Maintaining Storm Windows
Written by Lee Wyatt (last updated December 23, 2020)
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.
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