DIY Spring Window Cleaning - Dos and Don'ts for Homeowners

DIY Spring Window Cleaning - Dos and Don'ts for Homeowners

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Spring cleaning can be a lot of work, but it can also be extremely rewarding.

When you're finished, and you've got a nice clean home, everything feels refreshed and rejuvenated. Cleaning your windows is one of the bigger spring cleaning jobs. However, when you've got sparkling clear glass letting the springtime sunshine in the house, it will all be worth it.

There are some things you should know before you get started. Here's advice on window cleaning from Pella Windows & Doors of Wisconsin.

Do Use an Ammonia-Free Cleaner

Make sure you use the right cleaning product on your windows. What you're looking for is something that does not contain ammonia.

Pella provides a simple recipe for a homemade cleaner made with vinegar and water. But, if you want to clean like a pro, we also offer our own professional-grade ammonia-free glass cleaner. You can order it on Amazon or stop in at any of our four showrooms around Wisconsin to pick up a bottle of Pella™ Glass & Window Cleaner in person.

Find our showrooms in these convenient locations:

Don't Use Products with Abrasive Chemicals

The reason you do not want to use ammonia-based or alcohol-based cleaners on your windows is that they can leave streaks on the glass, and they can leave behind a film, which can attract more dust and grime. That's extra work you don't need.

You should also use a microfiber cloth or quality paper towel for cleaning.

Do Use the Proper Cleaning Solution for Tough Spots

Not everything on your windows will be easy to wipe away. Whether it's crayons from the kids, sticky residue from tape, or even a little paint from your last home remodeling project - you need to use the right cleaner here as well.

We suggest a solvent like acetone or rubbing alcohol for spot cleaning your windows. Mineral spirits (aka mineral turpentine) can also be effective. This is a more aggressive cleaner so be careful with its use and always follow manufacturer’s instructions for safety.

Don't Use a Razor Blade

What you shouldn't do when spot cleaning windows is use a razor or some other sharp-edged tool in an attempt to scrape off stubborn residue.

You could leave permanent scratches and scrapes on the glass or even cause it to break.

Do Clean Your Blinds and Shades

Blinds and shades are some of the biggest attractors of dust in your home and probably the toughest part about window cleaning. But it has to get done!

There is a way to avoid this hassle, however. People who own Pella's exclusive between-the-glass blinds and shades are low maintenance. Learn more about the benefits of between-the-glass options from Pella right here on our blog.

That's not the only way Pella Windows & Doors of Wisconsin can make this chore easier. Our Designer Series® and Pella® ProLine double-hung windows allow you to clean external glass  from the inside of your home. This can make cleaning much easier. 

Don't Forget to Clean Window Tracks

It's not only the glass that needs to be cleaned. After a long winter, your window tracks may be getting gunked up with grime. If you forget to clean those, your windows may not operate as well and can get stuck when you try to open and close them.

There will be a lot of tight cracks and crevices, so a paper towel or rag probably won't do the trick. Use cotton tips for hard to reach spots. Kim, from the blog A Real-Life Housewife suggests using an electric toothbrush for cleaning window tracks. Great idea!

Do Clean Your Window Screens

Cleaning your screens in springtime is one more necessary step. They may have become dusty and covered in cobwebs if you stored them away during the winter. Plus, in some parts of Wisconsin, little fluffy seeds from cottonwood trees can get stuck in window screens too.

We suggest using the upholstery attachment or drapery brush on your vacuum to clean your screens. You can also take them outside and gently spray them down with a garden house. Use a sponge and warm soapy water for spot cleaning.

Don't Damage Your Screens in the Process

Be careful when you're cleaning your window screens. It is possible to rip your screen if it gets caught on a sharp edge when you are handling the screen. Your screen frames may also become bent or bowed if they were not stored or handled properly.

 Of course, accidents do happen. If you need advice on whether you can repair your screens or if they'll need to be replaced, call our helpful service department at 888-811-8292 for more advice.

Need a Pella service technician's help with something specific? Go to our service webpage to request a service, and we'll be in touch with you soon to schedule a visit.

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