Proper Care and Treatment for Your Toronto Home’s Windows September 30, 2014 Caring for windows is important, whether you just purchased brand new replacement windows or they’ve been part of your home for more than 10 years. How often and basically how you do it will have a direct impact on their condition, their energy efficiency, and their longevity. You could certainly ignore the windows and only clean the glass every few months when you notice the spots and water stains from all of those rain storms, but the dirt will build up on the sills and all of that will end up deteriorating the condition of your windows, causing the rest of your home to be less appealing as a result. Here are a few steps to make sure that you care for your windows in the best way possible. Clean the glass on a regular basis. By ‘regular,’ this means at least once a month. You can certainly clean them more often than that, but once a month is generally a good amount of time between cleanings. When you clean once a week, you will notice other issues as they arise, such as the aforementioned dirt getting into the sills. Wipe down the frame. You don’t need to use any harsh cleaning chemicals to clean the frames of the windows. All you need is a soft cloth and warm water. If you don’t clean (or haven’t cleaned) the windows in a long time, you may need a mild cleanser to remove stubborn, baked on dirt. Wipe along the tracks, the sill, and around the edges of the frame. Check the window’s functions. Whenever you clean your windows, open and close them to make sure that they are working properly. Also inspect the hardware for any corrosion, cracks, or other issues. When you notice problems, get them fixed as soon as possible. This will help to ensure that your windows will be in great shape for the longest amount of time possible and that will save you money year after year after year.