With proper maintenance, your new windows will look charming and energy-efficient throughout their lifespan. To protect your investment, make sure you steer clear of certain cleaning mistakes. Local storm damage restoration contractor Timberland Exteriors discusses four of them here:
1. Using the Wrong Tools
The basic tools of window cleaning are the bucket, sponge or mop, scraper, squeegee and microfiber cloth. Unfortunately, not all homeowners have all these items at hand before they carry out the task. Some commit the mistake of drying the window glass with an old newspaper. This, however, has harsh chemicals that can damage the windows. The embedded ink may also transfer to the glass when moistened.
2. Applying the Wrong Cleaning Solution
Some commercial window cleaners contain harsh chemicals that may shorten the lifespan of the window glass and frames. Others are known to attract dust. Consider using a more natural solution before cleaning. Aside from a dishwashing liquid and water mixture, you can combine equal parts of water and vinegar.
3. Cleaning on a Sunny Day
This may sound harmless, but cleaning your windows when the sun is a mistake you should avoid at all times. After applying soap to one side of the window, you’ll soon notice that it has dried completely as you work on the other side. The sun’s heat leaves streaks and marks before you are able to rinse. Vinyl window installation contractors recommend washing your windows on a cloudy day or if the ideal outdoor temperature is 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
4. Not Paying Close Attention
Even after you’re done cleaning your windows, you may still notice some streaks and smudges on the window glass, especially when viewed from another angle. See to it that you check the glass from different viewpoints before proceeding to the next window. Otherwise, get in touch with a professional window cleaner who can do the job for you.
For your window replacement needs, turn to Timberland Exteriors. We can provide superior craftsmanship and a laser-beam focus on the details that ensure a lifelong project. We have both natural wood and vinyl window collections that come in different styles, including double-hung and casement windows.
Count on us for your vinyl siding installation project as well. Call 651-439-1760 (Maplewood) or (218) 849-6675 (Detroit Lakes) to get started. You may also fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve homeowners in St. Paul, MN, and many surrounding communities.