Keeping Your New Windows Clean
New windows add value to your home, but only if you keep them in good condition, which means you’re going to need to stay on top of cleaning and regular maintenance. If you’ve placed an order with a window replacement company, you’ll want to keep them in tip-top shape for the long term. Here are some ways to keep your windows clean and in great condition.
Change Air Filters
Air filters in your heating and cooling system protect your home from airborne dust. Limit the amount of dust your windows are exposed to by replacing air filters according to the manufacturer’s directions. In most cases, air filters should be changed monthly.
Turn On The Exhaust Fan When Cooking
When you cook with your stovetop, oils and other substances become airborne. Prevent greasy buildup on your windows by running the exhaust fan in the kitchen.
Move Candles Away From Windows
Burning candles emit smoke that can leave a residue on your windows. Buy smokeless candles or keep regular candles far from the windows in your home.
Clean Windows As Needed
Whether it’s dust or children’s sticky fingers, the indoor surface of your windows can take a beating. Outside, your windows are up against grass clippings, pollen, bird droppings, and more. It’s important to clean your replacement windows properly before they become too dirty.
How to Wash Your Windows
The best way to wash windows is with a squeegee or microfiber rag, but you can also use paper towels or newspaper. If you don’t want to use glass cleaner, you can clean your windows with vinegar or dishwashing liquid mixed with warm water, both of which work well to cut grease.
Frames And Screens
After you’ve installed your replacement windows, the frames and screens should be cleaned twice a year. Remove and vacuum them carefully to get rid of dust and dirt, then wipe them down with the cleaner of your choice. Always allow them to dry fully before replacing them.
Exterior Window Panes
Cleaning exterior window panes might require a product designed to clean mineral deposits. Getting these stubborn stains out might take some scrubbing with your cleaning solution, but you can rinse everything down quickly and easily with a garden hose after the fact. You may need an extension pole to reach high windows.
Interior Window Panes
Sponge these window panes down one at a time, with a large dropsheet or towel in place on the floor in case of spills or drips. Dry as you go to get the best results. To simplify things, try using a squeegee – squeegees have a rubber end designed to dry windows without leaving annoying streaking.
Don’t let mildew get out of control on your wooden window frames. Mix 60 ml of bleach and 30 ml of laundry detergent with a liter of water. Sponge the mixture on the stains and let it sit 15 minutes before rinsing with water.
Window replacement is a great way to boost your home’s curb appeal, but make sure you stay on top of cleaning and maintenance to keep that appeal for years to come.