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Keeping your windows well-maintained is important for many reasons, including the appearance, integrity, and energy efficiency of your home. Regular maintenance can help your windows function properly, look their best, and prevent costly repairs in the future. Here are a few essential tasks you can follow when inspecting and maintaining your windows.

1. Clean Regularly

Clean your windows regularly to prevent dirt and debris from building up, which can damage the frames, window tracks, and glass over time. In some climates, mold or mildew is more prevalent and must be removed more frequently. Add gentle cleaning to your regular to-do list, and do a deep clean every few months or as needed.

2. Inspect for Damage

Regularly inspecting your windows for damage, especially after any major storms, can help prolong the life of your windows. Check for cracks as well as signs of wear and tear on the frames. Look for gaps in the caulking or weatherstripping to help with energy efficiency.

3. Reapply Caulk or Sealant

If you notice any cracking or gaps in the sealant around your windows, remove the old caulk, clean the area thoroughly, and apply new caulk. This prevents water and air leaks that can lead to damage, drafts, and higher energy bills.

4. Check and Lubricate Moving Parts

Inspect all moving parts of your windows, such as hinges and locks, to make sure they are operating smoothly. Clean out any dust or debris from the tracks with a small brush or vacuum. Consider applying lubricant to moving parts if they are sticking or difficult to open/close. If there is a larger issue with moving parts, you may need to contact a window repair company.

5. Clean, Repair, or Replace Damaged Screens

Remove window screens and give them a gentle clean as needed. While doing so, check screens for tears and holes, as damaged screens can let in insects or debris. Most screen repairs are straightforward or can be done by a screen repair company.

Giving your windows proper attention and regular maintenance can improve the look of your home (inside and out), enhance their lifespan, and maintain their efficiency over time. If you have questions about maintenance or need repair services, contact a trusted window cleaner or repair company in your area.

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