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.
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 sharps 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 at all possible.
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 is 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.
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 you 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.