Like every other part of your home, your windows will need attention from time to time to keep them performing well. Routine cleaning and minor repairs help prevent major issues and will prolong the life of your windows. With just a few simple steps you can help keep your windows looking and working like new. Here are a few steps to follow:
Every few months you will want to walk around your home testing all the windows. Check the locks and latches for proper function. Make sure you can open and close the windows with ease. Check the glass for cracks, or condensation forming between the window panes. Examine the caulking to make sure the seals are intact. You also want to look for evidence of moisture leaks, like paint or wallpaper peeling away from the wall. If you notice any of these defects you will want to get on top of repairs before they lead to a bigger problem.
It doesn’t take fancy equipment or special products to clean your windows. All you need are some soft, lint-free cloths, a dry towel, a soft-bristle brush, generic window cleaner, and some mild soap. Do not use any abrasive cleaners or powerful solutions on your windows, otherwise, you will end up doing more harm than good. Also, you should never power wash the outside of your windows. This can break the seals and cause window leaks.
3. Prepare Your Windows
Many modern window styles allow for removable sashes, so you can take out both the screens and the glass. You might also have the option to purchase window styles with the capability to tilt in for easy cleaning. If you remove the screens, find a clean flat surface where you can lay them down outside. You can also try propping them in your bathtub or shower.
4. Clean the Window Frames
Mix the mild soap with warm water, and use a soft cloth to clean the window frames. For tougher dirt, try using the soft bristle brush and a stronger concentration of soap before resorting to something stronger. Then rinse the frames with clear water and dry quickly. Be careful not to allow water to drip down the glass and pool in the bottom of the frame.
5. Clean the Glass
Once the frame is clean you can move on to the glass, using the generic window cleaner or a solution of vinegar and water. You can use lint-free cloths, or try wiping them with newspaper for a streak-free shine. Do not use any type of abrasive scrubber for tough dirt, because you can scratch your windows. Instead, soak the area in the cleaner and keep working with a soft brush.
6. Clear and Lubricate the Tracks
The last thing you want to do before re-assembling your windows is to clear away any debris that has built up inside the track. Use a vacuum to remove any loose dirt. If anything is lodged in the track, use a soft brush or a plastic putty knife to get it loose. Once the track is clear, use a silicone lubricant to grease it. But don’t spray directly on the track, or the overspray might get on the windows you just worked so hard to clean. Instead, spray it on a soft cloth and rub it in the track. This will help remove the last of the dirt and ease the operation of your window.
By following these easy steps you can prolong the life of your window. And if you want more expert tips or need new windows, contact Home Supply Window and Door. You can reach us by phone at 973-949-5401 or visit our location, 160 Van Winkle Ave, Hawthorne, NJ 07506.