Spring is here, and with it comes another season of home maintenance. The summer months in Santa Fe can get quite hot, so it’s important to make sure your windows are in good condition so you can better keep your home’s interior cool during the warmest parts of the year.
Here is some information from a glass shop in Santa Fe, NM about how you can get your windows ready for spring and summer.
The changing of the seasons is always a good time to give your windows a thorough cleaning. Here’s a good step-by-step process to follow to get your windows sparkling once again:
- Use a strip applicator to wash the windows. Ideally this should be a long-clothed head applicator, which will easily soak up any soapy water you create and apply it to the glass without scratching the surface.
- Only use a small amount of soap. You don’t need to slather it on thickly—just get a bucket of warm water and only put a small amount of cleaner in it. If you don’t want to use a mix cleaner, you can use a glass cleaning spray like Windex.
- Use a squeegee instead of a cloth to remove the water and soap from the window. Move the squeegee in an s-shaped pattern, and when you complete a stroke, then you can wipe the window clean and dry with a lint-free, microfiber cloth. Repeat that process as needed to cover the whole window.
- Clear up any drips as soon as you can to prevent them from leaving streaks on the windows. Do this with a damp cloth, and make sure you get the edges of the windows as well. This prevents moisture from getting into the windowsill and wooden frame.
- A natural sponge can help you on multi-pane windows that cannot use a strip applicator.
Beyond cleaning your windows, there are other steps you can take to make sure they’re ready for the summer months.
First, it’s beneficial to walk around your home and perform a visual inspection of your windows. Make sure there are no cracks or damage to the glass or to any other parts of the window. Test them out to make sure they all open and close as needed.
If you have windows that aren’t opening easily, the problem could be that the window or the material around it (often wood) has swollen to the point that it is causing excessive friction. This can usually be resolved by running a planer along either the side of the window or where it rubs.
If you notice the window isn’t sealing properly, you might need to either purchase new seals or consider asking a window repair specialist to take a look at the issue.
These are just a few ways to prepare your windows for the new season. For more information, or to schedule glass repair or window replacement in Santa Fe, NM, reach out to Santa Fe Glass & Mirror today.
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