Spring is that time of year when we’re inspired to start cleaning out the closets, picking up the yard, planting flowers, cleaning out the garage, power washing and of course, window cleaning.
Window cleaning is a task that most find challenging (and don’t look forward to), however it not only increases the aesthetic of the home, it provides the perfect opportunity to inspect your window frames, making sure that all the seals are still intact. Frigid, wintry weather can cause the seals and rubber around the windows to wear down, which is a common cause of an increase in power bills says Bob Pergolotti of Window Cleaners CT. Worn out seal allow insects, dirt and debris to get inside your home. Worse, cracks and leaks around windows (and doors) can end up causing wood to deteriorate which can lead to costly repairs. If you have double pane windows you should also check for condensation between the glass panes during the window cleaning process. If condensation is there, address the problem right away.
Window Cleaning Suggestions
You’ll need a good squeegee, clean, dry cloths (preferably microfiber), extension poles, a sturdy ladder and hip bucket if you have high windows and a window cleaning solution. If you would prefer to use an eco-friendly solution, a combination of vinegar and warm water in a spray bottle should do the trick.
Cleaning the Window Screens
While you’re cleaning the windows, you’ll also want to clean the screens. Once you’ve removed the screens, prop them up on something and give them a good scrubbing, using an all purchase cleaner and a non-abrasive brush. Spray both sides of the screens with a water hose and let dry before putting them back up.
Useful Tip: If the windows differ a significant amount in size, leave each screen below the windows they went with or mark where each screen came from.
It’s a Tough Job but Someone Has to Do It
Let’s face it, window cleaning is a tough, time consuming job but someone has to do it. To avoid procrastination and spending days hauling a ladder around your home, squeegee, extension poles, bucket and more in tow, hire a professional. Another major perk when it comes to hiring a professional window cleaning service is that you won’t end up with ugly streaks after all your efforts. Talk about frustrating! You’d also be surprised by how challenging squeegeeing can be, made even more difficult when you’re trying to clean high windows while juggling with supplies and moving the ladder into a stable position, over and over again.
If you are dealing with poorly fitted screens, sashes that have been painted shut, broken seals, rotting sills, or dysfunctional or damaged windows, you should hire a professional window cleaning service. They’ll have the knowledge and expertise necessary to identify the problem and fix it.
Ideally, window cleaning should be performed twice a year, however, it is a job most people don’t look forward to. Save yourself the trouble and potential safety risk by hiring a professional window cleaning company.