Protecting the frames of your windows and doors is just as important as cleaning the glass. These suggestions help you protect and extend the life of your windows and patio doors.
Never use abrasive or caustic soaps, cleaners or solvents as these may damage the finish of your windows and doors.
It's easy and very important to properly care for window glass systems today. Insulated glass systems and those with low-emissive (Low-E) or other heat-deterrent additives can be damaged or lose their effectiveness through improper care.
Window and patio door sashes require occasional lubrication to ensure smooth and easy operation. Make sure that the lubrication won’t damage the material used to build the window or door.
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Condensation on the glass surface of a window occurs when high-interior moisture content meets low temperatures on the glass. This is a natural occurrence and a sign that excessive moisture is present in the home.
Don't be concerned about minor condensation, or fogging, that appears on the lower corners of windows. However, the lower the outside window temperature and the higher the interior humidity, the more condensation can occur. Continued or heavy condensation on windows means there's a lot of humidity inside. This can lead to interior damage and to other health-related concerns.
To reduce excess humidity:
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