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The Multifaceted Benefits of Window Washing—It’s Beyond Aesthetics!

The Multifaceted Benefits of Window Washing—It’s Beyond Aesthetics!

Windows and doorsThe Multifaceted Benefits of Window Washing—It’s Beyond Aesthetics!

Have you ever considered having your windows professionally cleaned, but aren’t seeing the benefits related to this practice? One might be tempted to think that washing windows is purely done for aesthetic purposes, but think again! In fact, having clean windows, inside and out, contributes to a healthier lifestyle and elevates the look of your home as a whole. 

In this article, we’ll highlight the 5 window cleaning benefits that will guide you in making a well-informed decision. Alongside these benefits, learn how to clean your windows for professional-looking results!

1. Improve the look of your property

Who doesn’t want a home that perfectly mirrors them? Basically, a home that reflects your attention to cleanliness, that’s inviting, but first and foremost, makes you proud. One of the best ways to do so is to have crystal-clear windows. By regularly washing your windows, you can maintain an impeccable and inviting home, mirroring your attention to detail and cleanliness.

What’s the difference between window cleaning vs. window washing?

It might seem like “window washing” and "window cleaning" are used interchangeably by service providers, but they're not. It’s important to understand the difference between the two terms to make the right decision in the end. 

Window washing often only includes the glazed portion of the window, so the cleaning is limited to that section. 

When a company offers window cleaning services, it includes washing the glazing, frame, tracks, inside portion of the window, as well as the screen and/or interior facing tracks. Once you’ve made up your mind, make sure you fully understand what’s included in the selected service. 

How to Effectively Wash Windows

To effectively wash windows, start by removing all obvious debris by hand: dead leaves, maple tree seeds, and others. 

Mix a cleaning solution and spray it over the entire window surface, allowing the product to properly take effect. Once the solution is applied to the window, use a window cleaning tool to scrub and remove all prints and grime stuck to the window surface. 

Next, use a squeegee to remove all the residual cleaning products and water on the glazing—otherwise, little white spots will cling to your glazed surfaces. Moreover, a squeegee is faster and more efficient, perfectly adapted to cleaning large glazed surfaces. 

Industry professionals use cutting-edge, pure water window-cleaning technologies for hassle-free and prompt results. 

2. Improve natural lighting and visibility

Canadian winters are the prime example of why daylight is almost sacred around here! When you can benefit from decent natural lighting in your home, you tend to welcome it with open arms!

However, with dirty windows, it’s rather difficult to fully benefit from this natural lighting that we love so much. Fingerprints, dust, bird droppings, and watermarks subtly plague your windows without you noticing. All this grime prevents daylight from seeping in and brightening up your living spaces. 

Thanks to clean windows, all the rooms in your house seem to be all the more welcoming, warm, and efficient. 

Efficient, you say? That’s right! During winter, daylight naturally warms individual quarters in your house, reducing energy consumption. We don’t want to put words in your mouth, but saving on utility bills is a definite advantage to most!

Not only will you save on your energy use, but natural lighting benefits your well-being in more ways than one. It improves your sleep, mood, and productivity—all good reasons to maintain clean windows. 

How to Increase Visibility Thanks to Clean Windows

To increase visibility through your windows, remove all dirt, grime, or stains that may obstruct the view. Make sure the frames and surroundings are clean to guarantee a clean and unobstructed view to further benefit from the following:

  • Allow light to filter through your living space

  • Light up your interior and create an inviting ambiance

  • Improve your mood and productivity

  • Reduce energy use

  • Offer clear visibility and improve safety

3. Extend the service life of your windows

Windows are an important factor in your home's overall lifespan equation. If you neglect care and upkeep, allowing dirt, allergens, and other contaminants to accumulate, you risk fast-tracking the deterioration rate of your windows. As a homeowner, surely you don’t want to spend too much on repairs or replacements. As one might say in such a situation, you're better safe than sorry.

Keeping your windows clean means preserving their functionality over time and saving on future repair costs.

How does dirt affect your windows?

As benign as it may seem, dirt and grime can affect your windows' durability. In fact, over time, the previously mentioned substances can scratch the glazing, corrode the framing, and compromise the weatherproofing joints. 

Furthermore, allowing a build-up of dirt and grime fosters humidity, mould growth, and other potential damage. Regular window cleaning means preventing such problems and preserving the service life of your windows.

What are the telltale signs of a damaged window?

The telltale signs of window deterioration are as follows: cracked or chipped glazing, warped or rotting frame, condensation between the glazing, difficulty opening or closing, and drafts. If you notice any of these signs, promptly carry out any repairs to prevent further damage and hinder the durability of your windows.

For more information, check out our article What Are the Telltale Signs Your Windows Should Be Replaced?

How to Clean Different Window Types

Cleaning different types of windows requires specific techniques and precautionary measures to ensure optimal durability over time. For example, with double- or single-hung windows, you may need to remove the screen to carry out a deep cleaning. A professionally done cleaning will be done as such. For sliding windows, you might need to lubricate the tracks to make sure each window is functioning properly. It’s also advised to refer to the manufacturer’s guidelines or request advice from a cleaning professional regarding proper procedure when cleaning certain window types. 

4. Favour a healthy indoor environment

Imagine if your peace haven was the reason why you’re always congested. Or worse, the reason behind your itchy eyes. You might not realize it, but if not cleaned, your windows are literal petri dishes for allergens. 

Over time, windows accumulate dust, pollen, and other airborne particles. These substances are allergy and respiratory problem incubators. 

Furthermore, irregular or nonexistent maintenance can lead to mould growth, which could result in diverse harmful side effects to your person or family members. 

Regular window cleaning eliminates these contaminants, which results in fresher and cleaner indoor air quality.

How to Prevent Mould from Growing Around Windows

The key fact about mould is that it requires a humid environment to grow. Therefore, keep your windows clean and dry. During winter, with the heat turned up, having your windows fog up and fill with humid air isn’t a rarity. We recommend wiping them dry to reduce the chances of mould growth.

If you spot signs of mould, such as black stains and a mildew smell, swiftly remedy the problem to prevent further feeding the issue. A specialized company may use strong products to remove any traces of mould. 

5. Ensure safety and functionality

Although it might not be the first thing you think about, safety is an important reason for maintaining clean windows. Much like the other factors detailed in this article, a build-up of dirt can make it more difficult for you to slide open your windows. Bear this in mind, in case of an emergency, knowing you can easily open your windows is reassuring in itself.

Make sure your windows are easily accessible at all times with good and regular cleanings. 

Window Cleaning: Multifaceted Benefits

As a parting note, keep in mind that you have to carry out regular window cleanings if you want to maintain a clean home, inside and out. 

Now that you've gained a hefty amount of insight into the benefits of doing so, such as better lighting, longer service life, and a healthier lifestyle, ask yourself this, Are you willing to prioritize window washing? 

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