How to Know When You Need Window Cleaning?
If you’re cleaning exterior windows, a squeegee with rubber lip or a clean microfiber cloth are ideal to ensure streak-free finish. You can also dry glass surfaces with a crumpled-up newspaper or a soft, absorbent cloth such as an old t-shirt that doesn’t leave lint residue. Start window cleaning with the frames to avoid dripping dirty water on clean panes. A dripping window can cause damage to Low-E coatings, which affects your home’s energy efficiency.
1. Dirty Windows
Clean windows are important for more than just aesthetics. They also let in more natural light, and can make your home feel bigger and brighter. Plus, if you’re considering selling your home, clean windows help potential buyers imagine themselves living in your home.
The grime and dust that collects on your windows isn’t just ugly, it can actually weaken the glass, making it more susceptible to damage. It also acts as a filter against sunlight, which can cause your houseplants to die and your home to feel colder and less insulated in the winter.
To keep your windows looking their best, start by removing and cleaning the screens. Then gently sweep away loose dirt, cobwebs and debris with a dry rag. This helps prevent water from mixing with the dirt and creating a muddy mess when you wash the windows. If you have trouble reaching high windows, try a telescoping pole that comes with a squeegee and circular sponge.
2. Dirty Screens
The simplest way to keep windows clean is to regularly wipe them down. This will help prevent grime buildup, allowing more sunlight to enter the home and giving it a brighter appearance.
If your windows have window screens, they should also be cleaned. Dirty screens let dust, pollen and other allergens into the home, making it harder to breathe fresh air. Keeping window screens clean reduces allergy symptoms and makes your life a lot more comfortable.
To clean your windows, spray them with a solution and wipe with a dry, lint-free cloth or microfiber mop or towel. Make sure to catch any drips and work from the top down to avoid streaking.
3. Dirty Frames
It’s not just the windows that need regular cleaning. The frames, sills and tracks can also accumulate loose dirt particles that create a film. This film can block out natural light and can cause the room to feel small, dark and claustrophobic. Keeping the frame free of dirt and cobwebs helps to improve the view and create a brighter space.
Using a vacuum, duster or a soft-bristled brush, gently clean the frames and track. Then, wipe the windows with a damp cloth or sponge. Always use a clean lint-free cloth to dry the window.
4. Dirty Glass
The dirt that accumulates on your windows is like a filter that blocks natural sunlight. Over time, this can make your house feel colder and cause your sun-loving houseplants to fade.
Dirty windows are also a perfect place for bees, hornets, wasps, and spiders to set up their colonies. If you find bees’ nests or other pests lurking around your windows, you should call us to take care of them before they become a major problem.