Like most parts of your home’s exterior, windows become dirty over time and will need to be cleaned, which is not an easy thing to do, particularly with upper-story windows. To help you, here are some tips on how to safely and efficiently do this chore.
Use Common Household Products
There are hundreds of window cleaning products on the market, many of which are fairly effective. They may also contain chemicals that might react with your skin. One of the best advantages of having low-maintenance windows is that you don’t need any of these. Mixed with water, liquid dish detergent is an effective window cleaning product.
You can use any dish detergent of your choice so you’ll know it’s safe to use. For stubborn stains, dip a piece of cloth into a 1:1 mixture of white vinegar and water. Apply the cloth on the stain for several minutes, and then rinse with water.
Use Removable, Tiltable or Reach-Around Sashes
If you’ve had your windows replaced recently, chances are they may have sashes that allow easy cleaning while indoors. These features eliminate the need to risk injury by cleaning your windows from the outside.
Renewal by Andersen® replacement windows have these features. Our sliding windows have removable sashes while our double hung window sashes can be tilted inside. Our casement windows are not hinged, but have special operator arms that pull the edge of the sash away from the frame. This creates a gap that lets you clean the window.
Have Someone Assist You
Even if you’re cleaning your windows safely indoors, have someone assist you with tasks like fetching cleaning tools or supporting the window sashes when you remove and return them. Note that window sashes are heavy, with double pane windows having twice as much glass. If it’s your first time tilting your double hung windows, make sure you have someone help you, along with a sturdy chair to support the sashes as you clean them.
Renewal by Andersen of Quad Cities is your leading provider of replacement windows, including popular styles like bow windows. Give us a call at (844) 366-7784, or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Rock Island, IL, and nearby areas.