Your windows are designed to last a long time – with proper care and maintenance, they can last for as long as your home is still standing. Without that care and maintenance, however, you can’t expect your windows to stay in good shape. Here are the most important regular maintenance tasks you should undertake for your windows:
Window sills and tracks
Allowing dirt and debris to build up on window sills and tracks will prevent your windows from opening and closing easily. Keeping these areas clean not only prevents difficulty in opening and closing your windows, but can prevent your windows from jamming, too.
Window frame, sash, and grilles
A mild solution of soap and water, applied with a soft rag or brush, is really all you need to clean the window frame, sash, and grilles. In general, the window grilles will detach for easy cleaning. Depending on the type of window you have, you may need to detach the sash to properly clean the window and frame. In certain cases, you may need to go outside to clean the exterior surface of the window.
Cleaning the glass
The first step in cleaning your window glass is to wipe off loose dirt and grime with a soft, dry cloth. Afterward, using your choice of cleaning solution – mild soapy water, a vinegar-and-water mix, or commercial liquid cleaner – wipe the glass using a circular motion. Remove excess cleaning solution with a squeegee or a clean, lint-free cloth; if you used soap to clean the glass, you may need to rinse the glass off with clear water to remove the last of the soap.
Lubricating your windows
Casement or awning windows will need to have all moving parts lubricated. This includes the locks, hinges, operators, and rollers. Apply a dry lubricant to maintain the ease of operation of the window. Do not use wet lubricants or harsh abrasive cleaners, as these will cause your window to collect dirt and other corrosive particles.
Gliding windows and double-hung side covers may require the use of a dry lubricant, such as teflon or silicone, to make them easier to operate.
That’s all for regular maintenance, but what are the other things we need to do to properly care for our windows? More on this in Part III.