In the fall and winter, windows often go a few months without proper care. They can collect a lot of dust, dirt, and grime because of bad weather. But with spring comes sunny days and warmer weather. This is an opportunity to give your windows the care and maintenance you have been putting off. It is also an opportunity to closely examine your windows for leaks, warping, rot, and damage. If you notice any of these problems it could be time for replacement windows in Seattle, WA. But first, you need clean windows. These are the steps to follow:
1. Choose the Right Time
You want to choose a time to wash your windows when there is plenty of light, but the temperature isn’t too high. If it is hot the cleaning solutions could dry out before you wipe the windows clean. This can result in streaks, especially on larger windows.
2. Dust and Vacuum First
Before you start wiping down the frames you want to dust and vacuum the windows, blinds, and drapes. This will get rid of loose dirt so you don’t undo all of your hard work when you go back later.
3. Remove and Clean the Screens
It is another good idea to remove the screens for cleaning before wiping down the window frames. Just be sure to place them on a flat area like the driveway or prop them up in the shower. Clean them with mild detergent and water. Rinse them with clear water. Then prop them up to dry fully while you clean the rest of your windows.
4. Use a Modest Amount of Cleaner for the Frames
You don’t want water or detergent dripping down the window and collecting on the sill. That is why it is important to clean quickly and efficiently. Soak a rag in the detergent water and wring it out so it is only damp. Wipe the frames with the damp cloth. If there are any stubborn stains you can try applying the detergent directly and scrubbing with a soft bristle brush. And then rinse the rag with clear water and wring it out again to wipe the soap off the frames. Then follow up with a dry towel.
5. Dry Using Alternating Directions on the Glass
Most generic glass cleaners can get the job done right. But you can also use a combination of vinegar and water. Spray a modest amount on the glass and wipe it away with a lint free cloth. A good tip is to polish with horizontal strokes on the inside and vertical strokes on the outside. That way if you notice any streaking you know which side it is on.
While you are cleaning, take the time to look closely at your windows. Check for cracked glass, leaks, condensation between the panes, and any signs of warping or rot. This is important if your windows are more than 10 years old. And if you notice something it might be time to call Signature Window & Door Replacement. We can help you find the best replacement windows in Seattle, WA. Contact us at (253) 887-7792 or stop by 22613 68th Ave. S. Kent, WA 98032.
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