Maintain your home with these quick and easy tips for caulking, sealing and cleaning your windows.
Windows aren’t only a sizable investment, they’re a big part of the curb appeal of your home. It’s likely time to give your windows some much-needed TLC. Maintaining your windows not only helps protect your investment and beautify your home, but it also helps you defend your windows against extreme weather.
Here are some tips and tricks for easy window maintenance.
1. Make a DIY cleaner
•2 cups water
•¼ cup vinegar
•½ teaspoon dish soap
TIP: Out of paper towels? Paper coffee filters are a streak-free substitute.
2. Use a sponge brush
It’s the perfect fit for tough-to-clean (and often-neglected) window tracks.
3. Deal with drafts
Touch up your windows with caulk to help prevent drafts and cut down on energy bills.
4. Spot-check the seals
If moisture accumulates between your panes, you’ve got a problem with the seal. Your window needs replacing.
5. Search and destroy rot
If you have wood frames, scrape out rotted bits and fill with epoxy putty.
6. Think vinyl
If you’re replacing windows, remember that vinyl doesn’t need to be painted and won’t warp or crack. Plus, cleaning is a breeze!