August 10, 2020
Keep Your Home and Replacement Windows Clean
It’s a good idea to think about hygiene when choosing replacement windows and window treatments for your home, as they have a large impact on your home’s cleanliness.
There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing window treatments and replacement windows for your Redmond, WA home, from style and energy efficiency to budget and even space. However, it’s also a good idea to consider maintenance and hygiene. Choosing easy-to-clean replacement windows and treatments for your home can not only save you time and money but can also help ease or prevent allergies.
Double and single pane windows are super easy to clean with their built-in tilt and lift functions. Just use a magic eraser for vinyl window frames and soft clothes and wood polish for wooden window frames. You can use standard window and glass cleaners like Windex or vinegar to clean the window’s glass panes. However, be careful to only use those solutions on the glass as they can damage the frames.
Don’t forget about having to clean your window treatments. Blinds have lots of little small blades that can bend or crack when not cleaned properly. Curtains and drapes necessitate frequent laundering or vacuuming as they are made of fabric and therefore collect dust quickly and easily and cannot be dusted or wiped down. Shades, on the other hand, are often made of solid materials, giving them smooth surfaces that are easy to clean with quick dust or wipe. They also do not collect pet hair or dust easily, and many kinds also block dust and dirt from entering the home in the first place. This can help cut down on pollen and other allergens and can lower the amount of time you need to spend cleaning the entire house.
You can also look into shutters for easy home maintenance and good home hygiene. Shutters with hidden tilt rods are super simple to clean as the slats are all connected to each other by the tilt rod on the back or side of the panel, making it a breeze to tilt all the slats at once to thoroughly wipe down each side. However, if you have high gloss shutters that show more fingerprints, a central tilt rod design will help limit fingerprints in general. Also, if you choose premium woods like Elm, they may require more dusting as the deeper wood grain holds onto grit more than other types.
A microfiber cloth or soft duster will do the trick when you want to clean shades and shutters in the majority of the home. However, shades and shutters in bathrooms or kitchen may get splashed or stained, making it necessary to wipe them down with a gentle solution of water and vinegar to wipe away stains and disinfect. Be sure to only wipe down polyvinyl shades and shutters with liquid and only use a dry cloth on wood models to avoid damaging the wood.
If you follow basic maintenance routines your replacement windows, shutters and shades are sure to last for years of style and efficiency.