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When was the last time you gave your windows a thorough clean?

Ideally, you should wash windows twice annually; however, most people don't look forward to this task. Window washing is one of those tasks that require devotion and time.

Nevertheless, by selecting the appropriate techniques and tools, you can perform it much faster and generate better results.

If you've been postponing this chore for a while, it's time you put on your gear and wash your windows this spring.  Leaving it too long can lead to mold growth on the dust and debris left on the window frames.

Tools for Washing Windows

Proper tools are necessary for the successful accomplishment of this task. Some of the tools you need are:

·       Squeegee

This major tool removes the cleaning solution/water from the glass after scrubbing. The tool comprises three parts: handle, rubber blade, and metal channel.

Avoid buying a cheap squeegee at a hardware or department store. While it might be effective for the shower, it won't deliver the performance necessary to clean your home's windows.

·       Cleaning Buckets

When it comes to selecting a bucket, determine the most appropriate one. You can select a bucket that you can hook on your belt or one that remains on the floor. The former bucket type allows for convenience when using ladders.

·       Scraper

It's important you understand this tool. When eliminating glass debris, you should use a professional grade scraper. These scrapers are specifically for glass. If you use other tools such as standard box cutters, you could cause glass damage.

·       Cleaning Towels

These are not actually for cleaning the glass. They're mainly for wiping edges or blotting spots that the squeegee missed.

Steps in Cleaning Windows

Window cleaning involves these three major steps.

1.     Use a simple homemade cleaner comprising water and dishwashing soap to scrub all debris and dirt from the glass with a window scrubber. If the scrubber can't eliminate certain debris for instance paint, a scraper may be necessary.

2.     Wet the entire window with your cleaning solution. Run the squeegee from one starting edge/point continuously and end at the opposite side. Ensure the squeegee doesn't chatter against your window.

3.     Use a towel to dry any remaining water from around the glass edges.

Removing Common Window Stains

1.     Hard Water

The common form of glass damage can emerge as white or hazy stains. They are the result of glass corrosion because of constant water exposure.

The most common areas of these stains are shower doors or areas where water drips constantly. You can prevent the appearance of these stains through the application of a glass sealer. Most sealers can offer 1-2 years protection depending on water and sun exposure.

2.     Oxidation

Oxidation occurs following the exposure of humidity or rain on metal frames or screens around windows, causing deterioration. Metal and glass protection with special sealers can decrease the likelihood of oxidation considerably.

3.     Mold

Mold growth on windowsills, glass, frames, and tracks is a common issue in several homes today. Homeowners usually notice mold on windows during spring after shutting them throughout winter.  

Black mold can spread to other areas of your home, causing extensive damage. The presence of mold could further produce health issues such as asthma and allergies in house occupants.

How to Remove Mold on Windows

1)    Examination

Start the process by recognizing the affected areas. Examine the frames and glass of the windows thoroughly to ensure you identify every instance of mold.

This facilitates the mold removal process. Don't overlook the interior surface of the frames.

2)    Dry /Wet Clean

If the frames and panes are dry, use a vacuum cleaner to eliminate any loose spores. Do this while the window is open to permit the mold particles to escape. Conversely, use a wet cloth for wet windows and frames. At this point, you should strive to eliminate the excess mold.

3)    Mold Removal

Once you remove the excess mold, you'll be in a better position to establish the full extent of the issue. If  you discover a relatively minor problem, spray white vinegar on the windows and use baking soda as an abrasive. If you discover a more extensive problem, dilute some fungicide in line with the instructions and use it to clean the frames and glass.

Are you dreading the idea of cleaning your windows? Don't worry. You can accomplish the task successfully with these steps.

Are you experiencing mold issues? Please contact us for assistance: (416)414-5690

Did you know?

Using biocides or bleach to kill mould does not have any advantages. Dead mould is just as toxic as mould that is alive. Cleaning or removing mould without protecting the rest of the building or unaffected areas can in some cases spread the mould contamination. In some cases the mould becomes harder and more expensive to clean up. Some mould inspection companies lack the equipment or experience to properly assess you mould issue. They are cheaper...but are they worth it?

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