After the installation of your replacement windows, the first thing your contractor will do is to give you a walkthrough of how to operate them. A technician may also discuss how to maintain and clean them. This is an opportunity to ask them about water quality, how it affects window cleaning, and what you can do if your water isn’t the best for cleaning.
In case you fail to ask or don’t get the answer you need, here’s some information to help you understand how water quality affects your window cleaning.
Water quality is affected by different factors, including the natural environment. Biological, chemical and physical composition determines the quality of your water. To test for quality, pH, taste, odor, color and alkalinity are used as indicators. While most contaminants are filtered and removed to make water safe, some contaminants still remain in the water coming from your tap.
Some dissolved minerals are present in tap water, including calcium and magnesium. They make the water “hard”. This affects the cleaning and foaming ability of soap. When you have hard water, you will notice deposits on surfaces that store water for some time or are frequently filled with water, such as bathtubs and kettles.
Total dissolved solids, or TDS, are inorganic and organic materials found in tap water. If your water has high concentrations of TDS, it’s not great for cleaning, as it will leave streaks and spots on glass and other surfaces. This means that when you clean your vinyl windows, the water is likely to leave marks, especially on the glass.
There are water softening devices or filters that you can use to improve your water quality for cleaning your windows, your car, and other surfaces where hard water is likely to leave marks. These water softeners remove ions with positive charges, so they remove calcium and magnesium ions, which make water hard and lead to buildups.
Reverse osmosis is one of the most effective methods of dealing with water hardness, as it purifies and cleans your water, softening it and making it better and safer for cleaning windows. Not only does soft water provide a streak and spot-free clean, but it also helps make your windows last longer.
Get in touch with Homecraft Inc. for more tips on how to clean your windows. Get in touch with us for wood window installation. Call (302) 798-0302 today or refer to this page. We look forward to working with you in Wilmington and Bear, DE.