Replacement windows in Seattle, WA are a great addition to the home with many benefits. They help improve safety. They increase energy savings. They cut down noise pollution. And they can enhance the aesthetics both inside and outside of the home. But new windows will not stay clean and crisp forever. If you want to keep your replacement windows looking new, here are some simple steps to follow:
Before you start cleaning and maintaining your windows it is important to take a good look at them. Make sure there are no cracks, scratches, scrapes, or broken glass. You want to also pay attention to signs of water damage like peeling paint, mold, or warping. It is also a good time to test the locks, latches, and operation of the windows to make sure nothing is sticking or scraping. Once all of that is in order, you can get to work with cleaning.
Wash Screens First
The first thing to do is to remove the screens. Be careful not to damage them. Place them on a level surface or prop them up in the shower or bath. Then rinse off the loose dirt with the hose or showerhead, clean them with mild detergent and a soft brush, and rinse them again until the water runs clear. Then you can leave them to dry while you tend to the rest of the window cleaning.
Clean Frames with Mild Detergent
Take that same mild detergent and water as well as a soft cloth and wipe the frames of the windows. Be sure to work quickly washing, rinsing, and drying so that water does not drip down and pool in the window sills. If you do encounter tougher stains try applying the detergent directly and scrubbing with a soft bristle brush. There is no need to use abrasives, harsh chemicals, or power washer on your windows. In fact, using these methods will most likely cause more damage.
Wash Window Glass with a Generic Cleaner
You also do not need anything fancy to clean the glass on your windows. If you choose the right window styles with removable or tilt-in sashes, you can even clean all of the glass surfaces from the inside. Just use a generic glass cleaner or a mixture of vinegar and water. And for spot-free results polish the glass with a lint-free, microfiber cloth.
Clean and Lubricate the Track and Moving Parts
The last thing to do is clear the window track of dirt and debris. This will help ensure a smooth operation and prevent damage to the moving parts of your new windows. Remove loose dirt with a soft bristle brush and a vacuum. For anything lodged in the track try removing it with a plastic putty knife. Again do not use anything that could scratch or dent your window frame. Once the track is clear you can use a silicone lubricant to ease operation. The best method is to spray it into a cloth and wipe it on the moving parts. This prevents overspray so you don’t undo all of your hard work.
For more tips on how to clean and maintain our replacement windows in Seattle, WA contact Signature Window & Door Replacement.