End Of Summer Gutter Cleaning in Chicago

Many people let their gutters go on vacation over the summer. They assume that during the hot, dry months, they don’t need to do much to maintain their gutters. But contrary to popular belief, summer is actually the best time to inspect them, get them cleaned, and make sure they are functioning properly before the

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Tips to Quickly Rent Out Your Property

Are you one of the thousands of home owners renting out a property this summer? It can be a struggle to find an interested renter when you are lost in the many Chicagoland apartments and homes available. To turn a property viewing into a serious renter, take these simple tips into consideration: New Paint A

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What Window Cleaners Need to Know About Making Tax Digital

During the 2015 March Budget, the Government announced its plans for all individuals and businesses to have digital tax accounts by 2020. Nearly all businesses – companies, partnerships and individual taxpayers who are self-employed – will need to keep track of their tax affairs digitally. This move will significantly change the way window cleaning businesses […]

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8 Reasons to use Cleaner Planner to Manage Your Lawn Care Business

While Cleaner Planner was originally developed for window cleaners, it has evolved into a product that offers everything you need to manage your lawn care business. We take a look at 8 reasons you should use Cleaner Planner as your lawn care software, to not only efficiently manage your business, but also save you time, […]

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4 Things to Consider Before Using Social Media for Your Window Cleaning Business

If you’ve been thinking about using social media to promote your window cleaning business, there’s several things to consider before you start. For window cleaners one of the most powerful marketing tools is word of mouth, and in some cases, social media incorporates all the benefits of this, but on a larger scale. It can […]

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6 Common Reasons You’re Getting Poor Results with the Pure Water System

We’ve previously covered how the water fed pole system works and why you should use it, and it’s generally been accepted by most window cleaners as the industry standard. However, many window cleaners have reported and continue to report that the system doesn’t quite perform as they expected – either consistently or inconsistently leaving spotting, […]

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Success Story: The Cardiff Window Cleaning Company

How The Cardiff Window Cleaning Company moved from Excel, increased the size of their business and saved 24 hours a month We spoke to Joseph Richards, Managing Director, about his move to Cleaner Planner: Please can you tell us a little about your business? The Cardiff Window Cleaning Company has been trading for about 4 […]

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5 Simple Ways You Can Grow Your Window Cleaning Business With Mailchimp

Email marketing works. There are 3 times more email accounts than there are Twitter and Facebook accounts combined. 92% of online adults use email, and one recent study indicated that email marketing is the 2nd most used marketing tool (after websites) that businesses use. That’s why Cleaner Planner is integrated with Mailchimp, a leading online […]

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Q&A: What Is Mailchimp and How Does It Integrate with Cleaner Planner?

Here at Cleaner Planner, a key feature on our Pro Plan is Mailchimp integration. Whether you’re one of our customers or not, you might be left wondering what Mailchimp is, what it’s got to do with window cleaning and Cleaner Planner, and how it can benefit you. The following article aims to answer those questions […]

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Join us at the FWC Window Cleaning Trade Show in Blackpool

The Cleaner Planner team are gearing up to attend the Federation of Window Cleaner’s Trade Show in Blackpool on May 25th 2017. The indoor event, held at the Village Hotel is set to be the FWC’s biggest yet, and celebrates their 70th anniversary. With over 25 exhibitors, including the likes of GrippaTank, PureFreedom, Window Cleaning […]

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Wheelie Bin Cleaning Business Success Story – Bin Fairy

How Bin Fairy saved hours, boosted profits and provided a better wheelie bin cleaning service to their customers by switching to Cleaner Planner We spoke to Alex Dugard, Managing Director at Bin Fairy, about how his wheelie bin cleaning business has benefited since they switched to using Cleaner Planner as their dedicated wheelie bin cleaning […]

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Window Cleaning Equipment Of The Future

In recent years, the stereotypical image of a window cleaner with his squeegee and bucket is becoming far less common, and although traditional methods still have their place in the industry, many cleaners have embraced more modern, time efficient methods like pure water window cleaning. But what will window cleaning businesses and window cleaning equipment look […]

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Gutter Care – Why It’s Important

There are many household maintenance tasks that need to be attended to. Some are more obvious than others, some get pushed to the wayside, but most are important for a reason. Gutter cleaning in Chicago is no exception. Keeping your gutters clean and free of debris is important to not only direct the flow of

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Spring Lawn Care

Many people take an immense amount of pride in their homes, and rightfully so. Your house is a reflection of who you are and the values you hold dear. However, not everyone pays as much care and attention to the state of their lawn even though this is an extension of their home. The state

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Choosing A Residential Cleaning Business

Your home is your biggest asset, which means you want to provide the best care for it so it stays in great condition for years to come. The outside of a house degrades much faster than the inside because it is exposed to harsh weather conditions. Preserving the exterior of your home is extremely important

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The Many Uses of Pressure Washing Services

Did you know that a high-pressure water jet can cut through steel? Obviously you wouldn’t want that for the outside of your house, but it just goes to show you the amazing capability of pressurized water. But it doesn’t end there. Pressure washing services are useful for a variety of projects, more so than you

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Get Your Home Ready For Spring

Anyone who lives in Chicagoland knows we are experiencing some unseasonably warm weather. Bright skies, longer days, and 50 degree weather brings the feeling of spring much sooner than we are used to. However, winter has been known to make an appearance or two in May and April, so enjoy the beautiful weather while you

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Declutter Your Home

A new year often brings about a lot of new changes, both imagined and realized. For many people, their resolutions are grounded in the goal of becoming less stressed. This can mean exercising more, eating healthier, taking some time for oneself, taking up a hobby, or cleaning up the spaces around one. Your home is

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Why Appearances Matter For The Success of Your Business

Spring is just around the corner and soon people will be out and about again as the weather improves. With more prospective customers taking to the streets, you need to make sure the exterior of your business is looking its best. For the past few months it has been covered in snow and grime, but […]

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A Tale of Two Windows

This is a tale of two windows, that at first glance, looked very different, but ending up being a lot more similar than anybody ever thought. Tom is a window that lives on a house, in a lovely neighbourhood in the heart of Toronto. He has a great life, consisting mostly of sunbathing and watching […]

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The Season Is Over, But The Lights Are Still Up

Christmas has come and gone, but the memory and torment of hanging your Christmas lights is still very fresh in your mind. From finding and untangling the box of lights in the garage, to finally getting the willpower to actually hang them, this annual holiday chore is as grief-filled as ever. To add insult to […]

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Maintenance Tips for Home Exteriors

  Whether we like it or not, winter is fast approaching. Ensuring your home is in top condition to handle the cold months is essential in preventing problems. Here are some maintenance tips for home exteriors to help you prep for the next few months. Cracks: One of the easiest and least expensive maintenance jobs […]

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Driveway Sealing: Is It Really Necessary?

Driveways seem sturdy, durable, an enduring. Because of this, many homeowners wonder if sealing an asphalt driveway is really necessary. Although sealing can be a somewhat difficult job, it’s an incredibly important part of driveway care and maintenance. By improving appearance and reducing potential cracking, sealing effectively lengthens the life of the driveway and reduces […]

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Summer Home Projects: Five Tips for Spotless Summer Window Cleaning

In addition to making a home feel spotless and bright, sparkling windows also allow ample light into a room and can transform a living space from feeling dank and dark into feeling airy and open. Thanks to the warm temperatures and longer days, summer is the ideal time for home projects, including window cleaning. These […]

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Exterior Home Makeover Tips

With spring around the corner, it is time to swing into full cleaning mode and get your house ready for the nicer weather. While you hibernated indoors this winter, the exterior of your home has been working 24/7 protecting you from the elements. The result of that loyal service is a build up of dirt […]

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New Year New Home

As the weather outside become even more “frightful,” we find ourselves sitting by the fire, snuggling with our special someone, and basically sheltering in place. One way to make productive use of this quiet time is to plan exactly what we need to do to maintain or improve our homes for this New Year. New […]

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Christmas Lighting Done Right

There is always at least one house in the neighborhood that causes everyone to stop and stare and bring their family to enjoy. It is brightly lit for the season yet not too garish or overdone. And most importantly the kids love it! That is Christmas lighting done right.   Then again there are those […]

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How to Prepare Your Home Exterior for Winter

Winter tends to wreak havoc on our homes and leaves the exterior a little worse for wear every year. Being better prepared this coming year is ideal in ensuring your home operates at its best during the cold months. Taking the time to check your house and enlist help when necessary will go a long […]

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How to Mix Bonsai Soil

Bonsai represents nature's grandeur in miniature. Historical evidence suggests people in China practiced the art of bonsai almost 2000 years ago. The trees, moss and miniature plants found in bonsai require specific care, including the correct soil mix. Soil that drains too quickly or retains too much moisture causes damage to the sensitive root system of the bonsai. Mixing your own bonsai soil ensures your small landscape has the nutrients, drainage and moisture retention needed for healthy and sustainable growth. Whether starting a new bonsai or transplanting older trees, making your own planting mix connects you to nature through an ancient art form.

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How to Trim Primrose

Primroses (Primula spp.) show up in late winter to early spring, providing prolific blooms in shades of red, pink, yellow, blue and white suspended over dense clumps of leathery leaves. The most common primroses are English primrose (P. acaulis and P. polyantha), florist's primrose (P. obconica) and fairy primrose (P. malacoides). Thriving in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 4 through 9, primroses need shade and mulch when grown in warmer climates. A suitable perennial for borders, mass plantings, rock gardens and woodland gardens, clumping primrose only requires trimming to prolong blooming and eliminate dead plant material.

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