Cleaning the windows in a historical home is a delicate task that requires a thoughtful approach to preserve their authenticity and charm. Before diving into the cleaning process, take some time to research and understand the historical context of the home. Familiarize yourself with the architectural style, materials used, and any unique features associated with the windows. This knowledge will help you determine the appropriate cleaning methods and materials to use.
To ensure the job is done properly, we’d recommend using a professional window cleaning crew … but then again, we’re biased.
Test a Small Area:
Before cleaning the entire window, it's crucial to test your chosen cleaning solution on a small, inconspicuous area. This will help ensure that the cleaner does not cause any damage or discoloration to the legacy glass or frames. Wait for the test area to dry completely and check for any adverse effects before proceeding.
Start with Dry Cleaning:
Begin the cleaning process by removing dust, dirt, and cobwebs from the windows and frames. Use a soft brush or a dry cloth to gently brush away debris. This step helps prevent scratching the glass when you move on to wet cleaning.
Dampen a lint-free cloth or microfiber towel with your chosen glass cleaner or homemade solution. Gently wipe the glass in a circular motion, starting from the top and working your way down. Be careful not to apply excessive pressure that could damage the glass or frames. For hard-to-reach areas, use a soft-bristled brush or sponge dipped in the cleaning solution.
Clean Window Frames and Sills:
Don't forget to clean the window frames and sills as well. Use a soft-bristled brush or a natural sponge dipped in a mild cleaning solution to gently clean these areas. Be cautious with painted or delicate surfaces to avoid causing any damage.
Rinse and Dry:
After cleaning the windows and frames, rinse them with distilled water to remove any remaining cleaning solution or residue. Wipe the glass and frames dry with a clean, lint-free cloth to prevent streaks.
Cleaning windows in a historical home requires a delicate touch and an understanding of the property's historical significance. If you have a place in historic Franklin, East Nashville, or Belle Meade, and you’re still feeling uncertain about the project, reach out to Platinum Window Cleaning. We’ll help preserve your glass (and its history)!