As we head into the new year, it’s a great idea to make resolutions on how to improve our lives. The most common resolutions involve weight loss, fitness, and financial goals, but who says you can’t make a simpler resolution – for your windows? Your windows deserve regular maintenance just like your body does. Here are some New Year’s resolutions to make for your windows in 2019.
Vow to do a better job with window washing this year, typically one of those chores that sits at the bottom of many homeowner’s to-do lists. However, having clean windows is one of those things that you don’t notice till they look great. First, you’ll need to gather the right supplies, such as:
- Large dry brush or broom handle to remove cobwebs and dust
- Bucket and sponge
- Window cleaning solution or water and vinegar
- Microfiber cloth
- Dry lint-free cloth or drying pad
Remove built-up dust
Tie back or remove any curtains or blinds. Using a dust-pan brush or broom handle, clean the window corners and sills to remove any dust. Use the brush attachment on your vacuum to do this as well.
Clean windows with a sponge
All you need to clean your windows is warm soapy water. In fact, it’s best to stay away from those strong window cleaning liquids because they can damage surrounding paintwork.
Clean off the excess water
Using a clean squeegee, start from the top of the window and work your way down in an S pattern for best results. Don’t forget to clean the squeegee blade with an old cloth frequently so as to avoid transferring dirt. Using a towel, wipe up excess water along the base of the window.
Wash windows on a cloudy day
Avoid washing windows on a sunny day, as this can hasten the drying process and leave streaks. Instead, choose a cloudy day for a better clean.
Wash windows twice a year
Mark your calendar and wash your windows in spring and in fall. You may not even notice your windows anymore, but once they’re clean, you’ll be amazed at the results.
Do a thorough inspection of your windows every season, checking the condition of the window frame and sash. Check for signs of moisture, which can indicate that the seal has failed and must be replaced. Replace worn-out rubber seals. Seal any gaps you find around the windows, which can lead to heating and cooling loss. Keep up the energy efficiency of your new home with regular maintenance.
Contact Rescom Exteriors
Start your new year off right with new replacement windows from Rescom Exteriors. Contact us to get a free quote and learn more tips.