Keeping your windows crystal clear, streak-free, and shining bright is important to maintain curb appeal and preserve the beauty of your home. If you’ve ever struggled with cleaning your windows, however, you know that this cleaning them properly can be easier said than done.
There are plenty of ways to clean a window, and many home cleaning specialists have a beloved trick or two that they swear by for keeping their glass clean and clear. At AZ Valley Windows, our team of experts is proud to share our favorite window cleaning tips, to help you get the shine back into your windows, without the fuss. Below is a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to cleaning glass by AZ Valley Windows—your trusted Phoenix window company.
1. Prepare Your Window Cleaning Supplies
For easy window cleaning, you’ll need two buckets, a high-quality rubber squeegee, a sponge, a lint-free cloth, cleaning solution (commercial or homemade), and a chamois cloth. If necessary, remove your curtains to be able to clean your windows properly.
Pour some cleaning solution in a slightly damp sponge, and then wipe the window starting from the top downwards. Next, wipe across the window using a wet squeegee blade and then wipe the squeegee clean. Rinse the window using clean water and the chamois cloth. Finally, remove any remaining moisture using the dry cloth.
2. Focus on the Frames
An important part of window cleaning involves cleaning your dirty frames. Using a vacuum, clean the runners of your aluminum frames and then polish them using silicone car polish. For painted or vinyl window frames, use a sponge dampened with warm water and cleaning detergent. Finally, rinse the frames using warm water and then dry with a clean towel.
3. Maintain the Window Panes
The frequency of cleaning the exterior part of your windows depends on the area you live in. However, for the inside window panes, you will most likely need to clean them every six months. Some double-hung windows have sashes that can tilt and you can pivot inward for more convenient cleaning. However, some windows require you to pull out the sashes out of the track to be able to clean them easily.
4. Avoid Direct Sunlight While Cleaning Windows
It is recommended to wash your windows under a shade, on a cloudy day, or in the evening after the sun goes down. Cleaning them under direct sunlight will lead to streaking. Also, if you have a lot of windows to clean, it is recommended to divide the job into segments instead of rushing to clean everything in a single go.
5. Cleaning Custom Windows
For stained or painted glass windows, use a damp sponge to remove dust and other debris first, and then wipe clean using a damp chamois cloth. Next, polish the stained glass using a clean cloth. Because these types of windows can be delicate, handle them with utmost care to avoid damaging the sections of glass.
Meanwhile, skylights or high windows can be maintained using extension tools. However, in these cases, it’s highly recommended that homeowners hire a professional window cleaner for more efficient cleaning rather than doing it themselves.
Phoenix Replacement Windows for Improved Curb Appeal
While cleaning your windows can make them last for years and maintain the appearance of your home, it can eventually come to a point when you need to replace them with new ones. For high-quality Phoenix replacement windows that suit your home, contact AZ Valley Windows.
We have a team of Phoenix replacement window installers who have more than a decade of experience in providing reliable installation services for durable, energy-efficient, and stylish windows.
Some of the replacement window types that we offer include:
- Awning windows
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All these are made with lasting materials and come with stylish custom designs and optimum thermal performance. Plus, our experts can provide one-day installation service that is fully insured and bonded at reasonable rates.
For more information, give our top-rated Phoenix window company a call to speak with a representative. You can also schedule a free, in-home pricing estimate by filling out our online form now.