Maintaining Storm Windows

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated August 13, 2014)

Maintaining storm windows is an important process, and one that needs to be done periodically if you would like to get the most out of your windows. Without proper maintenance, your storm windows will fail over time, and eventually need to be replaced. Considering how expensive some of these windows can be at times, and how effective they are in helping to lower heating and cooling costs, it only makes sense that you would want to keep them looking their best. Make sure that you follow these simple guidelines when you begin maintaining storm windows around your home.

  • Set a schedule. An important step in maintaining anything, let alone storm windows, is to set a regular cleaning schedule. By having a regular schedule you can help prevent excessive dirt buildup, and also allow you to keep an eye out for any problems that may appear. To keep your storm windows looking their best, you should conduct your cleanings no less than once a month.
  • Brush them off. Use some stiff bristled brushes, and long handled brooms, to help brush the screens off your storm windows. These tools will help ensure that you break up any dirt and debris that may have clung to the screens. In addition, this will also help ensure that there are no spider webs, leaves, or other items that can damage or inhibit the effectiveness of the windows.
  • Vacuum. Vacuums are especially effective, and helpful, in maintaining the storm windows of your home. Simply vacuum up the dust, dirt and debris that you knocked off the windows and screens earlier. Another side benefit is that by using a vacuum you are able to remove the loose dirt and debris that is behind the screens that you are unable to simply sweep or wipe away.
  • Wash thoroughly. Once you have removed as much of the dirt and debris that you possibly can with the vacuum wash your windows. You should be able to get them quite clean by simply using a bucket full of warm soapy water and a scrub brush. Dip the scrub brush into the soapy water, and brush away at the screens and window. Once you have washed the window, rinse it clean with a water hose.
  • Lubricate the frame. Take the time to inspect the frame of your storm window as you are cleaning it. If necessary lubricate the window channel with some spray silicone lubricant. This will help protect the window channels, while also making it easier to open and close when you want to. In addition, take a look at the seals around the window and make sure that they are still in good repair. If necessary replace them with some new waterproof caulking.

Author Bio

Lee Wyatt

Contributor of numerous Tips.Net articles, Lee Wyatt is quickly becoming a regular "Jack of all trades." He is currently an independent contractor specializing in writing and editing. Contact him today for all of your writing and editing needs! Click here to contact. ...

MORE FROM LEE

Safely Using a Cell Phone while Driving

Distracted driving causes more accidents than practically anything else in the world, and what is more distracting than the ...

Discover More

Easy Banana Bread

Have you ever noticed just how quickly bananas can go bad? Instead of throwing them away, why not make some banana bread? ...

Discover More

Selecting the Right Paint

There is more to getting the right paint than simply running out and picking up the first type of paint that you choose. If ...

Discover More

Find the Right Tool Right Away Finally, a homeowner's set that includes all the tools needed to complete basic DIY projects at an affordable price! The tools are stored in a molded case for security and portability. Check out Stanley 65-Piece Homeowner's Tool Kit today!

More Home Improvement Tips

Hanging Blinds

Hanging blinds can often be a frustrating experience, but it doesn't have to be. There are actually several methods a person ...

Discover More

Ideas for Window Treatments

Window treatments can add a lot of personality to a room. Consider your needs when deciding which type is best for your home.

Discover More

Hanging Drapery Hardware

Hanging drapery is not as difficult of a task as many people would believe. Here is a simple step by step checklist for how ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured home improvement tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 6 - 0?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured home improvement tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)