How to keep impact windows clean

For some, keeping impact windows clean can feel like a real chore. Even in more moist environments like ours here in the Largo, Florida area; windows and doors are just as susceptible to dust, fingerprints and pet nose smudges. And because of the environment we’re in – they’re exceptionally prone to condensation. 

That being said – you can keep your windows smudge-free and clean. Today, we’re going to tell you about how you can keep your impact windows clean and looking brand new and smudge-free. Let’s jump right in. 

What you don’t want to do:

-Don’t use solvent or petroleum-based products as they’ll leave streaks and actually cause the opposite effect of what you want to happen. 

-Don’t use abrasive towels and cloth. Whenever possible, purchase a microfiber towel that’s smooth and soft.

-Don’t ever use any kind of scraping tools to clean around your windows and doors. At that point, it’s only a question of ‘when’ rather than ‘if’ you’ll scrape or damage the window. 

-Over-cleaning is bad. Yes, you’ll want to make sure your windows are clean but too much rubbing and scrubbing can more often than not – do more harm than good. 

What you want to do:

-To combat condensation, use a squeegee instead of a towel so you’re not swirling dirty water all over your window. Not only will it look better, but you won’t be risking any potentially grainy material scraping the surface of the window, itself. 

-Rinse your windows with water and soap before scrubbing them. That way, you can wash off any dirt and solids that may scratch your windows. 

-Like we said above – use a microfiber cloth and low-strength, gentle soap when you watch your windows. If the agent is too strong, it can smudge and damage the look of your windows. 

-Be sure to dust often. One of the best ways to keep buildup from taking over your windows is to simply do a little dusting every week. It can go a long way. 

-If you’re ambitious, consider applying a polymer coating to the exterior pane to protect against mineral stains. This is especially effective at combating salt in places like the area we live in. 

Hopefully these tips can help you keep those new storm windows looking as new as possible for a long as possible! To learn more about new storm windows and how they can be a valuable addition to your home, give us a call today and we’ll be happy to provide you with a free consultation. Until then – good luck!