Spring is in the air and that means spring cleaning to many of us. Most to-do lists usually includes cleaning windows which can be frustrating if you don’t follow a proper process. If you want clean, streak-free windows follow these steps:
Buy a squeegee, use warm water mixed with window cleaning solution (make sure you follow the instructions on the cleaning solution to ensure you have the recommended ratio of cleaner/warm water). Spray the window evenly and use the sponge portion on the squeegee to distribute the solution over the window. Use a nonabrasive sponge to gently wipe away dirt and grime in any hard-to-get-to corners. Squeegee dry for a clean no-streak window. Do not use paper towel or a rag to clean/dry your windows unless you like streaks.
While you’re in the process of cleaning your windows, we also recommend that you lubricate any operating hardware, sash tracks and other moving parts. This can be done easily using a Teflon-based spray lubricant such as Dupont non-stick Teflon spray which is available at Canadian Tire. NOTE: Do not use a Silicone-based spray like WD-40 as these types of sprays are sticky and can attract dust and dirt to moving parts.
While you’re at it grab some vinyl/rubber cleaning/conditioner spray to apply to any rubber weather-stripping on your doors and windows.
It’s a good idea to do ALL of the above in the spring and again in the fall. Doing so will ensure worry-free operation of your windows and doors for the foreseeable future.
Products you need to clean windows properly:
– Warm water
– Window cleaning solution/spray
Mix your cleaning solution with the correct amount of solution and warm water. Apply the same to your window and use a squeegee and non-abrasive sponge to gently scrub the window. Do not use a cloth or paper towels. Squeegee dry.
We also recommend cleaning the exterior frame of your windows at least once annually. Again, this is a fairly simple process. Mix warm water with a gentle cleaning solution like Sunlight dish soap. Wet the window frame (this is best done before you clean the glass). Dip a non-abrasive sponge in your cleaning solution and gently scrub the frame of the window. Rinse off with the hose.
Regular cleaning will help your windows to retain their original look for years to come.