Window Care and Cleaning Tips

Well, you’ve done it. You’ve gone ahead and taken the plunge and bought new windows for your Montreal home. Now you want to do all you can to keep them looking great and functioning properly so they will last for some time to come.

The right care and cleaning will keep your windows looking terrific and operating at their best.

The way you care for your windows may differ depending on the types of windows you have. In this article, we will look at different types of windows and the best way to care for them as well as how to make sure all the components of your windows are functioning properly.

Wood Windows

Because wood is an organic material, it will need more care and maintenance than its synthetic counterparts. It is essential to clean wood at least twice a year to protect from the elements and check it for wear and tear.

The exterior of the wood can be cleaned by using soft cloth or a brush and water. If a good amount of dirt has accumulated on the surface, soap will help you cut through the grime. If your wood is painted, a cleaning liquid consisting of water and alcohol will do the trick.

You can also use detergent to clean windows but if this is the case, make sure you are using enough water to dilute it as detergent can damage the wood finish. Glass cleaners, ammonia, abrasives and strong chemicals should be avoided.

If there is a grease stain, dishwashing liquid diluted with plenty of water should eliminate it.

Wood windows should always be cleaned from top to bottom. This way, the surface of the wood will not become scratched. If any scratches appear on the wood, you can touch them up with some paint.

A wood finish can be used to prevent damage and increase the life of the wood. Wood should be recoated every few years. You may want to call in an expert to recoat your windows to ensure they look their best and provide a long-lasting effect.

Aluminum and PVC Windows

These windows will not need as much maintenance as wood windows. However, it is important to give clean them regularly and make sure they are well maintained.

To clean, use a non-abrasive cloth with soap and water. Water and dish soap will work well on grease stains.

If a stubborn stain appears, use a microfiber cloth dampened with detergent and warm water to clean it off. It this doesn’t work, a uPVC cleanser should do the trick.

Be sure to rinse any detergents or strong chemicals from the window after cleaning as these could cause damage to the surface.

Casement Windows

Casement windows are windows that open from the inside like a door.

To clean these windows, you will first need to remove any grilles or screens. Once this is done, open the window. From there, you should be able to reach around to clean the outside of the window. If the window is too wide and the entire exterior is not within reach, you may have to clean them from the outside.

The interior of casement windows can be easily cleaned from the inside.

Double Hung Windows

Double hung windows are the most popular types of windows. They have two panes that slide up and down independently, one on the top and one on the bottom.

To clean the windows, start by removing any screens or grilles. Then unlock and raise the lower sash by 2 to 3 inches.

Your windows should have some sort of unlock mechanism that releases the panes. Go ahead and use this mechanism to release the lower pane and tilt it out at a 90-degree angle resting it on a chair for support.

Then use your mechanisms to bring your top pane down so that is one inch above the lower window and tilt it out towards you.

Clean both panes and put them back into place

Gliding Windows

Gliding Windows are windows with two panes that slide side to side independently.

To clean these, start by removing any grilles or screens. Then slide both panes to the center of your window frame and remove both windows. Once the windows have been cleaned, reverse your steps to reinstall them in the frame.

Locks and Hinges

The locks and hinges on your windows will need to be lubricated regularly in order to continue functioning properly. Light machine oil can be used for this purpose.

Other Window Maintenance Tips

Here are some other tips that will help your windows withstand the test of time.

Clean Window Casing and Adjacent Wall Area: This will reduce the buildup of dirt and debris in window components that can cause jams.

Inspect Windows Regularly: You should inspect your windows ever season. When doing so, here are some steps you should take:

  • Use a metal probe to look for signs of rot. This could indicate moisture infiltration.
  • Check for signs of moisture in double or triple pained windows. If moisture if present, it could be a sign of a failed seal that needs to be replaced. A failed seal will not only increase moisture, it will reduce the insulation capacity of the window.
  • Check for sun damage that may cause paint to peel off and cause the frame to become brittle and warp
  • Check the condition of the weather stripping on your windows and replace any stripping that has worn out.
  • Check for gaps between the window casing and the wall. Fill with latex caulk if necessary.
  • Replace any worn out rubber seals to reduce air and water leaks.

Repainting: Wooden and metal window frames should be repainted every three to four years. This will protect them from the elements and keep them looking great.

Be sure to apply paint only after windows have been thoroughly cleaned. Avoid painting over moving parts as this can cause the window to get stuck.

Damaged Parts

If your window or any part of the window becomes damaged, tend to the damage ASAP. The longer you leave these matters unattended, the more damage they will do to the window.

If there are rotted sections in the wooden windows, you can use a screwdriver to clean out the bad wood and then fill the cracks and holes with epoxy putty. Use several layers of putty, smooth with sandpaper and apply primer and paint.

Cracked or broken glass should be repaired immediately to avoid injury.

It All Starts with the Right Contractor

These are all great tips for long lasting, great looking windows but getting the best windows for your home will start with finding the right contractor.  A good contractor will provide you with high quality windows as well as the proper installation to ensure they withstand the test of time.

If you are looking for window installation in the Montreal area, Factory Direct Montreal is highly recommended. Their clients can choose from a wide variety of high-quality windows and their years of experience ensure their installation will be top notch. They will educate their clients on the best way to care for their windows and provide any maintenance that is necessary over the time they own their windows.

An experienced contractor will get you high quality windows and the installation to start you off on the right foot and the ongoing maintenance will ensure your windows withstand the test of time. Call Factory Direct Montreal so we can get you on your path to a long life with great looking windows.