WHY CLEAN YOUR WINDOWS?
The obvious reasons are:
Beyond the obvious reasons, the most important reason for glass maintenance is to avoid
Glass degradation. Glass will, over time, become permeated with a variety of contaminants:
1. Hard Minerals (from sprinkler systems and building run-off)
2. Oxidization (from windows encased in metal frames and screens)
3. Acid Rain
4Over spray (from paint, chalking, mortar and more)
We Clean Windows
Eliminate Hard Minerals
Protection for Airborne Pollutants - Acid rains
Protect Against Hard Rain
Glass can be affected by the environment that surrounds it, spray from garden sprinkler systems can contain hard minerals that can penetrate the glass, windows can also decay, and cleaning your windows will help to protect them from the elements, airborne pollutants and the effects of hard rain. Glass left uncleaned for a prolonged period of time can become damaged
In most cases item #1, Hard Mineral or hard water is the biggest threat to most home and business owners
The need for basic glass restoration can be avoided with regular cleaning to exterior window glass surfaces.
I recommend no less than two cleanings per year.
If you're a home or business owner, I'm sure you can appreciate the necessity of protecting your glass investment. Glass left UN-maintained over long periods of time may result in permanent damage. Phase two corrosion is the point where the glass's molecular structure has been altered.
Window Cleaning Tips
Tip #1 - Just Say "No" to Abrasive Nylon Pads
Abrasive nylon scrub pads... Like the ones found on the back of many household dishwashing sponges, will scratch window glass. The fact is, window glass is much softer than glass manufactured for beverage containers.
So, if you're thinking about using that sponge to clean your window...
...Just Say "No" to Abrasive Nylon Pads!
Tip #2 - Do Not Use Razor Blades on Dry Glass
A common and costly mistake I see is window glass scratched from improper razor blade use. To remove decals, tape and paint...
...Window glass MUST Be lubricated BEFORE using a razor. Typically, most professional window cleaners use soap and water to lubricate glass which helps minimize the occurrence of scratches. It's also important to note that razor blades can not be used on 'Treated Glass Surfaces', tinted or mirrored window glass, and special care must be given when working on 'Tempered Glass', heat strengthened glass common in doors and other high-impact areas.
Tip #3 - Painting?... Cover Windows in Plastic
Continuing the subject of razor blade procedures... The best answer is always PREVENTION! You can easily prevent the need to remove paint from windows by covering, or having your painting contractor, cover your interior and exterior glass in plastic.
Paints and stains are corrosive to glass... And, if left long enough on window glass, can cause permanent staining.
Tip #4 - The Importance of Routine Window Cleaning
As mentioned (above), window glass can become permanently stained from hard water deposits caused by rain water and new paint.
But did you know?...
...All of these factors can cause permanent damage to glass:
To protect your glass investment...
...I recommend no-less-than 2 window cleanings per year.
Clean glass also helps the 'R-Value' of thermal paned windows. The R-Value is a measure of resistance to heat gain or loss. Regardless of your glass type, a clean window allows the glass to better regulate the effects of exterior weather...
...Which can produce greater efficiency and REDUCE your monthly heating and cooling costs!
Tip #5 - Rearrange Sprinkler Systems
Rearrange your sprinkler systems so 'Tap Water' does not wet windows. Tap water contains calcium and other hard minerals and will, over time damage your windows
Tip #6 - Do Not Clean Windows With a Garden Hose
Although this technique can remove some of the dirt and grime from exterior windows, the fact is... This technique can cause more damage to your glass than good.
Because you are allowing tap water to dry and remain on your glass. Remember, tap water contains hard minerals that, over time, will degrade the transparent look of your glass.
When using professional window cleaning techniques, tap water use is O.K.. Mixed with soap, the harmful minerals in tap water are completely removed from glass with a squeegee and not left to dry into glass surface.
I exposed to rain or humid conditions causing the metal to slowly deteriorate and become oxidized.