All parts of your home’s exterior, including windows, get daily exposure to outdoor elements. Over time, dirt, dust and other debris will build up on their surfaces. This spring, don’t forget to include cleaning windows and patio doors in your maintenance checklist.
Read on for window spring cleaning tips.
Preparing for the Task
Like your sliding glass doors, your windows require regular cleaning and maintenance to last long. You want to schedule your window cleaning on a cloudy day to keep water or cleaning solution from drying too fast on the glass and creating streaks. Only use products and tools recommended by the manufacturer to avoid accidental damage.
Usually, window cleaning requires a vacuum, microfiber cloths and gentle cleaning products. Before starting the task, remove window treatments like curtains, drapes or blinds. Open your windows to help their components dry properly.
Cleaning the Window
Do your windows have screens? If so, remove and clean them using a soft bristle brush and soapy water. Allow them to dry completely before putting them back.
The next step is to vacuum the window tracks and wipe the remaining dirt with soapy water and a microfiber cloth. You can remove persistent buildups with a cotton swab dipped in white vinegar.
Placing a cloth at the base of the window will protect the frame from dripping water and cleaning solution. When cleaning the glass, start from the top going down. You can determine if the surface has stains by wiping one of its sides horizontally and the other vertically.
After washing your windows, dry the sills with a clean cloth to protect the frame material and finish. Once the units have completely dried, place back your screens and window coverings. If cleaning and maintenance aren’t enough to restore the efficiency and beauty of your windows, it might be time to replace them.
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