Dos and Don’ts for Window Maintenance

Purchasing a home is a large investment. With the initial purchase cost and the daily upkeep, it is easy to see why many homeowners become overwhelmed. Fortunately, general maintenance for certain areas of the home, like the windows, is simple. If homeowners understand the general do’s and don’ts for window maintenance, they can keep them looking great and functioning efficiently.

Do’s

Cleaning is one of the most important parts of maintaining a window. Homeowners should wipe down all window frames to remove the dust, dirt, and grime weekly. Cleaning the window panes is also essential. Most homeowners know that the glass panes do not have to be cleaned each day, but using a specialized glass cleaner every few weeks is key to window maintenance. Not only will this keep the windows looking their best, but they will also be free from any potential damage.

Homeowners should also periodically inspect the weather stripping and hardware of the windows. If there is any missing weather stripping or if hardware is rusted or cracked, homeowners should replace it as soon as possible.

Don’ts

There are many homeowners that will use harsh chemicals to clean their homes, including their window panes. This is not a smart method for maintaining specialized glass because petroleum-based chemicals and solvents can cause damage.

Homeowners should not reduce weather stripping. Doing so will leave the home more susceptible to energy loss. By removing weather stripping, cold and warm outdoor air is allowed to infiltrate the indoor space, resulting in HVAC systems working harder to regulate the proper temperature, which can lead to an increase in energy bills.