Cleaning Vinyl Windows: How to Keep Them Looking New
By Great Lakes Window
One of the most appealing things about vinyl replacement windows is how little maintenance they require to look great, year after year. Vinyl windows will not rot, swell, or peel in any weather conditions which means you’re free from worries about major repair and maintenance work.
Still, your windows are an investment, and we know that you want to take good care of them so they look like new and work just the same. Care and cleaning of vinyl windows is certainly easier than windows of other materials, with just a few tips and tricks to keep in mind as part of your routine housekeeping.
Cleaning Vinyl Windows: Invest in Advanced Easy Clean Glass
Great Lakes Window is here to make your housecleaning even easier. Take the natural dirt resistance of vinyl windows and add in some advanced stain-fighting power! With this optional coating, your windows are that much easier to clean, protected from water and oil based stains. You won’t have to clean the exteriors as often, and you’ll enjoy the unobstructed view from inside your home.
Cleaning Vinyl Windows: Just Add Water
… and a bit of mild detergent! There’s no need for dry cloths, harsh detergents, abrasives, chemicals, or power washers to deal with dirt on your vinyl trim. In fact, those cleaning methods can damage the surface of the vinyl. And, because vinyl resists any penetrating stains and dirt, you don’t have to worry about scrubbing hard, anyway.
All you have to do is use warm water, mild detergent, and a soft cloth or sponge to wipe up any unwanted particles. Or try Mr. Clean Durafoam Magic Eraser for stubborn marks.
The same holds true for cleaning glass. Simply use water and mild soap, using light, circular motions and a soft cloth or sponge. Be sure to dry surfaces and frames after washing so you don’t have any pooling water to worry about!
Cleaning Vinyl Windows: Access the Glass Correctly
When you’re cleaning the glass of hung windows, you will want to tilt in the sashes in so you can access both sides of the glass. Make sure that you are using the sash latches to tilt, and support the sash as you’re moving it. If you’re working with the bottom sash, ensure that the balance locks are engaged on both sides of the window, and support the sash in its center during cleaning.
To clean casement windows you need to remove the screen from the window by pushing the screen clips in, unlock the window, then crank the sash completely open. Close and lock the window when you’re finished.
Sliding windows can be removed from the tracks for cleaning, by lifting the sash, and pulling the bottom toward yourself to release it.
Cleaning Vinyl Windows: Open and Close with Care
The new look of your windows isn’t just about cleaning but dependent on operation, too. Make sure that you understand how to best operate your windows; for example, closing sliding windows with both hands. Proper operation prevents cracks, bends, and other issues that show up over time. Your Great Lakes Window dealer will be able to answer any questions you may have!
For more information about vinyl windows, use our online dealer network to find a professional near you.