“Your desire to be near to window is your desire to be close to life!” – Mehmet Murat ildan
Storm windows are essential for keeping your home comfortable during extreme weather conditions, winter or summer. They are windows that are mounted outside of the main glass windows of the house. They provide an extra layer of insulation and protection against hard weather, but for them to work properly, they require regular cleaning and maintenance. The thought of cleaning storm windows is a task that doesn’t excite most people, but with the right approach, you can ensure they look and function great.
Why is it important to clean your storm windows?
Before diving into the cleaning process, you need to know and understand the importance of keeping your storm windows clean. Over time, dust, dirt, and grime can accumulate on the surface, affecting not only their appearance but also their functionality. Dirty storm windows can reduce the amount of natural light entering your home and hinder their insulating properties. Regular cleaning not only enhances your home’s aesthetic appeal but also ensures your storm windows perform their intended purpose effectively.
First things first – gather your supplies:
To get started, you’ll need a few basic supplies:
Mild detergent or glass cleaner
Soft bristle brush or sponge
Microfiber cloths or paper towels
Now you can begin to clean:
Remove Storm Windows: Start by removing the storm windows from their frames. This step allows for a thorough cleaning and prevents any cleaning solution from dripping onto your interior windows. Be careful when removing them, as storm windows can be heavy and delicate.
Tip – As each window is removed, be sure to label the location of each one, to avoid confusion when it’s time to re-install them.
Rinse with Water: Take the storm windows outside and rinse them with a hose or a bucket of clean water. This initial rinse helps remove loose dirt and debris, making the cleaning process more manageable.
Tip – If there is a heavy amount of dirt and debris on the window, you may need to sweep with a broom or brush to remove it before you actually get started.
Prepare the Cleaning Solution: In a bucket, mix warm water with a mild detergent or a glass cleaner. The detergent should be gentle to avoid any damage to the glass or frame.
Scrub Gently: Dip a soft bristle brush or a sponge into the cleaning solution, and gently scrub the entire surface of the storm window. Pay extra attention to corners, edges, and any stubborn stains. Avoid using abrasive materials that could scratch the glass or damage the frame.
Squeegee for a Streak-Free Finish: After scrubbing, use a squeegee to remove the cleaning solution. Starting from the top, pull the squeegee down in a straight line. Wipe the squeegee blade with a clean, dry cloth after each pass to avoid streaks. Repeat this step until the entire surface is clean and streak-free.
Detail Work: For any remaining spots or streaks, use a microfiber cloth to spot-clean. Be sure to reach any small corners or tight spaces.
Clean the Frame: Don’t forget to clean the frame of the storm window. Use a separate cloth or sponge with the cleaning solution to wipe down the frame, removing any dirt or grime that may have accumulated.
Reinstall Storm Windows: Once the storm windows are clean and dry, carefully reinstall them in their frames. Be sure they fit snugly and securely to provide the best insulation and protection.
Enjoy Your Windows: Cleaning your storm windows doesn’t have to be a task that you avoid. With the right supplies and the right method, you can have your storm windows looking and performing their best. Regular maintenance ensures they continue to protect your home from the elements and look nice while they do. So, take some time to clean your storm windows, then sit back with a cold drink and enjoy the view through your beautiful windows.
If you’re not interested in cleaning your own windows…
I have been cleaning windows in the Seattle area for nearly 30 years, and quite frankly, I enjoy it! I can also help you with your gutters and other outside tasks. I will be happy to answer all of your questions, and I know the mistakes to avoid. I clean private homes or apartment complexes.