Rain, rain, don’t go away!

Many of us in Southern California don’t mind the rain…especially, with the current drought we are in. And, I can’t tell you how many calls we get right before a “big storm” is suppose to hit the area for gutter cleaning…an imperative job that maintains the quality of your house. Gutter cleaning should be done twice a year to maintain the life of the gutters. Many of our clients are on an automatic cleaning schedule so that they don’t have to hassle with this and go into a panic when an impending storm is on the horizon.

Call us at Larsen Window Cleaning today to set up your gutter cleaning!

Summer Cleaning!

Its summer! Not to mention super hot.  While you enjoy a mint julep while reclining on your chaise, let us do all the hard work of cleaning your window sills and windows.  This arduous task is easy to put off…for a long time.  But that’s a bad idea.  Let’s be honest – it’s depressing to look out your smudgy windows.  But, keeping windows clean and in good working condition is important in maintaining property value.  But if you must be a DIY-er, here are some good cleaning tips:

Maintaining your windows and screens is easy. Follow these simple steps to clean your windows:

·         Start with water and a soft cloth. If something is difficult to get off the windows, use a mild detergent. Windex works well too.

·         Always brush screen lightly with a soft brush. Screens are flexible and can be bent easily.

·         Never use a power washer to clean residential windows.

·         Harsh chemicals, even soft scrub, are abrasive and can leave marks. Don’t use those items.

·         When cleaning swipe in one direction, horizontal or vertical. This will keep the streaks away!

Don’t have time to clean your windows? Call the professionals at Larsen Window. We’ll handle all your window cleaning needs! 626-303-3664

DIY Gutter Cleaning Dangers

It is advisable to have your gutters cleaned often. The key to knowing the frequency of cleaning your gutters depends on the age of your house and its gutters. The older type which are totally open are particularly prone to collecting leaves. If there are big deciduous trees, it’s especially important to clear out debris often. Even if the new type of gutters have been installed with the grates over them, debris and small leaves still collect.

People often forget to clean out the downspouts. That’s a big mistake as water will just back up under roof tiles. It’s a messy job, that’s for sure. Those of you in the Los Angeles area should check your gutters every four months for signs of blockages, leaks and possible overflowing. If you live in an area with high rainfall, checking your gutters may need to be more often. As you check your gutters and track the need for cleaning after a season or two it will be pretty clear to you what your gutter cleaning frequency should be

Once you know when your gutters need attention, you may opt to do it yourself, or call a professional such as Larsen Window Cleaning. When you clean your gutters yourself, do note that there are some dangers attached to it:

1. Gutter cleaning inevitably involves ladders. Make sure that your ladder is stable and well maintained when you clean your gutters. According to the United Press Institute (UPI), there are 187,000 ladder-related injuries a year in the U.S. The most common injuries are a result of ladder instability, poor ladder maintenance, contact with electrical wiring, improper clothing and/or vertigo issues. Those with 2 story homes and above should refrain from DIY gutter cleaning and gutter installation projects. Call Larsen.2. Gutter cleaning requires you to go up and down the ladder several times to complete the task of cleaning your gutter. This causes fatigue and can increase the possibility of an accident.
3. Gutter cleaning requires you to bring several items up with you as you climb the ladder – such as a scoop and bucket, hose or other cleaning materials. Balancing these items while you are up the ladder is a dangerous task and may lead to an accident if you don’t balance yourself well.
4. Some gutters, such as aluminum rain gutters, have extremely sharp edges. You may get cut with these edges and these cuts may lead to infection.

With all these dangers, it is advisable that you call a gutter cleaning professional. The pros have the training and the right tools to get the job done for you without the danger and headache a DIY gutter cleaning project may entail.

Call us at Larsen Window Cleaning and let the pros handle your window care! Give us a call at 626-303-3664 and we will give you an estimate tailored to your needs.

How to Choose the Best Window Cleaning Company

It’s important to consider and ask when choosing a window cleaning company

1. Know what previous customers say (Testimonials)

A lot of companies will say they are reliable, but until you talk to the owner or other customers of that company, you can’t be so sure. It would be a good idea for you to ask for your potential window cleaning company‘s testimonials or check them out online

Home Advisor is one online source for testimonials from home owners.  We are pleased to say that Larsen Window Cleaning is Home Advisor certified.

2. Make sure that the company has proper liability insurance

It is very important for you to see your window cleaning company‘s coverage.  ALL companies need commercial liability insurance. Be sure to ask if they have at least a $1M commercial general liability insurance policy.

3. Ask about experience & length of time in business

Asking about their experience will give you an idea of how knowledgeable they are about what they do. And, the longer they have been in business, the more reliable they are apt to be.

4. Ask them who actually does the cleaning

Will it be the owner? Or, does he have a staff or crew?  If his employees will clean your windows, how did he train them? What are their credentials?

These questions are important for you to ask so that you know who is coming to your home or business.

We at Larsen Window Cleaning always strive to provide the best to our customers. We have a lot of satisfied customers, serving them for over 25 years.

Book your window cleaning services now. Call us at 626-303-3664.



Window Cleaning Tips

Thanksgiving is a week a away and this means that the holidays and winter is just around the corner! Perhaps now is the best time to schedule the cleaning of your windows with Larsen Window Cleaning to make sure those windows are spic and span when your guests pour in.

If you want to clean your windows yourself, we do have some tips for you.

1. It’s all about the tools you use. Using a a microfiber window washing cloth (usually available in auto stores), newspapers, coffee filters and using car window solutions on home windows are highly recommended in cleaning windows. Microfiber window washing cloth, using newspapers instead of paper towels, and using coffee filters instead of towels ensure that your windows will be streak free

2. Make sure you clean both the inside and the outside of your windows. To get your house party-ready for the holidays, it is important to keep the windows clean on the outside to make a good impression.

3. Don’t ever scrape your windows with a knife when cleaning them. This will just damage your windows.

But we know that most people are becoming busier and busier as the holidays approach. If you have too much on your plate, we at Larsen Window Cleaning can definitely come to your aide. Just give us a call at 626-303-3664 and book your next appointment today.


It may also be the best time to schedule the cleaning of your gutters.

Tips for Gutter Cleaning

It’s fall again and for all of you homeowners out there, now is the best time to clean your gutters. It may be tedious, disgusting and possibly a dangerous task (one misstep and you’re on your way to the hospital) but someone has to do it.

The things you would need in cleaning your gutters are: a garden hose with normal pressure with a grip trigger spray nozzle, a sturdy ladder, a bucket (for collecting debris),  gutter scoop, gloves, protective eyewear, rubber shoes, downsprout chain and gutter guards.

Our first tip is for you to use a garden hose with normal pressure (30-40 psi) and attach a pistol grip trigger spray nozzle into it. You can use just one hand with this type of nozzle, and you can easily hang it on the front edge of the gutter while moving the ladder or using a gutter scoop.

Our second tip is to use a sturdy ladder. We advise against wooden ladders because they are very unstable. We highly recommend that your ladder has a shelf strong enough to hold a 5 gallon bucket to collect gutter debris.

Before going up the ladder to clean your gutters, inspect the ladder for defects and make sure that you set it on firm ground (make sure that there are no holes on the ground). When climb the ladder, always remember the “three point rule”. First point: try to have both hands and legs firmly on the ladder to ensure stability. Second point: never lean out from the ladder and balancing out of one leg to clean the debris. Third point: if possible, let someone hold the ladder base for additional stability.

Our third tip is to use “gutter getter scooper”, which is available in most hardware stores. This tool makes it easy to scoop out the toughest debris because the front scooping edge is very thin.

Our fourth tip is to use gloves and protective eyewear. Gloves protect your hands from dirt and bacteria that you get from all the animal droppings that are trapped in your gutter. Protective eyewear is equally important because you never know what comes out of the downsprout when cleaning your gutters.

Our fifth tip is to use rubber shoes. Rubber soled shoes are the best type of shoes to wear when you are going up the ladder and walking on the roof. It can help prevent you from slipping and falling because it tends to adhere best.

In gutter cleaning, you also need to unclog your downsprouts. Once you have ensured that your downsprouts  unclogged (by running the hose down the downsprout at full pressure), Our sixth tip is to use a downsprout chain instead of a traditional downsprout. The rainwater runs down the chain gracefully.

Our last tip is to use quality gutter guards. Using a quality gutter guard can help eliminate the need to clean out gutters often.

We know, this is a lot of work. But, cleaning your gutters is imperative before winter comes. Cleaning your gutters twice a year is actually preferable. But if you don’t have the time to clean your gutters, or see it as such a daunting task, you can always call the professionals at Larsen Window Cleaning Service to the job. Call 626-303-3664 to set an appointment. Winter is around the corner and there is no better time to do it than right now!