Windows need to be properly maintained if they are going to function the way that you want. Because your windows are constantly exposed to the weather outside, they will get worn down over time, and this can result in bigger issues down the road if you don’t address those issues early on. Fortunately, when you know how to take care of your windows, you can prevent problems from escalating with them so that your windows can be preserved for as long as possible. Here are window maintenance tips you should use to keep your windows looking and functioning their best.
Clean Them Both on the Inside and the Outside
A good part of window maintenance to remember is that you have to clean both the inside and the outside of your windows. While you might think to focus more on the outside because of what the weather can do to your windows, your indoor environment can also take a toll on them, which is why cleaning both sides is so important. You can clean windows by using a sponge, rag, or squeegee. Just be sure to use different cleaning tools for the inside versus outside portions of your windows. This way, you don’t bring any outdoor pollutants into your house. Alternatively, you can wash your outdoor window-cleaning tools before using them indoors.
Check on Your Window Frames
Along with cleaning the windows themselves, you want to pay attention to your window frames. The frames can accumulate dirt as well, so checking on them every now and then is needed to make sure dirt isn’t allowed to accumulate too much.
See If There is Any Air Seepage
Air seepage can be a problem with windows. When air seeps out of your windows, it means that they don’t provide a perfect seal between the inside of your house and the outdoors. This results in outdoor moisture getting inside of your house. It also means that you have to spend more money on air conditioning because air is leaving your house and going outside. Any gaps in your windows need to be filled to avoid this issue, typically with weatherstripping or caulking.
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