While regular care and maintenance will normally be all you need to keep your windows in good shape, from time to time you may need to go beyond your regular routine to keep your windows functioning properly. Here are some of the more common situations that you might run into.
Cleaning window hardware
Not everyone will have additional window hardware beyond the window frame and glass, but for those who do, you’ll occasionally need to give those a good once over, too.
Hardware grilles are the most common additional piece of window hardware you’ll encounter. Before cleaning, you’ll need to detach them from the frame first. Make sure to lift the edge of each individual grille leg away from the glass at the edge of the sash. Do not remove the grille by pulling on the grille intersections; this can damage both the grille and the window.
Cleaning hardware is best done by wiping it down with a soft cloth and a mild mix of detergent and water. Avoid abrasive cleaners, cloths, brushes, and harsh chemicals, as these can cause damage to the window and hardware.
Replacing broken window glass
With modern multi-pane window glass, it’s not really feasible to replace the glass yourself; rather, the most expedient way to fix a window with broken glass is to replace the entire window sash. This is best done by contacting a professional window installer; you should not attempt to replace the glass yourself.
Picture windows are an exception to the above rule. Since picture windows don’t have individual sashes, then by necessity only the glass will be replaced.
Locate your window’s serial identification number, which will be printed on your window. By giving this number to your retailer, they can more easily fix you up with the right replacement parts for your window.
Practice proper safety procedures if you have to handle any part of the broken window or glass. Use safety glasses, goggles, or eye shields, and wear gloves when handling broken glass. Should you need to remove the broken glass yourself, tape the broken glass together with duct or filament tape before removing it to reduce fragmentation and avoid injury.