Window Care Tips For Oceanfront Business Owners

Posted on: 24 July 2016

The oceanfront is a great place to invest in commercial property, but it also comes with some unique challenges. One of the things that many new business owners overlook when buying property on the ocean is the threat of salt and water spots on their windows. Here's a look at what you need to know about taking care of your new building's windows so you can enjoy that ocean view and ensure that customers can see inside as they stroll along the sidewalk.

Tips For Removing Salt Residue

One of the biggest problems for buildings along the ocean is salt accumulation on the glass. Salt can leave an unsightly white haze on the glass, which can make it hard for people to see inside and makes your business look poorly maintained.

Luckily, for one or two-story buildings, you can do some of the upkeep yourself. If the salt buildup is significant, start with a brush that's made from soft plastic bristles. Don't push hard on the glass, though. If you push the bristles against the glass too hard, you'll scratch it. For salt accumulation that's been there for a while, you might find that you need to treat the windows with a lime removal spray.

Then, create an equal-part mixture of water and white vinegar in a spray bottle. Use that mixture to clean the outside window surfaces. Vinegar is good at breaking down mineral content, so it will dissolve a lot of the salt residue and mineral deposits from the water. Wipe the glass with a lint-free cloth. Sometimes it takes a couple of tries to get the surface completely clear the first time, especially when there's lots of residue. Keeping up with it regularly can prevent this from happening again.

Reasons To Call A Commercial Window Cleaner

If you're dealing with a particularly aggressive accumulation of salt and other minerals on the glass, it's often best to leave the cleanup to a window cleaning company. If you scrub the glass and damage it, there's a good chance your commercial insurance won't cover replacement, leaving you to foot the bill.

On the other hand, if a commercial window cleaner happens to crack a window that's been weakened by the mineral buildup, the insurance will typically pay for its replacement. In addition, you're less likely to have problems like breakage when you leave the cleaning to a professional company. Consider having a local commercial window cleaning contractor come out on a regular schedule to keep your windows free of salt spray and looking their best.

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