Purchasing new windows and doors can be a big, but important investment for your home. In Ottawa, they are what protect our families from the hot, sticky summers and the chilly, cold winters. They can also help refresh and add curb appeal to your home. To protect this investment, there are a few general care guidelines to follow:
While screen maintenance is often forgotten, it is still an important part of keeping your windows and doors looking good as new. Seeing as screens are made from delicate materials, keep the following tips in mind when approaching their care:
- If possible, take the screen off and lay it on a flat surface. Let it soak for a few minutes in a solution of mild soap and water, then rinse clean and wipe dry.
- Avoid using high-pressure sprays, which can damage fragile screens.
- Screens that cannot be removed can be vacuumed or wiped clean with a diluted solution.
While the hardware is one of the smallest and unseen parts of the door, regular maintenance on these parts is essential. Keeping an eye on the hinges, arms, locks, etc. is essential, especially in Ottawa, where windows and doors are subject to all kinds of different weather. When cleaning hardware, use a diluted cleaning solution and make sure to dry fully. It’s also important to lubricate regularly to avoid additional wear. As a rule of thumb, rotary drive hardware should be lubricated with lithium grease or petroleum jelly and hinges should be lubricated with silicone-based lubricants.
While cleaning glass, is fairly self-explanatory, here are a few tips to avoid any dreaded streaking or scratches:
- Avoid cleaning in direct sunlight. Avoid abrasive, caustic, ammonia or alcohol-based cleaners.
- Use a mild or vinegar-based cleaning solution.
- Wipe in a circular motion and clean from top to bottom to avoid streaking.
- Use only the necessary amount of cleaner. Too much of the solution can taint surrounding features.
- The use of razor blades or abrasive pads can damage glass.
As mentioned, in Ottawa, windows and doors receive different kinds of weather from sunshine to snow to ice and everything in between. As such, they are a perfect target for mold and mildew. It’s important to check regularly for any signs of these hazardous fungi. To prevent mold growth, practice regular maintenance and cleaning on tracks and sills. Letting in air and letting out moisture is also important for preventing mold – which is why opening them up when possible is suggested.
In Ottawa, our windows and doors protect us from the harsh and unpredictable weather while also adding style to our homes. Regular maintenance can help them stay looking and protecting like new!