One of the biggest challenges when maintaining your windows is avoiding streaks and water marks on the glass. Nothing obstructs the view worse than unsightly stains on the glass itself. These marks can result from using abrasive washcloths when wiping down your windows; however, in most cases, the culprit is actually the water you’re using.
The water that flows in your tap isn’t 100% pure water. It contains minute amounts of minerals like calcium and magnesium. These trace minerals are safe and generally do not cause problems. However, if you use hard water to clean your windows, you may be leaving these minerals on the surface of the glass, creating ugly streaks across your window. Here are some tips on how to keep your windows free and safe from these marks.
Removing Existing Streak Marks
Even the best replacement windows can be prone to hard water marks. If you’ve already left streaks on the glass, don’t panic. They are pretty easy to clean up.
- Mix equal parts of water and white vinegar in a small bucket.
- Soak a gentle non-abrasive towel in this solution. Using a microfiber cloth is best.
- Put the water and vinegar-soaked towels against the streak marks. Leave it there for about three to five minutes. Vinegar works well dissolving any hard water residues on glass, but this process can take some time.
- Once the marks are gone, wipe your windows clean with the same towel.
- Repeat these steps several times for tougher stains.
Avoiding Hard Water Marks
Ask your window company about the right window cleaning products to use on your replacement window. You can also have your water supply tested for hardness if you suspect that your area may have high levels of minerals.
Learn more tips on how to keep your windows looking their best with our professionals at Renewal by Andersen® of Boise. Give us a call at (208) 501-8361, or fill out our contact form to schedule a design consultation and request a free estimate today.