Making Your Houston Home Windows & Window Sills Look New

How To Clean Your Home Windows & Window Sills In Houston

As summer winds down, it is time to start getting your home ready for winter. This includes taking down the screens on your windows and putting them safely away in storage until the weather warms up in the spring. The falling leaves do more than just create beautiful colors – they also allow more sunlight to get through. When this sunlight streams into your windows, it can warm up your home, helping to combat the cool autumn air. While this sounds like a beautiful scene, dirty windows can ruin your view.

Luckily, it doesn’t take a lot of effort to clean dirty windows. You probably already have everything that you need. In fact, you can make your own window cleaner using nothing more than warm water, cornstarch, and white vinegar. In a standard-size spray bottle, mix a quarter cup of vinegar with a tablespoon of cornstarch. Then, using hot water from the tap, fill the rest of the bottle up. To use the solution, spray it on your windows and squeegee it away. That way, you don’t have to worry about dealing with any leftover lint from cleaning cloths.

Don’t just focus on the windows themselves. Instead, pay attention to the frames around the windows as well as the sills. Dirt and debris can build up in the window tracks, keeping the windows from moving smoothly when you open or close them. Use the same vinegar solution that you clean the windows with to tackle this dirt. You may find it beneficial to use an old, discarded toothbrush to help loosen the dirt. For particularly dirty windows, a shop vac can also help. Once most of the dirt has been removed, run a clean cloth down the track from one end to the other to remove any leftover residue.

The windowsills and molding should be cleaned using a rag and a gentle cleanser. Wooden surfaces that are painted can be easily damaged, which means that you need to handle them carefully. If you have vinyl windows, you don’t need to be quite as gentle. You can use the vinegar mixture from earlier or plain water to wipe them down and clean them.

Don’t let all of your hard work go to waste. Once your windows are clean, try to stay on top of regular maintenance. Wiping them down with some glass cleaner and a cloth every couple of weeks will help keep the dirt from building up quite as much. Don’t forget to wipe down the window frames and sills at least once a month, as well. During certain parts of the year, windows tend to get dirtier than others. For instance, in the spring, you not only have to deal with pollen but many plants and trees drop seeds that may need to be cleaned up. Fingerprints and nose prints left behind by children and pets may also mean that you need to clean your windows more frequently.

If you need help with your windows, give us a call or contact us today. We will gladly come to your home for a free consultation. Be sure to keep your eyes on our blog, as well, since we regularly add new content.

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