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More often than not, you’re going to use water when cleaning your windows. It’s important for you to know how the quality of the water you’re using can affect how clean your windows turn out. Here are a few things to take note of.

Water Quality 101

Water quality is determined by many things, affecting its chemical, physical and biological composition. Some of the indicators used to assess water quality include pH, taste, color and odor. Additionally, tests are in place to check for bacteria, metals and organic matter.

Why Hard Water Is a Problem

For drinking, hard water is ideal. For cleaning? Not very. This is because hard water contains dissolved minerals that get in the way of how well you can clean your windows. For instance, two of the minerals found in hard water are magnesium and calcium. They can cause problems with cleaning your windows because they reduce the foaming and cleaning properties of soap. Deposits from hard water also form on some surfaces, resulting in streaks and build-up.

Achieving Streak-Free Windows

To prevent streaks on your windows, window and siding installation experts advise using water with a total dissolved solids level under 20 parts per million. Total dissolved solids are responsible for streaks on window glass so using water with low levels of organic and inorganic matter will help you ensure your windows are truly clean. 

Is cleaning no longer enough to bring your old windows back to life? It may be time to consider a window replacement project.

Woodbridge Home Exteriors has been providing quality products and services for more than 25 years now to address a range of exterior improvement needs. Whether you need a new window or want to install vinyl siding, you can count on us to deliver. To learn more about what we can do for you, simply give us a call at (800) 728-3502 or fill out our contact form. Talk to us today! We serve Arlington, Dallas, Topeka, KS, and the surrounding communities.

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