It’s that time of year when many homeowners partake in the task of cleaning their windows, inside and out. You know the old joke that always ends in the housekeeper or wife saying “but, I don’t do windows” — there is nothing humorous about window cleaning. We all love our windows to sparkle inside and out, but window cleaning is often the most dreaded task because of the degree of difficulty involved. Simply put, it seems as if some types of windows are working against your efforts to clean them!
Window cleaning doesn’t have to be a pane!
Belk Builders specializes in upscale window replacement for your home. We use only the best replacement windows on the market, all being top-quality insulated windows and all ENERGY STAR rated with names such as Andersen, Simonton, Pella , Alside and many more! In addition to the benefits of energy-savings, many of the windows we carry are also a breeze to clean!
Alside windows offers high-quality vinyl replacement windows which feature an innovative feature making cleaning super-easy; they are called Swing & Clean windows. Thanks to their simple-to-use swing-in design, cleaning is a snap. This feature enables homeowners to easily, and safely clean the exterior as well as the interior of the window from the safety of the inside of your home. Simply unlock the control latch and swing inward. You’ll never have to remove any of the sashes to clean the exterior glass again!
Many window brands carry a line of windows designed for cleaning ease; tilt sash windows. The Sash of the upper and lower windows easily tilt inward allowing the homeowner access to the windows exterior side from the inside — where you can safely and easily clean the windows on both sides!
There is a wide variety of ways upscale window replacement windows are now designed for ease in cleaning. Some double-hung window sashes pivot out of their tracks, while some sliding vinyl window sashes are fully removed from the window for cleaning. The fact that double-hung vinyl windows can tilt out from the window frame makes them simpler to clean than wooden double-hung windows, which are fixed in their tracks. Cleaning double-hung or sliding vinyl windows and putting the sashes back into their tracks may appear complicated, but is actually as simple as snapping or sliding them back in place and enables second story homeowners to clean the windows completely from the safety of the interior of their home.
While we are on the subject of window cleaning, it is also important to know how to clean your windows properly. This helpful information from This Old House.com outlines the easiest and most beneficial way to clean your windows. Part of what makes window washing such a chore is that homeowners insist on doing it with wadded-up paper towels or newspaper, spray cleaner, and a ton of elbow grease. All that rubbing isn’t a good idea because you are moving dirt around from one spot to another and putting a static charge on the glass, which will attract more dust and dirt. This is the reason as soon as you finish, the window often looks dirty again. The easiest and most effective to clean glass like the pros do is with a squeegee and a squirt of dishwashing liquid in a bucket of warm water—the less suds, the better. Starting at the top left, pull the squeegee over the soapy pane in a reverse-S pattern (left-handers would start at the top right). At the end of each stroke, wipe the squeegee’s blade clean with a lint-free rag. Cloth diapers or old linen napkins are perfect for this task ( no more rolls and rolls of paper towels!) Remove any water remaining on the edges of the glass with a damp, wrung-dry chamois, which soaks up wetness without leaving streaks. Dry the windowsill with a rag and let the sunshine in!
If you looking for the right company for your replacement and window upgrade needs contact Belk Builders at (704) 400-4710 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a free evaluation today! Financing is also available through GE Capital Finance.
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