You’ve had new windows installed in your home? Congratulations! You’ve made a smart decision that will help make your home more energy efficient, more comfortable and also add value and “curb appeal.” The good news is that most replacement windows installed today are virtually maintenance free, especially those made from vinyl. Still, there are a few tips that will help you keep your new windows performing well and looking their best.
- Dirt and dust can be removed from vinyl frames and sashes using mild detergent and water, and a soft rag. Rinse with clear water and wipe dry. Do not use abrasive cleaning agents or rough scrub brushes. Do not use a pressure washer on your new windows.
- If your windows are equipped with a drainage system be sure to keep all “weep holes” and drainage channels clean and clear so that any rainwater or melted snow and ice will be directed outside as designed.
- Operating hardware (such as casement window cranks, window locks, and locking handles) can also be cleaned with mild detergent and water. These parts generally require no lubrication. But if, after many years, hardware sticks a bit you can use a light silicone lubricant.
- Glass panes can be cleaned with common household cleaners or a mild vinegar and water solution. Ammonia-based commercial glass cleaners are also effective. Use a soft cloth or paper towel.
- To clean window screens, remove them from the frame and hose them off with a gentle stream of water from a garden hose. For a light cleaning you can actually vacuum the screen using a soft brush accessory. Do not use cleaning solvents on the screen, and avoid high pressure sprayers.
Some things to avoid when cleaning your new windows:
- Power washers or high pressure hoses, which can damage the caulking around the window frame.
- Strong soaps or detergents, chlorine-based products, or solvents, as they may damage the vinyl surface.
- Don’t use sharp objects or scrub pads with rough surfaces. Even mild abrasives (such as SoftScrub) can scratch the glass or frame.
- Avoid oil-based lubricants such as WD-40, as they attract dirt and can build up grime.
- Vinyl windows are generally “through and through” color and do not need to be painted or stained.
Ready to make your home look its best? Call Rescom Exteriors at (866) 410-5884 to schedule a free, no obligation in-home demonstration and estimate for window replacement.