Window inspections and cleaning should be a regular part of home maintenance and not just reserved for spring cleaning. This is especially true if homeowners want to prolong the life of their replacement windows in Seattle, WA. In fact, fall is another really good time to complete a few of these maintenance items:
1. Window Inspection
Window maintenance should start with a detailed inspection. Look for chipped, scratched, or flaking paint. Check for signs of water damage or condensation trapped between the panes. Inspect for any chips, cracks, or fractures in the glass. Note the damage and make sure there is no need for replacement parts or replacement windows
2. Remove and Clean Window Treatments
Next up, it is important to clean window treatments. Otherwise, dust from the blinds or drapes will simply transfer back over to the clean windows. Most fabric window coverings are easy to remove and clean. Blinds and shutters take more effort but can be managed with an attachment on a vacuum cleaner.
3. Clean Window Frames
When the window treatments are down it is easy to wash around the window frame and sill. Clean the frame with mild detergent and water and dry with a soft cloth. It is also important to clear out the window track to remove any debris.
4. Rinse the Window Exterior
Once a quarter homeowners should rinse the exterior of windows with clean water. This is especially important in coastal areas where the fog and sea spray can corrode parts of the windows.
5. Unblock Weep Holes
Weep holes allow for air to pass through certain window components to help get rid of moisture. Unfortunately, the weep holes often clog with dirt which can cause moisture to build up. Use a small toothpick to clear away the debris so weep holes can function properly.
6. Wash the Screens
Carefully remove window screens and place them on a flat, clean area outside. Or prop them up in the tub or shower. Rinse with water, clean with mild detergent and a soft brush, rinse, and allow time for them to air dry completely.
7. Clean the Glass
Do not use harsh chemicals, power washers, or abrasives on replacement windows. Use a generic window cleaner and a lint-free cloth to clean and polish the glass panes. For greasy buildup use mild detergent and water. Work quickly and do not let liquid drip down and seep into the window frame.
8. Lubricate the Locks and Sticky Parts
It is also important to operate the locks and windows to test for sticky areas. Use a silicone lubricant on the track, hinges, and locks to ensure a smooth operation.
9. Replace Caulk and Weather Stripping
Lastly, check the caulk and weather stripping. If there are gaps or leaks it is important to patch them up as soon as possible. If not, the leaks could result in energy losses and extensive moisture damage to the substructures of your home.
Contact Signature Window & Door Replacement to get more advice about maintenance for new replacement windows in Seattle, WA. Their experts can offer tips to help prolong the life of windows.
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