Five Tips for Caring for Your New Windows

So, you just got new windows in your home and you want to do everything you can to keep them in the best shape possible. After all, windows are a big investment, and caring for them will help you get the most out of the money you spent. The right window care can also increase energy efficiency which will lower utility bills. But what exactly should you be doing to keep your windows looking and working their best? Read on to find out.

Make Sure the Whole Family Knows How to Use the Windows

You might be surprised to find out how often windows break because a family member doesn’t know how to use them properly. Misuse will put stress on the window causing it to wear down over time. After your window is installed, ask the installer for tips on how to use and care for it or do your own online research. Then sit down with your family to make sure they all have this information. 

Clean Them Regularly

Cleaning windows regularly will keep them looking their best, and it can also make them last longer. Windows store moisture that can cause damage and make them look cloudy. Cleaning them will get rid of the moisture. 

For best results, use a glass cleaner or a water and vinegar solution. Apply it with a gentle cloth. Avoid abrasive cleaning tools and cleaners. They won’t get your window clean and they may end up damaging it. 

Clean the Tracks

The tracks of your windows should be cleaned regularly as well. Dirt and dust build up in the tracks and puts stress on the window causing the hinges, weatherstripping, locks, and rollers to wear out which reduces their energy efficiency. It can also let water into your house which will cause damage. It is advisable to clean your tracks every time you clean your windows using soapy water. Make sure the residue is gone when you are finished. 

Lubricate the Hardware

Lubricating the hardware will help keep your windows in good working order. Start by cleaning off dust and dirt. Wipe down hardware with soapy water and rinse off soap residue. Then use a silicon-based lubricant (avoid petroleum-based) to lubricate hinges, rollers, and metal latches. 

Clean Your Screens

Even though screens are not technically part of your window, taking proper care of them will enhance your window experience. Start by removing screens carefully. Lay them flat and use a vacuum or rag to wipe the dirt. Then apply soapy water. Leave on for a few minutes, then rinse. Let the screen dry completely before putting it back in the window. 

It’s also best to take out the screens during the seasons when you don’t need them. This will help prolong their life. Windows play a huge role in your home’s aesthetic, airflow, lighting, and energy efficiency. These tips will help you care for them properly to get the most out of your investment. What window maintenance recommendations do you have?