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How to properly clean your windows

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The elements can really take a toll on your windows. Whether it is snow, rain, or sun damage, over time the dirt and grime that builds up on your windows can make them look cloudy, reduce the light that gets in, and overall make your home look drab both inside and out.

Sounds like it might be time to clean your windows. But going about cleaning all the windows in your home can seem like a daunting task, especially if you’re not so sure what the proper way to go about it is. Is all you need just need some Windex and paper towel? Or are there other methods or cleaning tools involved?

While not difficult, there are some steps that you should go through that you might not have considered. Here are some tips for taking care of your windows in Toronto so that you’ll get the most out of them.

1. How often should you clean your windows?

Although vinyl windows are typically made of resilient materials that need little maintenance, it’s a good idea to do some bi-yearly cleaning just to make sure they are in the best shape. But if there is a storm or some other event that causes your window units to get dirty, it’s best to clean them right after. Leftover debris can cause damage to your windows over time that will be more difficult to remove later.

2. Choose the Right Day

You should clean your windows on a cloudy day (not rainy) because if it’s too hot then the cleaner you use might melt and stick onto the window.

3. Start by Vacuuming Up Debris

Pull out your vacuum and make sure to use the soft brush attachment to thoroughly vacuum dirt and dust from the tracks, sills, and frames of all the windows in your home. It’s especially important to make sure that the tracks are clear so that your windows can open and close without any resistance, which could end up damaging them.

You may not know this, but your windows also have drainage or “weep” holes that need to be cleared on occasion as well. You can find these small holes located on the bottom edge of your window frames.

4. Use the Right Cleaner and a Microfiber Cloth

You don’t need anything special when it comes to cleaning your windows. In fact, harsh chemical cleaners and other abrasive materials can damage the quality of both your frames and glass. All you need to do is mix dish soap and water together, take a microfiber cloth and soak it, then ring it out, and then wipe down the surface gently from one direction to another. Make sure to work quickly so that you can remove the soap as soon as possible.

5. Use Lube on Window Mechanisms

If your windows open and close then they consist of mechanical parts that can be lubricated periodically in order to ensure smooth operation. Visit your local hardware store and get general purpose non-detergent lubricating oil for the best results.

Follow these five tips for cleaning your windows and you’ll ensure that they’re always looking great and in good working order.

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