Spring is almost here, and it is an excellent time to think about cleaning your windows to get them ready for the summer sunshine. Along with cleaning your windows, there are also some essential maintenance tasks you will want to put on the list. Here are four tips for cleaning and maintaining your windows this month.
Clean the Glass and Surrounds
The first thing you want to do is to remove any dust, dirt, or debris from around the window surrounds and ledges. If you allow it to accumulate, it can retain moisture and cause mold or rot to develop. Also, don’t forget the track on sliding doors. Once this is finished, you can use a glass cleaner or vinegar to clean the glass. Wiping the glass until it is dry with an old newspaper will make it shine.
Check the Weatherstrip and Caulk
While you are cleaning, it is a good time to look at the weatherstrip or caulk. If you find that it needs to be replaced, now is a good time to do it. This will make sure that you do not lose cool air in the summer and heat in the winter. This little step can go a long way to reduce your heating and cooling bills.
Clean and Tighten the Hardware
If your window has hardware on the outside, such as hinges for shutters, it is a good time to check and make sure it is tightened down securely. Sometimes, heating and cooling cycles or vibration from traffic can cause them to work loose. You can apply a lubricant to the window gears and hinges to keep them working smoothly.
Check and Repair Your Window Screens
This is an excellent time to check your window screens for holes. This is easy to do if your window screens need to be repaired or replaced. Getting it done now means that you can get it off your list and ready for summer.
Now, you know a few things that you can do to maintain your windows this spring. Taking the time to do regular, simple maintenance can help extend the life of your windows, keep them secure, and help save on your utility bills. As the weather warms, getting this task out of the way will get you ready to enjoy the warm days to come.