Properly maintained windows last long and need fewer repairs. So what are the best ways to keep those windows cleaned and looking like new for years to come? Here are some frequently asked questions.
How often should I clean?
In many parts of the country, windows may only need a thorough cleaning once a year. However, here in Florida we have a number of environmental factors that can wreak havoc on our pristine views.
If you live on a dirt road, you may find that the dirt sticks to your windows causing a layer of grime that should be cleaned at least once a month. Likewise, more frequent cleaning may be necessary if you have trees near your home that drop pollen during certain parts of the year.
Monthly cleaning is especially important for homes near our coasts, where the salty air can cause a salt build-up on your windows. Not only does this cause a cloudy film over the glass but it can severely deteriorate the frames over time.
What should I avoid?
Using the wrong tools to clean your windows can damage them, leading to costly repairs and a possible voided warranty on new products. Here’s what to avoid.
- A garden hose or power washer. The high pressure can be damaging.
- Anything sharp, metal, or abrasive, including razor blades, knives, brillo pads, etc.
- Abrasive cleaners and petroleum-based products.
What’s the best way to clean?
Washing the glass of your windows takes time, but the process is simple. First rinse the glass with clean water. This will remove dust particles that could eventually scratch the glass while you’re cleaning. Then either scrub lightly with water or with a glass-cleaning solution (be sure the follow the instructions if you are using a solution). Once it seems sufficiently clean, rinse again to remove any soap and leftover dust. Repeat as necessary.
As with the glass, rinse first to remove any dust or dirt. Remember, don’t use any high-pressure tools to wash your frames! Once that’s done, use a mixture of mild soap and water to clean both the interior and exterior of the frames. For extra shine and protection, add a layer of light car wax. Be sure to only do this after you’ve thoroughly cleaned, though, or you’ll be sealing in that dust, dirt, or salt!
The best way to clean a screen is to remove it completely, if you can. Then place the screen on a flat surface and use a soft brush, with mild soap and water, on both sides. Make sure to scrub gently to prevent tearing. Once the screen is clean, let it dry completely before reinstalling it.
Remember these simple tips the next time you need to clean your new windows. With the proper care and maintenance, they can last a long time!