It’s springtime again – that means for most people, it’s time to clean windows. It’s a chore, but having a plan and materials in place can help you save money in the long run. In this post, window replacement pro Renewal by Andersen® of Denver shares what you need to know before you start.
When Should I Clean My Windows?
You can track how much dirt has accumulated on your windows as your house ages. Weather patterns such as rain, snow and sleet bring dirt, grime, grass and all kinds of debris to your windows. If left for too long, your windows could sustain damage in their inserts and sashes.
What Are the Tools I Should Use?
Regardless of whether or not you remove your glass replacement windows and screens for easier cleaning, you might want to consider the following for more effective cleaning:
- Glass cleaner/diluted bleach
- Homemade solutions, chemical or organic
- Strong brushes for screens
- A squeegee
- A leaf blower
- A shop vacuum
Use the leaf blower to push dirt and grime out of the track systems and frames. You’ll want to point it away from other areas of the window so that silt exits the frame in the opposite direction. The shop vacuum on the smallest hose attachments will be useful for sucking up deeply embedded debris. Remove loose dirt with these instruments before applying soap and water to the frames and glass panes.
How Can I Make My Window Cleaning Last?
- Try cleaning on cloudy days. Water and soap solutions dry quickly on sunny days and leave streaking on your glass.
- When cleaning glass by hand, wipe side to side inside and top to bottom outside. This lets you see the entire pane for any possible streaks.
- Use a squeegee to wipe dirty water off glass. Follow each stroke with a paper towel.
- Clean hard-to-reach windows by sealing them tightly and using a garden hose for a spray mist. Be mindful though: a strong current may break or damage your frames.
- Wipe inside tracks with a wrapped cloth over a thin stick or large cotton swab. Then use a clean cloth to clean any excess. Let your frame dry completely so your window sashes move easier.
Turn to Renewal by Andersen of Denver for top-notch door and window replacement services. Give us a call at (303) 823-4312 or (719) 419-5496. You can also fill out our contact form to set a free consultation. We serve clients in Denver and nearby areas.