Giving your windows a tune-up is a good way to restore beauty and extend longevity. Window maintenance is the best way to get the most out of your windows. Spring is the ideal time to get outside and clean your windows to avoid expensive repairs and delay future replacement. How do you go about cleaning your windows? There’s no magic formula, but there are some simple tips that you can apply to revitalize aesthetic appeal and ensure operational efficiency.
How to Clean the Outside of Windows
The outside of windows bears the brunt of the effect of weather conditions. More dirt and stains accumulate on the outside of windows than on the inside as a result. Here’s how to get started cleaning the exterior of your windows:
- Hose the window down if there is debris present. Follow up with a bucket of cool water with a few drops of dishwashing soap to create a cleaning solution.
- Use a soft microfiber cloth to remove dirt and stain from the surface of the windows, and if you have any hard-to-reach windows, a poled-sponge mop may be more helpful and appropriate for cleaning. Stubborn stains and dirt may need to be soaked with vinegar and left to stand for some time.
- Rinse windows thoroughly with the hose to remove the soapy solution after scrubbing.
- For a more sparkly finish, mop windows with a vinegar and water solution.
- Dry windows with a clean, rubber-bladed squeegee, angled towards the bottom of the window, working from top to bottom.
- Use a clean, lint-free towel to wipe the squeegee at the bottom of each pass. If you are looking for a simpler method of drying your windows, simply use newspaper pages.
- Window screens can be rinsed with a vinegar and water solution, then rinsed afterward with plain water and allowed to dry before being reattached.
How to Clean the Inside of Windows
Cleaning the inside of your windows is less tedious than cleaning the outside. Here’s how to clean the interior of your windows:
- Fill a bucket with cool water and add a couple of drops of liquid dish soap to create a cleaning solution.
- For your safety and to catch spills that may occur, place a large bath towel beneath the window that you are working on.
- Use a clean sponge to cleanse the surface of the window, working from the top and moving down.
- Follow up by spraying a vinegar and water solution on the window for a more thorough clean.
- Use a clean, lint-free towel, paper towels or the pages of a newspaper to dry the window moving in a Z-shaped motion to remove remaining dirt or streaks.
Contact Us Today
Proper window maintenance is necessary to keep your windows beautiful and in good shape for years to come. If you don’t want to do the cleaning yourself, hire local window cleaning professionals to get the job done. And if you need your windows replaced this spring, reach out to our team at Remodeling Concepts to assist you. We can be reached over the phone at (215) 343-5557 or by filling out our online contact form. We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your window replacement needs!