How to Clean Hidden Dust from Your Windows30th November 2022
Regular cleaning and dusting are necessary to keep your home in good shape. A clean home also tends to have healthier residents since many conditions and allergies can be triggered by dust and debris. Windows are one of the first places where you might notice dust. The glass will show any dullness or stains faster than other surfaces that might not constantly be exposed to direct sunlight, or which are not as clear as glass.
However, you might be surprised that the window cleaning that most homeowners do is often superficial. There are plenty of places where dust can hide and accumulate which we explore in this post.
When you clean your windows, you might focus mainly on the glass panes and the visible part of the framing. However, there are some places where hidden dust can gather and give you a headache later on. For example:
- In the cracks between the glass and the frame: If the seal is not maintained, there can be cracks where dust infiltrates.
- On the window screens: Screens are fantastic at keeping pests out, allowing ventilation and blocking out some of the light on hot days. But they are also big culprits in trapping dust.
- Behind blinds and curtains: Fixed curtains on windows will trap dust behind them. Remove them with every window clean and wash them separately. Clean blinds regularly with soapy water.
- Along the tracks of sliding or turn-and-tilt windows: One of the most annoying parts of window cleaning is removing dirt from tracks. Use the proper window cleaning equipment to reach those nooks.
Washing Window Screens
If you have window screens, washing them must be done yearly. The mesh accumulates a lot of dirt and debris. If you leave them uncleaned for too long, debris and dirt can potentially damage the screen.
It's best to use the least invasive washing method to clean your window screens to avoid damaging them. Start by using a garden hose with low-pressure water. If there is still dirt after the first rinse, soak the screens in mild soapy water before giving them another wash.
Some window hardware can also be removed, making cleaning them more effective. You can gently remove screens, unscrew and clean handles or latches and inspect seals.
You can also remove tracks on slider windows and clean all the dirt hiding in the nooks. Be sure to go slow and research the best way to remove and put tracks back without causing damage. Never force anything into place as these window mechanisms should snap or slide back with little effort.
Avoid Oil-Based Lubricants
Window hardware, especially moving parts, need lubrication to function well. Never apply oil-based lubricants to the hardware, as dirt will stick to it like a magnet. Only use silicone-based sprays and wipe out the excess with a rag.