Spring is right around the corner and that means it is time to start thinking about the dreaded “spring cleaning” plan that so many people take part in around this time of year. Spring cleaning is important because it allows you to air out your living space and give it a much needed boost in lighting potential, freshness and cleanliness. One of the most important ways to refresh a room is by giving your windows a little attention. Clean, well-maintained windows give a room a bright, tidy look in a pinch. While spring cleaning is a great time to give your windows some much needed TLC, here are a few tips to keep your windows looking and functioning their best all year round.
- Clean your window frames- This one might seem a little obvious, but it’s probably one of the most important things. Clean your window frames. Use a damp rag to wipe down window frames and sills. This will help sweep away any dust or dirt that has accumulated there. Remember, the rag only needs to be damp, not dripping or saturated. Too much water, especially on wood framed windows, can cause mold and rot in the wood, which definitely doesn’t look good.
- Clean the glass- Another obvious but important tip. Use a good, streak-free window cleaner to polish the glass in your windows. Paper towels are good for this and will help eliminate streaks. Another great, little known tip is to use old newspaper in place of a rag or paper towel. Newspaper leaves a streak free shine and really soaks up the cleaner without leaving any film or particles behind.
- Mind the nooks and crannies- Have you ever slid a window open and noticed dirt, buildup or even bugs inside the window casing? This is normal, especially after a long winter. A good way to clean these out is by using an old tooth brush or scrub brush. For smaller areas, a q-tip dipped in coconut oil will also help clear up some of the debris.
- Seal your windows- If you live in an older house or perhaps deal with a lot of inclement weather, it’s smart to check the seals on your windows. If there are any gaps in your sealant, you are likely paying higher utility costs because hot and cold air is able to escape. By keeping up with your window sealant, you can avoid replacement windows, which are considerably costlier than do it yourself caulking.
- Repair your glass- If you notice any nicks, chips or cracks in your glass, get it fixed as soon as possible. Any of these things can significantly weaken the glass and make its stability questionable. A good way to avoid this is to make sure your window installation is done correctly. Sometimes, though, chips can still happen based on events like weather or accidents. That’s why it’s important to inspect your windows on a regular basis.
Windows are an important aspect of the look and functionality of your home and should be taken care of to ensure their longevity.