Taking care of your windows
Windows let the natural light in, can add a bit of interest to a room, and let you take in the outside world from the comfort of your home. Windows also collect streaks, fingerprints, and water spots. And while tv sitcom housekeepers “don’t do windows,” a little bit of work on your part will keep them in top working condition.
Depending on the style of your window or the number of panes, the cleaning of the glass in your windows is pretty straightforward. Using a combination of mild dish soap and water, gently clean your windows with a washcloth. Stay away from using caustic chemicals, petroleum-based cleaners, or abrasive pads that can damage the windows.
After rinsing the soap off the windows, wipe dry with a soft cloth. When wiping off the excess water, make sure to wipe off the panes as well, especially if the windows are made of wood. Water won’t affect vinyl windows as much, but still may leave watermarks if not wiped down properly. If possible, avoid washing your windows in direct sunlight. This may cause the water to dry faster than usual and cause streaking – the very thing you were trying to get rid of!
In addition to cleaning the windows, it’s a good idea to occasionally check the sill and weather stripping of your windows. Vacuum out any dirt or debris from the sill and track to make sure nothing is obstructing the full range of motion. Window screens can be cleaned in the same manner as the windows, but take care not to apply to much pressure. You don’t accidentally break the screen. Find a flat surface to lay the screen on to prevent any damage.
These steps – both on the indoor part of the window and outdoor – will keep your windows looking great no matter the season. For those living in a house with more than one level may need to consult a professional for the outside part of the window, though.