When it comes to our homes, the care and maintenance is endless. There is always something that needs replacing, repairing, or just simple upkeep to extend the life of our homes’ inner (and outer) workings. Caring for windows, and exterior doors and their screens are no different. Like most things, there is a time when these things will eventually need replacing, but there are some things we can do periodically that extend the life of windows, doors and screens.
Care of Exterior Doors, Windows & Screens
Depending on your climate and environmental factors, you should care for your doors, windows and their screens about every three months or more so if necessary. If your home is close to the coast, the routine care should be monthly at bare minimum. Salt and sand can cause early erosion on your home, especially glass. If your home is located in a climate where it’s humid and condensation is an issue, a minimum monthly maintenance should be considered. When moisture builds up, mildew may form!
L.W. Winslow Painting has prepared this quick guide to cleaning and maintaining your exterior doors, windows and screens:
Cleaning Products to Avoid: An important piece of advice when cleaning is to avoid abrasive cleaners, vinegar, high PH or citrus based detergents. Lacquer thinner solvents and razor blades, scrapers or abrasive pads should also be avoided. Silicone based sprays and lubricants needs to bypassed as well, as they can make parts brittle.
Mechanical Care and Maintenance
– Clean casement and awning operators with a mild soap and water mixture with a clean soft cloth. You can use a teaspoon of dish soap to two cups of water in a spray bottle, swoosh it together and it’s ready to go.
– Be sure to lubricate the operator arm, hinges, locks and any moving parts after cleaning. (Be sure the areas are dry before application.)
– Vacuum out tracks and sills regularly to ensure dirt, dust, and debris doesn’t accumulate.
– Inspect your weather stripping. If there is any crumpling or it has become dislodged, get it replaced.
Window and Door Care and Maintenance
– Clean frames and glass with the water and soap mixture and clean cloth. Be sure to wipe dry with an additional clean cloth.
– If you have wooden doors it is advised to hit them with your favorite wood oil to protect them against sun and dry weather.
Screen Care and Maintenance
– Remove screen and place on a clean, flat surface.
– Use a mild soap solution to remove dirt, debris and salt build up. Best to use a soft brush as your weapon of choice.
– Be sure to shy away from any sharp tools, and anything that can cause any denting as this can permanently damage your screen.
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If you should find your screens are in need of replacing or repair let the professionals at L.W. Winslow Painting, Inc. help you in that endeavor. L.W. Winslow Painting Inc offers professional restoration of door and window screens. We offer screening in many varieties such as fiberglass, sun screen, solar shade, black aluminum, brite aluminum, charcoal aluminum, bronze and pet resistant screening to be sure the right materials are used for your taste and climate. Call us today and let us help you with your next window and door screen repair or restoration!