We’ve fully entered the fall season, and winter is right around the corner. For many homeowners, this is the perfect time of year for several vital elements of home maintenance that will carry you and your family through the cold season.
We’re here to help at Simply Right, where our janitorial services include several elements that will help prepare you for winter. One element is window cleaning – let’s look at a few general tips for cleaning and checking windows in fall, plus some important information on the kind of glass cleaner you use.
Here are some basic tips on cleaning and caring for your windows ahead of the cool season:
Remove all window screens, and clean them. Some people use a garden hose if possible. If you notice any tears or holes, repair them or replace the screen.
Scrub all window sills and tracks thoroughly.
Check all windows for leaks or worn out seals. Seals that have worn down can cause major heat loss, which can lead to rising utility bills.
Dust all blinds and clean all draperies before doing any glass cleaning. Always follow care instruction here. If you’re looking for more winter insulation, consider insulated window coverings to trap heat inside.
Clean and insert storm windows if you use those over winter.
Clean glass using approved methods, or using our professionals.
Glass Cleaner Information
It’s important to note that when it comes to glass cleaners, not all are equal. No matter which season you’re in, you want to be looking for a glass cleaner that’s residue-free – if not, soap, scent and dye residue can form streaks on glass and attract dirt to the surface. On top of this, always be sure to use a microfiber cloth, scrubbing with an up-and-down motion on one side of the window and a side-to-side pattern on the other. This will allow you to identify missed spots using the contrast.