Spring is just around the corner, which means it’s time to go outside and assess what the winter has done to your home, and how you can fortify it for the year ahead. Your window contractors recommend taking a close look at your windows, since these are key in maintaining the energy efficiency of your home throughout the spring and summer. Here’s a short checklist of what you need to look out for when maintaining your windows throughout the season.
Check for Damage
Start by looking for signs of damage. There are two reasons for this: it’s always ==easier to clean windows that work properly, so if your windows aren’t in tip-top shape, you’ll be making things harder on yourself if you skip this step. And secondly, trying to clean a window that has been damaged could make the problem worse.
Start with a physical inspection of your windows’ exterior, because that’s the part most likely to have sustained damage. You might not see any physical damage right away, but if you do, leave it alone and get in touch with a professional. The same goes with any operational damage that you notice. Even seemingly minor problems should be addressed by an experienced professional rather than an amateur. Also, a professional inspection will help you figure out if the issue could be repaired or if you need a window replacement.
Clean Your Window’s Exterior
Next, it’s time to clean the outside of the windows. They’re sure to have accumulated a heavy layer of dirt throughout the winter season, and the spring thaw won’t be enough to get it all out. If your windows don’t look that dirty or if the accumulated dirt comes off easily, then you can make do with a squeegee, a sponge, some rags and a bucket of soapy water.
But if the dirt seems tougher than what you’re used to, don’t attempt to get that clean with these implements. You’ll be achieving very little at best, and you run the risk of moving the dirt to another part of the window at worst. Give a couple of window companies a call to see if they can assist you with some professional cleaning.
Clean Your Window Screens and Interior
Once you’re done with the exterior clean up, it’s time to work on the screens and the interior. If you haven’t yet, start by checking if the screens have any holes that are as big as the width of your thumb. If there are, then you need to get the screen repaired, lest you invite unwanted insects into your home.
Afterwards, use a mild multipurpose cleaner and a soft piece of cloth to clean the interior. The inside won’t be as dirty as the outside of your windows, so you don’t need to be as aggressive as when cleaning the exterior.
If you need any help with cleaning or repairing your windows, Renewal by Andersen® of Cape Cod will be there to lend a hand. Give us a call at (508) 936-1171 for all of your spring window maintenance help, or leave us a message via our contact form. We serve residents of Cape Cod, MA.