Spring Cleaning: How to Clean, Inspect, and Maintain Your Windows

With the weather in Agoura Hills, CA getting markedly warmer, you have probably started thinking about Spring Cleaning. Open window season is on the way, and along with the sweeping and mopping, you will want to take extra care to thoroughly clean and inspect your windows. If something is amiss you should get replacement windows before the busy season strikes. Sparkling clean windows make a great impression—both inside and out. Here are some tools you will need and a few steps to follow to clean and maintain your windows this spring.

Tools for Window Cleaning

  • Soft, dry cloths
  • Dry towel
  • Sponge
  • Mild detergent
  • Generic class cleaner
  • Vacuum
  • Small, soft bristle brush
  • Plastic putty knife
  • Silicone lubricant

Do Not Use

  • Power washers
  • Abrasives or razor blades
  • Solvents or rubbing alcohol
  • Cleaners containing bleach
  • Furniture polish
  • Liquid grease removers

Step 1. Clean the Frame

Use a soft, wet cloth and your mild detergent to remove dirt from the frame and window ledge. Rinse with a different wet cloth and water, and immediately dry with your towel. You do not want water or cleaner to drip down into the tracks, so work quickly as you wash, rinse, and dry.

Step 2. Clean the Glass

Use your glass cleaner and another dry, lint-free cloth to wipe the glass surface of windows. If you notice streaking, rinse out your cloth with clear water before wiping again. You can also use newspapers for a streak-free clean. Again, do not let cleaner run down the window and into the track. And do not use razor blades or other abrasives to remove tough dirt, just soak the area and use a plastic putty knife until it comes free.

Step 3. Clean the Track or Hinges

First, use the vacuum to clear away loose dirt and debris. Then take your small brush, like a toothbrush, to the track and brush up any dirt that is stuck. Wipe the track down with a dry cloth. Then, spray your silicone lubricant into a cloth and rub it gently into the track. Do not spray directly into the track, or overspray might get in your freshly cleaned glass and frame. The same goes for all moving parts on casement, single-hung, double-hung, and awning windows.

Step 4. Clean the Screen

Next carefully remove the screens. Carry them into the shower or lay them on a flat surface outside. Then gently spray them down with water from the hose. You can also use a soft-bristle brush and mild detergent for tough dirt. Rinse with clear water and allow screens time to dry before reinstalling them.

Step 5. Perform the Inspection

While you are following the above steps, take extra caution while checking your windows. Look for cracks, leaks, mold, and condensation. You also want to watch for warping, scratches, rust, or pest infestation. If you feel a draft, see a crack or notice condensation between the panes of glass—you likely need replacement windows.

By taking the extra time, you might discover a few things you can’t fix or wipe away. And if you need us, we can help with Agoura Hills, CA replacement windows this spring. Call us at Quality Windows at 805-564-7600 and we can arrange a free in-home estimate. Or visit our showroom at 534 N Milpas St., Santa Barbara, California 93103. You can check out some of our products and set up an appointment to get your windows replaced this spring.

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