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.

How To Care For Your Windows At Home

Windows are an important feature in your home and caring for them can often be overlooked. Keeping your windows looking and functioning well for as long as possible requires a little bit of care and attention to detail. Here are some tips to get the most out of the windows in your home.

Tip #1: Keep them clean.
This is a basic thing, but keeping your windows cleaned will help you enjoy them to the fullest and allow you to experience what’s happening outdoors. Never use abrasive cleaners or cleaners with harsh chemicals, as this could scratch the glass. Instead, use a generous amount of cleaner that is specifically made for glass and wipe clean with a paper towel, soft cloth, or squeegee.

Tip #2: Be gentle.
When you’re opening or closing your windows, do so gently. You shouldn’t need to use extreme force. If you need to latch the window, be sure that it’s fully closed, because if you force the latch, it could cause strain on the latch itself over time. If you have window stabilizer arms on your casement windows, be sure no one pulls or leans on these.

Tip #3: Stay up on maintenance.
When you’re cleaning your windows, wipe down the inside frame to remove dust and dirt, then dry completely. You can also vacuum and/or lubricate the tracks of the windows to help them open and close easily. In addition, check with the sealing around the inner portion of the window to make sure no water leakage happens.

Tip #4: Be aware of humidity.
When you’re cooking or showering, inside humidity occurs, so if you notice that your windows are forming condensation, it means that the inside humidity is too high, and moisture can drip into the windowsill which could cause mold to develop. Be sure to open a nearby window for cross ventilation or run an exhaust vent or dehumidifier regularly to reduce the amount of humidity that develops inside your home.

Tip #5: Replace old windows.
Are your older windows simply not doing a great job? Old windows are generally not energy efficient and can cause air to leak in or out. In addition, they do not provide the sound barrier that you likely want or need. 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 Energy Star certified and come with great ratings, so you know you’re getting the best product for your money. Looking to save money? Visit our specials page to see what our current specials are!

We are proud to serve Portland, Oregon and the surrounding areas, as well as Central Oregon and Southwest Washington.  Our professional and experienced team can help you get your home ready, so you can enjoy the end of summer and upcoming autumn months. Contact us today if you need expert advice on window replacement. Now is the time to act – don’t wait any longer to get your windows updated!