So, you’ve invested in new windows for your home, but you aren’t quite sure how to care for your windows. You’re not alone. Many homeowners believe once they have a new window installed that the battle is over, but installing your windows is only half the battle. While the maintenance and upkeep on each type of window frame can be different, the act of cleaning the actual glass usually remains the same. It’s best to avoid direct sunlight when you clean the glass of your windows. Usually, homeowners find it better to clean their windows during a cloudy day or in the early morning or evening times.
The first step is to gather the necessary cleaning supplies. For most windows, you’ll need a mild soap or window cleaner, a soft cloth or sponge, and a squeegee. If you’re dealing with particularly dirty or difficult-to-reach windows, you may also need a putty knife or scrub brush. You may also need to use gloves when you start cleaning your glass windows. Once you have your window cleaning supplies, you’re ready to get started.
Anyone who has ever tried to clean a glass window knows that it can be a real challenge. Even after you’ve removed all the fingerprints and smudges, the windows can still look streaky and dirty. One way to get clean, streak-free windows is to dust them with a clean, dry cloth or use a vacuum cleaner. This will help remove any loose dirt or debris. In addition, it’s important to use a clean cloth for each window. Otherwise, you’ll just end up moving the dirt around from one window to the next.
Now that the majority of the dust and grime has been removed, it’s time to clean the glass. Begin by wiping down the window with a clean, damp sponge or cloth. Add a drop of dish soap to the water if needed. For best results, clean in a circular motion, and be sure to rinse thoroughly. Once you’ve cleaned the entire window, use a clean, dry microfiber cloth to remove any streaks or residue. You may need to go over stubborn areas several times.
Once the window is clean, use a squeegee to remove any remaining water. Start at the top of the window and work your way down in smooth, even strokes. Wipe the squeegee clean after each stroke and dry the windowsill with a towel to prevent water stains.
Once you’ve wiped down the window, use a clean, dry cloth to buff it until it shines. That’s all there is to it! In no time at all, you’ll have clean, clear windows that brighten up your home.
When cleaning glass, you should never use chemicals or solvents with a petroleum base as these chemicals can damage the insulating glass seal or other parts of the window. You should also avoid high–pressure sprays when washing the actual glass of a window. High pressure can damage the insulating glass seal and other areas. Never use sharp instruments or abrasive cleaning cloths on glass. This, of course, can scratch and ruin the glass. Instead, you should use a mixture of mild dish soap and clean the glass by rubbing your fingers gently over the glass. You can also use a soft cloth before you gently dry the glass. If you’ve ever attached tape to the glass, it may leave a residue and the heat from the sun will bake the adhesive from the tape into your glass. That can cause issues for glass in the long run so avoid tape on windows if possible.
If Your Windows have Screens
Screen care is pretty simple. Remove the screens and wash them on a flat surface and gently rub the dirt out with a soft brush with mild dish soap and water. After rinsing, you can wipe them dry and reinstall your screens and they’ll be like new.
It’s important to vacuum any dirt and debris from the window track before washing. You can then mix mild dish soap with water and use a soft cloth to wipe down the frame and the track until all the dust and dirt are gone. Make sure to properly drain and dry the tracks and sills and don’t leave them wet as this can make the paint on the windowsill bubble or become damaged.
Do a Quick Check on Your Windows
You can also maintain your windows and keep up with drafts in the colder months by periodically checking the weather stripping on your windows and making sure they are still working properly. You should also periodically check your screens to make sure there are no large spaces, scratches, or holes that will allow debris and insects through. While it may seem like a big job, performing routine maintenance and care for your windows so they can look clean and function with ease is simple enough for anyone to do.
At California Windows and Solar, we’re here to help any Mission Viejo, CA home window or surrounding residents with any window issues. For all of your window questions, call California Windows and Solar toll-free at 1-949-284-7483. Or visit us at 2915 Red Hill Ave Ste B104 Costa Mesa, CA 92626. Let California Windows and Solar help you with your windows and turn your new windows into lasting investments.