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Residential Window Maintenance Tips

Keeping your home’s windows in good condition doesn’t just keep the outside of your home looking great. It also keeps the inside of your home safer and in better condition. Unfortunately, many homeowners end up making mistakes in their routine window maintenance and upkeep efforts that put their homes at risk of damage. Here’s what you need to do to keep your home’s windows clean, pristine, and functioning perfectly.

Clean Them Often
Cleaning your windows regularly helps you spot minor damage before it becomes a major issue. Try to clean the inside of your windows at least once a month with a streak-free cleaner. Schedule a professional cleaning for the inside and outside of your windows at least twice a year to keep the buildup of dust and dirt to a minimum. Once the windows are clean, you’ll be better able to monitor for warping, leaks, and other damage.

Use The Right Tools
While many homeowners rely on paper towels or even sheets of newspaper to clean their windows, it’s best to invest in the right equipment. Paper can leave debris behind which encourages streaks and attracts dust, making your “clean” windows look just as dirty as they were when you started. Instead, use a microfiber cloth or a squeegee to wipe away the grime. You’ll get a streak-free clean that will help you enjoy your view in between professional cleaning sessions.

Clean the House First
It might seem like cleaning your windows before cleaning the rest of your house is a good idea, but nothing could be further from the truth. Instead, you’ll want to clean the rest of your house before cleaning your windows. Why? As you vacuum, dust, fluff cushions, and shake out throw blankets, the dust and dirt will go airborne. Some of it will collect on your windows. If you’ve already cleaned the windows, that dust will stay in place until you clean them again. Instead, clean your windows last. This way, the panes will stay cleaner, longer.

Be Proactive
Many homeowners end up just waiting for a rainstorm in the hopes that it will be enough to clean the outside of their windows. Unfortunately, rain rarely does enough to get rid of dirt. In fact, the same storms that bring the rain often bring wind which can pick up dirt and deposit it on your windows. Instead of waiting for a torrential downpour, schedule a professional cleaning. It will last longer, be more thorough, and keep your windows in good condition.

Cleaning Your Windows the Right Way Matters
Cleaning your windows may seem like a simple task, but it’s more complicated than you might think. As long as you follow these tips, you’ll be able to keep your windows clear and bright with ease. Just remember that cleaning them yourself is possible, but it’s not a substitute for a good professional window cleaning. If you’re ready to give your windows the TLC they need to help your home look great, don’t wait. Request a quote from Reflection Windows and Doors today.