Your windows are an integral part of your home. After all, not only does they improve your home’s ventilation and energy efficiency, but its appearance as well. As such, you’ll want your windows to look as clean as possible. One way you can do that is by ensuring that hard water stains don’t remain on your windows.
How to Get Rid of Hard Water Stains
To remove hard water stains from your windows, experts say that you should first prepare your solution. To do this, you need to mix water and vinegar in a bucket. Afterwards, soak a towel in the solution, and press it into the rough spots of the window. Let the towel sit there for a minute or two so the vinegar can soften the mineral deposits, making it easier to wipe stains off. Repeat the process until the spots disappear and all the spots are gone. Once that’s done, dry the window with a rag before shining the window with window spray.
With these steps, there’s no doubt that removing hard water stains from your windows is a fairly simple task. However, if you aren’t certain about cleaning your windows on your own, don’t hesitate to turn to an expert window company for assistance instead.
How Self-Cleaning Windows Work
Unfortunately, not every homeowner has the time to clean their windows. After all, some are busy taking care of their families while others are too busy working to maintain their home apart from the simple vacuuming. Luckily enough, there is a solution to this, and that’s by installing self-cleaning windows in your home. But how exactly do these windows work?
The glass of self-cleaning windows has a very thin outer coating of titanium dioxide, which can be activated by light and water. Since titanium dioxide is a photocatalyst, electrons will be generated when (ultraviolet) UV rays hit the glass. Once this happens, the hydroxyl radicals will attack the lowest layers of dirt, loosening it from the glass and chipping it away from the inside out, removing it in the process.
Alternatively, water may also activate your self-cleaning windows. As opposed to normal glass, the titanium dioxide in self-cleaning windows causes water molecules to spread out evenly across the glass in a very even sheet instead of staying in drops. That way, when rain hits the window, it spreads and cleans your window in the process.
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