Brand new replacement windows in Phoenix, AZ can make a world of difference in the home. They are so crisp and clean and will improve the curb appeal and overall aesthetic. But eventually, they will get dirty and will require a little bit of maintenance. Here are the easy steps to follow if you want to keep your windows looking new and improve longevity.
1. Inspect Windows
Before getting to work on cleaning the rest of a window, you want to give it a good once over. Check for broken glass, frame leaks, rot, cracks, or warping. Pay special attention to any signs of water damage like mold or peeling paint. You should also check to make there is no condensation between the panes, as this indicates a broken seal. It is also a good opportunity to check the locks and latches and ensure smooth operation. Best to pinpoint problems when they are minor and easier to fix.
2. Wash Screens First
The first step in window maintenance is to remove the screens for washing. Take care not to damage them. Place them on a flat surface outside, or prop them up on the tub or shower. Start by spraying the screen down with water. Then use mild detergent and water with a soft brush or cloth to gently wipe down the screens. Rinse them off and prop them up to dry.
3. Wipe Down Window Frames
Use a similar mixture of mild soap and water to wipe down the frames. It is important to work quickly and efficiently so water does not drip down inside the sill. Wipe with soap, rinse with clear water, and dry with a towel. For tougher dirt and debris, consider using a direct application of the detergent and a soft-bristle brush. Check to make sure any exterior drains or week holes are clogged. Never use razor blades, harsh chemicals, or abrasives to clean your windows. These could damage the frame or scrape the glass.
4. Clean the Glass
With the frame clean, you can use a generic glass cleaner or a combination of vinegar and water to clean the glass. Apply the solution then dry and polish with a lint-free cloth. It is important to not wash windows when it is too hot outside, otherwise, the glass cleaner will dry up and leave water spots.
5. Lubricate the Track
The last step of window maintenance is clearing the track. Use a vacuum and a plastic putty knife to remove dirt and debris. Then apply a silicone spray to a cloth and wipe down the track. This will help avoid any greasy overspray. It is also a good idea to lubricate any handles or moving hardware for slick operation.
New windows come with several great benefits. For tips on choosing replacement windows in Phoenix, AZ, and keeping them looking like new, contact Freelite Inc. With over 30 years in the business, we can help you find the right products and give you all the best advice about maintaining them.