How to Maintain and Clean Your Windows for Optimal Performance
Maintaining and cleaning your windows is essential for optimal performance. Whether your house windows are brand new or starting to show signs of deterioration, a little cleaning and maintenance can go a long way in maximizing the performance and lifespan of your windows.
Inspect Your Windows for Damage
One of the most important maintenance tips for house windows is to visually inspect them, inside and out, for any signs of damage or deterioration. While a cracked window is an obvious issue, there are more subtle problems you should look for as well. Some of these include:
- Foggy windows – If there’s condensation between the panes of glass, the air seal is compromised, and the window isn’t providing the energy-efficient benefits it was designed to provide. You may need to contact your window company to address the issue if your windows are still under warranty.
- Damaged weatherstripping – Weatherstripping is designed to prevent air leaks into and out of the home through your windows. It also helps protect against moisture infiltration. Because of its protective qualities on the exterior of your home, it’s a component that may be likely to become damaged over time. Fortunately, you can replace this weatherstripping without needing to replace the entire window.
- Peeling caulk – Caulk is used to seal your windows in place, and it offers similar benefits as weatherstripping. If the caulk on the exterior of your windows is peeling, you’ll need to re-caulk your windows to keep them performing optimally.
Other things to look out for when inspecting your windows for any signs of damage or deterioration include stains, rust marks, warping, and cracking. These are all signs that something is damaged in your window, indicating that the window isn’t able to perform at its best.
This type of window inspection should be done at least twice a year. Most homeowners inspect their windows ahead of the winter season and leading into the spring season. That way, they can prepare their windows for the cold winter ahead and make sure the windows are still in good condition going into the warmer months. Additionally, you may want to inspect your windows after a harsh storm, ensuring there’s no storm damage to your windows either.
Cleaning Your Windows
Cleaning your windows is also essential for proper care and maintenance of your windows. Wiping down the interior and exterior of the window with non-abrasive cleaning chemicals will help your windows sparkle so that you’ll maximize the sunlight entering your home as well. Just make sure to use a microfiber cloth and an appropriate glass cleaner, as harsher chemicals may degrade the materials of the window over time. Window cleaning time is also a great opportunity to check for signs of deterioration so that you can address them sooner rather than later. That way, you’ll be able to ensure your windows are looking and performing at their best at all times.
If you’re looking for more maintenance and cleaning tips for your house windows or are ready to have older, damaged windows replaced with new ones, contact NewSouth Window Solutions today.