Windows Maintenance 101: What Habits Should You Avoid?

To get the most out of your windows in terms of performance and longevity, you’ll need to keep them in tip-top shape all year round. In today’s post, Renewal by Andersen®, the premier window replacement company in the area, highlights bad window maintenance habits to avoid.

Leaving Window Shades Down 

Some homeowners tend to leave their curtains, blinds or shades down in colder months to prevent window condensation. This has a big downside, however. By keeping your windows covered all the time, you’re actually trapping moisture near your windows. Excessive moisture can lead to mold and mildew growth–a serious problem when you have wood windows. Instead, raise the shade or curtain so that the base of the window treatment is a few inches above the bottom of the window sill area.

Not Using the Right Window Cleaning Tools

Windows are fairly simple to clean, but make sure you’re using only the appropriate tools for this task. When washing your double hung windows, use a squeegee or soft cloth dipped in a mild cleaning solution. To get rid of stubborn dirt buildup, use a soft-bristled brush. Dry the windows with a soft, lint-free cloth.

Cleaning Your Windows on a Sunny Day

It’s bright and sunny out–the perfect day for cleaning your windows, right? Nope–the heat will cause your windows to dry too quickly, leaving streaks on the glass. You should do your window cleaning when it’s cloudy out instead.

Letting Dirt Build Up in Window Tracks

Keep an eye on your gliding windows. If they become difficult to operate, check the tracks for dirt and debris accumulation, which may cause them to jam or stick. Clear the buildup from the tracks immediately to ensure smooth and proper operation. Keeping the tracks clean prevents pitting and corrosion in the windows, as well.

Look no further than Renewal by Andersen for all your window-related needs. Call us today at (206) 775-7533 or fill out this contact form to schedule your consultation. We’d love to hear from you!

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