How to Clean Glazed Windows

October 11, 2010

Glazed windows can significantly improve the energy efficiency of your home. The glazing materials applied to the glass during window manufacture help keep heat out in the summer and in during winter. Heat transfer is measured by the U-factor, which measures heat transfer through a window. The higher the U-factor, the more heat lost through that window. Glazed windows are among the best for keeping heat where you want it.

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How to Clean Glazed Windows

Glazed windows take a little more care than double pane windows. Some manufacturers recommend you use baby shampoo to clean the windows. Add a teaspoon of shampoo to a gallon of water and use a micro-fiber cloth to wipe on the soapy water and another cloth to rinse with clean water.

You can also clean glazed windows the way grandmother recommends--with newspaper (or a micro-fiber cloth) and white vinegar. Simply mix one and a half cups of vinegar with a gallon of water and start cleaning from the top, working your way down the window. Vinegar generally won't streak, and you can clean off any streaks that do occur with the rinse water. Rinse with warm water on a clean cloth or sponge. Clean your glazed windows frames separately, using warm water and a soft cloth, and dry afterward.

If, instead of glazing, you've added a window film to your windows to increase energy efficiency, clean carefully with baby shampoo and a soft cloth to avoid scratching the film or follow manufacturer's directions.

Glazed windows deliver energy efficiency. Learning how to clean glazed windows is worth the effort.

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