Grimy windows can be depressing, whether they’re present at your office or home. Clean windows that let you see the beauty of the garden around your house, or a view of the buildings outside, and allow in the warm sunshine can do wonders for your mood and comfort levels. It’s always a prudent and salient idea to keep your windows clean!
1.Benefits of Cleaning Your Windows
There are several reasons why you should keep your windows clean. The first and foremost reason is the lift in appearance they give to your home or your office. Clean windows can help you make a magnificent first impression, as the state of the windows, and the house in general, reflects on the owner. If you have well-maintained, clean windows, your house will appear clean and well maintained. The same goes for your business. For example, if you own a restaurant, people are more likely to eat there if your windows are clean and shiny than otherwise.
The amount of sunlight is known to affect the mood of a person directly. It’s a known fact that people in countries with low amounts of sunlight are more prone to depression and suicidal thoughts than people in sunny regions (just see what happens in Seattle!; but the Phoenix heat in August is horrendous too though – probably worse than some rain clouds!). If your window has smudges and dirt stains on it, you’re limiting the amount of sunlight that can fall inside. This will have a direct effect on your mood, and the mood of your clients and customers. If the sunlight falls inside unhindered, it will provide you with brightness, warmth and cheer.
Dirt and smudges on the windows can also limit their effectiveness at conducting heat. The sunlight will reflect off of the smudges and will be unable to heat the inside of your house in winter. The lack of direct sunlight can also promote the growth of bugs, insects, condensation and mildew in the window sills. Regularly cleaning windows helps prolong their lifespan by several years.
How often should your windows be cleaned? It depends on the local weather conditions and your personal preferences. If you own a business, it’s recommended that your windows be cleaned at least twice a month. If you own a home, you might be able to get away with cleaning your windows twice a year.
Your local weather conditions will have a say in if you should clean your windows more than twice a year. If you live near the sea, the salt can stick to and corrode your windows, so it’s a good idea to clean your windows once a month or so.
Your personal preferences will also decide the frequency. Some people like the dark, gloomy feel that comes with smudgy windows, while others prefer their windows to be crystal clear all the time. If you have a marvelous view in front of you and you love sitting by the window and staring out all the time, you should clean your window more often. Alternatively, if a window is occupying a corner of the house and is overlooking a dank alley, you don’t need to clean it that often.
3.Inside and Out
If you are cleaning your windows from the outside of the home, the inside of the windows should be cleaned first, and vice versa. This is because opening a window will leave streaks behind, which can be wiped off later on your side.
Cleaning windows can be hard work. It should never be attempted in direct sunlight, as the liquid you spray on it may dry out and stick to the window. You can try cleaning your windows facing the east in the afternoon and those facing the west in the morning.
Windows should be cleaned from the top to the bottom. If you are cleaning your windows yourself, be sure to you up and down strokes on one side and side to side strokes on the other. This will help you keep track of which side is which, which can a problem on single pane windows. Cleaning windows can be a difficult job and special equipment might be necessary, especially if some of your windows are on the second floor. In such cases it’s easier and safer to get someone else to do it for you.
4.Optimal Time to Clean Windows
The optimal time to clean windows will vary, depending on the local weather conditions. Most people prefer to clean their windows twice a year: once during the spring (April or May) and the fall (September or October). The cleaning session should never be scheduled during the winter or in wet weather. In some regions, it’s impossible to schedule cleaning sessions in the spring because of the large amount of pollen in the air. You can check with your local professional window cleaner for the best time to clean windows in your area.
Regularly cleaning your windows will keep them sparkly, prolong their lifespan and help your house or business look clean and welcoming.