Maintaining your windows is an important part of homeownership. Not only does cleaning your windows help your home look pristine, but it also helps prevent damage and other issues that could shorten the lifespan of the units. Here we’ve compiled some of the best tips in proper window maintenance for your perusal.
Start by inspecting your windows on a regular basis. Take the time to check the different components of the window. Look for peeling paint, as this is your indication that there could be moisture problems. , Signs of moisture infiltration in the frame, sashes and within the glass panes may not be immediately visible.
Check that the components are functioning the way they should. If you have a casement window, operate the crank and see if the window sticks at any point of the operation; if it does, this could be a sign of frame deformation or a faulty crank. If you have sliding windows or double-hung windows, check that the sashes move seamlessly throughout their railings. Any issues with jams could mean that it may be time to get a windows replacement.
Have Damage Repaired
Window damage can manifest in a variety of ways, ranging from obvious physical damage to the frame or the window panes to less conspicuous damage like issues with the caulking around the frame or slight deformities throughout the structure. A close inspection should help you spot many of the possible types of damage that could affect your window.
Most of these issues can easily be repaired by a professional. The key is acting quickly. As with most things, damage that isn’t addressed right away tends to get worse as time goes by, so being proactive about repairs will save you time, money and hassle. This will go a long way towards reducing the need for a premature window replacement.
Once the inspection is done and any repairs have been completed, it’s time to clean your windows. Doing so is beneficial from both an aesthetic and practical standpoint, as clean windows operate more effectively than dirty ones.
Use a mild detergent for cleaning the frames and the sashes. Dampen a soft piece of cloth with this cleaning solution and wipe down the frames to remove any dust or debris that might have accumulated. Wipe down the railings as well, for sliding windows, since dirt and dust cause your window to jam.
Meanwhile, a standard glass cleaner and a microfiber cloth will be good cleaning tools for your window glass. Of course, you can always use the same detergent solution and a squeegee, but a microfiber cloth will be more effective at removing tiny specks.
And if you need more cleaning and maintenance tips, or if you need professional window maintenance, give our experts at Renewal by Andersen® of Cape Cod a call. You may reach us during work hours at (508) 936-1171. You may also reach us through our contact form. We serve residents of Cape Cod, MA.