Over time, windows and doors are subject to a lot of dirt and debris that can build up. By regularly maintaining them, it will help ensure that they work properly for a longer period of time and are not subject to premature wear. Bi-annual inspections of windows and doors should be performed in the spring and fall to ensure that they are ready for the harsher weather to come. Inspections will ensure that your windows and doors will be clean, free from debris, and lubricated. Failing to properly maintain them can result in reduced air and water tightness. Never use abrasive or acidic solutions like vinegar; instead, use mild soap and water.
Cleaning Insect Screens
To clean interior screens, a vacuum with a soft brush attachment is the best method, as well as using a soap and water solution. An easy method to clean an insect screen is to lay it on a flat surface and let it soak in soap and water for a minute. Use a low-pressure spray like a garden hose to rinse the screen off. Always use caution when removing or handling screens.
Cleaning and Lubricating Hardware
To prevent excess wear on hardware gears, cleaning and lubricating components regularly is imperative. Prior to lubricating, make sure to wipe all hardware components clean with soap and water. This includes locks, hinges, operator arms, and handles. Lithium grease, automotive grease, or petroleum jelly are the best lubricants for rotary drive hardware. All moving hardware should be lubricated in the spring and fall. You can also use a silicone spray on the window tracks and hardware to allow them to move more smoothly. You should not paint hardware or metal parts, as this will make the operation of your windows difficult.
Cleaning Glass Surfaces
Avoid cleaning glass when it is exposed to direct sunlight. Cleaning the glass from top to bottom is the most efficient way, as the dirt on the glass surface below will loosen up as you clean downwards. A grit-free cloth or sponge with mild soap or glass cleaner will do the job. In circular motions, wipe the cleaning solution on the glass while applying light to moderate pressure. Avoid using ammonia or alcohol-based cleaners, as they will cause streaking. If streaks do appear, rinse the glass surface with clean water. Also, ensure that you are not applying an excessive amount of cleaner, as it can damage glazing, frame finishes, wood components, or insulating unit seals. Wipe all interior frame and hardware components to prevent spotting or water damage.
Cleaning Exterior Frames
The exterior surfaces of our windows will inevitably build up dirt and residue over time. Typically, rainfall should be sufficient enough to remove accumulated dirt on exterior surfaces. If you live in an area where there is smog, excess smoke, or dirt, then your exterior windows should be cleaned more frequently to prevent discolouration and damage to exterior finishes. Use mild soap and warm water to wipe the surfaces gently with a clean cloth or a soft bristle brush. Rince the surfaces with clean water before the soap dries to ensure that there will be no streaks.
It’s also important to inspect the caulking on the perimeter of your windows and doors at least once a year. This is to ensure that your house is protected with a watertight seal between the window and door frames. If the caulking is broken or damaged, remove it completely and replace with new caulking. Power washers should not be used when cleaning windows or doors, as it can damage the exterior surfaces.
Condensation can cause damage to your doors and windows. Having a well-ventilated home is the most effective way to remove moisture from inside. The air that is exchanged from the drier outdoor winter air with the warm humid interior air will reduce the moisture levels inside your home. Drapes and blinds should be left open during the daytime, and at night they should be raised at least 4 inches up to allow air flow. Also, run the exhaust fan when showering to remove excess humidity, and ensure that your fan is always on while cooking.
Maintenance for Garage Doors
It’s important to also maintain your garage doors once spring rolls around. Snow and ice can do damage to garage doors even though they may still be working. Remove all dirt and debris around the door sensors and sweep the floor surrounding the doors. It’s also important to inspect your garage door for dents and other damage as well as for its functionality. If something doesn’t seem right with your garage door, contact a professional to take a look at it.
Canglow Windows & Doors Inc. is a company that provides high-quality service and aesthetically pleasing products. All windows, doors, and fenestration units are manufactured with care and diligence in Edmonton. To learn more about maintaining doors and windows, call Canglow at 587-408-8049 or visit us here.