Taking care of your windows can increase their efficiency and lifespan. A few precautionary steps can prevent major repair or intensive cleaning down the road. Keep your windows clean this summer by tackling issues in the panes, seams, blinds and frames.

Wash the Panes

First and foremost, you probably have windows to let in light and appreciate the beauty of the outdoors from the comfort of your climate-controlled home. If the window panes are smudged with dirt, it interferes with your view. Use a streak-free cleaning solution to wash the windows thoroughly from both sides, then use a squeegee to remove the excess solution. For an environmentally friendly approach, use a mixture of warm water and vinegar rather than a commercial solution.

Clean the Screens

The purpose of a window screen is to allow a fresh breeze in the home without letting in debris and bugs from the outside. This means that over time, the screen will collect dirt that can prevent a clear view, even if the panes have been washed. While washing your windows, remove the screens, scrub them using a non-abrasive brush, and spray both sides down with a hose. Make sure they have dried completely before putting them back.

Dust the Blinds

Open blinds can gather dust quickly. Check your binds often to wipe off accumulated dust with a cloth. To prevent dust from collecting so quickly on your binds, spray them with an antistatic spray like Static Guard after dusting.

Kill the Mildew

Mildew can begin to grow on older windows where moisture accumulates. This can be harmful to the household and weaken the window’s integrity. Use a mixture of bleach, laundry detergent, and water to kill the mildew and wipe it away. Wear rubber gloves to protect your skin during the cleaning process.

Check the Seams

While cleaning your windows, inspect the seams for leaks and decay. Points where air, dirt, or water can enter may lead to worsening conditions for your windows which, if not addressed properly, could lead to a need for premature replacement.

Summer is a great time to clean your home’s windows. Set aside an afternoon to wash all parts of the window and take steps to prevent further damage. This should leave you with a clearer view, healthier home, and longer lifespan for your windows.