Window Care Tips for Your Home

Caring for your windows is a home maintenance task that is often forgotten about. It only takes a little bit of attention to keep your windows looking and functioning as they should. Here are some important window care tips to keep in mind.

Tip #1: Clean them.
This is a window care basic, but it really makes a huge difference in how much you can enjoy your home and the great outdoors. Never use abrasive cleaners or cloths, and avoid solutions with harsh chemicals, as this could scratch the glass. Instead, use glass specific cleaners and wipe them clean with a soft cloth, squeegee, or paper towels. In addition, make sure to vacuum out the tracks to remove dust or dirt, and make sure you allow time for things to dry if you need to wipe it.  

Tip #2: Open and close carefully.
When you open or close your windows, make sure you do that gently. If you use excessive force, or you force the latch to close it, it could cause strain on the window’s parts. If you have stabilizer arms on casement windows around your home, be gentle with those as well, and remember not to pull too hard or lean on them with too much weight.

Tip #3: Watch for leaks.
Water leakage around windows can lead to mold or mildew growth. Be sure to check the sealing around the inner portion of your windows and make sure there isn’t any area where water can get in.

Tip #4: Combat humidity.
When you are cooking or showering, it can create humid temperatures inside. So, if you notice condensation around your windows, it means the inside is too humid and moisture can start dripping into the windowsills. Over time, this could cause mold growth. To combat humidity, open nearby windows to get some cross ventilation going, or run a dehumidifier regularly.

Tip #5: Replace old, inefficient windows.
If your windows are old, they simply aren’t as energy efficient as they could be. That means they likely aren’t providing the sound barrier you need or want, and air could be leaking in and out. Lifetime Windows & Doors carries a variety of window styles and brands that will fit well into your specific home’s style. And most importantly, we will work with you to find replacement windows that fits within your budget. New windows are EnergyStar® certified and come with great ratings. That means you can be confident knowing you’re getting the best product for your money. Now is a great time to replace your windows, too! So, visit our specials page to see how you can save money.

How to Deep Clean Your Windows This Spring

As we turn the calendar to March and cold winter weather slowly begins to make its way out, it’s time to think about tackling some spring cleaning around your home. Cleaning your windows is an important part of your checklist. Here are some tips on how to deep clean your windows this spring, so they are beautiful and dirt-free.

First, dust your window blinds or remove your drapes or window coverings to clean them. Doing this before you start cleaning the windows is key. That way, dust and other debris won’t accumulate on already clean windows.

Next, open your windows and take out the screens. You can wash the screens with soapy water, and then let them air dry. While you are doing that, wash the window glass on both sides, if possible. Regular glass cleaner, or a mixture of vinegar and water are the best ways to get sparkling windows. Paper towels are a great option. But, if you have a microfiber cloth or a squeegee, you may have better luck in keeping the windows streak-free.

While the windows are open, take a close look at the window tracks. Chances are, there is dirt and maybe even a few dead bugs or flies that have met their fate there. Take a handheld vacuum or a vacuum attachment, then vacuum the window tracks.. Next, wipe out the inside with a detail brush or a paper towel.

Perhaps your windows have seen better days and no amount of cleaning will change the fact that they are old and leaky. We can help with that! We proudly carry a variety of brands, including Milgard and Simonton products, that cater to your unique vision and your home’s distinct style. New windows this spring will add beauty, curb appeal, and value to your home. So, contact us today to schedule a free quote.