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Keep Your Replacement Windows Clean This Summer

Clean windows allow more natural light to filter through, amp up the appearance of the home, and prolong the life of your windows. Dirty windows often accomplish the opposite. They block natural light, make the home appear run down, and can shorten the life of new windows. This is why it is so important for homeowners to properly clean and maintain their windows. But in the summertime with excessive dirt, heat, and heavy pollen this can feel like even more of a chore. Luckily there are a few things you can do to keep replacement windows in Phoenix, AZ clean all summer long. Here are a few tips:

Know When to Wash Your Windows

Few homeowners realize when it comes to washing windows, timing is everything. Cleaning windows in the middle of a bright, sunny day is counterproductive. More often the heat will dry out cleaning products before homeowners can wipe them away. This often leaves behind streaks and grime. It can also result in scratches on the glass or window frames. It also means more heat entering the home, driving up the cost of air conditioning. So instead homeowners should avoid the heat and put off window washing until early morning or late evening when temperatures are cooler.

Use Proper Cleaning Products

Not all window cleaning products are created equal. Sure, it is ok to use more powerful products on older windows that have more dirt and stubborn stains. But newer windows should not require as much in the way of cleaning and maintenance. On replacement windows, homeowners should be able to simply use mild detergents, generic glass cleaner, and soft brushes or cloths to clean away dirt and debris.

Dry With the Right Materials

Most people have a unique method they claim as the best possible way to dry windows without leaving streaks, lint, or smudges. Some might say drying windows with a newspaper is best. Others claim paper towels. And still, others claim microfiber cloths as the best way to clean the glass for a streak-free shine. All of these are possible options, but ultimately homeowners should test different methods on their own windows and find the solution that gives them the best results.

Never Use Power Washers, Harsh Cleaners, or Abrasives on Replacement Windows

Knowing what NOT to use on replacement windows is almost as important is knowing the right products. With new windows cleaning methods should be as thorough, but as gentle as possible. Using power washers, harsh cleansers, or abrasives on replacement windows can break the seals, scratch glass coatings, and damage windows beyond repair. There is no reason homeowners need to go this far.

Using these tips will help keep your replacement windows in Phoenix, AZ looking new all summer long. For more helpful tips on cleaning and maintaining your new windows call Freelite Inc. With over 30 years of experience in the business, we can help your windows last for years to come. Stop by 331 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85003 or call (602) 233-1981 if you have any questions about window maintenance.