In addition to adding beauty and character to residences, skylights flood interiors with natural light to save money on utility bills and make them seem larger and airier. If you recently had a skylight installed, use these glass cleaning and maintenance tips to keep the home feature in excellent condition.
4 Skylight Glass Cleaning & Maintenance Tips
1. Check for Leaks
Check your skylight about once a month or more often if your location is subject to heavy rain or other extreme weather. Look for leak indications like stains and bulges on the drywall as well as wet framing. Schedule professional repairs if you suspect a serious leak, such as one from faulty or old flashing.
2. Clean the Interior
Use a non-toxic white vinegar and water solution to remove dust, dirt, and other debris from the skylight’s interior to prevent premature finish wear. Clean it in the evening when the sun will not quickly evaporate the solution. Most of the time, you can rely on rain to clean the skylight’s exterior. However, ask your window cleaning company to take care of the skylight when they visit your home as well, especially during dry spells.
3. Inspect the Glass & Gears
Check the glass every month for cracks and other damage from falling tree branches and debris. Get the glass professionally repaired instead of attempting to replace broken glass yourself to avoid accidents and injuries. Test the manual or motorized gears that open the skylight as well. Add a manufacturer-recommended lubricant to manual gears to keep them operational. Motorized options may need professional repairs if they start to stick.
4. Protect It From Sand & Salt
If you live near a coast, shield your skylight’s exterior from sand and salt with a protective coating to prevent steel or aluminum frame corrosion. Manufacturer-recommended paint also helps fortify the skylight frame.
Keep your skylight in sparkling condition with glass cleaning services from Windward Window Cleaners in Kailua, HI. Locally owned and operated since 1984, this window cleaning company offers residential and commercial services throughout Oahu. Call (808) 263-2097 today to schedule an appointment, or learn more about their glass cleaning services online.