Are you taking good care of your windows? Window cleaning is a pretty straightforward task. While cleaning your windows seems easy enough, a lot of homeowners still have a tough time properly cleaning their windows and have developed some pretty bad habits that actually do more harm than good.
If you purchase high-quality windows, you can expect them to last for about 20 years but if you have any one of these bad window maintenance habits listed by professional window contractors Renewal by Andersen® of Cape Cod, then you might have to replace your windows much sooner than that. Get on the right track this year and curb these bad maintenance habits:
1. Leaving Your Window Coverings Down
Leaving down your drapes and curtains especially during the cold or wet seasons can trap moisture. While leaving them down does not cause condensation it does prevent proper airflow trapping the moisture that accumulates and eventually causing rot and mold growth. A severely rotted window frame will require an immediate replacement.
2. Using Harsh Cleaning Solutions
While industrial-strength cleaning products can easily remove any stubborn stains they can also damage your windows by weakening their seals. Be sure to consult your window Manufacturers’ Manual or a trusted replacement windows contractor for recommended cleaning solutions.
3. Not Cleaning and Lubricating Your Tracks
Not cleaning the dirt from the tracks can cause pitting and corrosion that will prevent your windows from operating smoothly. Be sure to clean your tracks regularly to prevent any debris build-up and use a manufacturer-recommended lubricant to keep your windows in tip-top shape.
4. Power Washing Walls Around the Window
Using power washers to clean home siding can be a problem when you are cleaning areas around the windows where debris can get blown into the glass surface and frame material. Replacement windows contractors generally recommend laying off the power washers and using a regular hose to spray the areas close to the window.
5. Forgetting Hard-to-Reach Areas
Some homeowners tend to leave out window areas that are difficult to clean, especially narrow rails and corners. This is a common cause of debris buildup that can lead to other problems later on, so it’s important to make sure every nook and cranny is cleaned.
6. Trying to DIY Every Maintenance Task
Sometimes, cleaning your windows can be risky, especially if you have to work on the exterior portions on a higher level of your home. Just like with hiring roofers to get the roof fixed, it’s important to hire certified experts for more technical window maintenance work. This way, you get the best possible results without risking your safety.
7. Cleaning Windows on a Sunny Day
It may sound harmless, but cleaning your windows on a hot, sunny day can actually make the process more difficult. Most window companies recommend cleaning your windows on a cloudy day. This is because too much sunshine can cause soapy water to evaporate before you have the chance to wipe it off, leaving unsightly streaks and marks.
To learn more about energy-efficient windows, schedule your free no-obligation consultation with our team. Call Renewal by Andersen of Cape Cod today at (508) 205-1200 or fill out our convenient request form. We serve clients in Cape Cod, MA.