For some reason, however, this concept does not apply to other situations. We all clean our homes’ windows occasionally, but it is probably not a priority for many. It is not uncommon to tolerate sticky floors longer than dirty windows.
Our aim today is to change the way you think about window cleaning and to take a fresh, new look at it as a service.
The structure of glass
Glass is porous and collects dirt, which makes it fragile or causes loss of transparency. It also displays pigmented spots, which encourage the growth of microorganisms. You might end up destroying the glass completely. Common enemies of your windows and the main reason for the cleaning are:
- calcium and iron minerals from sprinkler systems and rain;
- Oxidation – from windows enclosed in metal frames and screens;
- Acid rain – it occurs more frequently than you may think;
- Sea spray – salt slowly builds up on your glass;
- Accidental paint overspray, chalk, mortar particles, etc.
Did you know windows can have a significant impact on how visitors perceive a business’ credibility? While visiting a store, the majority of people will pay attention to the cleanliness of the glass front. A dirty window demonstrates a careless attitude and represents a business as less trustworthy and attractive overall. Clean windows
, however, attract more customers. Furthermore, property agents testify that potential buyers show greater interest in properties with clean windows. Additionally, properties with clean windows sold for more money than those with dirty windows. It’s as simple as pie – clean windows make everything look tidy, fresh, and simply pleasant.
Home Energy Efficiency
For some of us, this might come as a big surprise, but dirty windows can significantly lower your house’s heat efficiency. If dirt is on the surface of the glass and in its pores, it simply reflects more UV light
, which prevents the sun from warming your apartment during the cold seasons. Things get even worse when dirty windows are combined with low-efficiency windows. In the long run, such a bundle would result in a gradual increase in heating expenses and even mould issues.
As with teeth, it is ten times less expensive to care for them in the short run than to accept the long term restoration costs. After the marks of time start appearing on your windows, it might be difficult to reverse the process if at all possible. You will need to replace the entire window pane eventually due to micro-cracks, scratches, mould and spots. To say nothing of potential damage to surfaces surrounding the window.
Clean Windows Look Nice – It Just Works!
After all, you probably felt it for yourself – clean windows offer a better view, and they make you feel better. A vibrant world just feels better. You can ask your glasses-wearing friend what his or her perception of the world was before and after they were cleaned if you don’t understand what we mean. Positive thinking and self-esteem might even be mentioned. Smudges and smears won’t do you any good.
Now that we have a clear understanding of the reasons and have our conclusions, the next question is:
What is the recommended frequency for cleaning windows?
Thanks for asking. The answer to this question can only be given objectively by analyzing their conditions and their environment. Gasses and heavy elements accumulate much faster on the windows of someone who lives close to a busy road than on windows of someone who lives close to a park.
The first thing you should do is consider the frequency of rain in your area, all sources of pollution (both natural and man-made).
Secondly, look at the rate at which dirt accumulates on your windows. Observe how often people wash their windows on your street.
Lastly, reconsider the cleaning solutions that you use. These days, it’s easy to fall in love with all those beautiful packagings and promises of sparkling windows. You don’t need all of those chemicals (for areas with mediocre pollution levels). Just follow our recipe for shiny windows.
You will be able to get the perfect timing according to your specific needs if you are able to answer the three questions above.
It might be necessary to do it at least twice per week if the area is highly polluted. In most households, the golden ratio for cleaning windows may be once or twice a month, depending on how close you are to the sea, forests, sources of sand, industrial dust, and other dirt factors. Your windows might benefit from bi-monthly cleaning if you live in a perfectly balanced environment. In this case, you should not leave them alone for more than three months.