One of the best parts about spring in the Chicagoland area is that you can finally walk outside without a coat (and thermal underwear, with how cold things got this past winter!) However, a major downside is how dirty your house’s windows get during the spring – and how quickly it can start.
What’s making our windows so grimy and dirty?
Bugs, bugs and bugs
Yuck! One of the most significant culprits for dirty windows are insects, and there’s no other season they like more than the spring (with summer a close second). Creepy-crawlies can dirty up your windows by smashing into ‘em, leaving residue as they attempt to climb into your house, and you can even expect some bug guts to be present as well – spilling their guts is how flies eat, after all.
Droppings – and lots of it
Another thing you can expect bugs to leave behind is droppings, but it’s not just bugs. Birds, small animals and just about any other critter can leave behind the smelly stuff just by perching on your windowsill or taking a rest against the side of your house. Not only is it dirty and hard to clean, but be careful about the bacteria too – that’s why you should wear gloves and use disinfectant when cleaning your windows when animals and bugs are around.
Pollen and dirt
When trees and flowers begin to blossom, you know that spring has finally arrived. However, it also means that seasonal allergies – and pollen – are on their way. Pollen can easily get stuck on your windows, and not only does it leave a mark, it can streak when you try and wipe it away if you don’t clean thoroughly with soap and water. The same can happen with dirt, which also begins cropping up when you begin planting flowers and vegetables in the front and back of house. (Dirt is also another reason to prevent the family dog from digging holes near the house!)
Another common arrival with spring is the spring shower, and with it, lots and lots of rain. While you’d think that rain would help keep windows clean, that’s usually only the case when windows are relatively poop-, pollen- and dirt-free to begin with. If any of those are present on your windows to begin with, the rain can make all that gunk moist, streaky and even grimier. That’s why you should keep windows clean throughout the spring, or at least give them a wipe-down when the skies start turning gray.