Spring is here. Amid your laundry list of spring chores to take care of around the house, one often delayed and overlooked task is window cleaning. Let’s be honest, when was the last time you took the time to fully clean all the windows in your home? Not just the main ones? Many homeowners put window cleaning on the back burner and forget about doing it altogether.
To help you get in the cleaning mood, we’ve put together a great blog post that answers some common questions about window cleaning and tips to get the job done and make your windows sparkle!
How Often Should You Clean Your Windows?
It’s recommended that you clean your windows a minimum of once per year. Twice per year is ideal – once before and once after winter. This ensures that your windows, sills, and frames are clean and dirt, grime, and mold do not interfere with the operation of the window. You can clean them more often if you wish. The more often you clean your windows, the easier it will become over time because you won’t allow for dirt build up to set in.
Inspect Your Windows When Cleaning
While you are taking the time to clean your windows, it is also an opportunity to inspect them. Check to make sure there is no water damage, broken seals, and ensure they are working correctly. It’s also a good time to check your screens for holes. If you notice an issue, give us a call to come and take a look. We are happy to repair any window damage.
Use The Right Cleaning Products
You don’t need to pay for high priced window cleaning products to get your windows clean. Soap and water can do the trick. White vinegar is also known as a great cleaning agent that will get your windows clean.
However, if you notice mold build up on your window tracks or sills, make sure you use a cleaning product that will kill the mold and clean the area effectively.
Clean Everything, Not Just The Glass
Cleaning the glass is the easy part. Your window tracks, sill, and frame need just as much attention as your window. Carolyn Forte from Good Housekeeping explains why you should clean the glass last:
“We know — going at the glass with the cleaner is the most satisfying part. But before you squeeze that trigger, pull back the blinds or curtains, open the window, and inspect its sill, frame, and tracks for obvious crud and cobwebs. Sweep out debris using the small-handled brush that comes with your dustpan. (Skip this step, and you risk a mess later, since the loose dirt can stick to your wiping towel and smear the glass.) Also handy: a cloth-wrapped screwdriver for flicking out dead bugs or hard-to-reach gunk.”
Dust your blinds and window coverings for a complete cleaning.
Clean Your Windows On A Cloudy Day
Sunlight can cause your window and cleaning products to dry too quickly. This can create streaks on the glass. Save window cleaning for a cloudy day for best results.