Hey, this is Chicago. So when the weather’s finally nice, we don’t want to miss a minute of it, right? That’s where I come in. The first spring day you throw open your doors and windows, I want those doors and windows to work perfectly and be beautiful.
Protect Your Window Investment with a Little Soap and Water
A little maintenance goes a long way in ensuring your windows and screens stay serviceable.
One of the best and simplest things you can do is wash them gently on a regular basis—like now, as the seasons change.
You’ll hear a lot of tips about the best ways to wash windows, including using ammonia, vinegar, newspapers, and so on. OK, whatever. You can also do a fine job with just a bucket of water, dish soap, a sponge, squeegee, and dry rags. But hey—I’m a simple guy.
To get started, first put down some towels if you’re washing windows indoors. Into a bucket of warm water, squeeze a few drops of dishwashing liquid. Wet a sponge in the bucket, squeeze out most of the water, and wash down the window.
Grab your squeegee and a clean, dry rag. Making sure to get into the corners and along the edges, pull the squeegee across the wet window, wiping it dry with the rag after each pass. Be careful to catch any drips, and change rags often. For best results, wash windows on a cloudy, cool day so the window can’t dry before you wipe it down.
Clean Screens Last Longer, Perform Better
Like windows, screens need love to look and perform their best. Whether you live in the busy city or leafy suburbs, stuff in the air accumulates on your screens.
Eventually, that dirt starts to break down the screen material, making it brittle. Regular washing removes the gunk. Less dirt will blow into your house on the breeze and your screens will last longer.
Here’s the best way to wash screens: Put some lukewarm water in your bucket and add a little dish soap or white vinegar. If you can take your screens down, wet them with a hose or spray bottle. Scrub gently with the soap solution; then rinse. Let the screens air-dry.
If you can’t take the screens down, start by vacuuming them well. Then wipe them with a soft rag or sponge dipped in soap solution. Be sure to put down towels to catch run-off. Wipe away soap residue with clean water; then dry, using a lint-free cloth.
How Can We Help?
My job is installing great doors and windows to your satisfaction. Your job is caring for those windows and doors so they keep working well. (But we can help).Spring is an important time for window and screen maintenance. It’s also a great time to replace any windows, doors or screens that don’t make you completely happy. Please give us a call with any questions. We’re ready to serve you and estimates are free. To schedule, a consultation visit our scheduling pagehttps://mccannwindow.com/schedule-free-consultation-windows-doors/ or call (847) 562-1212.