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How to Wash & Repair Windows and Screens

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It’s finally spring in Kansas City, which means it’s time to get windows prepped and ready for a summer of use. All-Weather Window and Doors put together these tips to help make the job faster, easier, and more effective. Follow these simple steps:

Tips to Wash Window Exteriors

If you’re going to clean your own windows, you want to do it right and make the sparkling results last. A winter’s worth of grime will cut down on your exposure to the sunlight. Be sure to wash the sash and window casing as well. To wash like a pro, take it from Brent Weingard, owner of Expert Window Cleaners in New York and avoid the newspaper, spray cleaners, and rubbing. He says “You’re just moving dirt around from one spot to another and putting a static charge on the glass, which attracts dust and dirt.” Read Brent’s step by step instructions to get a spotless exterior window wash.

Inspect Window Glass, Sash, and Hardware for Damage

Once everything is clean, it’ll be easier to see if there are cracks in the glass. If there are, secure with duct tape and contact a repair shop immediately to avoid injury.

Sash rot is a common occurrence through the winter months, so look carefully at your windows and make repairs as needed. All About Doors and Windows has a great video with instructions on replacing rotten wood.  

Snow and ice can also be hard on your locks, cranks, and other hardware, so look for loose or missing locks and cranks. The Family Handyman has more resources on inspecting and replacing window hardware and replacement hardware can be found at a local hardware store or from your window vendor.

Check, Wash, and Install Screens

First check the screens for any holes or other damage. If necessary, repair or replace screen using these step by step instructions from Martha Stewart. During removal and storage, screen frames can be bent or damaged. Any that have bent or warped should be replaced before they are installed.

Wash Interior Windows and Channels

all-weather-woman-cleaning-window-properlyNow you’re ready to tackle the inside of the windows. We recommend using a multipurpose cleaner on the window frame, sill, and hardware. Starting from top to bottom and left to right, use a microfiber cloth or newspaper on a cloudy day to avoid streaks. Finally, with the window open, use warm water to rinse vinyl window channels, or a dry stiff brush for wood.

Today’s Replacement Windows Are Easier to Clean

Once you’ve taken care of these four items, you’ll be able to enjoy your sparkling clean windows for up to a year. However, you can make it easier on yourself – new windows from All-Weather Window and Doors offer many features that make cleaning more manageable. From tilting in for an easy exterior wash to an innovative glass coating, these new models make this chore a little less daunting.

If you need help with repairs, replacing screens, or even think you need new windows, contact us online or call us at 913-262-4380.

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