The Effects of Salt on your Windows -
At some point in your life, you must have thought of having a property by the ocean or probably envied someone that lives by the sea.
We can't deny that the cool ocean breeze, the sounds of the waves bashing against the boundary and off each other, the scent of sand mixed with sea water and the calmness in the early morning take the stress into the ocean making you feel super relaxed and happy.
These are wonderful reasons to want to live by the ocean, however, the immerse salty atmosphere might be good for your skin, but it does serious damage to your home’s exterior from the paintwork, metal surface, metal or wooden panels, your car, garden and of course, the windows.
So if you are thinking of buying, or renting any property by the ocean, there are a lot of factors to consider on how to manage salt residue on your property and windows.
How salts build up on your windows
There are couples of factors that cause salt build on windows, one of which is constant ocean spray hitting the exterior of the property.
Nevertheless, it is not the water that’s a problem, but the residue after evaporation that makes the windows look whitish or milky.
In areas where the house is far from the oceanfront, there are noticeable white streaks on the windows that obstruct your views.
Secondly, humid air carrying salt, especially in summer also deposits salty water vapor that sticks to your windows and on all exterior surface of the home.
You might choose to ignore it if your beach home is a vacation spot or you can seek the services of a window cleaning professional that will help you remove the salt residue and give you tips to reduce subsequent salt build up on your windows.
Effect of salt on your Windows
While the accumulation of salt can be annoying as it makes it hard to enjoy the view, the long-term effect is that salt crystal impacts small unseen damages to the windows.
If this build up is ignored, the crystals soften the molecular structure of glass and frame weakening the structural integrity causing leaks and water to enter your property during the raining season.
This also causes corrosion that ultimately leads to the windows panels not performing up to par, and you need to replace it by the professionals.
Thirdly, salt build-up doesn’t only damage the windows, but they will cause the metal frames to corrode, and become rusty which can be dangerous when touched.
Fortunately, most homeowners don’t know that there are windows cleaning services that can remove and prevent salt build up on your windows.
To protect your windows from the adverse effect of salt build up, employ the services of the professionals, choose the regular cleaning option, and be extra vigilant to prevent further salt damage.
How to remove salt from your windows?
Except for old homes by the water, most new homes have waterproof surfaces that repel water and prevent salt build-up easily on the frames, glass or panel.
Another method is a type of substance sprayed on the windows that allows water to roll off and stops salt build up.
Well, if you can’t afford waterproof windows or the spray, the following is a way to protect your windows from salt damage.
Although vinegar is one of the ways to remove salt build up from your windows, it requires a continuous process that can stress you, and your windows. However, since salt build-up is the reason why you need cleanup, there are other methods you can try, such as
A mixture of salt and water – yes, this sounds weird, but what better way to eliminate salt than with salt. Take a bit of salt, mix with water; stir until the salt is dissolved. Using a clean cloth, dip into the mixture and scrub gentle on the windows and rinse afterward.
Add ammonia to your cleaning liquid – although this is harsh due to the strong and pungent smell of ammonia. It has proven great at cutting through tough water stains and salt residue, but also gentle on your windows.
Washing the window – if your beach home is a permanent resident, connect the hose and spray the window every two days or twice a week to prevent salt build up. This is great until you realize you can do it daily or the satins just won’t go away.
Well, if you have expended all cleaning avenue and the stains remain, it is time to call the professionals. If you want to enjoy a good view, you need the professional to help you remove the marks and repair any damage caused by the salt.
Using the help of a professional window cleaning crew
When the spots won’t come off, then you need the services of a commercial windows cleaning team.
We know that salt on your windows is not a good site; as it hinders the perfect view, it also makes the exterior of your home dirty and unkempt.
We have a team of expert that understands the different level of salt damage on the windows and the right cleaning product to remove it without damaging the windows.
Furthermore, we also use organic and natural cleaners depending on the location of your home and how much salt buildup and damage is on the windows.
How we work
Before each cleanup session, we inspect each window and give you a report of the salt level damage on each window. It will help to know that windows facing the ocean or directly hit by sea water are the most damaged ones while windows at the back of the house have less damage.
Finally, maintenance is necessary to prevent further build-up of salt on your windows. This is because salt water and the vapor will always rest on your windows if you live by the coast.
So when you are ready to get those windows sparkling for the perfect ocean's view, we are the guys to call. We will be at your property to give your windows, frame, and sills a clean like no one else.
Call us now at Excel window cleaning for a free quote.