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How to Maintain Your Windows

Posted on February 6, 2019

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Anything left unattended will fall apart. This is the 2nd law of thermodynamics, and is the best argument for maintaining your windowpanes and glass. Although decay cannot be completely stopped, it can be avoided. Perform regular maintenance on your windows to ensure that they perform for as long as possible. These tips can help you properly keep your windows clean and operational. In doing so you can extend the lifespan of your windows.

Keep It Moving

There are many styles of windowpanes. Casement windows swing out on a hinged sash. Awnings are hinged at the top and provide ventilation and light. Double hung windows utilize sliding sashes that slide up or down. Single hung windows slide up. The list goes on, but the point is this: windows with moving parts require maintenance to keep the parts moving. A common practice is to lubricate the contact points every spring and every fall. These contact points attract dirt, dust, and grime. Over time this built-up grime keeps the window from operating smoothly.

Windows require a silicone lubricant. Petroleum-based lubricants will cause certain materials to decay and should be avoided. Do not disassemble your window hardware or loosen screws. The window is not meant to be taken apart and this could void your warranty. Apply the lubricant to the hinges and moving parts to complete this step.

Cleaning Window Materials

Windows come in a variety of materials. Wood should be cared for differently than fiberglass, aluminum, and vinyl. Each one requires maintenance, though some need it more often. Wood windowpanes should be painted or stained. Leaving wood untreated leaves it open to rot. Maintain your wood windows by applying a fresh coat of paint as necessary. Cleaning your wood panes is relatively easy, and can be done with warm soap and water. Avoid using harsh chemicals to get the best results.

Artificial window materials, such as vinyl, fiberglass, and aluminum require much less maintenance than wood. They are not susceptible to rot like wood is, but make sure you clean them regularly. Non-abrasive cleaners such as soap and water should be able to get the results you are looking for. Don’t use any kind of solvents or stripping compounds. This can cause your windows to lose their luster and shine.

Washing the Windows

Vinegar is your best friend when it comes to cleaning window panes. This non-toxic, naturally occurring chemical kills germs safely. Due to its acidic nature, vinegar breaks down dirt and grime that accumulates on the surface of the glass. Combine your vinegar with equal parts water to create your cleaning solution.

Take a sponge and spray the solution on the window. Clean when there is no direct sun to avoid water spots. Wet the glass, scrub with the sponge, and wick off the water with the squeegee. Clean off the excess water from the frames to avoid long-term damage.

If you need to have your windows maintained professionally, call All Brite Cleaning Services. We take the hard work and hassle out of the cleaning process. From window cleaning to disaster restoration, All Brite is here to help. Schedule your free estimate by dialing 1-863-382-0042 today.

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