Window Cleaning – Don’t Overlook the Details

Window Cleaning – Don’t Overlook the Details

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Window cleaning isn’t just about making the glass sparkle – it’s all about the details. The job isn’t quite finished if you don’t pay attention to the following.

Window Tracks

If you’ve been neglecting your window tracks there are a few techniques you can use you get them clean and functioning appropriately. One trick of the window cleaning trade is cleaning out the tracks using a wet/dry vac, says Bob Pergolotti of CT Window Cleaners. This is especially important if you had slider or double hung windows because buildup in the tracks makes closing and opening windows a lot harder. For stubborn areas, use a soft bristled brush, even a toothbrush (especially for hard to reach areas) to loosen the dirt.

Windows Sills

To address the sills, you basically follow the steps used to clean the window tracks. Be sure to use a non-abrasive, mild cleaning solution to clean the sills as well as the molding around the windows.

Screen Cleaning

While cleaning window screens is fairly easy, there are some things that will make the job a lot faster and efficient. Here’s what you should do.

Fill a bucket with soapy, warm water.

Lightly spray the screen with a hose and using a sponge, apply the soapy water.

Next, gently tap the window screen on the ground to remove excess dirt and suds.

Rinse the screens, gently tapping them again to remove excess water.

When they’re dry, place the screens back in place.

Cleaning Tips for Different Types of Glass

The last thing people usually think about is the type of glass their windows are made from. This is worth covering because some of the glass requires special window cleaning methods.

Annealed Glass

This type of glass is easy to clean and it doesn’t scratch when using a scraper (or razor blade) to remove debris if done correctly. It is recommended that you use a mild dish soap, water, a squeegee and a microfiber towel to clean annealed glass.

Heat Strengthened Glass

This type of glass has been uniquely treated to produce surface compression. Heat strengthened glass windows shouldn’t be scraped with a razor. The debris in the window can end up compromising it. Window cleaning techniques for these windows are the same as those used on the annealed glass but without the scraping.

Tempered Glass

This glass is also heat strengthened, but it’s up to 5 times stronger than annealed glass. Tempered glass (aka safety glass because it breaks into small pieces) is one of the most difficult forms of glass to clean. Because it’s so easy to scratch, you need to be careful not to scrub it. Use a gentle, high-quality cleaning solution and a microfiber cloth to clean tempered glass windows.

Low-E Glass

This kind of glass was designed to cool down commercial properties and homes. Low-E glass has a film that helps keep UV rays from transferring through. These windows are expensive, so you definitely don’t want to compromise them. Be sure not to use a window cleaning solution that contains ammonia. Never scrub Low-E windows or use abrasive materials to clean them. The best and safest way to clean these windows is to use an ammonia-free cleaning solution and a microfiber towel.

If you don’t feel like taking on what some feel is one of the most challenging household jobs, consider hiring a window cleaning professional. They know all there is to know about the process and have all the right tools. You’ll find that hiring a window cleaning company won’t cost that much either.

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