Windows and doors get exposed to a lot of dirt, debris and other contamination. It needs regular maintenance to extend its longevity. If you do not maintain your windows, it will lead to wearing and tearing very soon. Failure in maintenance can result in a lot of problems such as reduced air and water tightness or may void provisions of the warranty. Those properties that are located near coastal areas are all the more subjected to salt deposits and wind-driven sand.
You must hold bi-annual inspection for all your windows and doors so that you can keep them clean. It is wise not to use any acidic cleaning solution; you may use mild soap and water to keep windows and doors debris free. Here are a few tips that will help you maintain your glass doors and windows throughout the year.
CLEAN INSECT SCREEN
Get proper exterior cleaning instructions from your door contractor to clean the outer screens. If you wish to clean the interior screen, then you can use vacuum cleaner along with a soft brush or wipe It with the help of water and mild soap solution. Be careful when you remove insect screens as any insurance or warranty does not cover them.
The most used way of cleaning insect screen is by laying it down on a flat surface and by applying soap and water to the screen. Let the screen soak it for a while and after that use a low-pressure spray such as a garden hose to clean it.
USE A SOFT CLOTH
A lot of mishaps take place time and again, in case you spilled something sticky or muggy on your window film, always make sure to clean it with a soft cloth-preferably microfiber or a paper towel. Microfibre is the best as they are non-abrasive which doesn’t damage the film and yet gets the job done.
You should always keep all your hardware clean and lubricated. To do this, you have to use mild soap and water again to wipe it clean, including the locks, hinges, arms, and handles of your doors and windows. Make sure that you only clean it with clean water. Never wash it with dirty or used water before lubricating. You may use lithium grease, automotive grease, or petroleum jelly to lubricate your hardware. However, for hinges and rollers, you will need silicon-based lubricants.
MILD CLEANING DETERGENT
A window is less porous than glass, so it doesn’t get dirty quickly. If it ever gets dirty then always clean it with mild dishwashing detergent. A lot of commercial cleaning detergents are available in the market but are not required. Mild cleaning detergent and water will suffice. In case you plan to hire a janitorial service, pass on the required instructions carefully.
If you have never cleaned a window or a door before, always seek the help of a window and door installation professional. It is still better to ask someone who specializes in this kind of jobs. If you are not confident about cleaning it yourself, it is advisable to call for professional help as it is possible that you will most likely make a mess out of it.