How to Spring Clean Your Outdoor Windows
Cleaning your windows helps them to look nicer and can even help to prolong their life.
With spring now in full swing, now is an excellent time to get a jumpstart on your spring-cleaning, and tackle some projects that are needing to be done.
One of the things that may be on your to-do list –is the outdoor windows. Cleaning the inside of the windows is one thing, but the outdoor glass often becomes much dirtier and grimier than the glass facing indoors, and can be difficult to clean.
Still, keeping the windows clean is important. Not only does this help them to look nicer, but since cleaning your windows removes hard minerals, dirt, and pollutants that accumulate over time, cleaning the glass can help to prolong the life of your windows.
Just because outdoor windows can be tricky, doesn’t mean that this needs to be a dreaded task. Armed with a few tips and techniques, and with the right supplies, you’ll soon have sparkling clean windows –and a much better view! Here are some tips to help you clean your outdoor windows this spring.
When to Clean
Spring pollen and dirt can do a number on your outdoor windows, so if you live in an area that gets a lot of pollen, you may want to wait until the last of the pollen has fallen. You should also try to clean your windows when the sun is not shining directly on them. This will prevent the water from evaporating off too soon, before you’re finished cleaning them. Cleaning your windows on a cloudy day, or when the sun is on the opposite side of your house helps the cleaning products to stay on the windows long enough for you to clean them.
How to Clean
For standard windows, clean the glass using a suitable cleaning solution. Consider using a no-scrub solution to make the task much easier. Apply the solution, gently wash, and then squeegee the excess off. Dry with a clean, soft cloth to prevent streaking. If you prefer to wash using a cloth –be sure to wipe the sides first, then circle into the center to get the best look without any unsightly streaks.
Clean the Window Screens
Dirty window screens can become weak and more susceptible to damage. While replacing your screens is an option –it’s faster, and cheaper, to clean and maintain the screens that you have rather than replacing them. Spring-cleaning is a great time to take all of your screens down and wash them. Ideally, you can do this at the same time that you clean the windows, since you’ll have to take the screens off anyways to get to the windows. Cleaning your screens is fairly easy –once you have them down, spray each screen with your window cleaning solution, scrub them up with a brush (remember to be gentler on the softer mesh screens), and then spray them clean with a garden hose.
Clean the Window Trim
Window trim is often overlooked. But it’s important to clean the trim and windowsills, since mold and mildew often grow in these areas. Spraying the window trim with your cleaner and wiping it down should be enough to handle most of the window trim. For stubborn mold and dirt, you may need to use a bucket and some light brushing to remove built up debris.
Your windows are a significant investment and naturally, you’ll want to keep them in great condition for as long as possible. Windows are constantly soaked with a variety of different contaminants that can cause them to become degraded, stained, and even ruined. If you don’t clean your windows often –this can lead to future problems with mold and mildew.
Make the job of window cleaning much easier, opt for a cleaner like Green-Ox Maxx –an ideal solution that makes it easy to clean surfaces without hard scrubbing or pressure washing! This powerful, non-nontoxic cleaner also eliminates mold and mildew stains –and keeps on cleaning after use.
How do you get your windows sparkling clean? Share your tips with us in the comments!
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