Impact-resistant windows and doors — also known simply as impact windows and doors — are stronger than their average counterparts, as they are manufactured to resist shattering under the force of winds and the impact of debris. They offer additional security against intruders and protection against storms.
However, your impact-resistant fenestrations can still benefit from a little care and maintenance to keep them looking and functioning great for a long time. Here are some tips on how to care for them:
- Use the right cleaning materials. Good-quality microfiber towels are the perfect non-abrasive tool for cleaning your impact windows. Dedicate several pieces to cleaning your windows and doors only. You’ll also need a regular garden hose, non-abrasive glass cleaner, and a squeegee.
- Remove dirt buildup with water. Before wiping or using a squeegee, spray your windows one at a time with water to remove excess buildup that might scratch them.
- Use a squeegee for drying. Before your window dries, use a squeegee to remove excess water. Start at the top and work your way downwards.
- Switch out microfiber towels. When you apply the non-abrasive cleaner and wipe it off with a microfiber towel, remember to switch out dirty towels with a clean one. For best results, use a non-abrasive cleaner approved by your windows manufacturer.
- Clean your windows in direct sunlight. This will lead to unsightly watermarks that are difficult to remove. Start early in the day or late in the afternoon, when the sun isn’t directly shining on your windows.
- Use a scraper. Scraping off dirt buildup is almost certainly going to leave you with scratched windows. Just spray your windows with water to soak and soften the dirt.
- Forget to dry your windows. Leaving your windows to air dry is a bad idea. This can also lead to watermarks. Never allow the cleaning solution to dry on your windows. Wipe it off immediately.
- Allow hard cleaning tools to come into contact with the glass. Metal, hard plastic, or any hard tool or material will scratch your windows.
Caring for impact windows and doors takes some practice, but if you’re careful, you can make your windows look great and also extend their life span.