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Why an NFRC Rating Is Important When Choosing Replacement Windows

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

The average consumer may know whether or not they like the look of a particular window, but it’s impossible to tell whether a window offers the kind of quality your home needs just by the way it looks.

The specifications of a window may seem like minor details, but they’re incredibly important. If you settle for a bargain window without checking out its technical information, such as its NFRC rating, you might end up with a window that offers poor insulation, is prone to drafts and does a poor job of letting natural light filter into your home.

Infinity® from Marvin prides itself on making the highest quality windows on the market, but you don’t have to take the manufacturer’s word for it. When you’re looking for replacement windows for your home, always ask to see the NFRC label.

What Is an NFRC Rating?

NFRC Ratings are given by the National Fenestration Rating Council, a non-profit organization that has established standardized performance ratings to help consumers compare windows and doors with one another. This organization’s ratings provide detailed information related to the energy performance of these products, helping consumers make informed decisions when making major purchases.

Every reputable window manufacturer receives NFRC ratings for all of their products. Windows are evaluated according to four key criteria:

  • U-Factor measures the window’s ability to keep indoor heat from escaping outside.
  • Solar Heat Gain Coefficient measures how well a product resists solar heat from entering a home, an important consideration when homes are trying to stay cool in summer.
  • Visible Transmittance evaluates the window’s ability to let natural light enter the home. Better visible transmittance means better natural indoor lighting, reducing your dependency on artificial lights.
  • Air Leakage gauges the amount of air flow that will enter the home through the window. Loose window seals increase the likelihood of drafts.

With these ratings, consumers can easily compare windows to determine which options best fit their needs, as well as which windows offer the best value for the price.

How to read an NFRC label

Why Are Ratings Important?

As is the case with many consumer products, average shoppers aren’t able to identify small differences in the quality and/or build of a product. In some cases, proper evaluation requires specialized equipment, as well as in-depth knowledge about the product’s construction.

But consumers put themselves at risk when they trust the manufacturer to be transparent about this information. That’s why it’s essential that the NFRC ratings come from an independent non-profit that maintains no relationship with existing window manufacturers. Having an independent rating system provides critical consumer protection for a costly consumer product. Replacing the windows in your home is no small expense, and no one can afford to get short-changed by overpaying for poor quality windows. With NFRC ratings, you don’t have to worry about what you’re getting—you’ll know exactly what you’re paying for.

How to Read the NFRC Label

To understand the information featured on the NFRC rating, you need to know how each criterion is scored.

According to the NFRC, the lower the U-Factor number, the better: Good windows will feature a score between 0.20 and 1.20. A lower score is also preferred for the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient, which is recommended to rate between zero and one.

Better Air Leakage windows will also feature a lower score, ideally between 0.1 and 0.3. But for Visible Transmittance, you want as high a number as possible to reflect the amount of light entering the home.

Once you know how to read NFRC labels, you can walk into any window store, compare any number of products and know exactly what you’re getting with each one. Now that you know how to tell a good window from a lemon contact North Georgia Replacement Windows today to start the process of upgrading your home with high-quality Infinity from Marvin Replacement Windows and Doors.

Infinity from Marvin’s Top Design Trends for 2018

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

As winter turns to spring, many homeowners will be inspecting their weathered window exteriors and wondering whether it’s time to make an upgrade. If recent storms and years of exposure to the sun and other harsh elements have worn away the appearance of your window finishes, you can save yourself the hassle of maintenance by upgrading to more durable, high-performance Infinity® from Marvin Replacement Windows, which are available in more exterior and interior finishes than ever before.

As home design trends evolve, we’ve updated our line of finish options to give customers better choices when choosing finishes that suit their home exteriors and interiors. This includes a new exterior finish that offers a modern take on a classic look. Here’s a look at the most popular window design trends for 2018, as well as what you gain by upgrading to Infinity Replacement Windows.

The Importance of a Superior Finish

Windows are an investment in your home, and a quality finish is one of the best ways to protect that investment. Infinity from Marvin windows are designed to offer exceptional durability against the elements that degrade window finishes over time. This includes a mechanically bonded finish that is up to three times thicker than finishes from competing window brands, providing superior resistance to both scratches and UV degradation. This means your finishes will maintain their look and sheen for much longer than what you get from competing window brands.

Window finishes

To extend the life of your windows, Infinity from Marvin windows incorporate acrylic into its finish to maximize color retention and window durability. Over time, this means less maintenance for homeowners and an appearance that will continue to look new years after the windows have been installed.

Taking Stock of Interior and Exterior Options

Both exterior and interior finishes are available in a range of options to suit your preferred color schemes and your sense of style. While Stone White is the standard color used for both interior and exterior finishes, interior color options also include Sierra and EverWood®, a stainable woodgrain interior finish that you can match perfectly to your existing woodwork.

For exterior window colors, homeowners can choose from Sierra, Cashmere, Pebble Gray, Bahama Brown and Bronze, as well as Ebony, a new addition to the Infinity from Marvin lineup. But if these stock options aren’t what you’re looking for, these replacement windows can be painted any color you want, giving you endless options as you seek out the perfect look.

Introducing Ebony, a Classic but Modern Exterior

A new addition to Marvin’s Wood-Ultrex line of products is Ebony, an exterior finish offering a classic but modern look that maintains its look over time. Darker colors like ebony have historically been difficult to use as an exterior color because the materials used to produce these colors tended to degrade quickly over time, causing the products to fade or take on a chalky appearance.

That’s no longer the case. The patented Ultrex finish used on Marvin Infinity Windows is perfectly suited to resist scratching, fading, sun damage, cracking and other signs of wear and tear that are easy to spot on dark exterior finishes. This mechanically bonded finish is five times more resistant to UV damage than other competing finishes, ensuring that your Ebony window finish will continue to look great even after years of exposure to the elements.

Don’t sacrifice style just because you want a window that is resistant to damage and deterioration. Choose the right windows with the right kind of finish and you can get the best of both worlds: Stunning new windows that will maintain their look for years to come.

How Infinity from Marvin Replacement Window Glass Can Help Soundproof Your Home

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

Infinity from Marvin Replacement Window

Most people live in homes exposed to some degree of noise. If you live on a high-traffic street or within audible range of an airport, you likely want to consider upgrading your windows to reduce how much of this sound can be heard inside your home.

Infinity® from Marvin Replacement Windows offers several options for installing replacement windows that make a significant difference in the amount of sound that travels through your glass. Interested homeowners have three options when shopping for replacement window glass: Standard Transmission Class (STC) glass, which acts as a buffer for the typical sounds generated inside or near your home; Outdoor/Indoor Transmission Class (OITC) glass, which covers a wider range of frequencies to mitigate sound coming from highways, trains and airplanes; and glass featuring a layer of PVB laminate, which is designed for noise mitigation as well as increased security.

When you shop with North Georgia Replacement Windows, we’ll help you pick out the right glass to address your specific needs. Here are some of the glass features we use to mitigate sound and improve the peacefulness of your home’s interior.

Glass Thickness

A window pane’s thickness is one of the most basic factors affecting the amount of sound audible through the glass. In general, a thicker pane will prove more effective at reducing sound than a thinner pane. Testing from Cardinal Glass has found that increasing glass thickness from 3 mm to 6 mm can increase the window’s acoustical glass rating by four to six points, an improvement that will be clearly audible to any homeowner.

For most homes, glass thickness exceeding 6 mm thick is unnecessary and may distort the quality of your view. In addition to thickness, there are other steps to improve your replacement glass’s sound mitigation.

Acoustic Air Gaps

Air gaps are a common feature in insulated windows to reduce the amount of audible sound passing through the glass. This airspace can range from 6.5 mm to 19.5 mm in width, providing a buffer to sound from the outside. An air gap increases the STC rating (an average amount of noise stopped at various frequencies and measured in decibels) of a window by effectively absorbing some of the sound waves passing through, instead of allowing a hard material to serve as a conductor. The larger the air gap, the higher the STC your window pane will have, and this air gap will help reduce noise without compromising the clarity of your window.

Acoustical values of glass

Although both argon and oxygen may be used to fill the air gap between two glass panes, testing has shown no significant or acoustical sound difference in performance between the two gases.

PVB Laminate

Unlike STC and OITC glass, PVB laminate is a relatively new addition to the Infinity from Marvin family. PVB laminate is a great choice for any home where increased noise attenuation is required, such as homes directly on busy streets or in close proximity to airports. PVB interlayers provide a solid sound buffer that reduces noise in collaboration with air gaps and thickened glass. Our customers can choose special PVB laminate inserts specially designed for sound reduction performance.

This laminate layer offers other features that homeowners will enjoy, including increased security if someone tries to break into your home. Much like your car’s windshield, PVB windows won’t shatter when struck by a hard object, and they require significant force to create a large opening in the glass. PVB inserts can also stop 95 percent of damaging UV rays from entering your home, protecting your furniture and other interior surfaces.

Outside noise can be a headache for homeowners, but replacement windows can make a big difference overnight. Call now to explore your options for higher-quality glass and a quiet, comfortable home.

Upgrade Your Window Screens and Enjoy the Autumn Air

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

As the leaves begin to turn and the crisp fall air rolls in, it’s the perfect time to turn off the AC and open your windows for a fresh, cool breeze. This means it’s also time to pay attention to an often overlooked part of your home: your window screens. It’s easy to forget about them until you have a problem, but old or damaged window screens can cause a host of issues.

Want to enjoy the fresh fall air? Keep reading to learn how to spot the signs of a deteriorating screen and get the details on the high-quality replacement screen options available today.

When to Replace Your Window Screens

If you’ve ever had a broken screen, you’ll remember the problems it caused. Of course, you don’t want bees and lizards in your home, but pests and dirty air are just the beginning of the list of issues that come from a broken, damaged or dirty window screen.

A variety of factors can cause a screen to break or deteriorate. You’ll notice quickly if pets, children or objects have caused dents or rips. Constant exposure to extreme temperatures and sunlight will inevitably make your screens more brittle and weak over time. You may also notice your screen warping or sagging due to poor fitting or age.

All Window Screens Are Not Created Equal

If you notice these signs of damage, it’s time to replace your screens. To avoid the inconvenience of frequent replacement, invest in a better-quality screen. High-quality mesh will deteriorate at a slower rate, while a sturdy, well-installed frame will keep screens from sagging. Additionally, a durable model will withstand more debris from the outside, any possible denting and will break less often. These factors will save you time and money.

Understand Your Options

North Georgia Replacement Windows installs Infinity from Marvin screens, which are the highest-quality screens available, from mesh to frame. All the Infinity from Marvin Double Hung windows offer standard transparency, durable, extruded aluminum-surround full or half screens with fiberglass mesh. They also offer the opportunity to upgrade to the Infinity Replacement Double Hung to a high-transparency screen with finer mesh.

High-transparency screens are a great option, as they increase both visibility and curb appeal. You’ll see perfectly from inside your home, and they’re virtually invisible from the outside, letting your windows shine through. Upgraded screens have more air flow, and the holes in the screen are smaller, so they’re more impervious to insects. If you do not open your windows very often and do not want a screen, we can deduct the screen price from your order.

Finally, remember that a professional Window replacement ensures screens fit perfectly to each window, avoiding warping or sagging over time. With a high-quality, well-installed window and screen, you can feel confident opening your windows and enjoying the invigorating fall air.

If you think you might need new windows with better screens, contact the experienced and highly trained professionals at North Georgia Replacement Windows.

What You Need to Know About Replacement Window Warranties

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

Infinity Windows

As a crucial link between your home’s interior and exterior, your windows need to be dependable. Great replacement windows are an investment for a homeowner — one that is expected to last for a long time. But the average window tends to be replaced every seven years and, as window expert N.C. Mathis explains, “If a window fails in a few years, it doesn’t matter how good or strong or energy efficient it started out to be.”

At North Georgia Replacement Windows (NGRW), we understand the importance of a good replacement window warranty. We also believe that the length of a window warranty reflects a company’s faith in their product. Aside from the obvious benefit of free replacement, you can expect a product with a longer warranty to last longer, saving you both hassle and cost.

Why you need a replacement window warranty

A replacement window warranty should be a priority when investing in new windows, regardless of their quality. While you should never need to replace our durable, energy-saving windows, thanks to our superior product and installation, accidents happen, and there is a wide variety of things that can go wrong with windows, such as a branch from a storm breaking the glass.

This is why purchasing windows with a solid warranty like North Georgia Replacement Windows offers is of paramount importance. We recommend taking the time to read through the entire warranty, noting how long the warranty lasts, as well as what exactly is covered. With a true lifetime warranty, you won’t have to worry about duration; your warranty will never run out.

Details on the NGRW Lifetime Service Warranty

As mentioned above, even if a window warranty is offered, there are different levels of warranty coverage. The NGRW Lifetime Service Warranty covers workmanship on all windows or doors that NGRW installs for as long as you live in your home. There will not be any trip charges, service charges or labor charges incurred. The lifetime service warranty is paired with the Infinity from Marvin Windows Limited Lifetime Product Warranty, and the combination of the two ensures that both windows and any replacement services are covered for the life of the windows.

Next, you should confirm how the warranty covers materials and manufacturing defects. Infinity Windows Limited Lifetime Warranty The Infinity Windows warranty assures that, “the Ultrex fiberglass and other non-glass components will be free from manufacturing defects for as long as you own and occupy the home.” If the building is not a single-family dwelling or the ownership of the home is transferred, these parts are still covered from point of installation for 10 years after by a 10/20 Limited Warranty.

The warranty also protects against manufacturing defects of hardware in coastal applications, glass and Ultrex fiberglass finish for 10 years from the original date of product purchase, and insulating glass with stainless spacers are covered against failure for 20 years. So, while a failed glass is not covered by a warranty forever, the 10/20 Limited Warranty does cover defects and damages for a decade and more.

We know our customers to be discerning and educated homeowners. The length of our warranty speaks to the faith we have in our products and our work and gives you the peace of mind that your investment is secure through the years. Contact us today for a free proposal or to schedule a free, in-home consultation.

Tips for Cleaning Fiberglass Windows

Friday, September 29th, 2017

Cleaning fibeglass windows

Ease of maintenance is one of the many advantages of window frames made of fiberglass. These windows don’t warp, weather, crack or discolor as other window frames do, even after many years. However, cleaning fiberglass windows regularly keeps them looking their best.

Cleaning Products

Using non-abrasive, gentle detergents and soft cloths is the key to removing dirt and grime from high-quality fiberglass windows without damaging them. Infinity from Marvin fiberglass windows are made from patented Ultrex® Fiberglass. To protect the special coating on Ultrex fiberglass, Marvin recommends cleaning with warm soap and water.

Also, homeowners should only use the recommended detergents at standard strength for domestic use and apply the product gently with a non-abrasive cleaning cloth. If harsher chemicals or abrasive cleaning materials are used, the surface could develop permanent scratches or other damage.

Cleaning Fiberglass Windows

  • Brush away spiderwebs, bugs and other loose materials clinging to the frames using a long-handled, soft-bristled broom.
  • Dilute the cleaning solution to a standard household strength according to the instructions on the label.
  • Apply the diluted solution to a soft cloth and gently wipe the Ultrex® surface, removing the surface dirt without rubbing or scrubbing.
  • Don’t use paint thinner, solvents or other harsh chemicals to clean Ultrex® windows.
  • For stubborn stains, test more aggressive cleaners on a small, inconspicuous area and rinse thoroughly with plenty of clean water.

With regular cleaning but very little other maintenance, Infinity from Marvin fiberglass windows look as good as new for decades. What’s more, cleaning fiberglass windows isn’t difficult, providing the homeowner sticks to using gentle products to avoid damaging the special coating. For more information on fiberglass windows, contact North Georgia Replacement Windows.

Options for Replacement Windows That Look Like Wood

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

woman by bright new windows

If you like the traditional look of wood windows but would prefer something more durable, windows made of fiberglass or vinyl offer a solution. Unlike vinyl windows, Fiberglass windows can look like wood, but the materials don’t weather, warp or rot, and they don’t require a new coat of paint every year. Fiberglass windows also offer several significant advantages over vinyl.

Replacement Windows

Most replacement windows are made of wood, aluminum, vinyl or fiberglass. Wood windows look attractive, but even with regular maintenance, they degrade over time. Aluminum windows, on the other hand, are durable but they lack the aesthetic qualities of wood, and they aren’t energy efficient. Vinyl windows initially offered a durable and more energy-efficient option with their introduction to the market decades ago, but for the latest and best option for windows that look like wood, fiberglass easily trumps the rest.

Durability

Fiberglass windows stay looking good for much longer than wood windows without any maintenance. They don’t require regular painting or staining to prevent them from weathering, and they don’t become infested with insects. Fiberglass windows are also more durable than vinyl, lasting up to 38% longer. Additionally, because fiberglass is made from the same material as window panes, the frames expand and contract at the same rate, reducing the risks of seal failure.

Paint Finishes

Though painting wooden windows can be a chore, some homeowners like having the option to alter their home’s color scheme. Repainting isn’t possible with vinyl windows because they’re made of plastic which doesn’t paint easily, the windows will likely warp, and you will void your warranty if you paint. With fiberglass windows, however, homeowners can choose to leave them in their original color or paint them.

Strength

Strong, sturdy window frames in replacement windows are a must. Fiberglass is a clear winner over vinyl in this area as well. High-quality windows like Infinity from Marvin fiberglass windows are 800% stronger than vinyl because they are made from a patented fiberglass material called Ultrex.

Energy Efficiency

Heat enters and leaves homes through window panes and frames, and through small gaps in the seal between the window frames and the wall. Window panes are insulated through multiple panes of glass, but with window frames, the frame material makes all the difference. Vinyl and fiberglass are efficient insulators, but fiberglass windows are much less likely to develop gaps in the seals.

If you would like the look of wood windows without the fuss of regular maintenance, fiberglass windows are an excellent alternative. They shrug off the weather extremes that quickly age wood and vinyl windows, yet they can be painted or stained to match the home’s color scheme. Contact North Georgia Replacement Windows to find out more about the advantages of fiberglass windows.

15 Things to Consider for Replacement Windows for Your Home

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

Of the many home improvement projects that beautify and upgrade your home, consider replacing home windows, which increase curb appeal and property value. Quality windows are available in a variety of styles, colors and designs that are built to blend in and compliment your home’s exterior and architectural style.

If you’re considering replacing windows as your next home improvement project, the following benefits can help you make the best decision for your home.

Tips for Choosing New Replacement Windows for Your Home

  1. Windows that aren’t installed properly, are out of warranty or have deteriorated due to material type or harsh weather have a negative impact on energy costs.
  2. Choose the right window material, such as fiberglass, which provides greater durability and a long lifespan. Unlike wood, which is susceptible to absorbing moisture that leads to rot, fiberglass windows do not have these deteriorating and destructive problems.
  3. Wood-framed windows are a delectable treat for termites and they experience problems with temperature changes. During the cold months, the material contracts. During hotter months, it expands. These changes lead to a failure of the window’s seals. These openings allow hot and cold air to pass through, making the windows less energy efficient.
  4. Select windows with a Low-E (low-emissivity) coatings. This coating serves as a reflector to keep heat in when it’s needed and out when it’s not.
  5. Choose windows with a low U-factor, which results in a more efficient window due to low heat transference from the outside to your home’s interior.
  6. Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) is another consideration when selecting windows. Look for windows with a low SHGC as it measures the amount of heat the sun generates in your home.
  7. Look for windows with a low SHGC. The lower a window’s solar heat gain coefficient, the less solar heat it transmits.

  8. For noise reduction, choose double-pane windows. Air or gas is inserted between the two panes, which serves as an insulator against noise.

  9. To block ultraviolet rays (UV) and avoid glare, you can have LOW E applied. The coating helps prevent damage to fabrics and fading of furniture, carpets, and window treatments.
  10. Treatments to the glass panes is another option. This process can include adding a frosted treatment to the glass, providing more privacy.
  11. For added security against inclement weather or burglars, select laminated glass for your new windows.
  12. An energy-efficient home due to upgrades such as window replacements typically results in a positive selling point for potential buyers.
  13. Having new home windows installed is a positive enhancement to your home’s curb appeal. Whether you choose a classic or traditional style, or you want to change the exterior look entirely, there are several window options to choose from. These include bay, double-hung, tilt-turn, specialty shapes, sliding, wood grain, decorative and fixed windows to name a few.
  14. When you replace old windows with new energy-efficient styles that require little maintenance, the value of your property may increase.

For information about our line of Infinity from Marvin fiberglass windows, please give us a call fill out our free proposal form.

Decorative Shutters for Your Home

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

You can enhance the look of your home’s windows by incorporating additions that accentuate your home’s architectural style. One option that makes a beautiful impact is decorative shutters. Available in a variety of styles and colors, both fixed and functional, shutters provide decorative appeal, allow natural light in and give you privacy when you need it.

Benefits of Exterior Shutters

Installing window shutters can make a visible difference to your home’s exterior and be beneficial in several ways. These include:

  • Aesthetic value. Installation of shutters upgrades the exterior of your home, which can result in increased property value.
  • Curb appeal. Whether for your own enjoyment or a future homeowner’s, decorative shutters are a marketable addition to any home.
  • Protection against inclement weather. When closed, shutters provide protection to window panes from high winds, hail and flying debris during a severe storm.
  • Insulation. Shutters also serve as insulation against cold and heat, making your home more energy efficient.
  • Security and privacy. Closed shutters can help deter potential intruders and provide privacy.


Shutter Styles

There are a variety of distinctive shutter styles to choose from. Each style offers different looks, colors, finishes, installation and operational options. These include:

  • Louvered shutters feature horizontal slats
  • Board and batten shutters feature vertical boards
  • Hurricane shutters protect windows during a storm
  • Raised panel shutters feature solid panels versus slats
  • Bahama-style shutters have a tropical theme with hinged panels at the top versus the sides
  • Combination shutters feature louvered slats and raised panels
  • Custom shutter designs including cut-outs


Shutter Materials

While the look of decorative shutters is definitely important, selecting the right material to construct them is an equally important task. Because exterior shutters are subjected to a variety of seasonal elements, you’ll want a material that doesn’t absorb moisture. You’ll also want shutters made with material that requires little to no maintenance. At North Georgia Replacement Windows, our inventory of maintenance-free shutters is available in your choice of materials. These include:

  • Premium fiberglass
  • Composite wood
  • Vinyl
  • Composite milled PVC

Each of these materials is durable, long-lasting and versatile. We also offer a full line of shutter hardware to compliment the look and functionality of your home’s new decorative shutters.

Whether you’re planning to have decorative shutters installed for the first time or you want to replace and update the look and efficiency of your home’s exterior windows, contact us about our inventory of maintenance-free shutters. From our inventory of well-constructed shutters, you’re sure to find the right style, color and finish that best suits your home.

When it’s time to replace the windows in your home, contact us about our selection of energy-efficient windows. We have a variety of window styles to choose from that will compliment your new shutters with selections from our Infinity from Marvin fiberglass windows inventory.

Best Natural Window Cleaners

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Clean and polished windows are essential if you want your home to look its best, and when it comes to giving your windows a beautiful shine, you don’t need to use cleaning products containing harsh chemicals. Natural window cleaners can be just as effective at making your windows sparkle. What’s more, mixing up a bottle of natural cleaner from kitchen ingredients takes less time than a trip to the grocery store, and you have the satisfaction of knowing you aren’t releasing artificial chemicals into your home.

Natural Cleaning Ingredients

Vinegar, lemon juice and borax are three natural cleaning ingredients that effectively remove dust, grease and dirt from windows, leaving them shiny and smudge-free. Health Freedoms.org advises householders to mix a 50/50 solution of distilled white vinegar and warm water and spray the glass with the solution before wiping it dry. However, a 100% vinegar spray might be required if the windows are very dirty or the streaks and smears remain after cleaning with a weaker solution. Spray the 100% vinegar solution on the problem areas and wait five minutes before scrubbing.

Eco-Cycle recommends vinegar as a window-cleaning ingredient too and suggests dissolving two tablespoons of borax in three cups of water as an alternative. Another option is to mix one tablespoon of lemon juice with a quart of water, as Grist mentions.

Safe Commercial Window Cleaners

Not all commercial window cleaning products contain harmful chemicals. If you prefer to purchase a safe, eco-friendly window cleaner versus creating one at home, choose from products manufactured by companies that offer natural and eco-friendly options. Most grocery stores sell a variety of eco-friendly products.

Window Cleaning Tips

When you’re familiar with a few window-cleaning tricks and tips, giving your window panes a perfect, streak-free shine feels effortless.

  • Don’t clean windows while they’re in direct sunlight.
  • Use a good quality, extendable squeegee, which gives a better finish than a sponge.
  • Use microfiber cloths or newspaper for drying and polishing.
  • Make sure your squeegee and washcloths are perfectly clean so you won’t spread oil or dirt over the glass.
  • Spread a large bath towel on the floor to catch drips when cleaning inside.
  • Wear plastic gloves if using vinegar to prevent the solution from drying your skin.
  • Wipe horizontally when cleaning outside and vertically when cleaning inside so if a streak appears, you know which side it’s on.
  • If your squeegee isn’t cleaning well, you may need to press a little harder.

Clean, presentable windows are one of those small extras that make a big difference in your home’s appearance. When you use natural window cleaners, you can clean your windows as often as you want without worrying about your family being exposed to harmful chemicals. Create your own recipe from natural ingredients to make your windows gleam.