A vinyl window installation should take care of your problems with energy efficiency, functionality, comfort, and curb appeal. To enjoy your new windows for a long time, it’s a good idea to inspect and maintain them. And be diligent in cleaning them.
Here are the window cleaning tips you probably didn’t know:
Wash Them Twice a Year
Wash your windows every fall and again in the spring. Rain leaves mineral deposits that can be tougher to remove if you let them stay for too long. You might have to rely on harsher chemicals to remove those annoying stains.
Avoid Window Washing Under Direct Sunlight
Streaks are often the product of window cleaner drying and evaporating before it can be washed off. To avoid this issue, clean your windows when the skies are overcast. You can also wash them in the early morning or in the late afternoon. This is also useful advice after vinyl siding installation. Avoid cleaning your siding under direct sunlight.
Start With the Frame
Dirt and grime accumulate in the frame and the window tracks. Mix a little baking soda with vinegar and use a toothbrush to remove the grit. Then you can clean the glass. This will prevent all that dirt from turning into sludge and contaminating the glass, making it tougher to clean.
You Don’t Need Expensive Cleaners
You can make your own window cleaning solution. A little dish soap mixed with clean water is usually enough. Put the solution in a spray bottle for easy cleaning. You can also use vinegar and baking soda for the frame and sash.
Don’t Use Old Newspapers
Most people think old newspapers are perfect for cleaning glass, but they actually leave lint behind. Your best tool for wiping windows clean is a microfiber towel just like the one you use for your car. It grabs dirt and dust and doesn’t leave lint or cause streaks.
Practice Using a Squeegee
The easiest and fastest way to remove water and soap from window glass is to use a squeegee with a rubber blade. It might take some practice to get it right, but you’ll thank yourself later when you’ve mastered this trick.
Ask us at Timberland Exteriors about more tricks to keep your windows clean and looking great. We offer home improvement services, including window installation and storm damage restoration. Call us today in Maplewood, MN (651) 439-1760 or in Detroit Lakes, MN (218) 849-6675. You can also leave us a message here. Let’s talk about your project in St. Paul, MN.