Windows, alongside your home’s siding and door, are the focal points of the aesthetics of your home’s exterior. That’s why it’s important that windows are regularly cleaned. However, if the wrong cleaning materials are used, your windows may suffer irreversible damage.
To prevent such a scenario from happening, Renewal by Andersen® of Arkansas, your casement window replacement specialist, gives you a few window-cleaning tips.
As a general rule, it’s best to avoid using harsh chemicals as they might end up damaging not only the window glass, but also the hardware as well. But if using these types of cleaners is unavoidable, be sure to wash them off immediately. As much as possible, use mild soapy water or a vinegar-based solution to wash and clean your windows.
Cleaning tip: if you’re using mild soapy water, use only a few drops of detergent or liquid dish soap to avoid soapy residue and streaks on the glass.
Squeegee vs. Microfiber Cloth?
Depending on how delicate and dirty your windows are, you can either use a squeegee or a microfiber cloth to wipe the soapy water off the window.
Microfiber Cloths – If you’re cleaning a more delicate glass, it’s better to use this type of cloth, which is used to clean sensitive objects like eyeglasses and telescopes. Microfiber cloth is also less likely to leave behind streaks because of the cloth’s high absorption rate. To further minimize the risk of streaks, avoid cleaning windows under direct sunlight.
Squeegee – If you don’t have a lot of time to clean your windows, the rubber squeegee may appeal more to you. Large squeegees can clean a large area with only a few swipes, making it the more efficient option of the two.
Some use newspapers to wipe off the soapy water from their windows, but doing so isn’t recommended because the ink might leach to and discolor the windows.
If you accidentally damage one of your windows while cleaning, you can call Renewal by Andersen of Arkansas to install a new specialty window like a bay window replacement. To set up an appointment, you can call (479) 250-3588 or fill out this form. We serve clients in Fayetteville, AR, as well as other nearby areas.