One of the most common problems people have with their windows is mold and mildew. Mold and mildew are not only unattractive, but also unhealthy. This is why we would like to offer these window cleaning tips to address mold and mildew problems.
Mold and mildew often accumulate whenever there is excess humidity in the air. Humidity can be caused by cooking, steam from a shower or the use of a dryer. To avoid humidity inside your home, be sure your kitchen, bathrooms and laundry room are properly ventilated. If your home still contains moist air, run a dehumidifier to help reduce the humidity level.
Clean and Dust Regularly
Mold tends to feed on organic substances such as pet dander and dust mites. If these substances accumulate on your windowsill, the odds of your windows growing mold increases. Clean and dust your windowsills and frames on a regular basis, using a microfiber cloth. An ideal cleaning solution is simply a few drops of dish soap in a bucket of lukewarm water, or a spray made by combining equal parts white vinegar and water. If you do notice moisture, wipe it up as soon as possible to prevent it from becoming a more serious problem.
Improve Air Circulation
The same technology that allows replacement windows to save energy also makes it more likely they will contract mold or mildew, since airflow is greatly restricted. To compensate for this, ensure your windows have good air circulation by installing ceiling fans and opening blinds and shutters at night. Raise blinds approximately two inches whenever it is slightly cool outside, and switch to curtains made of breathable fabric during the summer months.
These easy window cleaning tips will help your replacement windows continue to look great, while reducing your risk of developing mold or mildew. To see some of the latest styles in replacement windows, contact us.