Replacement windows are a major investment, so it makes sense that you want to preserve them so that they last a lifetime. Changes in weather and other factors can impact your windows over time. There are a few things you should do throughout the year to ensure that your windows are kept in good condition. Here are our 5 tips to clean windows year-round in Michigan.
1. Regularly Inspect Your Windows
Inspect your windows for any signs of damage or deterioration to help maintain their condition. You can spot and fix issues before they start to affect your home. Check for gaps between the wall and the window frame, signs of moisture, or foggy windows. These may indicate issues with insulation or signify water damage. Check locks and sashes to make sure they move smoothly and function properly. This is not only for the performance of your window, but a safety concern as well.
2. Clean the Frames
For sparkling, clean windows, remember to clean the interior and exterior of the window frames. We recommend using a lint-free cloth to wipe away any dirt and dust, then mixing dish soap and water to clean the window frames. Dry the frames thoroughly and make sure water doesn’t pooled around the glass at the bottom of the window.
3. Clean the Glass
Did you know that the build up of dirt and debris on your window can cause damage to them over time? To keep your clean windows shining and streak-free, use the right kind of cleaning products. Stay away from paper towels and use a soft cloth with dish soap and warm water. Work in horizontal strokes, starting at the top and working your way down, until the entire glass is cleared. For clean windows that last a lifetime, this process should be done at minimum twice a year.
4. Clean the Tracks
For completely clean windows, it’s important to clean and lubricate the tracks the windows run up and down in. Use a vacuum to remove any dirt buildup and apply a silicone lubricant to the tracks. These will keep your windows functioning properly and help extend their lifetime.
5. Repair Damaged Windows ASAP
Window damage will only get worse the longer it goes unfixed. If you notice issues like cracks in the glass or breaks in the seals, repair it right away to save yourself time and energy later on. You can caulk or weatherstrip your clean windows to prevent air from sneaking in, which can raise your energy bills and cause mold to invade your home. Issues like continuously foggy windows may require removal or replacement, and it’s best to call a professional.
Homezone Windows: Michigan’s Most Trusted Window Replacement
Homezone makes durable, energy efficient windows made for Michigan weather. Keep your home insulated and comfortable whatever the weather. We guarantee safety, security, and efficiency for every project. Contact us for a no-pressure estimate, and we’ll work together to find a solution that fits your budget.