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Spring Cleaning: How to Properly Wash your Windows and Doors

Spring cleaning has to be extensive. Winter is always the harshest time of the year in temperate regions of the world. After many months of freezing temperatures, your doors and windows need a thorough wash. Ordinary cleaning would not work. The most daunting challenge of spring cleaning, especially when it comes to windows and doors, is to safeguard the material. You don’t want to damage the wood, vinyl, aluminum, glass and fiberglass among other materials. At the same time, you don’t want them to be partially cleaned. That would do nothing to the curb appeal of your house. 


how-to-wash-your-windows  Start with a brushing exercise. Use a soft brush. The bristles should not be rigid or harsh. Use the soft brush to get rid of all the dust, dirt, grime and mud from the doors and windows. A soft brush should work on wood, glass, plastic or vinyl among other materials. Wet winters leave a substantial deposit of grime and mud on the doors and windows. Dust settles down on the surface and a lot of the dirt gets ingrained. You need to get rid of these as much as you can before you try and wash the doors and windows. Do not start by applying water or any liquid cleaning agent. Some grime and mud will get further ingrained when exposed to water or fluid. These would then become stains. While such stains can be removed, they may leave a residual stain or smudge. These would make your doors and windows appear unpleasant. It would only complicate the cleaning exercise.


  Once you get rid of all the buildup with a dry soft brush, use a mild soap or cleaning agent and blend it in water. Do not opt for anything that is too harsh. Avoid using chemicals. Try to look for organic cleaning agents. These will be gentle on the glass, wood and vinyl. It is not the soap water or cleaning agent that would perform the magic. It would be your manual effort. If you wish to simplify your task, refer to the recommendations of the manufacturers of your doors and windows. Every reputed brand shares tips on how to clean their doors or windows and they would mention the best cleaning agents. For instance, there is a plethora of cleaning liquids for glass. There are sprays too. Not all types of glass can be effectively cleaned by the same spray. The same applies to other materials.


  Spring cleaning requires a bit of practice, especially when it comes to hard surfaces that are sturdy but also vulnerable to damage. You would need to master the wiping techniques. When you are cleaning glass, use circular motions. Do not just rub or indulge in a scrubbing motion. Circular motion works best. However, such a motion would be futile on metal or alloy. Steel or aluminum cannot be effectively cleaned with circular motions. You would need to indulge in a bit of scrubbing. Wood demands long swipes. You should not scrub, avoid circular motions and definitely don’t hard press the cleaning agent against the wood. The door would have a smooth finish. You don’t want to damage the treatment or whatever coating there is. Gentle long swipes will effectively clean the surface.


how-to-wash-your-doors  Always clean both surfaces of doors and windows. It is not just the exterior that needs to be cleaned. Pay close attention to hinges, jambs, frames and any other hard to reach places. If you have sliding doors and windows, focus on the sliding mechanism. There could be rollers or balls or there may be just a panel facilitating the slide. These spaces will have substantial dirt and dust buildup. You may even find some unexplained stains. You can use a brush with long bristles or you can wrap something thin and long with a piece of cloth and clean these spaces. Don’t use anything that is too sharp as it can damage the panel.


  You may not be able to clean your doors and windows in one session. You may have to wait for the doors and windows to dry after one round of cleaning them with soap water or a cleaning agent. There could be some smudges, stains or residual dirt that must be cleaned in a second round. Usually, two rounds are enough to clean doors and windows thoroughly. Let the doors and windows dry naturally but you should use a piece of dry clean cloth to absorb excess moisture from the surface. Residual soap water or cleaning agent may hold on to some residual dirt or dust and that would appear to be unpleasant once the window dries. Do not use any dryer or heater to facilitate the drying process unless you are absolutely sure there would be no adverse effect on the material.

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Sanjay Tamang
3 months ago
Love our new windows and doors. We had all our windows replaced on the main floor, side door and front door, as well as the storm doors. The installation team was great. They removed the existing awning and were really great at cleaning up after the work. There were a couple of issues after the install, but the after sales service team of Alex and Walter were able to resolve it promptly. Great advice from Walter about keeping the humidity inside the house to maintain the windows, and also how to operate them properly. And thanks very much Alex and team for buying the doorbell and installing it for us, as well as fixing the bottom part of the door frames to cover holes on the flooring. Appreciate all your hard work and for going the extra mile. Will definitely recommend your company to friends, neighbors and family.
Thomas Carlyle
a month ago
NorthShield did an excellent job with our house. They were the lowest price our of 4 companies I contacted for quotes. The windows look beautiful, and the molding is very well done. The installation was very quick, they replaced all of the windows in our house in about 4 hours. They cleaned up everything completely afterwards inside and outside, you can't even tell they were here! Very professional, very high quality installation, materials and work. I would highkly recommend them.
Courtney Schappert
3 months ago
Likely a good company for windows, installers seemed competent. However for doors they seemed to have much less experience. My salesman left the company midway through the process and I wasn't informed, and turns out some miscommunication between him and I led to a product I didn't want. The door is nice, just not what I had thought I ordered, and it took about 4 months to get, so I accepted it. The paint also chipped after they left, which leaves a bad feeling (even though that's more of a manufacturer issue than NorthShield issue). I'm not saying these guys are going to be bad for you, but I'm not thrilled with my result. REPLY December 5, 2018: I had called about the paint chip and wrong door options already at the time and was told there was no recourse for me. The paint chip was there when I came home from work after the door was installed, but you provided a picture the installers took before the paint was chipped, so at that time I was told there was no recourse. The wrong options I was told was due to a salesman who took my order having left the company, and there was no paperwork showing my chosen option (no door handle hole to be cut). I will call again tomorrow and update this with the results of that conversation.
Carl To
5 months ago
Alex and the team at north shield were amazing. Great customer service, along with a great team of installers. North shield replaced my 2 front living room windows in 1 day. They even took away my awning! Highly recommended
4 months ago
Very professional workers that despite finding, no vapor barrier and wood rot on our deck, fixed it right and continued to install our very beautiful door and side light without complaint. I would highly recommend Northshield to any friends, neighbors or anyone else. I am a very Happy, Happy Gal with my beautiful new door!
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