Window cleaning seems simple enough, right? Unfortunately, as our window installation experts attest, a lot of homeowners do it wrong. In today’s post, Renewal by Andersen® of Connecticut shares a few ways to correct your window cleaning routine.
The Right Tools for the Job
Don’t simply find a semi-dirty washcloth and some soap. When you’re cleaning windows, one especially as sophisticated as ours, you should have the right tools for the job.
That said, you don’t need specialty tools for our windows, but you don’t have to be content with simply soap and water. At the least, you have a sponge, a scraper (for persistent marks and stains), and a mild solution of soap and water in a bucket. A squeegee can be used to dry your windows when you’re done, and a microfiber cloth can act as a polisher.
Contrary to popular practice, drying your windows with newspaper is a bad idea. Window installation contractors say that not only is it not as absorbent, newspaper also contains harsh chemicals that may damage the protective coating of your glass panes. Ink may also stain the window itself.
The Appropriate Cleaning Solution
Soap and water can do mostly fine, but some people want a more aggressive mix and instead opt for chemical cleaners. Not all chemical cleaners are rated to work with our windows, so call us if you’re unsure.
A note about water: tap water is usually hard water, which can leave behind streaks even after you’ve dried your windows. Unless you’re sure that water from the tap is softened, use distilled water for this purpose.
The Right Time of Day
The day is bright and sunny—perfect for window cleaning, right? Wrong. The sun will dry the window too quickly, especially if you’re alternating between interior and exterior sections. Soapy water dried this way will only leave water spots on your window.
Fortunately, our windows have an exterior metal oxide coating. This can reduce water spotting by up to 99%, if not completely eliminate it. Still, leaving soapy residue on your windows isn’t the best practice, so you might as well avoid cleaning when it’s hot and shining outside. A cloudy day is best.
Renewal by Andersen of Connecticut is your window installation expert in the area bar none. Call us today at (860) 904-1931 or fill out our contact form for your free windows inspection and diagnosis. We’re a Connecticut windows contractor serving all areas in CT.