Spring is in the air and it’s about time! With your spring cleaning checklist growing, don’t forget about your windows and doors. The weather is getting warmer and will soon be warm enough to crack your windows and doors open and give them a thorough cleaning. Glass companies suggest that not only will they need a good scrub down to let in all that glowing spring sunshine, perhaps they’ll need an upgrade too. Here is a window and door checklist that will kick-start your spring cleaning. Inspect One of the first things we suggest you do after every winter season is to give your windows and doors a good inspection. Start by looking on the outside for any damaged screens, trim or panes and keep note. Once you’ve taken a look outside inspect around the inside of your openings. Slide them open to make sure they move easily and there is no damage that could have been caused by the cold winter weather. If you have custom windows, make sure all the features are in working condition so you can start enjoying the spring weather. Once your inspection is done, you may need to repair or replace worn or broken items to avoid any leaks or water damage. Cleaning Your Glass & Screens
If your windows and doors pass your at-home inspection, they’ll be sure to need a good cleaning. After harsh winter winds and weather, a lot of dirt and ice can buildup causing dirt and grime. A great tip for cleaning glass is use a mixture of glass cleaner, water and dish soap. Wipe the inside panes horizontally and the outside vertically so you can catch any streaks. With custom openings, make sure to clean every window pane layer to get the clearest views possible. You’ll be amazed how simple Mirage retractable screen doors are to clean and maintain. And when you do, they operate incredibly smoothly and maintain a like-new appearance. In fact, most of our customers are drawn to the fact that Mirage door screens are very low maintenance. Our annual maintenance plan recommends that once a year you clean and clear the tracks, vacuum the housing for dirt and debris, and then liberally lubricate the top and bottom tracks and plastic guides with Mirage’s silicone spray lubricant (available from your dealer). We also recommend that you inspect the door screens for cuts, scratches or holes. If you find holes or damage, we recommend repairing and replacing damaged screens right away. You can read more details about door screen cleaning and maintenance or speak directly with your local Mirage dealer. Upgrade If your windows or doors did not pass your at-home inspection, perhaps it’s time for an upgrade. There are several options to choose from offering a variety of styles and sizes of windows and doors for your home. Enhance Once you’ve inspected and cleaned, spring time is a great opportunity to enhance the features your home already has. Upgrade your window fixtures to add a pop of colour to your home décor or give it a more modern look. The possibilities are endless and it will be a great reward once your spring cleaning is complete! Enjoy your new outlook! With this improved perspective on the outside world, you and your family will be better prepared to welcome the increased hours of daylight into your home. Sit back, enjoy the view and appreciate what Mother Nature has in store!