The Red Sox are playing baseball in Fort Myers, the Boston Marathon is just a few weeks away, and soon – very soon – the Swan Boats will be gliding across the lagoon in the Public Garden. Spring is definitely on its way, with the promise of sunny days and warm breezes.
Naturally, it is time to get your spring cleaning underway! When it comes to enjoying the sunshine and warm temperatures, that means paying attention to getting your windows and screens ready for the season. The replacement window experts at Rescom have some proven tips to help keep your glass spotless and screens clear of debris.
Plenty of natural illumination is once again available as days get longer and brighter. So make sure you windows are clean and clear!
- Get 2-3 soft cloths, squeegee, duster, and a mild cleaning solution.
- Use a cloth or duster to wipe loose dirt and dust from the glass surface.
- Apply a cleaning solution such as mild soapy water, or a white vinegar and water solution, to each pane of glass.
- Wipe in a circular motion, using a soft cloth. Start and the top of the window and work down.
- Immediately wipe down the still damp window with a squeegee or dry cloth to remove excess cleaning solution. Be sure to wipe the squeegee clean between passes.
- If possible, avoid cleaning windows in direct sunlight, as this may cause streaking due to cleaning solution residue.
- Avoid solvent and abrasive solutions, as they may damage or mar the glass.
Even fine mesh screens can accumulate dust, bugs and other debris that can mar your view and block the breeze. A clean screen is just a better way to enjoy the fresh air.
- Remove screens from storage or, if they stayed in place all winter, take them down from your windows.
- Lay out a tarp or cloth on a flat surface such as a patio, deck, driveway or level stretch of lawn.
- Hook up a garden hose, and get a soft bristle brush, mild cleaning solution, and soft towel.
- Working on one screen at a time, gently brush off large specks of debris, bugs and cobwebs.
- Using a low-pressure nozzle setting, spray each screen with the hose for a quick wash.
- Follow up by scrubbing the screen with a mild soap and water mixture, using the soft bristle brush. Make sure you reach all four corners.
- Rinse thoroughly with the hose, and then wipe down with a soft cloth.
- Lean the screen at an angle (in a sunny area if possible) and let air-dry.
- Once dry, replace the screens in their proper position, making sure they are securely locked in.
While you are at it, inspect each window for cracked or broken glass, loose seals, or rotting frames. It may be time to replace them with new windows that are not only beautiful and energy efficient, but also make cleaning a “breeze” with tilt-in sashes.
Call Rescom Exteriors at (866) 410-5884 today to schedule a free in-home window replacement consultation and estimate.