With the change of seasons approaching, many people will be looking to winterize their homes. While that isn’t quite as necessary in the Mojave Desert, performing some simple fall maintenance on your windows and home can help to keep dirt and grime at a minimum for easier spring cleaning a few months down the road. Once done, occasional cleanings and visits from professional cleaning services can help to improve the looks of your windows and help prevent dirt and grime buildup over the colder winter months.
Ensure Seals and Weather Stripping Are In Good Condition
One of the most important things to do to ensure your windows stay as clean as possible is to check and replace any worn sealing compounds or weather stripping. If any caulking is dried out and cracking, you need to remove it with a razor blade and apply a fresh seal of caulking to keep the seals fresh and effective. The many temperature changes that homes undergo throughout the year, which can vary by as much as 100 degrees from the hottest to coldest recorded temperatures, can dry out and damage caulking and other sealing agents and wear out weather stripping to the point that dirt and moisture can penetrate the inside of your home and coat your windows with grime and filth. Ensuring you have fresh sealing and weather stripping will help to keep your home warmer in the winter, cooler in the summer and your windows cleaner all year.
Care Required If You Want to Scrape Windows
When cleaning and prepping your windows for the winter, it can be tempting to use a razor blade to scrape stubborn spots, paint or other contaminants that get on your windows. But care must be taken to ensure you don’t damage your windows by scratching them or accidentally removing any tint that might be on them.
What steps to you take to prepare your windows and home for winter?