If you’re like us, you’re looking forward to the end of what has been a very long and dreary winter. Perhaps gearing up for spring cleaning will speed up the arrival of sunny days and warmer weather! When you’re ready to get rid of winter grime on your windows and look out on a fresh new world, here is a simple, step-by-step window cleaning checklist from Renewal by Andersen of Northeast PA.
- Clean interior glass. If the temperature is still too cool to open up those Lehigh Valley windows, start by cleaning the interior glass. Remove interior grilles (if applicable) by lifting them away from the glass near the frame’s edge while leaving the clips in place. Clean the glass with mild soap and water, vinegar and water, or a liquid glass cleaner. Remove the cleaning solution with a squeegee or a clean, lint-free cloth. Rinse with clear water if soap has been used.
- Clean exterior glass. To clean the lower sash, unlock the double-hung window and lift it up two inches. Locate the “wash assist tabs” on each side of the frame and slide them until they are wedged between the sash and frame. Place both hands on the lower sash close to the tabs and pull firmly toward you. Carefully rest the sash on a chair or other sturdy object.
Next, slide the “wash assist tabs” back to the top of the frame and lower the upper sash. Move the tilt-wash mechanisms inward while pulling the upper sash toward you. Gently rest it on the lower sash. Now you are ready to clean both sashes.
- After cleaning your windows. To get the sashes back to their original positions, start by lifting the upper sash until it snaps firmly back into place. Then LOWER it about an inch before sliding it to the top of the frame. Lift the lower sash until it snaps in place, then LOWER it about 1 inch before sliding it towards the top of the frame.
- Replace grilles. If you removed interior grilles, replace them by placing them against the glass and firmly pressing all along the grille and into the grille clips. The grille should fit snugly against the glass.
For more window maintenance tips, visit our Window Care & Maintenance page. If you have any questions or need to submit a service request, please call Renewal by Andersen of Northeast PA at (610) 355-4055 or contact us today!