a cloudier day or a time when the sun wasn't streaming in, the job would have gone easier. Water evaporates fast on heated window panes. 

7.    Glass cleaner will get rid of the streaks. Maybe, and maybe not. What really needs to happen is removal of all the fluid on the window pane. Glass cleaners have extra ingredients which is why they smell good. These extras can form a thin film on the glass which create streaks when the fluids dry.

8.    Hot water cleans windows faster. Intuitively it may seem so, but actually the water needs to be warm to the touch, just enough so cleaners can develop to their full strength without evaporating. 

9.    Rain makes windows dirty. Not true. In fact, rain can actually add longevity to the cleanliness of your windows. What makes it seem that rain adds to the dirt, is that the dirt or residue that is already on the window becomes more visible. Ground water on the other hand has lots of minerals, particulates and chemicals that will grime up your windows fast as it splashes up on them.

10.  It's cheaper for me to do it do it myself. This is another one that just depends on the situation. A small home with simple windows may be cost effective as a DIY job. A much larger multiple story home may benefit from the expertise and safety of professional window cleaners. You also need to figure in the time you'll spend washing windows to find out if it's worth the effort.

Let the sunshine in! Whether you choose to do it yourself or hire professionals, you home will sparkle with a good window washing. 

About Joanne Aubuchon
Joanne is a resident writer for SERVIZ, an on-demand home services company offering everything from Plumbing repairs to Carpet Cleaning across the US. Joanne is a writer by day and reader by night. Joanne loves writing about saving money, raising kids and improving the quality of our lives. When she is not writing, you can find her trying out new salad recipes, playing ball with her kids, or cheering in the stands at her son's soccer games.

Professional Window Cleaners OR Maid Service is the question?

As we all know most maid services for your home or janitorial services for your business say, "We don't do windows" and that is correct. There may be a few companies that they do but I WOULD NOT take them up on that offer.  Most maid or janitorial services do not have proper equipment or technique to clean windows effectively or efficiently.
I know everyone has heard the best way to clean windows is to use newspapers and vinegar.  This is a myth because the newspaper is not supposed to be printed on.  

How about the more commonly referred to Windex and paper towels? This leaves streaks 90 % of the time.  This also causes more harm than good because you are rubbing the existing dirt around on the glass and in turn causes the glass to scratch.  It will also cause static charge and attract more dirt.

You would not have a gardener clean your pool so why have a janitorial service clean your windows?

A professional window cleaner will have the proper equipment to clean the windows in your home or business and not cause any harm while prolonging the life of your windows and also the frames, tracks, and sills. The professional window cleaning crew would be focused on one job and have the skills to clean any shape or size window thoroughly without worry to the homeowner. A professional window cleaner will provide cleanliness and precision. 

So why choose someone that is a "Jack of All Trades" when you can have a Professional Squeegee Pro Technician arrive and get the job done right.  Call our office today 704-799-0313 opt 1 for residential and opt 2 for commercial or email us directly at [email protected] for an estimate.

Christina Burgin,
President Squeegee Pros, Inc.

704-799-0313

Why Do We Stand Out From The Competition? Why Are We The Obvious One To Call

Why Do We Stand Out From The Competition?
Why Are We The Obvious One To Call?

With spring just around the corner, you will encounter other companies that do what we do:
 
·      Window Cleaning
·      Pressure Washing
·      House Washing
·      Gutter Cleaning
 
So let's take a moment to discuss "perception" and "reality". Many window cleaning companies try to appear to their audience that they have it together when they really don't.
 
1.   They say they have insurance but don't have worker's compensation. If someone falls or gets hurt on your property, they sue you.
 
2.   They say their price is $99.00 but once they're in your home, it becomes a different story of intimidation and misconception to get you to pay more.
 
3.   They say their employees are background checked but are really not. Why? It costs money.
 
4.   They say their employees are drug tested but they're really not. Why? It costs money they don't want to spend.
 
5.   They say they will wash your screens but end up just brushing them off.

6. The list goes on and on depending on the company.
 
They will tell you all of these great things but when they show up to your home, the "perception" you had dissipates because they were not honest. They say anything and everything you want to hear so they can get the job and make that money, misleading you in price and in service. Unfortunately, that perception turns out to be something completely different. It becomes not about you, but about them.
 
Not the case with Squeegee Pros. We have branded ourselves as a leader in the community. A company customers know and trust for 21 years now. We are a company that spends almost $150 per person in background, driver, social media checks, and full panel drug tests before we hire someone to go into our home. Our interviews are not 10 minutes, but over an hour to help ensure we are hiring the right person. Our employees reflect on us as a company and we know it. We do performance reviews every 30 days vs every six months or in many companies like ours, probably not at all. Why? We want to help them become the best employee, technician, or manager they can possibly be.
 
We not only have general liability and worker's compensation insurance, but we are also bonded, and have umbrella policies in place to make sure we are covered and you are covered too.
 
All of these things cost money that many of our competitors don't want to spend. So when Bucket Bob shows up to your house with the $100 window cleaning deal, think again. Ours may be $150 but you will get every dollar's worth in service, professionalism, and value and just as important trust, knowing that you are protected from the beginning to the end of the job. What is that worth? The point is, we try hard to do it right and it costs money to do it right.
 
At Squeegee Pros, it really is about YOU and not us. You are our customer and we value that every single day. We do not take it for granted and know we have to be on our "A" game at every moment. You do not accumulate more "A" Ratings on Angie's List than anyone else in the country (1,000+) unless you are doing things right. We take things here at Squeegee Pros very seriously. If we have a bad apple on our team, we are quick to address it and eliminate, one way or another.
 
Our job, our mission is to give you exactly what you are paying for at a fair and competitive price. We've been around for 21 years for a reason. We truly strive to be #1, being the best. This is why we stand out from the rest. And this is why we are the obvious one to call when you are ready for service. (704) 799-0313 is our number and SqueegeePros.com is our website. We hope to hear from you soon.





Clean Your Roof. Don’t Replace It! And You Will Save $1,000’s!

Clean Your Roof. Don't Replace It! And You'll Save $1,000's!

Restore the beauty of your home. A dirty roof detracts from your home's curb appeal. You clean your siding, porches, and walkways. You may even apply weed control and fertilizers to spruce up your lawn and garden. But if you ignore those ugly roof stains, no matter what else you do to improve your home's exterior, those stains will be the main focal point of your home's exterior. And, if you are hoping to sell your house, roof cleaning is a must!


What is roof cleaning?

Roof cleaning is relatively new to most homeowners. The algae infestation that is taking place has only been present in our area for the last 20 years. Having streaks on your roof isn't a sign of poor home maintenance. Rather, the unsightly dark splotches that streak across roofs are caused by bacteria known as Gloeocapsa Magma; often referred to as algae growth. The growth typically occurs on the north side or shaded area of the roof. Though there is little scientific evidence of the harm caused by the bacteria, industry experts concur that it can help deteriorate shingles and shorten the life expectancy of the roof.
 
The Gloeocapsa Magma or Algae makes the roof susceptible to damage that may have not occurred had the roof been properly maintained. Furthermore, insurance companies can and will cancel your home-owner's policy for having a dirty roof demanding that homeowners have their roofs cleaned. They often only give a very short notice to comply, In some cases the home-owner was given less than a week and if not completed they  lose their insurance coverage. That's why it is SO VERY important to be proactive and have those roof stains professionally removed BEFORE you get that notice from your insurance company. Insurance companies know that untreated roof stains (black or green algae) will negatively impact the overall integrity of the roof, which can also lead to further damage INSIDE your home. Roof stains are seen as 'risks' that could cost them money in a claim.
 
The good news is that there is a solution despite what some people believe. Replacing your roof is an unnecessary expense that Squeegee Pros can help you avoid for a fraction of the cost!!!
 
Recommended Roof Cleaning Method (Soft Washing)

Any reputable roof cleaner should use cleaning methods recommended by the Roof Cleaning Institute of America and the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association. Squeegee Pros uses the "soft wash" cleaning method in which we spray a biodegradable cleaning solution on the roof. It is the ideal method because the solution is designed to adhere to the roof, there is very little runoff and what does run off is captured and contained. Usually it will take two coats to get it all clean, but it's very visual when we are all done it's easy to see that everything has been performed correctly and for the next few days you will be able to see even more of a difference. After a rainfall or two your roof will be completely clean and rid of all stains, streaks, and problem causing growths that have been on your roof for years! For an average size house the cost may be $400-$800 compared to the unnecessary alternative which is replacing your roof for $8,000-$15,000 depending on the material and extent of damage.
 
Avoid Pressure Washing Your Roof

Avoid companies who offer to pressure wash the roof, or demand payment up front. Hire someone who knows what they are doing, roof cleaning is a relatively new industry and a lot of people just think that if they have a power washer, they are able to clean a roof. You should never allow anyone who utilizes a power washer...to clean your roof, as they are damaging the shingles by using this type of excessive pressure. Utilizing excessive pressure to clean or rinse a roof will shorten the shingle life dramatically. Roof cleaning should only be performed by a professional service that is knowledgeable and has the ability to provide the service safely and responsibly.


Soft Wash Process Vs. Pressure Washing

Traditionally in the past, exterior cleaning contractors used high pressure, which removes surface growths and biological contaminants with force. Unfortunately, this often causes damage, which we have seen countless times. This is the case even with well-meaning professional cleaning contractors. Manufacturers of the most common roof and exterior building products consistently warn against using pressure to clean their products. Sometimes even voiding the warranty.

Soft Washing Is the Only Smart Option!

Chemical cleaning is a much gentler method that uses similar pressure to a garden hose. The results of soft washing, on roofs, is by far superior, and becomes obvious minutes after starting.

What Are Some Of The Biggest Benefits Of Having Your Roof Cleaned?

Aesthetically it makes a major difference and it is immediate. Most homeowners are shocked at the difference. This is especially valuable when trying to sell a home. Obviously, the first impression is important. When the first impression is, "I will need to replace the roof in a couple years", that has a big impact on the sale. After we clean a roof the first impression will almost always be, "Great, it has a new roof."
 
Also, roofs can have their service life shortened due to bacteria and algae growth. Composition asphalt shingles, the most common type of roof in this area, are susceptible to damage from algae, moss, and lichen, and it's not just aesthetic. That is why insurance companies routinely threaten to cancel home-owner's insurance if a roof is not clean.
 
By James Bargmann 
Residential Supervisor

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The 3 Reasons You Need to Clean Your Windows When You Move

The 3 Reasons You Need to Clean Your Windows When You Move

This post was kindly written for us by our friends at Bellhops Moving

Your windows bring light into your home, help you to enjoy the beauty of the outside world, and ensure that you can always keep an eye on those pesky neighbors. Of course, if you want to get the most out of your windows, then the first thing you need to do is ensure that you're keeping them clean!

While we all enjoy the scenery that our windows give us on a daily basis, many of us forget to give these portals to the outside world the care and attention that they deserve. Although cleaning your windows might seem like a tiresome job when you've just moved into a new home or even a new city, it's something you should do as quickly as possible for the following 3 reasons.

1.     Aesthetics

Let's face it, you want your new home to look spectacular. While that means that you're probably going to take some extra time picking out the perfect paint colors and choosing the ideal furniture, it also means that you need to consider what your home is going to look like from the outside too. Dirty and grimy windows can degrade the entire appearance of your home, making it harder for people to appreciate its beauty.

Clean and spotless windows add a little extra shine to your windows, and they ensure that you're drawing the eye to all the right places.

2.     Glass Degradation

Cleaning your windows is important for more reasons than you might think. Not only does clean glass look great, but it could potentially last longer too. You might not know this but maintaining your windows can ensure that the glass is less frequently exposed to chemicals and substances that might degrade its performance over time. Many people forget that glass is porous, which means that it is vulnerable to contamination, particularly when the winter comes with:

·         Rain
·         Storms
·         Wind
·         Sea spray
·         Oxidization

If your new home is located close to the sea, this can be particularly problematic, as the salty sea air can have a disastrous effect on windows over time.

3.     Heat Efficiency

Finally, poorly kept windows can also have an impact on your heat efficiency. Having dirt all over your windows - even if you don't notice it straight away, could mean that you don't get as much heat and light into your home from the sun. This means that you spend more money using your appliances and heating solutions when you could be taking advantage of natural options instead.

Cleaning your windows means that you can take full advantage of the outside world, and potentially reduce your energy bills at the same time!

When moving to a new home, there are always countless things to think about - particularly when you want to make the most of your new property. Make sure that you don't overlook the importance of caring for your windows. 



Clean Windows, Clean Bill of Health

Clean Windows, Clean Bill of Health

Here in North Carolina the weather can be a bit unpredictable.  However, one thing is for sure...winter is here!  Just last Friday we were surprised by the year's first snow fall.  As the chill of winter sets in, many of us begin to worry about getting sick.  Have you ever wondered why illness is seemingly so prevalent in the winter months?
 
Healthline.com busted the myth of cold temperatures making you ill.  They reveal that influenza viruses rise in the winter and the true culprit is a shocking combination of factors that reside in your home.  The biggest culprits to winter illness are dry air and poor ventilation.  The chilly temperatures force us indoors where we have cranked up the heat or fireplace to fight the cold.  Coupled with poor ventilation, this creates a breeding ground for viruses. 
 
You may be thinking, "How do windows play into all of this?"  It's simple, think of how many times you touch your windows throughout the year.  Now compare that to how many times you've cleaned your windows in the past year.  We get it, it's a hassle and windows are easily forgettable.  But, it goes without saying that your windows are hosting all types of bacteria and not receiving proper cleaning.
 
In regards to health, the importance of clean windows extend far beyond the winter months. Here are just a few reasons why clean windows contribute to clean health throughout the year:
 
Reduces Allergens/Seasonal Congestion
Take a moment to run your finger along your windowsills.  Take a long hard look at all the dust and dirt that has culminated on your finger.   This dust is composed of many different types of dirt, dander, bacteria and pollen that will lead to allergic reactions.  Signs of allergies and seasonal congestion include:
  • Headache
  • Itchy eyes
  • Coughing/sneezing
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Runny nose
Pest/Bug Control
Spiders and other pests are known to inhabit windows due to the security and privacy they offer, as well as a place to capture their meals.  Spiders create webs to catch their prey and leave unwanted evidence in the corners and sills of each window.  Spider webs are both unpleasant and the beginning of an infestation problem.  Spider bites typically tend to be harmless, but can cause rashes and general ailments.  However, especially in more rural areas, there are poisonous spiders that can cause serious illnesses if bitten.
 
 
Prevention of Mold
Dr. Jill Carnahan of Flatiron Functional Medicine educates on the importance of removing and preventing mold in the home.  She provides the following symptoms as a guide to help others discover if mold is affecting their health:
1.     Fatigue and weakness
2.     Headache, light sensitivity
3.     Poor memory, difficult word finding
4.     Difficulty concentration
5.     Morning stiffness, joint pain
6.     Unusual skin sensations, tingling and numbness
7.     Shortness of breath, sinus congestion or chronic cough
8.     Appetite swings, body temperature regulation,
9.     Increased urinary frequency or increased thirst
10.  Red eyes, blurred vision, sweats, mood swings, sharp pains
11.  Abdominal pain, diarrhea, bloating
12.  Tearing, disorientation, metallic taste in mouth
13.  Static shocks
14.  Vertigo, feeling lightheaded
 
Mold is caused by warmth and moisture combining on many surfaces within the home. Condensation in your windows can create the perfect atmosphere for mold to form and thrive.
Thankfully, mold is easy to spot!  Have you ever seen brown or black spots in your windowsills?  That is mold.  However, in some instances, mold is next to impossible to detect because it grows in between the glass and the casing on the inner part of your windows.  Mold that remains untreated can cause serious respiratory infections and make allergies worse.

Mold can be really difficult to remove and it is recommend that you use a window cleaning company to see that all mold and bacteria are removed. Special cleaning agents and top-grade power-washers will ensure a deep cleaning, removing all the mold-causing bacteria.
 
Potential Physical Danger
To the untrained eye, windows may appear to be in excellent condition but often times there are issues that go undetected.  Window cleaning services allow for a trained technician to assess your windows for any signs of damage such as loose/broken casings, rotting windowsills, and loose windows or cracked glass.

Lastly, we all know someone who has suffered injuries from falling from ladders when cleaning their windows and gutters.  There are over 5,000 fall cases a year, many of them as a result of faulty windows and ladders.  Why take the risk, resulting in thousands of dollars in medical bills?
 
Your heath is important all year round!  Whether your windows are dusty, affected by pests, moldy, or in poor condition we are available to assist.  Ranked #1 nationally on Angie's List for window cleaning, Squeegee Pros is ready to send a trained technician to your home.  Let us help take care of you today!
 

April's NOV

Believe It Or Not, Cleaning Your Windows Is Important!

You look through your windows every day, but have you ever thought about the condition of the frame, sills, tracks and glass? Windows are often taken for granted, but if you want them to last, they need to be taken care of. Here are a couple reasons why you should maintain your windows using Squeegee Pros.

Enjoying the View

I don't know about you, but I like to sit at my dining room table, especially on the weekends, enjoying a cup of coffee and watching the birds. Have you ever been doing something similar and been unable to focus on the beauty of nature because you can't see past your filthy windows? You could always pull the blinds down and ignore it, but if you continue to put it off, your windows can become damaged.        

 

Lengthen the Life of Your Windows


Windows that are not cleaned on a regular basis have a higher risk of etching. Etching can be caused by many factors including dirt, sand, salt and hard water. Etching weakens your glass making it more fragile and increasing the risk of it shattering. To increase the longevity of your windows, clean them on a regular basis.
 

Increase Your Homes Curb Appeal

We all mow our lawns and trim the hedges to make our home look nice. But have you ever looked at someone's home and thought about how their windows are glistening? Clean windows can also contribute to that curb appeal that we all strive for. What's the point in having a well maintained yard if your windows are filthy? Are you planning on selling your home in the future? Having clean windows is the number one presale improvement that also generates the best return on investment. 
 

"America's #1 Review Rated Angie's List Window Cleaner."  

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