Enter Sherri Medeiros, owner, chief squeegee swirler and an expert with the “S Curve” of See Thru Window Cleaning Service on Marco. For about eight years she’s been keeping windows clean and healthy at a long list of Marco businesses, offices and homes. Did I say healthy? Yep. Sherri says clean windows play a major role in keeping our homes and public places sanitary and health conducive. “Washing windows is more than just getting rid of streaks and smears for cosmetic reasons,” Sherri points out. “Some people don’t realize that glass is porous. Germs, mildew, salt, dust, grime, handprints, pets’ nose and paw prints and a lot of other stuff can get on windows and stay there and that’s not healthy. “And don’t forget smoke. I can always tell when people have been smoking in a building when I wash the inside windows. Smoke builds up and when we clean the glass, the water in our buckets turns yellow. It’s pretty bad.” Sherri recommends that residential windows by cleaned professionally at least twice a year, inside and out, obviously more often for restaurants, which usually get washed weekly, and other places of business. So, why do we need a pro to do the job right? “It’s an art and a skill, knowing how to avoid streaks, how to get into corners, frames and tracks and all that,” she says. Sherri uses the “S Curve” technique, applying the soap and water and then the squeegee. Why nor wash in sections, up, down or across? “You get streaks that way. You must make sure the squeegee is dirt-free and moist. Even a grain of sand can leave a streak. And most important, keep the squeegee on the glass, moving in the S curve.”
We asked Sherri to reveal what cleaning products she uses. Secret stuff?
“Here’s the big secret — water and a small amount of organic dish washing liquid. You don’t need fancy glass cleaners. Besides some leave a buildup on the glass. Also, don’t use paper towels. They leave lint on the windows. Use lint-free towels, dry ones, to avoid streaks.” Sherri also urges homeowners to let her clean their ceiling fans (“Oh, there can be lots of fun stuff up there,” she jokes) and to not forget the mirrors and screens. Meeting Sherri, you know right away that she loves her work. “I love being on the move, meeting new people. And because I’m local, not a huge company, many clients have become my friends.” Sherri is reachable via cell phone at 641-7159 or at her work number, 642-0318.