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While some might not mind washing the windows of their home, most of us dread this task regardless of the weather. During the winter, we can become even more reluctant to give them a good clean no matter how dirty they might be. In an effort to avoid winter window washing, many people choose to give all the windows in their home a thorough clean just before the onset of winter. If you're lucky, your windows might remain relatively clean for a few weeks but, what do you do if they don't?
Firstly, it's important to remember that your home's windows will require regular cleaning in order to keep them looking as close to perfect as possible. If you neglect your windows, the accumulated dirt can eventually cause scratches and other damage. Prompt and regular cleaning ensures that you get the most out of your windows, and you won't have to hide them away by covering them with heavy curtains.
Now, on to the cleaning! The first thing you need to consider is the weather. Do yourself a favour and check the weather forecast for that day and the following few days. Don't only rely on the weather report. Take a look outside and judge the weather conditions for yourself just how windy it is or if it's snowing. Choose a suitable day for window cleaning and avoid days that are particularly cold or when the wind is howling.
Once you have chosen a day, it's important to clean your windows at the right time. While some windows will enjoy the morning sun, others may only receive sun in the afternoon. Even during the winter months, you should always clean your windows in the shade to avoid streaks.
Before cleaning your windows with any kind of liquid, you should make sure that you clean out any dirt, dust, or debris. They tend to build up in the tracks and grooves, which can affect the window mechanisms that allow the window to open and close. Regular cleaning ensures that your windows will open and shut with minimal effort. In addition, if you do not clean up the larger dirt particles prior to washing, you could end up with a bit of a muddy mess!
When washing your windows, take note of just how cold it is outside and how cold your windows are. Have you ever poured boiling hot water into a cool or cold glass? Even when canning preserves, you need to warm the jar before adding freshly preserved fruit or homemade jam. Now, this does not mean that you need to warm up your windows, but you should be careful when it comes to the temperature of the water you're using. Do not use hot water on cold windows! You could cause more harm than good! Similarly, you should avoid cold water as well. Not only is cold water unpleasant to work with in freezing conditions, but it could also end up freezing almost immediately while your trying to clean your windows! Warm water is, therefore, ideal.
If you want to protect your hands from the water and the cold, you can wear rubber gloves like those sold for dishwashing purposes. These gloves are waterproof so you don't have to worry about your hands getting wet and then being in contact with the icy cold air outside.
If you like, you can use your regular window cleaning solution. If, however, you are worried about the water freezing on the windows due to frigid conditions, you should add a windshield washing solution to the water. If the solution has already been diluted with water, then you can apply it directly to the window. If it is still reasonably concentrated, you can dilute it with water. These solutions are designed for cars and other vehicles, but they can be used on any type of glass. The main difference between these substances and regular window cleaning products is the fact that it will not freeze.
Finally, make sure that you squeegee the window properly or dry thoroughly using your preferred method. While many agree that newspaper is great for cleaning windows, they can leave marks on the frame, and they can also cause light scratches. Plain, white paper towels are far more efficient at absorbing water and leaving a streak free shine!
At NorthShiled Windows and Doors, we offer a broad range of high-quality vinyl windows in various shapes and sizes to suit any home. These windows are as easy on the eyes are they are to clean and maintain – even in winter! Contact us today for more information or to schedule your free in-home estimate.