Come spring and people gear up for spring cleaning; but forget one of the most important parts of the house- the windows! Windows, being exposed to sun, rain, wind, snow, insects, dust, and pollen, demands to be included in your spring-cleaning routine. Though window cleaning is straightforward and requires no expertise, there are some tips that can make the entire process easier. Take a look at such tips and steps to spring clean your windows, screens, and window tracks.
Invest In The Right Washing Tools
The right tools can do wonders in cleaning the windows efficiently. To get the job done properly, invest in the following tools:
These tools offer full coverage and are available at low cost. Make sure to not use items like paint thinner, pressure washer, bleach, metal blades, and grease removers.
Inspect Your Windows
Inspect your windows prior to cleaning While inspecting, look for the following:
Cracks in the glass/ frame
Damage to the screen
Warping of the frame
Development of mold
Fogging in the glass
Any sign of broken window panes
Remove Window Screens
Remove the screens and place them on a flat surface. Now spray (do not pressure wash) a mixture of vinegar and water on them. Use a soft brush to clean sticky dirt if any and scrub lightly. While you are waiting for the screens to dry, clean other areas of the windows. Upon drying, you can put the screens back on your windows.
Wash The Glass
Rinse the glass and then spray it with a solution mix prepared with vinegar and water. Use a squeegee to prevent the solution to run and pool the tracks. You can also use newspapers to avoid streaks.
Clean The Window Tracks
Use a vacuum to remove dust, spider webs, and loose dirt from the window tracks. You can also make use of a plastic putty knife to dislodge large dirt build up if any. The final step will be to lubricate the track with a silicone spray.
Reassemble all the components of the window and wipe the hardware. Take a look at any spots you missed and clean the area.
Mold, grime, and dirt tends to build up on the outside of the window. So you need to work from outside in. Washing prime locations like window edges, sills, and frames first ensures that the dirt does not spread from the window glass. Clean these areas before beginning to clean the glass.
Another pro tip is to use mild soap to trim the vinyl windows and clean the frame. To clean the surface dirt, use a sponge and wipe the area with a soft cloth. Also, try to wipe quickly to avoid water running down the frame.
Now that you know how to start spring cleaning your windows, you can also reach out to Red Deer Windows & Doors for professional advice. RDWD is a reputed company that can meet all your window requirements. You can get free consultation too by calling RDWD on 403.348.6433 for all your cleaning needs related to windows, screens, and window tracks.