Cleaning windows is probably not your favorite activity, but if you want to keep your windows in good shape and looking their best, it is a chore you’ll need to tackle from time to time. When you get good results, it will be worth the effort. Keep these tips and helpful pieces of advice in mind to make home window cleaning in Dayton less burdensome and more effective.
Tip #1: Clean more often
If you wait until your windows are caked with a thick layer of grime, of course cleaning them won’t be any fun. Plus, when dirt sits on your windows for a long time, it may work its way in between the sashes and the glass, causing premature wear and deterioration. For most homeowners, cleaning windows twice a year is sufficient. In the spring, you’ll want to remove any salt residue that has accumulated over the winter months. In the fall, another good cleaning will remove road dust and other residue that has accumulated and “baked on” in the summer heat.
Tip #2: Use the right tools
If you’re just using any old rag for home window cleaning in Dayton, there’s a good chance your results are streaky and unattractive. Instead, use a specially made squeegee like the professionals. Spray your windows down thoroughly with a good window cleaner, and then squeegee them off. You’ll have a lot fewer streaks. Cleaning your windows on a cloudy day will help prevent streaking, too.
Tip #3: Tackle any mold or mildew immediately
Mold and mildew love moisture, and it only takes a tiny air leak to allow moisture to seep in through your windows, giving mold and mildew a place to thrive. If you don’t take care of this problem quickly, it could permanently damage your windows — especially if you have wooden sashes or frames. So, keep a close eye out for mold and mildew, and if you spot them, clean them away immediately with a mixture of bleach and water. Don’t wait until your next “scheduled” cleaning session; it may be too late.
Tip #4: Remove your screens to wash them
If you don’t wash your window screens, the dirt they contain will end up right back on your windows. The easiest way to clean them is to remove them completely and spray them down with the hose. Scrub them with a sponge and a little dish soap if they’re really grimy.
Tip #5: When in doubt, call in the professionals
While it is easy to clean the outsides of most double-hung windows because you can just fold them in and access them from the inside, this is not the case for all window styles. If you have casement windows, a picture window, or a sliding window that’s built in a way that makes it difficult or dangerous to clean the outside of the glass, don’t be afraid to call a professional who specializes in home window cleaning in Dayton to tackle this task for you. It’s a better solution than letting your windows accumulate grime for years at a time!
Take good care of your windows, and they’ll keep taking good care of you. Spot windows that need replacement? Get in touch with the associates at Renewal by Andersen Dayton. They will visit your home for a free in-home consultation at your convenience.