How do your windows look? Do they need to be cleaned? More importantly, have you been cleaning them the right way? We’ve got some easy window cleaning tips for you to follow!
While window maintenance includes fixing problems that arise (broken sashes, cracked glass, mold, etc.), don’t forget about cleaning. Cleaning is an important part of window maintenance—particularly if you’re putting your home on the market soon and you want to keep your home’s exterior looking great.
The Best Way to Clean Windows
To keep your windows looking pristine on both the inside and outside of your home, you need to go about cleaning them the right way—twice a year at the very least. Here are some easy tips to keep in mind:
- Use a squeegee, if you can, as well as rubbing alcohol and an ammonia cleaner (store-bought cleaners aren’t necessary—plain old household cleaning solutions work just fine).
- Avoid citrus-based cleaners and paint removers.
- Start with the top windows and move down (you don’t want to drip the cleaning solution on the clean windows below).
- When you want to remove stickers or other marks that don’t come off easily, don’t use straight-edge metal blades because they can damage the window—it’s better to use a synthetic scraping tool instead.
- Rinse well—try not to let the cleaning solution dry on the glass surface.
- Clean both the outside and inside of the windows.
- Wipe in only one direction—horizontal or vertical—on the outside and the other direction on the inside (if there are streaks, you’ll know which side they are on).
- Try to clean the windows on cloudy days—too much sunlight may dry the cleaning solution too quickly, which can cause more streaking.
- To wipe the windows dry, use a lint-free cloth.
- Dry the window frames and sills with a separate cloth.
Note: Many of these tips are from Andersen, one of our window manufacturers.
Need New Windows?
If you go to clean your windows and find a lot of problems, it may be time for a replacement! If you find yourself in that situation, Shanco can help. For over 20 years, we’ve been offering window replacement in Maryland, Washington, DC, and Northern Virginia.
If you need to replace your windows, get in touch with us today—we look forward to helping you!