Winter has come and gone and spring is upon us once again. And when spring is here in Toronto, you know what that means - Spring cleaning!\r\nIt\u2019s that time of the year again, folks. Homeowners are once again scouring their homes, carefully inspecting the house, and searching for things that they can throw away, replace, or are dire need of an upgrade.\r\nBut as we scramble to do a lot of cleaning, there\u2019s one thing that we always seem to overlook: our windows.\r\nDid you know that our windows need to be cleaned at least twice a year? And there\u2019s no more perfect time to clean them than spring.\r\nSo today, we\u2019ll teach you how to prepare your windows for spring time. Of course, you can choose to follow this guide or get professional window cleaning in Toronto.\r\n\r\nWhy Do I Need to Prep My Windows for Spring?\r\nAfter a long winter, we\u2019re all finally glad that warmth of the sun is just around the corner. The birds are starting to chirp, the flowers are starting to bloom, and best of all, the snow is about to melt.\r\nAll that snow melting just serves as a reminder of the brutal winters we all just experienced. But while we were all nestled in warmth inside the comforts of our homes, our windows were there to suffer the brunt of winter snow.\r\nWhen subjected to extreme coldness, your window material could warp. Wooden windows, for example, start to warp when subjected to extreme temperatures, which could affect its integrity. Extremely cold weathers can affect the glass as well. Cracks can appear on the window glass, which may spread across the entire glass.\r\nAdditionally, there may have been ice buildup in and around your windows. Ice buildup may occur around the frames or even sit inside the hinges or any other hardware, causing damage from inside. The ice may cause the caulking or sealant to crack and break off. Meanwhile, melting snow creates moisture deposits that is absorbed by the window frames and cause rot.\r\nAlthough scenery may look like a winter wonderland during the early days of winter, it can soon turn into a nightmare for your windows if you don\u2019t take care of them. Spring is one of the best times to start.\r\n\r\nMaterials You\u2019ll Need\r\n\r\n \tSqueegee and microfibre cloth \u2013 you\u2019ll be needing these to do most of the cleaning.\r\n \tCleaning solution \u2013 something mild; you can also use 1 part vinegar mixed with 1 part water.\r\n \tScraper \u2013 you may need to remove sticky particles.\r\n \tSoft and fine-bristled brushes and rags \u2013 used to clear dust that stick to your windows and screens.\r\n \tExtra-long rod \u2013 attach your squeegee and\/or cloth to the end to reach high places; you can use a ladder instead if that\u2019s what you prefer.\r\n \tRubber gloves \u2013 you\u2019ll be needing them to keep your hands free from irritation from the dust and cleaning solution, not to mention to keep a firm grip on the other materials.\r\n\r\nSimple Steps for Prepping Your Windows\r\nAfter gathering all the materials, it\u2019s time to start window cleaning. Here are a few simple steps that you can follow to make sure your windows are ready for the abounding warmth brought by the coming spring season.\r\n\r\nPerform a Thorough Inspection\r\nToronto winters aren\u2019t known for being too brutal, but they still can do a number on your windows. Before you start putting on your gloves and start cleaning, you must first do a thorough inspection to check the state of your windows. Inspect the exterior for ice buildup and if any has seeped inside. Check for breakage, damage, and for any parts that need replacing. Assess the areas that need to be thoroughly cleaned so you can prepare the appropriate tools\/materials to do the cleaning.\r\n\r\nClean Your Windows\r\nOnce you\u2019ve assessed the damage, you can now begin cleaning your windows. The best thing to do is take a step-by-step approach for a more thorough clean and avoid leaving any stains and residue on the glass.\r\nBrush off any dust from your window\u2019s interiors. Dust buildup can form on the bottom, top, and sides of your windows. Make sure you use a feather duster or a small, dry brush to clear away all dust.\r\nRemove any debris. Are the neighborhood kids fond of throwing snowballs during winter? You may need to check for debris such as pebbles, dirt, small twigs, or small bugs that may have accumulated along its hardware.\r\nWipe off moisture due to melting ice. Melting ice is the biggest problem that may cause damage to your windows. Moisture can rot wooden windows or cause metal windows to rust.\r\nWipe clean all window panes. Using your squeegee, clean the glass on all window panes. Spray a small amount of cleaning solution on the glass and simply wipe clean with the squeegee and then the microfibre cloth for crystal clear windows.\r\n\r\nLubricate the Hinges and Tracks\r\nThe hinges and tracks are one of the most important parts of your windows as they hold them together. As mentioned earlier, any moisture left inside the tracks or hinges may rust. To counter that, you must lubricate the hinges and tracks at least twice a year to keep them in proper condition. This prevents any damage that can make opening and shutting of your windows quite painful.\r\n\r\nReseal Window Edges\r\nAfter a brutal winter, your window\u2019s sealant and\/or caulk may crack. When sufficient damage is done, your sealant may be rendered ineffective and may the showers of spring enter your home. To prevent that from happening, you may need to reseal the edges of your windows using high quality polymers such as caulk, silicone, or adhesive sealant tape.\r\n\r\nTake Care of Your Screens\r\nPay attention to your screens as they keep you protected even when your windows are open. Using a small brush and some water with a little soap, brush the screens to remove any dust. If you see any damaged portions, replace the screen immediately as it might only let bugs in.\r\n\r\nProfessional Window Cleaning in Toronto\r\nSpring cleaning can be quite a chore. When that involves having to clean so many windows, not too mention those too high to reach, then it becomes a problem. Take the hassle out of spring cleaning and have your windows professionally cleaned. Give us a call and learn how you can prepare your windows more effectively for spring.