Windows play a big part in the overall look and comfort of your home. But, if you’re like most people, maintenance is probably not at the top of your mind each day. That said, taking a little bit of time to care for your windows can keep them looking great and functioning well for years into the future. To maintain the beauty, energy efficiency, and functionality of your windows, follow these window care tips:
Keep Your Windows Clean
As with any other household object, dirt and grime can degrade the look of your windows and eventually impact their performance. However, it’s also important to carefully clean your windows to avoid accidentally damaging them. To clean your windows like a professional, use these guidelines:
- Never use abrasive cleaners or harsh chemicals: Harsh cleaners can stain or damage the glass. Be sure to use a cleaner that is crafted specifically for glass.
- Use a soft rag, paper towel, or window squeegee: Rough cleaning tools could lead to scratches. Soft rags or squeegees can help maintain the glass while avoiding streaks.
- Remember to check the window tracks: Dirty window tracks can make it difficult to open or close your windows without causing damage to the frame. Routinely clean this part, too.
Watch For Condensation
When you cook or shower, do you notice that your windows form condensation? That often means the inside humidity is high and moisture could build up and drip into the windowsill. Over time, this is a recipe for mold or other problems. To avoid this, open a nearby window or door for cross ventilation, or run an exhaust vent to help equalize humidity.
Use Your Windows Gently
If you want to open your windows for some fresh air, be sure to do so carefully. The same goes when closing them. Don’t be heavy-handed when using them, such as forcing the latch or slamming the window to get it to seal properly. If there are arms on the window to help stabilize them, be sure not to strain them by pulling or leaning on them.
If you find that your windows get stuck easily, the latch isn’t working, or they simply aren’t sealing properly, it might be time to consider the age of the product. You may need a replacement if your windows are no longer working properly.
Consider Upgrading or Replacing Your Windows
New windows add value to your home. Not to mention, they help save energy in the long run, and even provide an enhanced sound barrier. Lifetime Windows & Doors carries a variety of window styles and brands that will fit well into your specific home’s aesthetic. And, most importantly, we aim to find replacement windows that fits within your budget guidelines. Not to mention, new windows are Energy Star® certified and come with great ratings, so you know you’re getting the best product that will help you save money each year.
Need More Care Tips or Want a New Window?
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