As homeowners, one investment we all make is installing quality windows that will last for years to come. When so much time and money go into home improvements, it’s best to take care of them. The experts here at All-Weather want to help you increase the longevity of your windows and put together a helpful list of tips for keeping your windows crystal clear all year round. Read about them below:
How to Avoid Streaks when Cleaning
Do your best to always use a squeegee. Make sure your squeegee has one smooth rubber edge. Keep in mind, in order to effectively use the squeegee properly, you start at a part of the glass that is dry. This will avoid the possibility of leaving streak marks.
What Time of Day to Wash Windows
Did you know that washing your windows during the day is actually a bad thing? This is because the sun causes them to dry faster than normal. With an uneven level of moisture the chances of leaving streaks on the window skyrocket.
Expert tip: If you are trying to remove paint or something adhesive from glass, make sure to wet the surface first. This will help prevent scratches in the glass. Whether you spray it with a glass cleaner or just wipe it down with a wet sponge, either will help when using a new sharp razor blade scraper.
Other Factors that May Make your Windows Dirty
If the insides of your windows are always dirty, it may be time to change your heating and cooling system’s air filter. The purpose of an AC or Furnace air filter is to remove the dirt, dust, pollen, and pet dander from your home. If the filter hasn’t been changed in months, it could just keep circulating in your house. We also recommend cleaning any windows that may have been affected by secondhand smoke with an ammonia-based solution.
Don’t Ignore Your Window Screens
A dirty window screen can make the cleanest window look dirty. Our recommendation is to remove the screens and wash them every year or two. You can clean these screens with a soft-bristled brush and scrubbing with hot water and just a little dishwasher detergent.
If you have any additional questions regarding different ways to keep your windows clean or would like to invest in new windows for your home, give us a call at (913)648-9589 or request an appointment online!