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What is soft washing, can’t I just power wash?

When you have a dirty patio, deck, or roof you most often think of power washing as the only solution. However, the best solution depends on the type of surface to clean and what the condition of it is. Softer surfaces like slate, limestone, and stucco should be preserved and protected by soft washing due to their porous composition. Surfaces covered in mold or algae can be power washed and the mold and algae will be removed but it does not address the mold and algae spores that will just spread again. Soft washing kills the spores and keeps your surfaces clean for a longer duration. Surfaces commonly soft washed are:

  • Stucco
  • Limestone
  • Cast stone
  • Whole home rinsing
  • Roof cleaning & chimneys
  • Natural stones

So, what is soft washing? Soft washing uses low pressure and a high-water flow with added cleaning agents and surfactant to dissolve webs, dirt, and algae. Rather than using power washing that may clean but not kill algae, low pressure pumps are used to spray cleaning solutions. They are allowed a dwell time to activate, and then are rinsed thoroughly with soft pressure. Paneless has a multitude of formulas to handle a variety of stains including rust, grease, and mold. Don’t replace siding, stucco, and roofs due to discoloration without consulting with a trusted provider on the possibility of soft washing. Soft washing benefits are:

  • Kill mold & algae
  • Remove rust and stains
  • Disintegrate cobwebs & dirt daubers
  • No damage to wood or siding
  • Safe for all roof rinsing
  • Surfaces stay clean longer

 

PRESERVE PLANTS, GRASS, & TREES

Besides having the proper equipment and mixture of solutions, it is also necessary to preserve plant life. Plant washes and soaking methods are used before and after service to neutralize cleaning agents ensuring that your grass, shrubbery, and plants are not harmed. If this is something you feel unequipped to handle, we can make the experience “Paneless”.  Paneless Home Services is located in Dallas, Texas. Call (214) 662-2300.

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Tips & Tricks for Spring Cleaning & Checklist

Turning your to do list into a ta-done list!

It is the time of year to clean out closets, shred documents, and refresh your home. Nothing feels as great, or is more relaxing than enjoying a sparkling clean home. There are some tips and tricks to make this a less daunting task.  Did you know that mirrors and glass tables can be treated with a product that allows them to be dusted with just a microfiber towel to leave them with a streak-free clean for months?  Have you even been woken up by the smoke detector that needs new batteries and realize you don’t have a ladder to reach them? Let us help organize a schedule of maintenance for your home that will make your life easier. Some common items that don’t usually get regular attention because they require ladders, scaffolding, or back pack vacs are chandeliers, fans, and high dusting of ceilings. Paneless located in Dallas, Texas has all the equipment, certifications, and manpower to take these items of your to do list. To sweeten the deal, we are offering a 20% savings package when you book three or more services. Call us at (214) 662-2300 for details. Please find a checklist of services for your home below and wash away those winter blues to be ready for some spring and summer fun!

 

Exterior Maintenance Checklist:

□ Windows and screens

□ Gutter cleaning and flush of downspouts

□ Cobwebbing

□ Porch Lamps

□ Rust removal

□ Power or soft  washing patios, driveways, pool decks

 

Interior Maintenance Checklist:

□ Interior windows

□ Chandelier polishing

□ Light bulb and battery changes

□ High Dusting

□ Mirrors and glass

□ Shower restoration and sealing

□ Blind and shutter cleaning

□ Natural stone countertops

 

Floor Maintenance Checklist:

□ Tile and grout cleaning and sealing

□ Hardwood floor cleaning and coating

□ Carpet cleaning

□ Garage floor cleaning

□ Marble honing and polishing

□ Natural stone cleaning

 

 

 

 

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The Dirt on Tile & Grout Cleaning

Dirty grout lines can change the overall appearance of your floors. Did you know that dirt, bacteria, and mold can penetrate through grout and lie within the pores? Like carpet, tile and grout should be professionally steam cleaned to sanitize.

Benefits Are:

  • Prevent Grout Stains
  • Sanitization
  • Prolong Life
  • Maintain Original Appearance

Hiring a Pro
It is important to hire a professional company that can confidently explain their products and equipment. Never forget to protect your family and household by asking for proof of insurance, a list of references, and most importantly how long the company has been cleaning tile and grout. Online reviews like google or the BBB are a great resource to turn to.
How Often Should I Steam Clean?
Tile and grout should be steam cleaned once a year and sealed every three years to protect the grout and natural stone if it exists.
Helpful Tips
1. Avoid painting grout lines, this will work short-term for appearances only and will result in costly solutions to remove the paint. It will eventually flake and bubble up sporadically. Ultimately, if the floor can’t be cleaned and sealed for protection, it may be time to start over with fresh grout or proceed with a nice remodel.
2. Never use bleach to mop grout, this will result with yellowing of your grout lines and permanent staining. Acid etching is a better solution.
3. Steam clean prior to grout repair. This will ensure the grout color is matched accurately to your true grout line colors.

Surfaces We Steam Clean:
• Ceramic
• Porcelain
• Travertine
• Marble
• Limestone
• Terra Cotta

The Paneless Cleaning Process begins with applying an alkaline grout treatment that emulsifies dirt to lift it to the top for extraction. Our certified technician will use a counter rotating brush machine to scrub the floors or showers. The truck mount with RO technology uses a high pressure of 900psi, heated to 230˚ steam, that suctions simultaneously.

Occasionally there are specified areas usually around commodes, kitchens, or heavy foot traffic areas that will have stained grout lines. Paneless can acid treat to etch out the staining. The success rate is highly dependent on what the stain is, how long it has been there, and if it has been painted over.
After investing in a professional clean, we recommend sealing the grout. The sealer is breathable, but waterproof, which allows moisture that comes up through the foundation to evaporate. This formula creates a long-lasting and durable layer of protection that makes maintaining your floors or showers “Paneless”.

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Gutter Cleaning: To Clean Or Not To Clean

Gutters are rarely noticed or thought about until there is a problem. Mature trees, roof shingles, and occasionally animals can all cause issues in gutters. Any large amount of debris that gets wet and builds over time can eventually cause sagging and displacement of gutters. Watch out for nesting, if you see birds it is a good idea to bird proof as those nest and bird waste can build up and become compacted in your gutters. On top of being unsightly, they can begin to smell. There are products safe for both the birds and the environment that can be used to encourage nesting elsewhere. If you have clogged downspouts, rain can actually run over the top of gutters causing streaks on the gutter face and/or run back onto the house causing damage to the wood. Regular maintenance of a least twice a year is recommended before fall and again early winter. This clears the way for fall and then cleans them out before freezing and expansion present a problem in winter.

To not have to clean gutters, consider a gutter protection system. They are more expensive but most have a 20 year warranty. They are generally liked better because they are unseen and save the cost of routine cleaning. The science behind the product is that only the smallest of particles are allowed through the screens. Larger debris sit on top and should dry up and blow off leaving your gutters free flowing and protected. They prevent nesting, and keep other critters out as well. If you would like to see a demo of the product or want to keep it simple and just have routine maintenance, give Paneless a call for a free consultation.

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Professional Tips for Power Washing and Sealing

Summertime we all tend to spend more time outdoors by the barbecues and pools. Have you noticed stains, algae, or drab looking stonework and walkways? If so, now is the best time for pressure washing and sealing. You will want to choose a company with industrial grade washers and the proper tips to address different types of surfaces. Hiring an inexperienced company or attempting to do it yourself could lead to damages like scarring of your limestone, stucco, or even splintering wood. Commercial grade pressure washers can perform up to 4,000 PSI, and knowing how to use them can save costly damages and replacements. The typical process involves applying cleaning solutions that are safe for plants and animals, allowing them to sit, and then power washing with smooth and even strokes. The best mark of an experienced cleaner is that the power washing will be streak free.

Now let’s talk about why sealers are important. First they can protect and prevent stone from mold and algae. Secondly, they can protect surfaces surrounding pools and near sprinklers from flaking and expanding due to chlorine or salt from the water. There are many sealer choices available depending on the look you are hoping to achieve. The two most common are a penetrating topical and a regular penetrating. The topical is used for slate and sandstone and have enhancers available as an option for deeper, richer color. Then there are regular sealers used for concrete and limestone that do not change the look of the stone at all. Some sealers can also have densifiers added that help prevent chalking and flaking. Summer is the best time to apply sealers because the heat aids in curing them properly. Sealers cannot be applied until stone is dry and there is no rain in the forecast for 48 hours. The most durable sealers will be guaranteed for an average of three years.

If you still have questions or would like an evaluation, call our certified specialists at (214) 662-2300.

RO technology is reverse osmosis water that is filtered through a five-stage process. This process removes all total dissolved solids and chlorine that cause water to spot or dry hard because of minerals. Since the water is pure, it acts as a cleaning agent itself. Water loves minerals so when we remove those minerals, it wants them back. We refer to it as thirsty water. So ask yourself, what is in soil? Minerals. Now you have water that wants minerals. So we use this RO water to adsorb the soil on a window or floor surfaces. This RO water is incorporated into the majority of the services we provide.