The Importance of Window Cleaning
Window cleaning is an important task that should be done regularly to keep your home looking beautiful and to prevent damage to the glass. It also helps to prevent health problems such as allergies and breathing issues. Dirty windows can reduce the amount of natural light in your home. This can affect your mood and make it harder to work.
Dirt and grime on the glass
A dirty window can affect the appearance of the building, but it also increases the energy consumption. Cleaning the glass regularly can reduce this cost.
A squeegee is essential to a clean window. It is best to use a squeegee with a rubber blade. It is a good idea to have spare blades, so you can swap them out when they get too worn down.
For difficult stains, use a razor blade mounted in a holder for removing paint specks and labels without scratching the glass. Always wet the blade before pushing it across, to avoid trapping dirt under the blade that could scratch the surface of the glass.
If you have windows with screens, remove them and clean them in the same way as the glass. A lint roller is useful for getting rid of sticky residue on the screens. Alternatively, you can spray the screens with a window cleaner and wipe them down with a microfiber cloth.
A window without a screen can provide an easy entry point for many types of insects. Some of these insects can cause serious damage to windows and other parts of the house.
Unless you know what you’re looking at, it can be difficult to determine the type of insect that is scurrying around your windows. Gnats, cluster flies and stink bugs are common unwelcome visitors to windows. While these bugs don’t bite, they can be quite annoying.
Another type of insect that can harm your windows is termites. Termites are wood-destroying pests that can weaken the structure of wooden furniture and windows. Homeowners often discover that they have a termite problem when they see piles of wings, sawdust-like droppings or dead insects on their windowsills. Regular window cleaning can help prevent termite infestations. This can save homeowners from costly termite repairs and window replacements. Keeping windows clean can also prevent the build-up of corrosive contaminants on glass. These contaminants are often the result of acid rain, hard water, smoke film and oxidation particles.
Birds crashing into windows can cause broken glass, feathers and other debris that need to be cleaned up. They also leave dust marks that require cleaning. They also create issues on property such as peck holes in fruit and slippery sidewalks due to droppings. They can even result in death for the birds that collide. This can increase maintenance costs for properties that must dispose of bodies and clean up damage.
Window collisions occur when birds see natural reflections of plants, trees, sky or clouds in windows and misinterpret them as a passage into their habitat or a safe landing area. These reflections can confuse and mislead birds, especially during migration and at night when they are most active and more likely to fly into a window.
Spiders are not only scary for those with arachnophobia but can damage windows. Spiders are attracted to moist, sheltered places such as basement walls and window wells where they build three-dimensional webs. They may also find their way indoors through vents and gaps in doors, or on items carried inside such as firewood, houseplants, boxes or patio furniture.
In addition to wiping down the frames, keep spiders away by removing their food sources. Move woodpiles, compost and piles of leaf debris away from structures. Fix or replace torn window screens, and cover outside vents with fine mesh.
If you see tiny insects scurrying around the sills, they may be clover mites that have come inside looking for a warm place to overwinter. Clover mites don’t bite but their presence indicates that a lot of decaying leaves or hay is close by, and it’s time to do some yard work. They can be easily driven out by a good scrubbing with dilute bleach.