Window Maintenance Mistakes To Avoid
We’re always talking about the importance of good maintenance habits for your windows, but it’s just as important to know about bad window maintenance mistakes, which can actually do more harm than good.
Because your windows are such an important part of your home, you’ll want to avoid or break certain maintenances habits that may already be a part of your routine….
The Don’ts Of Maintaining Your Windows:
- Don’t forget the tracks – Every time your windows are cleaned, the tracks should be cleaned also, which will prevent algae, dirt, debris, insects and mold from accumulating and will help them to slide freely. And I might add that it’s a good idea to lubricate them as well.
- Don’t forget to lock your windows – You wouldn’t think that leaving your windows unlocked would be a problem, but it can actually shorten their lifespan. Locking your windows locks them in place, tightening the seal between the weather stripping and the sash and preventing moisture from coming into your home. That same moisture will allow mold to begin growing, and it’s not only unhealthy for you, but the mold will eat away at wooden window frames. The seal also creates an insulation to keep drafts and noise outside where they belong.
- Don’t use a power washer on your windows – Clean your windows the right way, with a squeegee and cloth. Power washers are great tools for cleaning, but they are dangerous to windows. Pressure washing your windows can lead to worn down window seals, foggy windows and can strip the protective coating of your window. I would suggest you don’t even use them near your windows, because debris from the surrounding area can get blown into the window and possibly damage it.
- Don’t leave your windows totally covered by blinds or other window coverings – Although they may keep the sunlight out in summer or the cold out in the winter, by leaving your windows totally covered, air flow is prevented, chances of moisture being trapped near your windows is increased and the possibility of mold and mildew growing is also increased. If you want your windows covered, I would suggest that you leave a couple of inches uncovered to prevent those problems.
- Don’t let untrained people work on your windows – It may be easy to just call the neighbor boy from down the street to come clean your windows, but the small amount of savings you may save by not hiring a professional may cost you in the end…a professional window cleaner will be able to spot problems that may be starting, and they know best practices for cleaning windows. to get the job done right.
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.