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The Do’s and Don’ts of Cleaning Windows

Cleaning windows is one of those tasks that’s easier said than done. You need to use the right cleaning solution and procedure to avoid the risk of damaging your windows. In today’s post, Renewal by Andersen® of Dallas and Fort Worth, your replacement windows specialist, lists down the do’s and don’ts of window cleaning.

The Do’s and Don'ts of Cleaning Windows

Before Cleaning 

  • Pre-Cleaning Do’s

    • Vacuum or dust the window to prevent dust and debris on the area from turning into hard-to-remove grime.

    • Prepare a cleaning solution made from either liquid detergent or vinegar. If you’re going to use the former, use only a few drops of detergent to prevent the formation of soapy residue and streaks on your windows. If using vinegar, make a solution that’s 50% vinegar and 50% water.

    • If you’re using a squeegee, lay down towels or other absorbent material under the window to prevent water from dripping on and damaging the floor. Keep in mind that squeegees are better suited for cleaning a large window installation. So if you’re cleaning smaller windows, it’s better to use a microfiber cloth.

  • Pre-Cleaning Don’ts

    • Avoid using harsh chemical solutions, solvents or razor blades, as these might cause scratches and other signs of damage. If you do use chemical solutions to clean your windows, rinse off the solution immediately.

During and After Cleaning

  • Cleaning Do’s

    • If you’re wiping off the water using a squeegee, make sure it’s pressed against the window surface until you reach the edge to avoid causing streaks.

    • Wipe a picture window horizontally and a multi-pane window from top to bottom.

    • Clean your squeegee’s rubber blade after each wipe.

  • Cleaning Don’ts

    • To prevent streaks on your window, do not clean in direct sunlight. If possible, clean your windows on a dry, cloudy day. However, if this isn’t possible, start cleaning from the shady portion of your house.

    • Don’t use newspapers or paper towels to wipe off the solution from your windows, as the paper towels might leave behind lint, while the ink from the newspapers might leach onto the window and cause discoloration. The glass might be fine, but the ink will probably ruin the color of your frames.

If your window has suffered multiple scratches, it might be time to invest in window replacement. Just be sure to have a trusted and qualified window contractor install the new window.

Get in touch with Renewal by Andersen® of Dallas and Fort Worth. To get a free design consultation, you can call us at (877) 605-2922. We serve clients in Dallas, TX.