Window Washing Tips and Tricks: 12 Reasons to Hire an Expert


If you’re cleaning your own windows, let go of that time consuming chore!
Don’t worry about an old rag or over-the-counter window cleaner. Instead, hire a professional window washing and cleaning company with proper tools to not only clean your windows, but also make them shine.

Most people spray chemicals on a window and wipe. That always leaves smears, streaks, and spots. Window cleaning, or window washing, removes dirt and grime with no residue.

Here’s 12 reasons why its not a good idea to clean windows on your own:

1. A window washing expert has the required tools and expertise to make them look like new. Window cleaning is an excellent example of the old saying “Just because you can do it yourself, doesn’t mean you should do it yourself.”

2. Professional window washers will be able to easily handle the hard to reach windows so you don’t have to. If you haven’t cleaned your windows in a while, then it’s time for window washing!

3. Sometimes you don’t recognize spots because you get used to seeing them. You’ll be surprised to see the difference after your windows are washed or cleaned by a professional window washer.

4. The finished look of your windows enhances your property value and it looks incredible. You will feel proud when friends or family come over.

5. Generally, window washing services are affordable; it can squeeze into most any budget easily. You can compare the service quality with the price to identify the best deal. But remember, something that is cheap is rarely the best. You can go through service reviews to get an overview of the service.

6. Small or large, easy or hard, all types of residential windows are cleaned by professional window washers.

7. You should hire a licensed, bonded, and fully insured window washing company because a licensed company knows how to satisfy their clients well.

8. A professional window washer will know how to handle the tough jobs because it is something they do regularly, whereas you only do it occasionally (or rarely).

9. You could rent or buy the equipment and chemicals, but then you’d have to correctly and safely use them to avoid damage. If you have never done it, then it’s better you don’t do it, since experimenting can cause damage to your valuable items.

10. Window washing should be done by an expert. Accidentally misusing a homemade cleaning kit could cause expensive damage. A professional is experienced: they will know what to use and how to use it to get the best result.

11. Don’t worry. Don’t stress. Let the professionals do their job. You get to enjoy the results!

12. The window washers will not take up a lot of space. If you’re worried about misplaced items, they will put everything back in its proper place.

Window washing may sound very simple, but it is hectic and tiresome in reality. So, hiring a professional for this task will save you time and effort, and it’s affordable, too. Your windows will look great again!

So, if you are in the greater Los Angeles area, give us a call and get us
lined up before your Memorial Day BBQ: (818) 249-7917!

Celebrating Employees Who Volunteer


Maybe because our last few blog post have focused on our own Paul and Lisa Dutton, employees who volunteer, a Monster article caught our eye:

“Boost Morale by Celebrating Employees Who Volunteer”

The article correctly states that employees who volunteer typically do not do so for the recognition, but it wouldn’t hurt either.

The article provides five suggestions:

  1. Combine volunteering with other events. For example, if you have a fitness initiative, include a 5K walk/run for a cause whose mission speaks to you (like, maybe, Relay for Life?!)
  2. Celebrate participation publicly. Use your corporate bulletin board or intranet to let colleagues and supervisors know what organizations you support and how. Perhaps there are others who would also be interested in supporting your favorite organization. Perhaps you could create a corporate team?! (we use our blog…do you have a way to submit a post to your marketing department so you could provide a guest blog?)
  3. Make sure corporate leaders recognize as well. No, most do not volunteer for the recognition, but when recognition comes from corporate leadership, it sure feels extra good. Paul and Lisa are our corporate leaders, but we like to join in too!
  4. Mix up the way you recognize volunteers. Just as each employee is motivated by different recognition, so are different volunteers. An annual celebration for all that volunteer is excellent. As is recognizing some in the act of service. Some might appreciate the public recognition on your corporate blog or website.
  5. Don’t forget the ones who volunteer for you. Ok, in the corporate world we do not usually call them “volunteers” but rather Unpaid Interns. Let us recognize them so that they continue to spread the word about what a great corporate citizen we and our employees are.

What do you do that the article missed?

What do you wish your company would do more of?

Please share in the comments below, or on our facebook page.

And, if you found this post of interest, please share it with your network so that your friends can join the conversation!

8 Years Volunteering at Relay for Life Events


Paul and Lisa Dutton spent last weekend at the Relay For Life Cancer Walk.
Paul and Lisa have been doing this event for 8 years,
sponsoring teams to raise money for cancer.

Is this the first you have heard of the Relay for Life events
to benefit the American Cancer Society? On their site you
can read about how the event was started in 1985 by
Dr. Gordy Klatt, what you can expect at each community
event and all the family friendly festivities like the
Survivors’ Lap at the beginning of every walk, the Luminaria
Ceremony which takes place after dark, and the emotionally
powerful Fight Back Ceremony.

Also on the American Cancer Society site, you can learn all of
the projects that the funds are raised to support, such as cancer
research, Hope Lodge (which provides affordable accommodations for
cancer patients that are receiving treatment far from home), the
Road to Recovery program (which provides trained transportation to
and from cancer treatment), the Look Good..Feel Better project (a
free service that teaches cancer patients make-up techniques so they
can look better than they sometimes feel), and the Reach to Recovery
program that partners breast cancer patients with breast cancer survivors.

Paul and Lisa have always volunteered for their local Relay for Life
Hope Event as Red Cross Aiders and C.E.R.T.
(Community Emergency Response Team)

Responders, just in case there should be any medical problems
during the 24-hour event.

Paul and Lisa have been volunteering as First Aid Responders
at community events like the 5k Run, Montrose’s Arts and Crafts
events, Hometown Country Fair and, of course, Relay For Life.
Together Paul and Lisa have logged over 5,000 hours as C.E.R.T.
Coordinators and Program Managers in the Crescenta Valley.

So, have we inspired you to take part in your community? Both
Paul and Lisa would be happy to spend a few minutes exploring ways
for you to get involved at an event in your area.

Lisa Dutton: Sheriff Volunteer of the Year


What do you do in your off time?
Where do you volunteer your time?

If you have read some of our past blog posts,
or social media posts, you know that Paul and Lisa
Dutton volunteer a lot of their time within their local community.

Lisa Dutton, an 8 year veteran as a Sheriff Volunteer,
has put in over 2,500 Volunteer hours with the
Los Angeles Sheriff Department (L.A.S.D.).

Lisa was selected out of 68 volunteers to be the
“Sheriff Volunteer of the Year”.

Lisa volunteers out of the Crescenta Valley Station for the L.A.S.D.
and has been working diligently with Captain Bill Song, Sargent Brink and
Deputy Valdivia to help facilitate all the Community Relations Programs.

Lisa works and helps plan and organize such events as
the Sheriffs Annual Food and Toy Drive as well as National Night Out,
Rummage Sale and Sheriffs Open House events.

Lisa also heads up the L.A.S.D. La Crescenta C.E.R.T.
(Community Emergency Response Team) Program. Crescenta
Valley C.E.R.T. was started by Lisa and Paul Dutton 8 years ago.
They have put on 18 trainings together, 5 Major Drills and
have trained over 400 people in the Crescenta Valley.

Lisa not only is a F.E.M.A. and L.A.S.D. Certified Trainer
for C.E.R.T., but also is a Certified Program Manager.

Lisa also is an Emergency Medical Responder (E.M.R.) with the Red Cross.
In her spare time, Lisa is also a Certified Red Cross First Aid Trainer
(whew, were does she find the energy?!).

Isn’t it obvious why they picked Lisa to be the Volunteer of the Year?!

What about you?
What volunteer opportunities have you participated in?
What organizations touch your heart?

Or maybe you are looking for a volunteer opportunity….
If so, feel free to give Paul or Lisa a call…they would
love to share their experiences with you and get you started!

Paul Dutton: Sheriff Volunteer on Patrol


Our own Paul Dutton is a Sheriffs Volunteer for
the Los Angeles Sheriffs Dept.(L.A.S.D.).

Paul, as a trained Sheriff Volunteer on Patrol (V.O.P.),
spends his Friday and Saturday nights out on patrol for
the Crescenta Valley Station.

On patrol, Paul does vacation checks for people on
vacation. They patrol and assist other deputies on
traffic accidents and call outs.

Many times, V.O.P.s are called out to help with
a Sheriff’s Incident, to help with traffic control or
crowd control.

Paul Dutton Volunteer Sheriff Deputy Valdivia

Deputy Valdivia with Paul Dutton at Food and Toy Drive

Paul has participated in the Station Fire, Station Fire Floods,
Flood Watch and notifications for evacuations, Parades,
civic events, 5k runs and, of course, the Sheriff’s Food and
Toy Drive where the above picture was taken.

According to the Sheriff Department site:

The primary objectives for the members shall be to prevent crime by mere presence, or identify public hazards. Members shall also act as the eyes and ears of the Sheriff’s Department by identifying suspicious activities, crimes in progress, or dangerous circumstances. The members shall not take action themselves, but shall notify the proper authorities for handling.

The Volunteers On Patrol members accept their mission to serve the community with the enduring belief that in so doing, they will maintain the high level of safety, quality of life, and the beauty of the community that everyone is entitled.

Paul has logged over 2,000 hours as a Sheriff Volunteer.

Paul is also a L.A.S.D. certified F.E.M.A./Homeland Security
C.E.R.T. Instructor and Program Manager for the C.E.R.T. Program
at the Crescenta Valley Station.

If you have an interest in learning more about
these programs and the volunteer opportunities
they provide, please check out the links above,
or call Paul directly as he’s always happy to
share stories of his experiences in the hopes of
inspiring you to join him on his next volunteer expedition.

Easter Bunny Special


It’s that time again…

…to get those windows done so you can see
where the Easter Bunny hides his eggs!

When Paul was a kid, he always tried to see
where the Easter Bunny would hide the eggs,
especially the Golden Egg!

Well, it’s that time again and we have to hurry
because Easter is only one week away.

We are going to give you 10% off FOR APRIL,
but you must hurry and book us quickly.

This is our way of saying Happy Easter,
so call us now to get your Spring Cleaning done!


  • We can dust those cobwebs off, clean all your patio furniture and wash your cushions, too.
  • We can also power wash your patios, brick areas, walkways, balconies, and driveways, too.
  • Yes, we can also fix and clean up those old screens with new ones!

Come celebrate Easter all cleaned up and be ready for Spring.

Besides, you can then peek out and see where the Easter Bunny hides the eggs!

Is it Your Roof or Your Gutters Leaking?


Here is an all too frequent story after a rainstorm like we recently had throughout southern California:

You go to bed, enjoying the sound of the rain falling on the roof and grateful that you are inside your home where it is warm and dry.

However, when you wake up, and step into your living space, you discover a puddle of water.  You rush to find a bucket, or a pot, and a few towels.  As you are rushing around, you discover another puddle.  And, as the rain continues, new wet spots appear.

In your head you are already having a conversation with your favorite roofer who reminds you that his crew won’t come out until the rain stops.  And, you are seeing the dollar signs rush out the hole as quickly as the rain is coming through it.

Clearly it doesn’t do you any good to have this conversation only in your head, so at some point you do call your roofer to set a time for him or his crew to come check out your situation.

Someone we know had this same situation.  Their favorite roofer would, indeed, only come out during a break in the storm.

However, he did provide a bit of potential good news:  It is quite possible that there wasn’t actually a leak, but rather clogged gutters.

How did their gutters get so clogged already?  Well, they never had us come out to clear them after the fall leaves fell.  The leaves in the gutters created a dam.  As the rain continued to pour into the gutters, the water had nowhere to go except to seep through various seams like above the sliding door, through a light socket, and where the ceiling meets the wall.

Want some more good news?

We will come and inspect your gutters for free.

We’ll even come out for emergency gutter cleaning DURING the rain!

Check out all the details on our flier:

gutters leaking

Free Gutter Inspection


Our 18th Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training!


Paul Dutton, Cerscenta Valley’s Head C.E.R.T. Coordinator, held his 18th class in Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training for the Crescenta Valley Church in February.

Paul is a Certified FEMA/Homeland Security Instructor for C.E.R.T. with the L.A.S.D. Program. With this 18th class, Paul and his wife, Lisa, also an instructor, have taught a total of 428 people in the C.E.R.T. Training in the Crescenta Valley.

Pastor Scott Wood and many of his fellow church members said, “What an incredible class and valuable training this is for our community!”

These classes are 24 hours of training on Emergency Preparedness in how to develop your own Family Disaster Plan, spread over a few days. Similar programs are taught nationwide and helps people understand that Emergency Services might be overwhelmed in a major disaster and you and your family may be on your own for several days. C.E.R.T. teaches you to be prepared for yourself, your family, you neighbors and your community.

Paul and Lisa have developed one of the best C.E.R.T. Programs in L.A. County with 10 Teams formulating up to 8 different locations throughout the area. Paul works closely with the Glendale Unified School Teachers as well with churches, C.V. Water District and of course L.A.S.D. and L.A. County Fire. Paul and Lisa have developed a program that encompasses all these agencies along with the Red Cross. Paul is also working with the Red Cross on helping find emergency shelters  throughout the Crescenta Valley.

Paul and Lisa have devoted over 5,000 volunteers hours to C.V. C.E.R.T. over 8 years and 18 trainings with 5 major drills. It is a widely respected C.E.R.T. Program within the community.

Are you prepared for an emergency?

If not and you are interested in CERT training, please call our office to speak with Paul or Lisa Dutton. In the meantime, please review our prior post that provides a disaster preparedness checklist.

Paul Dutton Volunteers as Red Cross Emergency Medical Responder on Rose Parade Route

Red Cross Emergency Medical Responder

Paul Dutton (far right) as EMR at 2014 Rose Parade, Station 10

Our own Paul Dutton is shown here working with his fellow Red Cross EMT’s and EMR’s at the 123rd Rose Parade (2014).  He so enjoys keeping people safe, taking care of exhausted band members and providing first aid at Station 10 along the parade route.  If you are interested in volunteering at the 2015 Rose Parade with the Red Cross, please contact Roxanne Schorbach:

This is Paul’s 2nd year of volunteering.

He loves working as a Red Cross Emergency Medical Responder (EMR).

Paul just finished re-certifying with an 8 week, 65 hour course with the Red Cross.  If you are interested in the courses and certifications offered by the Red Cross, click here to find your local chapter.

Paul is also the Red Cross Ambassador for La Crescenta, CA:

Duties: Welcome each donor, have them sign in, and keep track of appointments and “walk-ins.” You will also help ensure sure all donors proceed through the process in an orderly and timely manner. Other duties will vary depending on the blood drive. Most important in this role is to help the donor have a positive experience beginning with time of arrival and give words of appreciation.

Commitment: Two 3-hour shifts per month.

Days & times: Mondays through Saturdays, varied hours.

If you are interested in becoming an Ambassador, please complete this form to register.

Paul has been involved with the Red Cross for 5 years. He continues to combine his Red Cross training with the C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team) program in Emergency Preparedness for our La Crescenta Valley.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

Paul has continued his EMR training and recertification for 5 years now. This also includes CERT level 3 training which Paul uses in all his classes for CERT level 1 training. As we’ve shared previously, Paul is a Certified Instructor for the LASD and is FEMA certified to teach CERT nationwide.

Paul and Lisa also became certified Teen CERT instructors in May 2013 at the AREA E CERT conference in Orange County, CA. Paul and Lisa also receive their certification as CERT Program Managers as well.

Lastly, Paul and Lisa have headed up the Crescenta Valley CERT program from its inception 8 years ago, holding 16 training classes to over 416 people in the Crescenta Valley and Glendale, La Canada areas!

red cross emergency medical responder

If you are interested in your local CERT training, enter your zip code here and follow the prompts.

La Crescenta Window Washer's 32 Year Celebration


La Crescenta Window Washer's 32 Year Celebration

My wife asked me what I want for Christmas the other day.  Upon careful reflection I realize I didn’t even remember what I got last year.  So I wrote out a different list this year.  To hope for my wife to be healthy and to always be by my side.  For my daughter to return home safely from the University of Colorado for Christmas!  For my mom to be able to do what she loves and to stay out of the ER and for my family to be reunited around the dinner table on Christmas Day!

Jennifer tells us to stop whining about our 30 degree weather here in LA, when Boulder Colorado is a minus 11 degrees.  I can’t believe she is a junior this year!

Lisa continues to volunteer full time with the Sheriff’s and is currently working on the Sheriffs Food and Toy Drive.

I continue to work with the Sheriffs and CERT Program as well as the Red Cross.

Lisa and I had the privilege to train all 41 principals for the Glendale School District in CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams) this summer.  Both Lisa and I continue our training Red Cross.  This year, I have been chosen to be the Red Cross Ambassador for Crescenta Valley.  I will be working the Rose Parade as a Red Cross Emergency Medical Responder.  Lisa and I also had the pleasure of coaching some Robotics’ Teams in Natural Disaster Preparedness, which was the theme in their competitions this year.

The joke this year has been, in my spare time I run the business.  Thanks for letting us be your window washing guys and keeping food on our table.

Merry Christmas to you and your family.  Have a safe and warm Holiday Season with your family.

From our family to yours since 1981,
Paul, Lisa, Jennifer and Staff

PS  There’s still time to get your windows done for Christmas.  If you like, we are offering our 10% off January special!

  • Exterior House Detailing Exterior House Detailing We will rinse your entire house with ultra clean deionized soft water that won’t leave any water spots.
  • Power Pressure Washing Power Pressure Washing We can Pressure Wash your Patios, Balconies, your Exterior siding, your Decking and even your Patio furniture to make it look like new again.
  • Screening Screening We can handle all your screening needs custom screening trailer and can rescreen many time with the same day service.
  • Gutter & Roof Cleaning Gutter & Roof Cleaning Your gutters are a very important part of your home or business.

Contact Information

2707 Foothill Boulevard
La Crescenta, CA 91214

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