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15
Dec
2017

5 tips to take care of your windows


When you take care of your windows, they are going to take care of you. That sounds like a cliché, but it is true nonetheless. If you aren’t taking steps to properly care for your windows, then your windows quite simply aren’t going to be as efficient as you need them to be. They will not be properly prepared to optimize your insulation, which is a vital aspect to keeping your energy costs down. You also need your windows to help keep you warm and/or cool, depending on the time of the year.

While trusting the professionals for serious maintenance repairs/replacement work is always a good idea, there are still a number of care tips for windows that you can handle on your own.

5 Easy Ways To Take Care Of Your Windows

Taking care of your windows doesn’t have to be a huge deal. With that in mind, here are some suggestions to put you on the right path. Not only can these measures improve the functionality of your windows, but you will likely also improve the form of these windows, as well:

1. Rinse before you wash: Before you wash your windows with soap, make it a point to rinse down the entire window first. This is a good way to make sure you are removing the solid dirt that can scratch your windows. Over time, these scratches can become impossible to ignore. You can also accomplish a great deal by dusting your windows on a regular basis.

2. Microfiber cloths: Combine this with the right kind of soap, and you should be able to clean the area without too much trouble. Microfiber cloths are perfect for providing your windows with an effective-yet-gentle tool for cleaning your windows properly. One of the best things about these cloths is the fact that they aren’t very expensive either. Stay away from towels or clothes that feel a bit abrasive to the touch. Over time, the scratches and other forms of damage caused by such cloths/towels can shorten the lifespan of your windows to a significant degree.

3. Gentle soaps: Avoid solvent or petroleum-based cleaners. These contain chemicals that can seriously wear down and damage your windows over time. They also aren’t as effective as something that is designed to be much gentler. A 100% biodegradable soap might be your best bet. However, keep in mind that you have a number of options.

4. Don’t over-clean: Believe it or not, but there is such a thing as over-cleaning your windows. Even with the right tools and other materials, washing your windows several times a week, or even more than once per day, can cause your windows to become worn down-looking over time. Over-scrubbing can prove to be just as problematic as not cleaning your windows at all!

5. Don’t paint vinyl window frames: In the first place, painting your vinyl window frames will likely end with the paint peeling/falling off, after only a fairly short period of time has passed. Cleaning vinyl windows that have been painted can be difficult, as well. Still, vinyl can be ideal, particularly in terms of having so few demands for proper maintenance.

Simple Window Maintenance Tips

With the above five tips, keep in mind that this is only the beginning. In the end, there are a number of different things you can do, in order to ensure your windows look and function flawlessly for a very long time to come. Make sure you have the right tools for cleaning your windows. You will also want to know which products are best avoided. 

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Sanjay Tamang
2 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 week 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
2 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
4 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
Lois
3 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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