Replacing old windows should be a very easy decision to make as a homeowner. It will increase your home's value, cut down on your cooling and heating costs, and help your home look amazing. It's not so easy keeping your windows as squeaky clean as when they were first installed though. Water, dirt, and your kids fingerprints can easily cause a new window to look dirty after a few days of being installed. Follow these tips to clean your windows as if you were a professional.
Get The Correct Tools For The Job
When cleaning windows, your initial instinct may be to gather a handful of paper towels along with some generic blue cleaning product in a spray bottle. You'll rub the window down, only to discover that it looks just as bad as it did before. Unfortunately, some cleaning products can leave streaks, and the paper towels will leave a static charge that causes lint to cling to your glass. You'll get inferior results by not using the correct tools for the job.
You should purchase the following items if you don't already have them.
- Brush with soft bristles
- Large sponge
- Microfiber towel
- Dish soap
- Step stool
With all these items at your disposal, you are ready to clean.
Clean Your Windows Properly
Clean the window frame with the brush, getting the hinges, tracks, and casing. Then scrub the window to get rid of visible dirt. Doing so should prevent you from having to deal with wet dirt later on.
Wet your window down with a saturated sponge that has been soaking in a bucket with warm water and a little bit of dish soap. Then use a squeegee to wipe the water off the window frame. Start with horizontal swipes, working from the top of the glass down to the bottom.
Dry off water that is dripping from the window using your microfiber cloth, and wipe away any streaks that you see at the same time. Then dry off your window sill.
If you have stubborn stains still on the window due to water, you can spot treat it using white vinegar. Just apply a little to a cloth and rub away the stain. The white vinegar is acidic, which is how it works so great at removing mineral deposits.
For more tips on how to keep your new windows looking great, ask your window installation contractor for advice.
For window replacement, contact a contractor such as Gilkey Windows.