To ensure windows operate and look great, a simple check list of “Do” and “Do Not” will protect property windows and investment dollars. With simple care and TLC, windows will continue to clearly reveal beautiful views into the world.
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Proper Window Glass Care:
Proper care of glass windows is important to maintain ultimate effectiveness of low-e, reflective glass or insulating windows.
Don’t use any caustic chemicals, petroleum cleaners or razor blades to clean windows. This includes not using abrasive pads or putty knives. Instead, Do use mild dish soap, like Dawn, and clean water and always rinse completely and wipe dry with a soft cloth. For best cleaning results, avoid washing glass windows in direct sunlight. If screens are present, remember to remove screens prior to window cleaning which is the perfect time to wash screens with mild soap, rinse and re-install.
Mild Soap to Clean Windows – Dawn Soap
Prevent Window Mold & Condensation:
Certain conditions can lead to window water condensation and mold. When mold is present, it is often a warning sign that excessive moisture exists in the property that facilitates mold growth. Condensation on inside window surfaces is a result from low temperature on the surface of the glass contacting with high moisture content in the air. The higher the home or office interior humidity and the lower the outside air temperature, the more condensation will occur.
To help prevent condensation & window mold, check all windows for smooth operation and increase interior home or office ventilation and air exchange devices frequently. Also, make sure to use exhaust fans when showering or cooking. If condensation still persists, consider installing a dehumidifier or ceiling fans to improve air circulation. And when practical, open doors and windows to allow excessive moisture inside to escape.
Avoid mold and condensation, turn on ventilation fans.
Vinyl Window Finishes:
As with all painted finishes, natural wear and tear will occur over time. Proper care of the surface is important to maintain the luster of the finish. A skilled painting touch-up or professional may be needed for re-application to ensure vinyl protection. For painting needs, visit GHB Painting Professionals. In the meantime, remember to use a soft brush to remove debris stuck on the vinyl surface and periodically wash finishes using warm water and a mild detergent. Never use any form of solvent or solvent based cleaners on vinyl finishes or hard bristle brushes.
Smooth Window Operator:
Always ensure windows open and close smoothly. If the window is not operating smoothly, spray silicone product to lubricate moving parts. Wipe up any drips or spills. In a salt water environment, lubrication may be necessary on a monthly basis to protect sliding window. Do frequently inspect weather stripping & seals to prevent water intrusion and potential damage.
Make sure all debris is cleaned from window sill and frame.
Window Drainage – Weep Holes
Weep holes are the way windows drain water. These water drainage holes must be kept clean and clean or obstructions to operate effectively. In Seattle, it is normal for water to accumulate in the sill or track area during a wind and rain storms. The weep system is designed to allow the water to drain to the outside. However, clogged weep holes may prevent excess water from draining. Over time, standing water can damage your windows and lead to structural damage from hold and wood rot if water enters the wall cavity. Do vacuum and clean any unwanted dirt or dust in the window sill, track system and weep holes. Make sure that weep holes are clean of all debris, stucco, sand or other blocks. Use a small cloth or toothbrush to clean weep holes if clogged. If the exterior perimeter of window frame is cracked, seal with a good grade sealant to prevent water intrusion.
Vacuum Weep Holes to ensure proper drainage