It's natural for windows to need cleaned at some point... but if it seems like your windows are constantly dirty or cloudy, there may be a reason for it. Instead of perching yourself vicariously on a ladder for the umpteenth time this year, get down to the nitty-gritty of what may be causing the problem. That way, you can fix the problem instead of dealing with the effects of it. Here are a few common reasons for windows to be constantly dirty or cloudy.
Hard water can leave mineral deposits on your windows. These mineral deposits may be spotty or cover an entire window. People who live in coastal regions often have this problem due to the salt in the moist air from the ocean. For those who live inland, the mineral deposits may come from rain, sprinklers or water hoses used to rinse the windows.
Mineral deposits that build up on windows can be difficult to remove. In fact, if the deposits are left to accumulate they can actually etch into the glass. If that happens, your efforts to have gleaming clean windows will be fruitless. The glass will need to be replaced or buffed out and sealed.
While there's nothing you can do to prevent mineral deposits from ocean breezes or rain, there is something you can do to prevent them from sprinklers and water hoses. Have your water's pH level level tested. Ideally, water should have a pH level of 7.0. If your water tests 8.5 or higher, the water is hard and full of minerals. To combat hard water, install a water softener in your home. Water softeners bring the alkalinity of hard water down.
Condensation forms when there is a temperature difference between the air and the surface and water vapor is present. The temperature when this happens is called the dew point, and changes based on the humidity and air temperature. You commonly see this phenomenon on the windshield of your vehicle, but it can also happen to the windows of your home.
You can combat condensation on your windows by installing double-paned windows. The insulated air in between the two window panes should prevent the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures from causing the surface of a window from reaching the dew point. However, if the seal in between the two window panes of a double-paned window is broken or breached, then condensation may form in between the window panes.
Condensation in between window panes can be repaired by drilling small holes in the windows and installing one-way valves into the holes. These valves can allow the air and moisture in between the window panes to escape when more moisture and air enters the broken seal. However, if you continue to have problems with condensation after making this repair, consider replacing the entire window, or you could risk having mold growth in between the window panes.
Mold and pollen
Mold can grow on your windows, especially if there is no direct sunlight on the windows to kill the spores. However, the only way mold and mildew can attach to glass is if there is organic matter on the surface, such as pollen. Mold spores cannot attach to inorganic matter, such as glass. You'll need to reduce the amount of pollen and other organic matter that accumulates on your windows to effectively eliminate mold growth. To prevent organic matter from building up on the surface of your windows, hire a window cleaning service to apply a clear lacquer to the windows.
Mineral deposits, condensation, mold and pollen can make your windows appear dirty or cloudy. If you constantly struggle with dirty windows, you may want to consult with a professional window cleaning service or a window installation contractor from a company like Beissel Window & Siding to see if your windows should be repaired or replaced.