The birds are chirping, the sun is shining longer, and the weather is getting warmer. It’s safe to say that spring is officially here! What better time than now to get started on cleaning your windows and doors ready for spring and summer. Begin preparing now, so you can fully enjoy the warm weather and fun activities ahead.
This is the perfect time for you to take advantage of the nicer weather and give your windows a much needed cleaning. However, be cautious because it can be dangerous climbing ladders. To reach high windows it’s a good idea to hire professionals to help you with those hard to reach windows. If you do choose to wash your windows on your own, make sure your safety is a priority first and take the necessary precautions to stay safe as you continue to clean.
Clean Your Windows
Start by wiping your windows down using lukewarm water and mild soap. Use a soft cloth to wipe off all the dirt and grime built up over the winter. Don’t use abrasive or harsh materials such as metal scrapers on your windows, as it can scratch and permanently damage the glass.
Give your windows a good rinse with warm water. If you can, use a squeegee to leave a streak-free finish or buff them using a dry cloth. Don’t use a pressure washer on your windows, it can potentially damage the siding and may penetrate the walls of your home.
There’s nothing worse than built up guck usually found in slider windows and patio doors. Over the seasons and months of use, the track can get clogged with dirt, rocks and other debris. Use an old cloth, wet rag, or paper towels to thoroughly clean out the sliding track. A good tip, if you have an old toothbrush laying around, it can be great for getting into those hard to reach areas. Don’t forget, give the hardware and hinges a good wipe!
Are the windows noisy or causing squeaking sounds when they’re operated? Moving parts on your windows and doors, including tracks and hinges, should be lubricated at least twice a year– in the spring and fall. We recommend using a silicone lubricant, the material will repel water and prevent debris from sticking. You can safely use a silicone lubricant on painted surfaces, metal, wood, or plastic hardware.
Window and Door Frames
Take a quick look at the structure of your window and door frames. Inspect for signs of damage, peeling, cracking, or fading. If your wooden window and door frames are a few years old, they may need scraping and painting to keep the wood properly protected and preserved. If not properly taken care, water can penetrate and become absorbed into wood, which can lead to warping, mould, and deterioration over time. This is also a good opportunity to check the caulking and weather stripping. However, if you find your frames are out of shape, it may be time for new replacement windows and doors.
Clean Your Window Coverings
If you have window coverings, like blinds and shutters, it’s a good idea to give them a quick clean as well. When you’ve completed washing your windows, give your blinds and shutters a wipe with a damp cloth. If you have curtains, depending on the material, you can take them to the dry cleaners or put wash them in the laundry.