If you totally skipped spring cleaning this year and are only starting to feel the effects, you’re not alone. Window, HVAC and roof maintenance are often overlooked or avoided. Whether it’s due to cost or effort, these crucial aspects of your home deserve their time in the spotlight. While we may not know a whole lot about HVAC or roof maintenance, we’re certified experts in window maintenance. 


Your windows may only need some Windex and a good dusting. Unfortunately, they may also need expensive repairs or a complete replacement. Read through this quick guide for everything you need to know about keeping your windows in pristine shape all year long. 

Inspect the Frames for Possible Damage


If you live in a home with vinyl windows, you likely aren’t experiencing any of these common frame problems. No matter your window’s material, cleaning them is simple. Use a mild, non-abrasive soap and warm water to remove any dust or dirt you see. Avoid acidic cleaners or rough sponges that can scratch or permanently damage the finish of the vinyl frames. 


Once you finish a basic cleaning of the frames, it’s time to look for damage. If you see any area of the frame crack, warp or chip, you might have a bigger problem on your hands. Damaged frames can harm your home’s energy efficiency and pose as a security threat. 

Regular Clean and Examine the Glass Panes


Clarity and performance are the two most important traits of any window. Your windows have to insulate and protect your home and look good while doing it. If your windows are nearly a decade old, you may notice your windows have failed you in these categories. After a thorough clean, you should examine them for any damage. 


The most reliable way to keep your windows spotless is with mild dish soap and water or a specialty window cleaner. Clean the windows and then rinse them with fresh water once you’re finished. Avoid caustic chemicals and petroleum-based cleaners to prevent damage to the glass. Analyze the glass for minute cracks or moisture build-up between panes. These are two clear signs your windows are due for an upgrade. 

Don’t Neglect to Clean the Screens

Let’s face it, no one likes to clean their window screens. After all of your other chores are done in the house, this is likely the last piece of the puzzle. Cleaning screens is actually very easy. All you need is a soft brush, mild soap and some warm water. Use the brush with the soap mixture to get rid of any of the dirt and grime that has built up over the past few months. Once you finish cleaning, simply rinse the screens clean water and dry them with a soft cloth.  

Proper Window Maintenance Saves You Money in the Long Run

If you practice frequent window maintenance, you won’t have to worry about a premature replacement or expensive repairs. The American Window Products team sees new windows mistreated more often than we’d like to admit. If low costs and high performance are your priorities, regular maintenance is your answer.


Do you think your windows need some professional maintenance? If so, we’re here to help. Chat with our team of window professionals today to schedule your appointment.