When was the last time you cleaned the windows of your home? If you don’t bother unless they’ve been egged or paintballed, you’re not alone – window cleaning is one of the most neglected chores by home owners. This spring though, after you’ve done the gutters, you might want to reconsider. Keeping the windows clean and bright is a good investment of your time and energy.
First impressions are important. Windows that are streaked, grimy and smudged can detract from the overall appearance of your home exterior. Whether they are standard or show-stopping, windows are the first thing a visitor approaching your front door or someone passing by on the street sees. Don’t underestimate curb appeal – dirty windows scream neglect; clean windows shout well-cared for.
Not Just Dirt
You might think that if you can still (basically) see through them, grime and dirt build-up aren’t particularly harmful. But dirt and grime left on glass surfaces can “etch” or stain, causing permanent damage and shortening the lifespan of the windows. When windows are cleaned, typically the frames and sills are too, reducing the chances of mold and mildew growing around corners or in cracks and crevices.
Studies have shown that we react differently and tend to be happier emotionally when in environments using natural light as opposed to ones with artificial lighting. Especially here in the Lower Mainland, the more light we can let in is a good thing. Increased natural light also means less energy consumption (and lower electricity bills).