April showers, May bring flowers… and bugs. Spring is coming fast and you have to think about more than just spring cleaning this season. A clean house may look nice, but it can be easily overrun by small insects and weather damage.
The best way to start the season is to focus on the parts of your house that are directly affected by nature. Doors are easy to seal and keep critters out, but that doesn’t mean they won’t find a way in. The best way to prepare for Spring is to take a look at your windows.
Inspect to Protect
Winters are harsh on our windows, so it’s important to check them out before we prepare for spring cleaning. In freezing temperatures, both the glass and wood around it can get chips, gaps and cracks.
If these damages go unnoticed, it can lead to the growth of mildew, water damage or high utility bills. Because of this, it is important to:
- Notice if there are any tears in your window screens.
- Check the edges to see if the screen wires have pulled away from the frame. This will help keep bugs out.
- Look for cracks or chips in the glass that could be from weather damage.
- Check the insulation and pain around the window and replace or caulk any cracks or chips.
Clean so Nothing’s Seen
No one wants to do Spring cleaning, but it is a necessary task if you want to make sure your windows are properly prepared. Follow these steps to do so:
- Using soap and warm water, wipe the window and the surround sill to get rid of dirt and dust. It is imperative to use non-abrasive soap and then rinse with warm water on a microfiber cloth or squeegee.
- Make sure the sliding mechanisms are clean and clear of dirt or debris. Clean with a soft brush if needed.
- Lubricate tracks and hinges and reseal the windows.
- Use a soft cloth or sponge to gently clean the screen, but be careful to rinse thoroughly because the residue from the soap can attract more dust. To make sure it is all clear, gently shake the screen before reinstalling.
- Clean all blinds and curtains at a dry cleaner or on a delicate cycle with a mild soap.
- Clean the windows’ surfaces and remove any decals or stickers gently by using a scraper. Clean the inside first, making sure to wipe left to right and then top to bottom. Dry immediately. A cool trick is using a thin newspaper to get rid of streaks.
These tips and tricks will do more than just make your windows look clean--it will make them easier to operate! By maintaining the integrity, it can prevent wear and prolong their life in your home. If you feel more comfortable letting a professional do it, contact Glass Castle.