Keeping your replacement windows in Redmond, WA clean and well maintained will prolong their life. It also makes a big difference in the look and feel of your home. Clean windows let in more daylight and make a home look well-kept and welcoming. And though it may seem like a simple chore, many homeowners get window cleaning wrong. So if you are looking to get this chore right, here are a few tips you can follow to keep your replacement windows looking like new:
Know When to Clean Your Windows
A lot of people choose to wash windows on bright, sunny days. While this is great for visibility, it can also work against you when cleaning your windows. On warm days the heat can dry windows out before you can wipe the solutions clean. This can leave behind streaks and debris. Also, cleaning spray acts as a lubricant that protects the glass while you wipe it. If it does dry out you might scrape the coatings. So instead of cleaning on hot days, save window washing chores for early morning, later in the evening, or overcast days.
Use the Proper Cleaning Products
New windows require very little in the way of maintenance. All you really need to clean the frames are water, a mild detergent, a soft cloth, and maybe a soft-bristle brush. Wipe down the frames with soap, rinse with clear water, and quickly dry. And to clean the glass you can use a generic window cleaner with great results. Then clean and lubricate the track with a vacuum, soft brush, and silicone lubricant.
Find the Right Drying Materials
You might be surprised how dedicated some people can be to using specific materials to wipe the glass on their windows. Some people swear by using paper towels. Others will use newspapers. And yet others claim coffee filters are the best way to get a streak-free shine. We find using a microfiber cloth is a great option. It is absorbent, soft, free of lint, and reusable. You can also try buffing the clean glass with a blackboard eraser for a diamond-bright shine.
Never Use Harsh Chemicals, Abrasives, or Power Washers
These methods often do more harm than good. Harsh chemicals may get rid of stains, but might also strip the paint or cause discoloration. Abrasives used on the glass could damage the coatings. And power washers used on the exterior could break the seals. If you want to prolong the life of your replacement windows never resort to using these methods.
If you want more tips about caring for your replacement windows, talk to the professionals at Signature Window & Door Replacement. We are committed to giving our customers the best service possible from point of contact to the final item of completion. Call us today at (253) 887-7792. Or visit us at 22613 68th Ave. S. Kent, WA 98032 for replacement windows in Redmond, WA.