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How Water Quality Affects Window Cleaning

With spring unfolding, it makes sense to do some cleaning, as is always the tradition. There are many places in your home you can focus on, including your windows. As they affect both your home’s appearance and function, your windows do deserve your attention. For the most part, cleaning windows from the best roofing company and window contractor is straightforward. However, it turns out that the quality of the water you’re using has an effect on your cleaning efforts.

The Basics of Water Quality

Many things can affect water quality, which determine its physical, biological and chemical composition. Indicators used for testing water quality include alkalinity, taste, odor, color and pH. Tests will also usually check for the presence of organic matter, metals and bacterial. 

The Problem With Hard Water

Hard water is great for drinking but not so much when it comes to cleaning. This is because it has dissolved minerals that reduce how effective it is at cleaning. For example, calcium and magnesium are two of the minerals found in hard water and they reduce the cleaning and foaming effects of soap. Hard deposits also form on some surfaces like bathtub rims and boiler interiors.

For streak-free windows, window and siding repair pros recommend water quality levels of below 20 parts per million. Total dissolved solids are inorganic and organic materials in water, high levels of which cause streaks and spots on window glass.

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