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The Worst Window Maintenance Habits to Avoid

Did you recently get a set of replacement windows? Congratulations! Those windows will serve you for many years to come. However, you have to make sure that you’re taking care of them the right way. Many people don’t know this, but some people will end up developing the wrong window maintenance habits. Here are some of the worst offenders so you know what to avoid next time.

 

Missing a Few Spots

Missing a few spots when cleaning a window not only fails to get rid of the dirt, but the cleaning procedure might have also pushed more dirt into those problem areas. This is a common cause of friction when operating a window, which actually increases wear and tear.

Using the Wrong Cleaning Tools

Some homeowners go the extra mile when cleaning a window. Sure, they don’t miss a spot, but they also tend to resort to using very stiff brushes or cloth wrapped on a stick that can scratch the windows. If you have a window with plenty of hard-to-clean spots, you’re better off getting help from a window company.

Using the Wrong Cleaning Solution

Different types of dirt need different types of cleaning solutions. For example, no amount of clean water will get rid of grease spots, but using strong anti-grease solutions is overkill for a window that’s only dusty at worst. Mold and mildew spots will also require specific cleaning agents, and using other options can risk causing chemical damage to your window’s components.

Adding Items That Can Damage Your Windows

Barring a few specific circumstances, windows are usually better off not having anything beyond window treatments. For example, storm windows can prevent your new replacement windows from reflecting heat back. Experts on doors and windows also advise against leaving window covers down for extended amounts of time, especially during winter as they can act as moisture traps that can lead to rust, rot or mold problems.

Learn how to properly take care of your windows straight from us. Renewal by Andersen® of St. Louis is the most trusted window contractor in Chesterfield and other nearby areas. Call us at (314) 983-9977, or fill out this contact form to request a quote.

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