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Building Cleaning and Safety Practices:
Mendo View specializes in Window Cleaning both Residential and Commercial Buildings up to (2) story levels safely and proficiently using Industry Leading Technology and an arsenal of cleaning equipment designed for safe cleaning practices while cleaning. Staff are required to follow an implemented safety and health procedures manual that is updated yearly as industry standards and requirements may change.
Certain window cleaning jobs require more than standard cleaning. There are times we need to remove construction debris from the porous glass. Reasons why glass may require glass scraping methods:
1.) Window Installation: When windows are installed, the contractor may leave the glass manufacturing stickers on the glass. The adhesive from the sticker becomes more embedded into the porous glass over time. Peeling it off does not work. It must be removed by means of glass scraping and other safe methods to prevent scratching.
2.) Construction Contractor Error: A construction contractor who performed a construction service around the window did not protect the glass prior and during the service period. This is a very common occurrence among contractors. When the contractor who is replacing a window, painting, spreading stucco, hanging drywall, installing roofs and gutters, applying sealant or other fabrication work carried out on a building fails to protect and maintain the glass, the end results are the window and glass are almost always effected. More often than not, the construction worker gets applicant materials (i.e.) chemicals onto the glass and it soon gets embedded into the porous fines. Special care needs to be completed to remove it. After the completion of the installation of a window or any other construction service is completed, little to no attention at all, is given to the windows. We see it happen all the time with several construction companies. The whole, "Another job done - Let's get out of here" attitude leaves the building owner completely unaware of the current condition of their windows.
3.) Environmental Effects On Glass: If any building, whether a home or commercial business is placed in conditions where the environment causes adverse effects to the glass, then special care to maintain the glass is often required or needed in the upkeep and maintenance of the building. This would include but not limited to scraping:
Tree Sap & Pollen
Machinery Plant Chemicals
Acid Rain Deposits
Pollution and more ...
Recommendations: Make adjustments to lower impact on windows and glass. Try checking your environment and make simple changes where needed. For windows heavily impacted by ocean over-spray, you might try installing shudders. Having certain ocean side windows cleaned monthly makes a huge difference.
Try cutting down some tree branches or shrubs that are overhanging along the roof line or leaning up against the glass portion of the windows, including exterior siding.
Turn sprinklers away from the windows. If spraying chemicals, it's always better to make sure spray does not come into contact with the glass.
Have the landscaping completed prior to your windows being cleaned so as to avoid grass clippings and debris being blown back up against the cleaned glass.
EXTERIOR WASHING & MAINTENANCE Have your roofs and exteriors washed down to prevent run-off onto the glass. Roof oils and contaminants can do some nasty stuff to windows. Have your gutters and downspouts cleaned and flushed one to two times per year to prevent channels from becoming overfilled and running over.
STOP BIRDS FROM HITTING THE GLASS If you encounter bird impact incidents with your glass, please ask about our Bird Deterrent Solutions. The Mendocino County is filled with beautiful birds and we want to help protect our wildlife whenever possible.
DON'T SCRAPE GLASS If you have no choice but to have your glass scraped, call us first :) Mendo View can perform a very careful glass scraping technique using window cleaning industry blades in relation with products and solutions designed to handle these tasks without damaging the glass.
Become Aware of "Fabricating Debris." Again, this can also cause scratched glass. Window Manufacturers should be held responsible for inherent defects to the glass from improper tempering procedures. To learn more, please click the "Stop Scratched Glass" tab below.
PROTECT THE GLASS !! When doing ANY type of construction service - ALWAYS ... Protect the glass first. Direct scratches caused by construction workers can very easily be avoided when the Site Supervisor, Home Owner and Construction Workers themselves take careful steps to protect the glass prior and during the construction period.
Help Us Complete Each Job Safely Safety for each staff member is important. During the initial stages prior to actually accepting a bid or job assignment, a pre-assessment for our safety is completed first. These assessments can be a timely process for staff and attention to safety is needed by homeowner (i.e.) site overseer to comply with any requests made by Mendo View in order for the work to be carried out safely and in a timely manner. If our requests are not met, we reserve the right to refuse service. Our requests are not too demanding. It is for our safety and yours. During the duration of the assessment we might ask you to have walkways cleared for safe working access. This applies to the interiors and exteriors of the building. If there is electrical wiring that would be a hindrance to us, we ask that it be resolved prior to the service date. If there are holes in the ground, please fill them. Tree branches, shrubs, bushes and tall weeds near the window may need trimmed or cut down. We do not access areas around windows that are not safe to work in. A weak structural support with the framing around the building or on the roof would need to be brought to our attention. If a building does not appear to have safe working conditions, we may need to schedule you for a later date than you expected. We realize this may be an inconvenience for some but please also try to understand that our safety, our health, our lives matter.
We practice safe working habits. With No major accidents or serious injuries to report as of yet, we would like to remain this way! We can only do this with your help. Please check your building & property for any unsafe working conditions and make necessary changes prior to having us out. Just think ... If it looks unsafe to you ... It probably is unsafe for the workers! Make repairs!