After installing new replacement windows at your home, it is important that you maintain them. Depending on the type of windows you have, maintenance could be as simple as washing them with water and a cloth or more complex. Here are some tips for maintaining your windows.

  1. Inspect the windows. Before you start working on the windows, inspect them for cracks and other issues. You should have these issues repaired before starting the rest of your maintenance work.
  2. Lubricate your windows. Windows that have cranks need lubrication to ensure they properly operate. Avoid using oil-based lubricants because they can attract more dirt to your windows. Use a silicone spray instead.
  3. Paint your window frames. Frames that are made of wood need to be occasionally sanded and painted. If you have vinyl frames, do not paint them. The paint can weaken the frame.
  4. Avoid using abrasive cleaners. Abrasive window cleaners can scratch the glass in your window. Look for a cleaner that is specifically made for your home's windows.
  5. Never use a power washer. High pressure sprayers of any kind should never be used on your windows. Not only could you crack or break the glass in the window, but you could cause damage to the caulk lining the windows.
  6. Re-caulk the windows. At least once a year, check the caulk on your windows. Reapply caulk as needed. If you do not do this, the efficiency of your windows could be impacted.
  7. Pay close attention to the tracks. Ensure the tracks of your windows are free of dirt and other debris. If too much dirt builds up on your windows, you could have trouble sliding them closed.
  8. Use a lint-free cloth to dry the windows. After washing your windows, it is important you dry them instead of allowing them to naturally dry. Naturally dried windows can be streaked. If you do not have a lint-free cloth, use crumpled newsprint or a clean coffee filter to dry them.
  9. Do not use a sharp edge on the glass. Some people use sharp objects such as razor blades or putty knives to remove stubborn debris from the glass on a window. Apply several coatings of vinegar to the debris and eventually it will soften enough to remove.

Basic maintenance of your home's windows needs to be performed at least twice a year. Ensuring your windows are in good shape helps to keep them functional and intact. 

For more information, contact Beaumart Windows or a similar company.

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